Evalina Rose and her little sister Posy Anna are the main characters of a series of children's stories that I am writing. In this blog I will share the final stages of crafting their half scale house--Honeysuckle Cottage--and the miniature stuff that will make up the settings of their stories.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Violet's New Wardrobe

In my last post, I showed you Violet and her little doll baby.  Well Violet has a new Mommy and before I send her off, she will get a full wardrobe.  I have a tendency to go too far, to want to add too many details, so I usually have to stop myself and move on to the next project.   I am so happy to be able to continue to make Violet more clothes.  I thought it would be fun to share the process with you.  
One of the dresses that Violet's mother would like is a sailor's dress with a  matching coat and hat. 
 I have a lovely navy  Gutermann's silk, which I have used for the body of the dress.  I made a stripped insert for the v of the sailor collar out of blue and cream Gutermann's cotton.
A closeup of the stripped insert of sailor neckline.

After I make a dress, I dampen it slightly and wrap it with thread, so that it hangs correctly. This is what it looks like before I have done that.  As you can see it looks stiff.  As a miniaturist  I am always trying to get my knit-work to drape nicely...it adds to the realism. 

A back view
I have discussed the method of how I  knit a dress on October 8 on  my Needlework blog    http://mini-needle.blogspot.com/ 

All of the components of a sailor dress: body, collar and insert.  After I knit, I block my pieces before I sew them. This makes them stiff and manageable, but it ruins their drape.  This is why I reblock the dress onto the doll.  I will show you a picture in the next post.

Next, I will Knit the coat.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Friday, January 11, 2013

Violet is Finished

Violet is one of my favorite little dolls.  I sculpted her from porcelain and glazed her so that she looks like a china-head doll.  Her features are china painted and she has dots of gold that are fired on to look like jewelry.  Her clothes are knit on 6/0 needles.  Her dress is made of medira cotton with a lace pattern down the front...Tiny purple flowers are embriorderd at the hem.  I have given her a tiny porcelain doll that I also sculpted, and dressed in a tiny knit dress.  I have a hard time finishing things, and even now am thinking of making her more clothes.
Violet has tiny lavender rose buds embriorderd down the front of her slip. 
Violet and her doll baby.

Violet has a dark purple caplet and bonnet.  I have not yet tied up and snipped all of the threads,as I have not decided how she will be dressed...indoors,or ready for a walk with her caplet. 

It is always nice to finish a project.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year

I just wanted to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Gilliam from   http://makeitsmall.blogspot.com/  , sent Annabelle and me these wonderful little Christmas gifts.  We had so much fun opening them.  Thank you Gill.