Archive for the ‘Miniatures’ Category

On a whim, I decided to make a little doily.  A miniature doily, about 4 in. in diameter and fashioned from regular sewing thread on a size 1o/1.3 mm crochet hook:

Would it work as a tablecloth in a dollhouse?  It needs a round table like the kind you see in pointless hallways, but I haven’t figured out how to make one yet.


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Still floating. Job hunts and yarn seem to be stuck at the moment, as is a little comic book I was working on.  I’ve been itching to build minis but haven’t gotten to in a while.  So to ease the sorrow of idle hands, here’s to a little dusting of an old project:

A balsa [tea?] house from high school days.  Balsa, Xacto knife, glue, and a little bit of rice paper.  That’s it, nothing fancy.  Oh, and I’m a sucker for inlaid wood/marquetry, so the wall pattern comes from a bunch of balsa slivers assembled together by a masochist crafter.  ‘Tis my favorite part of the house.

The ridiculous stairs I don’t worry too much over; for now let’s just say they’re intentionally discouraging unwanted guests.  Purely decorative.

This photo was supposed to illustrate how each side has a different pattern, but instead goes to remind me how individual photographers leave their own telltale marks. (I know this one wasn’t mine; the house looks as though in the shadow of a neighboring highrise!) And would you look at that, you can tell I didn’t have a file nor enough balsa to finish…Let us get outta here.

But before that, a bonus peek at the back.

As with any miniature I do now, I intended it as a setting for a story forming (incidentally, the same story that’s idling on my desk right now). The difference now is that my pencil hovers over paper while the Xacto lies still. Maybe I should just scrap the calculator and go back to improv building like this. As for the buildings I’m currently planning, the CADing and the drafting are stifling both the houses and the stories “on location” there.  Because, really, who cares about the buildings in a comic book?

…Well, I do. I have such a house fetish :P.

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If we put some wonky accents on the vowels in Minirug, it could be from MiniIkea:

A needlepoint miniature rug I stitched back in high school. Just goes to show just how long I’ve been meaning to make a miniature house. I’m leaving the fringe-cutting for a [mini] housewarming occasion.

For now, the rug lives in the tract housing in the chaotic CD-Rack district:

Once we get the house going, though, I’m thinking more of a “walnut-hued panelling with a deep desk and green lamps ” study type of setting.

The Details (Now with more devil!!): stitched on 24-count canvas with choice of yellow, red, purple, green, and white. Pattern from Janet Granger’s Miniature Needlepoint Carpets.  Unblocked.  Finished around 2001.

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