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Tutorial : Making Paper Irises

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I love all crafts and I especially love the challenge of making things in the authentic way but in 1/12th scale. My favourite medium is crazy quilting because it encompasses embroidery, tatting, crocheted edgings and beading. The difficult part is attaching the basic fabric patches to the backing material using the stitch and flip method while keeping the patches small enough to be the correct size for a dolls house scale. I get my initial inspiration from books, visits to museums and from photos on the internet but once I start a room box, I don’t really know how it will finish up. As I get involved in decorating it, the room takes on a life of its own and seems to tell me what to do next. I get a real thrill once it is completed because it is never what I had in mind to start with! I display my room boxes in a bookcase which has glass doors, although I have open bookcases either side of that and I am spreading out onto them as well. I love the late Victorian – early Edwardian era. I like to dress my dolls in clothes from that same period because the outfits were so elegant and stylish while still retaining some of frills and trimmings of the earlier Victorian era. I also love the large hats trimmed with flowers and feathers from the later Edwardian period and the fact that most stately homes of that time-frame had servants which lend themselves to the upstairs/downstairs type of life.

Most of my dolls house dolls and furniture are the normal commercial variety but I sometimes buy damaged dolls cheaply and mend them. Often the porcelain legs break but once glued together and painted to represent boots or black stockings, no-one but me and the doll knows about it. I strip them of their original clothes which are usually glued on - my two pet hates are glue and nylon lace! - and dress them in more appropriate outfits. I also collect Pedigree Delite dolls. They were produced in England from 1953 for about five or six years, are seven inches tall and have rigid bodies and movable arms with the fingers splayed out like a starfish, which is what they are described as – “starfish” hands. While some were sold naked, others were dressed as characters from Nursery Rhymes, Countries of the World and Storybooks. Altogether there were 37 different characters produced and so far, I have collected 13 of them plus half a dozen naked ones, which I shall dress. I don’t belong to any miniature clubs except for being a member of the on-line Yahoo group Wee Creations, which is U.S. based and encourages members to create miniatures from everyday objects. I have a blog which is called Anlaby Dollshouse Minis and Tiny Textiles, which replaces an earlier blog called Anlaby Dollshouse, which for some reason I can no longer access to post new items. From now on I will only be posting to the new blog and adding tutorials to the pages on my side-bar. “Anlaby” is the name of the village (now suburb) of Hull in Yorkshire where my husband grew up and which is now the name of our house in Western Australia.

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The gathered stitch for this quilt came from a book published in 1984 called Knitting Encyclopedia 1500 Patterns by Mon Tricot. “I used the stitch and flip method of piecing the tiny patches by hand, using a 3 mm or 1/8 inch seam and tiny running stitches.”

Yes, I started a branch of the West Australian Embroiderers’ Guild in 1982 teaching all kinds of embroidery techniques. Later, I taught in several shops and then ran classes in my own home for several years. I co-judged embroidery at local shows and had over forty designs published in Australian and English magazines. Then in 1988 wrote my first book Australia Cross-stitch Designs. Between 1988 and 1995 I wrote six more books, mostly on cross-stitch and embroidery, with two on Decoupage for Kangaroo Press and also for Simon & Schuster (Australia). Having become “all booked out” and not wanting the pressure of any more deadlines, I stopped writing but continued to teach classes at home. My biggest highlight was being invited to demonstrate embroidery using Rajmahal Art-silk threads at a Stitches and Craft Fair at Alexandra Palace in London in 1995 for a week. My plans for the future including making two miniature shop room-boxes. A Ladies’ Wear Emporium with dresses, hats, fans, shawls and all manner of accessories for sale plus a Toy Shop which is self explanatory. But before I do that, I want to complete a Morning Room, which will be a female equivalent to a Male Study – very feminine decor where the lady of house plays the piano, paints pictures and entertains her friends. I also want to make a library with loads of empty shelves crying out for books, which I will have to make, buy, beg and borrow. My only advice is that if I have a vague idea for a room box which might be constructed in the future, even a year or two ahead, I start collecting bits and pieces of furniture and accessories which then lend themselves to ideas for stitching items like cushions or rugs or making beaded jug-covers or bath-towels. So by the time I come to make my room box, it is already developing a personality. CM http://anlabydollhouseminis.blogspot.com C R E A T I V E

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plastic easter eggs

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camera strap

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FEBRUARY

CITY OF LONDON DOLLSHOUSE FESTIVAL • February 2 - Tower Hotel, St Katherine’s Way, London, UK MINIATURITALIA • February 8 & 9 - Hotel Michelangelo, Via Scarlatti 33, Milan, Italy WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • February 9 - The Holiday Inn, Filton Road, Hambrook, Bristol, UK MOLLY CROMWELL • February 15 & 16 - Orlando Dollhouse Miniatures FestivalL - Florida, US WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • February 23 - The Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone, UK

MARCH

SEATTLE MINIATURE SHOWS • March 1 & 2 - Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, Washington, US WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • March 2 - Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-On-Thames,, Middlesex, UK TOM BISHOP SHOWS • March 7 & 8 - Holiday Inn Atlanta Perimeter, Atlanta, US 3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS • March 14 & 15 - Comfort Inn, 699 Rodi Road, Pittsburgh, PA, US WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • March 16 - Cobham Antique Dolls House Fair, Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey, UK A MINI MINIATURE SHOW - Online Fair • March 20 thru 23 - Online Fair 3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS • March 28 & 29 - Holiday Inn, 6921 Lindbergh Blvd , St. Louis, MO, US MINIATURA • March 29 & 30 - Spring Miniatura - NEC, Birmingham, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • March 23 - The Thistle Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham,UK

APRIL

WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • April 6 - The Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, UK TOM BISHOP SHOWS • April 7 thru 13 - Chicago International, Marriott Chicago O’Hare, Chicago, IL, US


3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS • April 10 & 12 - Best Western Plus, 1725 E. Algonquin Road, Schaumburg, IL, US WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • April 13 - Lyndhurst Park Hotel, Lyndhurst, Hants, UK DOREEN JEFFRIES DOLLSHOUSE FAIRS • April 26 - Pudsey, Leeds, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • April 27 - Weston Super Mare, Winter Gardens Pavilion, Somerset, UK

MAY

3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS • May 9 & 10 - Holiday Inn, 3600 Plymouth Rd, Ann Arbor, MI, US KENSINGTON DOLLSHOUSE FESTIVAL • May 17 & 18 - Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London, UK TOM BISHOP SHOWS • May 24 & 25 - Hotel Convencion, Madrid, Spain MOLLY CROMWELL • May 31 & June 1 - Sturbridge Dollhouse Miniatures FestivalL - Massachusettes, US

JUNE

WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • June 1 - Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, UK (Makers Only) WARNERS DOLLSHOUSE FAIRS • June 8 - Spring Fair, York Racecourse, York, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • June 22 - Cobham Antique Dolls House Fairs, Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey, UK

JULY - no listings AUGUST

IGMA • August 9 & 10, 2014 - IGMA Guild Show - Teaneck Marriott at Glenpointe, Teaneck, NJ, US 3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS • August 9 & 10 - Hara Arena, 1001 Shiloh Springs Road, Dayton, OH, US WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • August 10 - The Hilton Hotel, Bearsted Road, Weavering, Maidstone, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • August 17 - Conference Centre, Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, UK continued on p. 32


AUGUST

cont’d TOM BISHOP SHOWS • August 22 thru 24 - Holiday Inn Express - Palatine, Chicago, IL, US 3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS • August 29 & 30 - Bavarrian Inn, 1 Covered Bridge Lane, Frankenmuth, MI, US

SEPTEMBER

WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • September 14 - Epsom Racecourse, Epson Downs, Surrey, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • September 28 - The Holiday Inn, Filton Road, Bristol,UK

OCTOBER

MOLLY CROMWELL • October - Tysons Corner Dollhouse Miniatures FestivalL - Virginia, US WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • October 5 - Cobham Antique Dolls House Fairs, Cobham Village Hall, Lushington Drive, Cobham, Surrey, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • October 12 - Lyndhurst Park Hotel, Hants, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • October 19 - The Thistle Hotel, Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, UK TOM BISHOP SHOWS • October 24 & 25 - Holiday Inn & Suites Westway Park, Houston, TX, US

NOVEMBER

WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • November 2 - Weston Super Mare, Winter Gardens Pavilion, Somerset, UK TOM BISHOP SHOWS • November 15 & 16 - Hotel Convencion, Madrid, Spain WARNERS DOLLSHOUSE FAIRS • November 23 - Winter Fair, York Racecourse, York, UK

DECEMBER

WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • December 7 - The Maltings, Bridge Square, Farnham, UK WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK • December 14 - Kempton Park Racecourse, Sunbury-On-Thames, Middlesex, UK

Do you have a show or fair you would like to see listed on the calendar? If so, just contct me at: diane@dianecostanza.com

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A MINI MINIATURE SHOW - Online Fair DOREEN JEFFRIES DOLLSHOUSE FAIRS KENSINGTON DOLLSHOUSE FESTIVAL MINIATURA MINIATURITALIA MOLLY CROMWELL SEATTLE MINIATURE SHOWS 3 BLIND MICE MINIATURE SHOWS TOM BISHOP SHOWS WARNERS DOLLSHOUSE FAIRS WENDYS WORLD FAIRS, UK

ANTIQUE TOY MUSEUM, Maryland A WORLD IN MINIATURE COLLEEN MOORE’S FAIRY CASTLE THE DENVER MUSEUM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS & TOYS THE DOLLHOUSE MUSEUMOF KENTUCKY THE IDA DENNIE WILLIS MUSEUM OF MINIATURES, DOLLS & TOYS KANSAS CITY TOY & MINIATURE MUSEUM MINIATURE MUSEUM OF GREATER ST. LOUIS MINIATURE MUSEUM OF MERRITT - Tiny Town Tours MINIATURE WORLD, ONTARIO MODEL VILLAGE - BOURTON ON THE WATER MUSEUM OF MINIATURE HOUSES & OTHER COLLECTIONS, INC. NATIONAL MINIATURES TRUST PUPPENHAUS MUSEUM TUCSON MINIATURE MUSEUM

AMERICAN MINIATURIST ARTISAN’S IN MINIATURE CDHM DOLLHOUSE MINIATURES DOLLSHOUSE & MINIATURE SCENE DOLLSHOUSE WORLD MINIATURE COLLECTOR

ARTISANS IN MINIATURE Forum ASSOCIAZIONE DOLLSHOUSE & MINIATURE ITALIANE AUSTRALIAN MINIATURE ENTHUSIASTS ASSOCIATION CIMTA CUSTOM DOLLS, HOUSES & MINIATURES D-A-M-E: DOLL ARTISTS & MINIATURE ENTHUSIASTS DAYTON MINIATURE SOCIETY DIGITAL DOLL HOUSE DOLLHOUSE & MINIATURE ASSOC. OF MALAYSIA TeamMIDS DOLLHOUSE INFO IGMA IMAGINATION MALL INTERNATIONAL ART DOLL REGISTRY MINI TREASURES - Wiki MINIATURE COLLECTORS CLUB MINIATURE ENTHUSIASTS, CRAFTSMEN & ARTISANS MINIATURE NEEDLEWORK SOCIETY MINIATURES ABOUT.COM MiniDOLLlist Minis4ALL MINITALY - Miniature Association Of Italy NAME PINTEREST SMALL STUFF DIGEST THE GREENLEAF MINIATURE FORUM THE GUILD OF MINIATURE NEEDLE ARTS WEE CREATIONS WORLD OF MINIATURES

GLASS ATTIC POLYMER CLAY ENCYCLOPEDIA THIS TO THAT (Glue Advice)

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