Sunday, October 18, 2009

I'm Still Here


Well, it's certainly been a while since I've posted! I spent several weekends working on the dining room windows, then taking them apart, redesigning them, putting them back together and taking them apart yet again. I despise them now. I think I became really uninspired for a while because of those silly things.

Anyway, I think I've finally figured out how I'm going to finish them, but I've lost my energy and patience for them for a while, so I've turned to other projects until I feel like tackling them again.

Here you can see the draperies I've made for the dining room. They were a lot of fun to make, and have kind of reengergized me and renewed my creativity. Please ignore the partially-finished windows behind them.
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I've learned from lots of online reading that the best fabrics to use for miniatures are silk and 100% cotton. My favorite place to shop for small-scale cotton prints is my local quilt shop. They have so many adorable or beautiful scale prints that my difficulty lies in choosing between them all!

Now if only I could find a similar source with a huge variety of tiny trims and laces! I can dream, can't I? (By the way, if you happen to know of such a place, please, pretty please, let me know.)

These were so much fun to make, I've been designing miniature draperies in my sleep the past several nights. I do so wish I could just snap my fingers and have the entire Manor built, so I could spend all my time working on the fun stuff!

8 comments:

Sans said...

I am s with you on the uninspired bit, Belle!! I was also labouring over all the tiny details of a cauldron for a Halloween project and that put me off mini making for a while :). Then just 2 weekends ago, I decided to repaint plastic animals and I was excited all over again.

As expected, your work is wonderful and those draperies are no exceptions. I like the neat way your work always turn out. If you didn't point them out, I would not have really noticed that your windows were not finished yet because I was so caught up with the pretty prints and how straight your curtains look or how real your tassels turn out.

rosanna said...

The curtains are so pretty that the windows are not noticable at all. You can go to "Little People by Hazel Dowd" site for trimmings There is another place which I cannot remember now but I'll write you back Have a nice day Rosanna

Tabitha Corsica said...

Exquisite window treatments...really lovely. In time, you'll figure out how to deal with the windows behind them!

Tabitha

Eliza said...

I love the new drapes! I've fabrics and trims sitting in a drawer for the past three years or longer, waiting to be made into curtains. Maybe I'll finally get the nerve up now! You might try Sandy's Lace and Trim (http://sandyslace.com/wholesale), and many of the miniature doll websites also carry scale trim. Hope that helps!

kaydee said...

Wow...those are really beautiful draperies!! They look so perfect. If you have time I would love to know more about the process involved in making them. Are they machine or hand sewn? How did you do the cords and tassles?

Ara said...

Glad to see a post from you!!! The drapes look so perfect and I, like the others, don't see anything wrong with the windows :) haha - but i know we are all our own worst critics! Can't wait to see more, more, more!!! :) -ara

MiniMadWoman said...

Belle, it's nice to have you back! You were missed!

Your draperies are just lovely! They suit the room so well. I love the fabric you chose too.

Thanks for sharing!

Hugs,
Teresa

miniaturist59 said...

Wonderful work!!