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!
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.
Lace can be difficult to apply to little chairs and even more difficult to photograph. I like it non the less, having used it a few times in the past, like this early effort to create a unique doll chair. The black lace was from a corset-like top used while dancing Argentine Tango and up-cycled perfectly to a miniature chair (it was for 14″-16″dolls).
A year or two ago I purchased some off-white lace from a local fashion fabric store which had a stretchy quality and a bit of sheen in some parts. Since I usually use natural fibers, I had trouble coming up with a design that pleased me. My embroidery class (see previous post) taught me the wisdom of texture and the idea of a little shine suddenly no longer seemed to be a problem. The lace is placed over a neutral/tan cotton/linen blend and provided the opportunity for a bit of embroidery practice. Click on all photos to enlarge.
The embroidery became a slouchy pillow which is trimmed in silk. The chair is a restyling of my favorite club chair and I’m hoping you like it as much as I do. Angie looks like she just got home from dancing all night, exhausted but thrilled, kicked off her shoes, collapsed into the soft decadence of her new favorite spot and is letting the morning sun soothe her toes. Happy dancing everyone!
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!
It has been a very very busy year! My business in Austin has been booming, but it didn’t leave any time for little big chairs. I finally decided “this would not do!” and started finding moments to create New Stuff. My vision also included a new garden window to go with my garden door, and an archway from the library to the new “Sun Room”. I just love makin’ all this stuff and the remodel should be finished soon.
The photo is just a teaser to let you know I have been busy (click to enlarge). As you can see, there are no complete shots of any single piece of furniture……..but you kind of get the idea…..yes? This is about half of the new stuff. The brighter colors were inspired by an Etsy visitor and thanks again Linda for your influence.
My girls are in “rehab” and as soon as they return…..looking better than ever…..I’ll post a notice here to let you know that I’ve finished: taking the photos, taking the measurements, processing the photos, creating the listings, figuring the shipping, getting the boxes, and uploading everything…..phew!! I need a nap just thinking about all of it. So be sure and follow this blog! I’m pointing towards the end of the month. Thanks for your interest and have a great October! Melanie