Posing Angie

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.

Ball Jointed DollsHere’s some new furniture, not yet ready for posting to my Etsy shop, but perfect for highlighting Angie “the poser” and some other new accessories which might interest the DIY’er in you.

BJD FurnituireShe 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.)

Exquisite doll furnitureI’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.

Doll ChairsBJD Furniture     Tufted Doll Chair

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Happy Holidays from My Little Big Chair

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.

Happy Holidays!

 

Classic Side Chair for 24" Dolls

Dolls Love the Holidays

 

New doll furniture from MyLittleBigChair!

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.

Angie in doll chaise

Velvet Channeled Wing Chair for Dolls

Club chair for dolls

Dolls & Lace

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).

Black Lace Doll Chair

 

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.

Embroidery on Lace Doll Furniture

 

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!

Lace Doll Chair

 

 

Back at work and Embellished!

When I read last November that artist and embroiderer Sharon B of:

(no wonder she’s so busy)
Sharon B embroidery

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.

Sharon B's encrusted embroidery

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.

Encrusted embroidery by Melanie
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.
Encrusted embroidery
Angie with encrusted doll ottoman
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!