After several months of procrastination, today I am posting my first blog! It is also due to the kind encouragement by Catherine of Kilmouskie and me and Linda of Une Petite Folie to start this.
I initially wanted to do a blog on miniatures only, but realized that I have so many passions in life, that restricting myself to only one, would be hard. However, I will start with my love of miniatures and of french design, that will be used for my dollhouse.
My passion with miniatures started about 10 years ago.......................over the years I have accumulated hundreds of pages of ideas and photos for my future little dollhouse.................it still has not happened (procrastination again). I have purchased almost all the furniture pieces that I will need, but have left all the finishing touches for when I design each of the rooms. I plan to only build one dollhouse!!! The style will be a french chateau. I am designing it myself, so that is why it is taking so long. It is hard to put everything into the dollhouse that you want, especially if you are only making one!! In future blogs, I will show my plans of this dollhouse.
For the past 4 years, I have been addicted to needlework for miniatures in the form of petitpoint. I started out by making items in too large a scale to look right with miniatures. By trial and error, I am most comfortable with using silk gauze in 40 count and 60 count to the square inch. Before I discovered silk floss, I was using only DMC......................now it is all I use!! I love the look and feel of it. I will endeavor to share with you some of my newest creations in subsequent blogs.
Here are some of my earliest creations:
These were the first mini slippers that I made and they sure look it............a bit clunky! They were made for dear Mercedes of 'Liberty Biberty'. She is so talented and has such a generous heart!
I also made her a mini tea cozy for her shabby cottage.
I first made a tea cozy for Linda Carswell because she had admired the one that I had made for Mercedes..............actually I was so in awe of Linda and all her talents!!!!!...........that I was more than honored to have any of my petitpoint in her charming petit chateau.
Next, I made some cushions for her 'salon'
While I was working on these projects, I was also working on a rug design for my 'mini family room'. This is a picture of the inspiration rug which I have revised. It is a 'Agra' style rug.
This is my version in progress........it is on 40 count and DMC cotton and the last time that I will use cotton on 40 count!!!!!
Next post, I will show you the finished 'dog' rug..............it only took me 3 (!!!!) years to finish. Not because it was so hard but because other projects got in the way. Considering, that I still have rugs left to make for the Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, etc. etc. etc.................I will be busy for years (ha!!)
Well, there it is, my first post and please bear with me while I learn how to post properly.................and hopefully, not write so much!!!
Hugs to all