I’ll be adding a few new items to my shop in two days. That’s Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at 3:00 Central Time. Here’s another new Borne Settee, very similar to the one in my previous post which was purchased as a jewelry display piece for a really big fancy closet. Clever idea. This one is in the same fabric, slightly shorter and with different accents. Hope you have time to take a peek at the other new items. Thanks to all! (click photo to enlarge)
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.
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!
How many ball jointed doll owners reading this pose/re-pose their doll(s) once a week? How about every day? Ahhhhh…. another junkie after my own heart. It is addictive. Of course proximity helps a lot. I have a “cubbie” in my staircase in which I place recently finished furniture pieces along with my doll Angie, providing the perfect opportunity to mess with her. Occasionally, she gets into such a charming pose it simply must be retained for some time, but it’s a fun exercise in her best trait…..that would be being more limber than I am.
She looks a bit lost on this settee for 24″-26″ dolls, but finds it extremely comfortable. She loves to relax in style. I confess, playing with her and all the accessories, and then the big photo shoot, is more fun than I can say. If you’ve followed me for a while you might notice the new end table and lamp. (Click on any image to enlarge.)
I’m working on a post to show how I made it and will also provide information to DIY’ers, who might not have my workshop of tools, to create end tables that perfectly fit their dolls. The lamp is one of two new ones and I’ll bet no one can guess what the base is. Come on. Give me your best guess! It’s very heavy and about 50 years old. I found it at a local antique shop and with a pre-made shade, it’s just about perfect for dolls.
Of course, end tables and lamps, backdrops and carpets are only rivaled by fashionable seating like nothing else you can find in the known Universe (well that’s what I heard). Everyone knows that when Voyager sent back a message from deep Space after finding highly intelligent life deep in the galaxy, the message read “Send more Chuck Berry and Little Big Chairs!!!”. What more can I say? Photography and dolls are popular everywhere and accessories make it more fun!
Here are a few of the poses Angie came up with this time.
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!