MY DOLLS HOUSE
Copyright © 2013This is a new page for one of my dolls houses.
Licensed Exclusively to: World Costume Dolls
Licensed Exclusively to: World Costume Dolls
My houses will be shown on the Blog, but not on the website, as dolls houses have been my second hobby. My first hobby is of coarse, DOLLS.
I have started by listing "TREMONT VILLA", and will list more houses, time permitting. (Other dolls houses will probably be on seperate pages).
In 1989 I intended having a go at making myself a dolls house, as I no longer had the one from my childhood! At the time, I was thinking of making one out of a cardboard box (oh dear!!), but my late husband felt sorry for me and said he would make me one. This is the result.
We bought a plan but he altered it, as on the original plan all the rooms were one up above the other and all the doors were at the very front of the house, which I didn't think looked realistic at all. It looks much better with staggered doors.
He carved the chimney pots instead of having them straight, and he also carved all the bannister rails with a fret saw. (We didn't have a band saw at the time). I also asked him to make the top, right hand room (bathroom) smaller, so that I could have a bigger top landing. This again, looks more realistic as the three corridors were all the same size, and straight and narrow.
He also made all the windows and fancy surrounds and doors, fireplaces and kitchen range, by hand..
The house is 1/12th." scale.
(The house is in a difficult position for me to photograph because I can't stand back far enough, so it is on an angle, here).
THE DRAWING ROOM
John made the table and chairs without a plan.
He copied the design out of an Antiques Book.
The chaise-longue and the glass cabinet were his own design, and the cabinet door opens. The tiles on the fireplace are miniature ceramic tiles, and there is real coal in the grate. Some of the photographs on the walls are tiny real photos of some of his family.
I dressed the doll and made the carpet square to my own design, by working a half cross-stitch
on thin canvas.
(and James the Butler))
I made the carpet runner by working a cross-stitch pattern on canvas, and the stair carpet by using a piece of fabric off an old skirt. The "mat" James is standing on was a very old padded piece of fabric out of a tiny scrap box which was bought in a Jumble Sale. The grandfather clock and small table were bought in a Dolls House Shop. I dressed the doll.
The bathroom suite was made from a kit. I made the table and John made the three-legged stool and the towel rail. I made the mats by embroidering my own design on pieces of sacking cut from an old potato sack. I then backed it with cotton fabric. The pots were made with beads and bottle tops and the "pewter" jug is plastic, and was bought in a Jumble Sale.
The little doll is an old parian doll C. 1900. She is jointed at the hips and shoulders. I knitted her blue outfit.
THE MASTER BEDROOMJohn made the beautiful bedroom suite. All the doors and drawers open. The wardrobe has a drawer in the bottom and a rail inside. The dressing table has a swing mirror which he hand-carved. The bed is a little beauty! He actually hand carved the headboard, too. I made the satin bed covers with peach silky fabric, edged with cream lace. John made the writing desk with a drawer, and the chair. There is a very pretty small fireplace in this room, which John made, but it is not showing in the photo. I made the carpet square to my own design, by drawing a floral pattern onto fabric, working in half-cross-stitch, and then backing it. I also dressed the doll.
have been playing in it! As my husband was not well, the furniture in this room was bought. The toys are from a Dolls House Shop and the little mat on the floor was also bought, as it was a present to me. I made the patchwork quilt on the bed. It has 130 squares in it. The little girl on the left is busy putting her toy rabbit to bed and the little boy on the right, rummaging through the drawer, is a little parian doll C. 1900, which I dressed myself. He is jointed at the hips and shoulders. The wallpaper is a copy of a Victorian children's wallpaper.
THE SERVANTS ROOM
(The Housekeeper is married to the Butler)
I made the matching mats to my own design, by drawing a pattern on some finely woven fabric and embroidering it. I then backed it with a plain cotton fabric.
THE TOP LANDING
(which was made larger to incorporate a linen room)
Here again you can see the fretwork bannister. The table and the gold coloured chair were bought. The chair was a cheap one which I bought in a market, and I painted it gold. The mat was simply cut out of an old soft basket. The large picture on the left wall is an old one which was inside a damaged case which I bought in a Jumble Sale. It is a picture of a Victorian lady. The large flower pot holding the green plant is a miniature Dresden pot, again bought in a Jumble Sale, years ago. The blue and white pot on the table is half an acorn, which I painted. I dressed the Housekeeper and made all the linen sheets and pillowcases
etc., in the linen room.
THE GARDENThe sundial in the left corner was a little brass ornament. To make the "stone" lion in the right corner, I used a plastic toy lion and glued it onto two different size wooden bases, and then glued them together. Then I painted it grey. The larger green bushes were bought in a Dolls House Shop and all the small flowers are artificial ones which I cut to size. I used brown scatter for the soil. I dressed Henry, the gardener.
And finally, here is a closer look at the gate (and the little dog with the sausages!)