Monday, December 31, 2012

Last Post of the Year

I thought I'd post an antidote to all the embroidery and flowers that have been going on here recently!  Here is my inspiration for the hall of Daviot House - a room in the Palace of Culross,, Fife, in Scotland.  I have finally decided to to a stone floor, as that would be the most authentic, but I think this room certainly has the ambiance that I am looking for.

A couple of open arm chairs that I will upholster in red silk (and, yes, probably embroider too!   : D ), complemented by an occassional table and joint stool from McQueenies.

I will definitely need a pewter candelabra (Warwick) ....

a hurricane lamp (Glasscraft) .....

And if I were really, really lucky, a cabinet from Masters.

So hopefully the New Year will see good progress on the hall!

Have a very Happy Hogmanay,


Saturday, December 29, 2012

Christmas Round Up

Thank you to everyone who celebrated their Christmas on their blogs - I didn't have time, sadly, but I did read your posts and wished I could join in!  So Merry Late Christmas everyone.

This holiday was difficult because I couldn't do any mini-ing at all - my work room is also the spare room, and was full f guests.  But the last of the Christmas cake has finally been finished and everyone has left, so I can quietly get back to my favourite hobby.

I participated in Cockerina's Christmas Swap this year, and as soon as she says it is ok, I'll post pictures of what I made her.  As you can imagine, it was something embroidered (surprise, surprise!).  I received a lovely little package from Natalia, full of Christmas bits and bobs, and I can't wait to have time to use them... next year!  So thank you very much Natalia!

I received some lovely minis from my family, and was particularly pleased with these bird ornaments made by Rachel at V&R Miniatures.  They will grace the mantle piece in the bedroom.

An antique mosaic frame and a 19th century silver pan 

With the tiniest chasing around the side:

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too!


PS- Dolly Adoption!

I am not a doll person, though I do own two antique dollshouse dolls.  This little one, however, needs a home, as I have no use for her, and I'm sure someone could love her better than me!  If  you could give her a home, I would be so pleased, and I will pay all postage costs.  If you would like to give her a home, just leave a comment below and I will get in touch.  Obviously, the first person who responds will recieve her.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Louis XV Chaise à la reine progress II

Just a quick update - here's the completed seat embroidery.  As you can see, I have completed the roses and filled out the wreath with leaves.

I think the delicate design brings out the carving on the chair.  Next to do is embroider the chair back, then tackle the upholstery, which is always the difficult part!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Not the KDF

I couldn't go to the Kensington Dollshouse Festival this year - in fact, I've never been to a dollshouse festival before, though I would love to.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share a few new objects for Daviot House.

Two plates from Carrie Lavender - I love the bright colours and they are made very neatly.  They'll look great in the parlour.

A porcelain bowl from Muriel Hopwood - very excited about this one; I've wanted one of her pieces for a long time, and I can't tell you how delicate it is.  There is a tiny bunch of flowers on the bottom.

A silver wee willie winkie candle holder.  I don't know the maker, but it came from the shop Small Wonders Miniatures


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Cornflower Corset

For those of you who like my 18th century corsets, here is a new one, embroidered with cornflowers in shade of blue.  

This one is special because it is the first item available in my new shop!  You can see other items I have listed by using the link on the left.


Friday, December 7, 2012

Louis XV Chaise à la reine progress

I spent a wonderful afternoon last week wandering around the Musée des Arts Décoratifs here in Lyon, and was very inspired by their furniture collection.  

Sadly, I can't share images with you, as photos are not allowed to be taken (which is a very good idea, as flash simply destroys textiles), but I have started the upholstery for a Louis XV chaise à la reine.

You can see the basic flowing shape of the border, which will be filled out with leaves, and the stitch points where I will add roses.  The centre motif is slightly off-centre, but I will balance that by adding more foliage.

Hopefully this piece won't take to long.  It is a bit pink for my usual taste, and is not destined for Daviot House, but it is very Louis XV - they loved pink roses back then!


Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Music to lift the spirits

Dull December days need some cheering up.  I recently saw a fantastic square piano on Eliza's blog, which she kindly informed me was made by Mell Prescott.  Sadly, a thorough, frantic search of the net didn't turn out to be fruitful.  So I have to content myself with a piano stool for the moment.

I must be missing my summer roses, as they all turned out to be shades of yellow and apricot, which I think works on the quite bright blue silk.  You can barely see it, but the lyre has a row of miniscule buttonhole stitches to give it some texture.

Well, I thought, my woodworking skills are notoriously bad (I can't ever seem to cut a straight line, and I know it is ME rather than the TOOLS that are at fault!), but I'd like to have a go at making a square piano.  

Just until I'm lucky enough to come across a Mell one!

So if you half close your eyes, and squint a bit, maybe looking through your fingers, you might be able to imagine this:

Turning into this: