Wednesday, 17 October 2012

1:12 sofa, just needs feet!

1:12 sofa made from wood, dowel, fabric (Brodnax prints - Oakwood cotton), felt and padding. Another miniature project that has been lying around for months. The design is based on a Howard and Sons sofa of the Edwardian period. The feet are only temporary, they are much too bulky. Either I buy a lathe and make them myself, or commission someone to do it for me. The sofa was quite tricky to make. Whilst the base was quite simple to make, I had to make it smaller to compensate for the padding and fabric which would add bulk. Then the upholstering, which I can't even begin to explain without a lot of pictures and diagrams etc... I regret not doing that, but I was too busy making it. Definitely a learning experience, this one.. I hadn't remembered to keep the fabric lined up with the base and the back, that was a complete fluke, very lucky, as the fabric was £10 with very little there for error. 

I used a piece of formed wire under the fabric, to clamp the fabric around the arm,  and to prevent uneven bunching. The side piece is slightly too long, but this mistake isn't too noticeable, I hope. 

Quite a deep sofa, plenty of room for cushions and throws and hopefully, miniature cats.

Sofa base, wood and balsa wood. The arms and back have a length of dowel glued on, sanded into shape, and then covered with felt and then plain fabric. The patterned fabric was glued on to card (cut to fit and with a layer of padding in between) and glued in to place.

Finally getting somewhere. I think I have about  15000 stitches left to go!

Christmas Wreath. Etched brass "Ivy" from PPD ltd. Each leaf was bent into shape with tweezers, painted with water paints, then lightly varnished and bent around a small brass hoop, and held in place with wire. 


  1. It's realy a splendid and elegant furniture!!!
    Is it as confortable as it seems?

    1. Yes, it has quite a bit of padding under the fabric.

  2. Nice miniatures do you made, I've been your follower now.


  3. I love your sofa! so neatly done! did you glue the top fabric down?

    1. Thank you. I made a card template to fit the space, then put a layer of padding over it. Then the fabric was positioned over that, and the edges glued underneath onto the card. Hope that makes sense.

      Though the main seat part was actually put onto a piece of balsa wood (with padding on top), instead of card.

  4. Thanks to "Dans ma bulle" I'm a new follower. Your sofa is really great.

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