Monday, December 6, 2010

Victorian Dollhouse History

I started my blog with a few pictures of my Victorian dollhouse and decided to tell you a bit of it's history. It started out as a Del Prado kit that was available in weekly parts, I quickly realized that it wasn't the best quailty kit out there and that I will have to make a plan to make it better. I lined the bottom with 2 sheets of 12mm thick MDF and the outside walls with 6mm MDF, I also enlarged the right side rooms and added bay windows on that side. Next to the kitchen I added a scullery. The house is quite sturdy now, but I would not recommend a cheap kit for anyone, but well, this one did get me into the hobby :-) This house is still far from finished, I am building it room by room, but at the moment I don't have a lot of time to spend on it, as I am busy with some 1/12 scale furniture commissions and working on a French Knot rug that I want to take to IGMA's Guild School next year in Castine as part of my exhibition, I haven't mentioned this before but I won a scholarship to attend Guild School in 2011 and I am really looking forward to it.

Here you can see the right side of the house, each brick is individually made from woodstrip and painted with DecoArt's sandstones paint. A plaster filler is smeared all over the bricks after they are glued in place, a terrible messy and dare I say boring job, but I love the results.

This is the left side and here you can see the scullery, it swings open from the house so that one can easily get into it, I still need to make a lot of furniture for the porch.

This is a quarter of the French Knot rug that I am busy stitching, it takes me about 2 1/2 hours to make 250 knots, so it is slow going, but I will have it done in time for Guild School. It will go into the bay window of the dining room when it is finished. As soon as I have time, I will post pictures of each room in the house, well the ones that are there in any case.
Till next time, Elga.


Ascension said...

Me ha encantado tu post y toda la informacion que has recogido.
La casita se ve preciosa.
Cuando la acabes, no olvides subir fotos de cada habitacion, para que podamos disfrutar todos los detalles.
besitos ascension

Victoria said...

Gosh, French knot rug, it's absolutely stunning, on the photo it looks very realistic,have you chosen this technique intentionally? I mean, I'd think of punch needle first.

Elga said...

Victoria, I saw someone else's rug done with French knots and loved how realistic it looked, so yes it is intentional. I am stitching it on 40 count silk gauze working from a chart. I have never done punchneedle but I don't think you can go that fine, my rug is only 1mm thick.

Victoria said...

Wow, 1mm. Punchneedle will never do that, I've made only one rug with it and was disappointed, usually I just do half stitch, looks neat, but I should try French knot someday, your rug is wonderful!

Elga said...

Victoria there is a wonderful Yahoo group that has lots of tips and encouragement for anyone that is interested in doing embroidery for their doll house.