I started this doll in August, and for some reason, just couldn't make progress on her. After a severe talk to myself, I sat down this weekend and completed her. Her page (1896 Watering Place Toilette) will be available shortly.
The Little Mermaid has also been completed, just in time for submission to the Mini Dolllist Story Book page - coming soon!
Finally, I completed the stitching on the "Louis Box" carpet and prepared it for blocking. As soon as it is perfectly dry, I will be able to neaten the edges and finish the matching cushion.
Just a quick progress update on my "Louis Box" carpet. Just the cream background to complete the outer border, then it is ready for blocking and finishing off. While I'm busy with all the coloured threads for the roses on my needle, I have also started working on a few cushions to carry the rose theme through. Just wait until I have finished dressing the bed - its way out!
I have also had time to continue playing with Fimo this weekend while the weather was more co-operative. No photo's of my efforts in miniature baking as yet though.
Grr.... the frustration!
I had to unpick the border of roses as well as the 3 border rows on the right hand side, because I was 1 stitch out! It took me 3 hours because I had to be very careful not to snip the canvas. Thank goodness for the James Bond movie festival on TV! It gives me something to glace at while occupied with such a mind-blowing, boring and frustrating task.
To save my sanity, I also worked on the chaise lounge kit Jeanene of Everything Laser has cut for the DAME club in Durban. Here it is in Milady's bedroom bay window; upholstered in silk dupion fabric to match the curtains and quilt. There is also a matching bolster cushion as well as the cushions I embroidered to match the rug and carpet. A vintage lace collar in a triangular shape (which I didn't want to cut up) makes a lovely lace shawl to drape over the back of the chaise, which also adds interest when viewed from the outside in. Milady's glasses are lying next to a photo album I purchased at the Kensington Miniature Festival in 2009. Now I want to make a spectacle case for the glasses!
"Louis" room box carpet - progress photo
After the completion of the the Teddy Bear series, I leaped straight into making this carpet, while I still on a roll!
This pattern is the same as the turquoise blue one I made originally for Milady's bedroom, but this one is intended for a stand-alone room box I started some time ago. The plain roombox was given to me by friends, Louis & Priscilla Kleintjens as a Christmas present some years ago and which I never completed - because it needed a carpet and I wasn't in the mood to make one!
Once complete, the roombox will be Narcissa Vane's boudoir, which is a reflection of her love of luxury and narcissistic personality.
More photo's soon....
Last night I completed the blocking and "finishing off" of some accessories for the Day Nursery. There is a small rug and a trio of cushions all with a Teddy Bear theme done in pastel colours. I know that "Teddy Bears" only came into fashion after 1902, but I liked the pattern.... and it's MY house, so I can do as I please! LOL. There are also some more photos on the "Embroidery" page.
For fun, I also made this little "Welcome" door mat on Sunday. It's so simple, it only took about 2 hours to complete. Its now in place by the front door, but I think to really look finished, it needs a boot scraper as well.
The rug and carpet set for Milady's bedroom, as well as matching footstool and cushions are complete! Now I just have to make the chaise lounge.
Next petite point project already started.......
YAY!!! I've just completed the carpet for Milady's bedroom. I altered the original design to make it slightly larger by adding the outer floral border. The matching oval rug is also almost complete - just needing a fringe. The cushions need backs, but the footstool is also complete. Below is a photo of Milady's bedroom with the carpet in position.
Still no or intermittent internet connection, but I have been hard at work on the carpet for Milady's Bedroom. The stitching has been completed and the piece blocked. As soon as it is stretched dry, I will be able to neaten the edges. In the mean time, I have started a small matching rug for the bay window area, to be followed by a set of cushions for the chaise I intend to make. I am imagining a sort of mini vignette in the bay window: - a chaise with pretty cushions; a lap desk with fancy notepaper, letters, etc; spectacles on a chain with an embroidered spectacle case; and of course, a cat in the most comfortable spot!
I haven't had access to the internet for the past week - so haven't been able to update my activities. I have been busy though!
Some time ago I bought a few sets of little oval boxes - there are three sizes where the smallest box is only about 2cm wide and the largest is about 6cm wide. I thought they would make lovely hat boxes which could be stacked. I invited Shirley Nixon and my Mom around to play, and we spent the day covering the boxes with pretty paper, lace and ribbons. We also made a bonnet to peek out of the smallest box. I was so happy with mine - I made 2 sets!
I have also made some progress on the petit point rug I'm making for Milady's bedroom.......
And I've joined the Doll-a-Month Club on the MSAT Doll List, whereby we have to submit a photo of one of our UFO's and make some progress towards completing it every week - now that's incentive!
My first UFO is a lady dressed in a gown from the height of Marie Antoinette era, when the side panniers on a lady's gown were so wide she had to pass through a door sideways! She needs her arms (with sleeves) a high white wig and loads of trimmings to finish her.
This is a progress photo (almost halfway) of the carpet I am making for the bedroom in the dollshouse. I have picked out embroidery thread to match the colours in the two rose paintings I bought at the DAME show at the end of July - nearly 3 weeks to get this far!!!
What do you think?