New doll furniture will be posted to my Etsy shop on Wednesday, September 14th (most likely in the AM). Hope you enjoy them. Here’s a preview of a few of the items. As usual, like nothing you will find anywhere.
This will be my last batch of furniture. I’m retiring. Thanks to all of you who’ve appreciated my work. Your dolls have inspired me and your kindness has made the effort possible and pleasurable.
Much love to all,
p.s. Thanks to MayBeMia for this preciously posed shot. Simply perfect!
Borne Settee for 18″ Dolls
The Borne Settee has captivated my attention since….like forever. If you don’t know what they look like check out this link to Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=borne+settee&term_meta%5B%5D=settee|.
The idea of a doll sized Borne Settee in the lobby of a grand hotel has long been a fantasy of mine. You can see them in photos of castles and mansions and lately they’ve been appearing in the foyers of private homes.
I envision them in the homes of doll collectors. Lots of dolls of various sizes sitting together, but with a bit of privacy provided by the center column. This one is in a neutral grey/green cotton linen. The column was kept slim to minimize the total size. My doll is 21″ and a bit large for it, but she likes to use it when she’s in the library looking for a good read.
These settees come in an unending variety of shapes and sizes. As many of you know, I don’t tend to create furniture for dolls less than 17″-18″ tall. But, I was asked about seating for Blythe’s by a collector and decided to make my first effort in this style much smaller than usual. Click on any photo to enlarge.
Linen & Lace
Borne Settee for 14″ Dolls and Smaller
On second thought, only two or three Blythes could sit on it. Any more than that and their little big heads would be bumping. Oh well. It was fun trying to figure out how to make them and I hope images of dolls playing all over them will inspire some fun photography. I hope to get some of my new pieces posted at Etsy by November. Thanks for reading and have a lovely Fall!
A new furniture design, a classic side chair, will be available on Sunday, December 7th. This is a simple chair with a nice little curve in the back to cradle your doll. White linen, charcoal velvet & lace, and an animal print will be ready, and maybe a few more. They all have handmade oak legs sanded to a smooth natural finish. I’ll have a few for larger dolls uploaded at 3:00 Central time. Wishing everyone a very lovely holiday season and very Happy New Year.
New items will be added to my Etsy shop this Saturday, November 1st, at approximately 2:00 Central time. Hope you have a moment in this beautiful Fall to check them out. I will be adding more at the end of the month if you miss this batch. Have fun! Here’s a little peek.
When I read last November that artist and embroiderer Sharon B of:
(no wonder she’s so busy)
would make 2014 her last year to give online embroidery lessons, I had to sign up. Sharon does lots of traditional embroidery, but her encrusted work is so fun and inspiring. I jumped on it, not thinking about how busy I’d be when the class started in May. Above and below are samples of her work. Click on any photo to enlarge.
The course was a lot of fun and being a beginner, very informative. I was a bit too swamped to finish the second project, but here’s the first one which, of course, I make into doll furniture. She wanted this first project to be mostly monotone to push us into focusing on texture, which is what encrusted embroidery is all about. Texture includes different kinds of threads in size and content. I’ve got cotton, rayon (shinier), metallic & silk threads in floss and pearl textures. Beads, buttons and anything of visual interest is encouraged.
Most of the class discovered how much effort and skill it took to get all those stitches crammed into the design…..but a lot of fun trying.
After doing re-upholstery for great designers for over 34 years, learning about embroidery has really make me realize that most of the amazing patterned fabrics I’ve worked with were actually mass manufactured products inspired by centuries of handwork by the women (mostly) of the world doing embroidery for their families and the very wealthy. Thanks ladies!