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New dollhouse - the making of stuff 28 May 2013 13:45 #1

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Welcome to the next installment of stuff I do to finish my new dollhouse. I'll take some up-to-date in-progress photos soon but first I have to clean up. Man, I stuffed stuff everywhere, no wonder I'm not making any progress with that project!

Anyway, here's a "little something" I set my heart on a while ago. A carpet made with embroidery. The motif is from a book on this topic ("Carpets and Rugs" by Sue Hawkins). The rugs in that book are actually for 1:12 doll houses while I work with 1:6 so I have to at least double the number of stitches or I'd end up with doormats. Therefore I scanned and printed the motif so I can cross out what I already did. One stitch on the template means 2x2 stitches on my rug.

Still, thanks to the extremely fine fabric I got for this the rug turns out rather smallish. And there's just no progress. I can't tell you how many hours exactly went into this already but it were many. More than many. At least 20.

What's worse, I saw rugs in similar size in an Asian shop on Ebay (one of the few I can still visit) and they only cost 2.30 a piece. So I ordered two and am curious to see how they'll look compared to mine.

For my next rug I found rougher fabric so I hope I can do with less stitches and get a bigger result. Maybe I can even work 1:1 from the template? But I had to promise to finish this one first.

I can't wait to finish this and to get the rugs I ordered. I think they will make very nice props in the story as well as on photos in general.
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New dollhouse - the making of stuff 28 May 2013 18:38 #2

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Is that cross stitch? Or straight embroidery? Either way that's going to take a LONG time, but I bet it'll be well worth it! =D
I remember liking birthdays, Getting older is exciting when you're just a kid. But now they're just reminders, Of all the things I haven't yet achieved. << Bangarang - Dave Giles
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New dollhouse - the making of stuff 28 May 2013 18:58 #3

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It's called tent stitch. Currently I try to seam one side with Herringbone stitch but I gave up counting the stitches for that and just poke my way around it. *gg*

I actually made some progress after taking that pic but it's really going slow. Can't wait to start with the actual motif! The book said to make it first but you know me, I seldom follow directions. Lol.

I'm happy that embroidery just became a trend because I'd been looking for the fabric for a year already.
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New dollhouse - the making of stuff 19 Jun 2013 11:56 #4

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Well, the carpet above met an unfortunate demise but I decided to start a stitching thread in the artboard to explain that.

Instead you can ogle at the almost finished mosaic floor of the bakery. ^^/
All pieces are glued in place and I also used filler on the larger "holes" of the walls.
Next step is to caulk the floor with the special filler and then polish it. Afterwards I can try to attach the paper for wallpapers and ceiling with doublesided tape. Wish me good luck with that, I already ruined half a meter of tape in another room when the paper wasn't exactly aligned in the first try. -_-

On a positive note, although my dolls still have to wait for my dragon carpet at least they have some other rugs! Yesterday I recieved an order from China. Aren't those lovely? They are veeery thin but also very well made and the price was extremely low. I was a bit afraid that my own tries at stitching would be wasted due to these wonderful carpets but my rug is thicker (thus looking more realistic and heavier) and fluffier. So both the bought rugs and the selfmade ones as well will look great in my dollhouse.
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