We have had a few summer-like days this year, mostly cloudy, and unfortunately I was too lazy to get my passport renewed, so I was stuck, trapped and imprisoned here, though I believe the passport office was having difficulties issuing passports anyway, so it probably wouldn't have made any difference had I made the effort. Despite that, I still didn't bother much with miniatures. Apart from the beginnings of a patchwork quilt, everything else was made a long time ago, but kept secret. Good job, I kept things aside for emergency blog content! :D
|I've seen a few people making patchwork recently, Ilona recently made one for a customer and kindly supplied a link for a very good miniature patchwork tutorial here, which is by Gill of Make It Small. I used graph paper! I know Gill advised against this, but I am a rebel!! And yes.. it was fiddlier and more difficult to work with, but my fingers are quite good at tiny, fiddly manipulation and creasing, but I would definitely recommend her suggestion of magazine pages over my rebellious choice, the graph paper bends easily! :D I couldn't be bothered measuring and ruling! Also, because I am making this for myself and time taken is irrelevant, I opted for a 1cm square (I did consider 0.5cm........, then reconsidered back to 1cm). I thought 15cm by 15cm should be enough, so this one needs more squares.........................and the tacking is still in place which alters how it will look when finished.|
This patchwork pattern is loosely based on an Amish design, Sunshine and Shadows. The effect isn't quite as dramatic as a life size one due to the size of the squares, but I quite like it. It looks a bit like a tile though doesn't it! :D
|When I started my patchwork quilt, I went off to the Little Trimmings website, only to find they were about to close the shop for the whole of August, how dare they, and there wasn't enough time to order anything, so I had to go with whatever I had in my fabric stash. Having no patience to wait until the end of August, the above fabric is all that I had to work with. I had fully intended to provide links for each fabric, hence this photograph, but three were bought at miniatura, and I cannot find them online now. The second one down is possibly CF111 and the third is CF81 and both of those are from Little Trimmings. Though I'm pretty sure I have seen the other ones at some point on the various online dollshouse shops and on ebay.|
|I made this bedspread sometime ago, with material and lace bought from Little Trimmings. The central and side panels are fine cotton lawn, the central cross is lace code CL2171W, the border is lace code CL184W/Iv/E and the side panel is lace code CL203W. This is not true 1:12 scale due to the bed in situ size problem that I have. The bedroom is too small for a scaled down double bed, so I made it a bit smaller, now all bedding has to be made to fit THAT bed. Rather annoying really.|
You can see it on the bed here.
|This painting will not be to everybody's taste, but I have a forged smaller copy of it in real life, so I must have it in miniature. It is by a French artist called Jean Dubuffet, and is called Femme et Bébé. It also has copyright restrictions, that I can't make any sense of, so hopefully this photograph isn't against the law, I did manipulate the image slighty, so it could count as a derivative work, ie, removed the watermark :D Look, I really needed it!!. I, er.......|
I hope my blog is not removed, because of a tiny forgery! :D
P.s. I have been having problems with blogspot recently, frequently seeing an empty reading list and apparently not following any blogs, according to blogspot. Has anyone else been experiencing this? It used to happen the odd time when I logged in, but now it happens nearly everytime.