Publications and Books

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Magazines: I have found mini magazines at Books-a-Million. You can order magazines from the web site if you don't have a store near you. The three I have found are:
Dollhouse Miniatures (American publication)
Doll's House and Miniature Scene (British)
Miniature Collector (American)
I like the British one the best. There are often free dollhouse plans, clothing patterns, cut-outs, and every month there is a column on making foods and objects with Fimo You can go to Angie Scarr's website for good free projects. http://www.compclub.demon.co.uk/asmini.htm). You can go here http://www.emfpublishing.co.uk to order DHMS online. I have done this and the service is good. They also make a Miniatures Projects magazine which is more expensive (about $12/copy) but has lots of do-it-yourself projects and the issues are big. It is put out 4x/year. I don't much care for the Miniature Collector for DIY projects (although there are some in there that are very good). It is more of a "Showcase" magazine that shows the best and most interesting dollhouses...and for that reason is still a very good magazine.

Lynn


For ideas on using sculpted foam as garden materials, check the recent books on DIY miniature gardens by Frieda Gray and Lionel Barnard. Should still be in print.

Loretta.Sniarowski


James Herriott: I popped into the museum today and they have a virtual tour on their website - could make some great roomboxes. The World of James Herriott http://www.hambleton.gov.uk

Anne, N York


Rummaging in my work room I came across:
Embroideries and Patterns from 19th century Vienna
by Raffaella Serena
ISBN 1-85149-283-6
It bulges with charts and pictures of 19th century needle points and oh the colours! Several of the charts are for small motifs.

Helen from York, England


Books: Hampstead House Books in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada has 2 wonderful books right now. They can be ordered on-line at www.hhbooks.com or by phone 905.881.0607. If you are ordering by phone, these two books are from the catalogue FE2, which just came out.

The two books are:
- - High Fashion Knitting For Dolls - Item # 120423 Price is $9.99CDN. Patterns are for dresses, blouses, pleated skirts along with lace edgings, collars, and table cloths.
- - Dressing Dolls with Susan York - Item # 120365 Price is $5.99CDN. Patterns are for 10 complete outfits.

And if you're into web design and you like to hoard floral backgrounds, they have a great cd rom + Book (windows and mac format) of copyright free floral designs. "Floral Patterns" is the title of the book and cd rom. Item # is 118661 and the price is $12.99CDN.

Joy in Pointe Claire


Pirates: To anyone looking for pirate information. I suggest looking at a copy of Eyewitness Books...Pirate by Richard Platt. It is mainly a picture/photo book with any and every thing you could want on the pirate subject... clothing, movies (with posters) , food, maps, boats, etc. etc. Eyewitness Books are a great pictorial resource for many subjects....books, buildings, ancient Egypt, arms and armor, castles,....just to mention a few. As they state 'Like a mini-museum between the covers of a book' As a bonus the back cover has in-scale colored pics of 66 of their books. I believe B & N and Amazon carry these books ..(I have purchased quite a few at COSTCO for a good price) but do check at your local library too. Check them out......I think you will find them very useful.


1930's house: Check for the book *The 'Remember When' Dollhouse* in your library. It has just what you are looking for. This is a fantastic book.

Martha


Needlework Books: I went to the library today and checked out two great books-Miniature Needlepoint Carpets by Janet Granger and Miniature Embroidery for the Victorian Dolls' House by Pamela Warner. I'm not sure why the second title has embroidery or Victorian in it because there's tons of great patterns in there for cross stitch and needlepoint as well. It also has rugs, pillows, chair covers, screens....you name it.

Tricia


The Borrowers: Paulette was talking about doing a 'Borrowers' scene, and I immediately thought of Joan Steiner's Look-Alikes books. If any of you have not seen these, they are worth a look, if not for anything else, just to see the ingenuity of this artist. They are actually children's books, and all of the scenes are made up of found objects. (for example, in one scene, she's used a disposable razor as a vacuum cleaner) While most of us might consider using "parts" of a household object (with much sanding, scraping, and painting), Ms. Steiner just puts the whole thing in there, and the results are really delightful. She does use miniatures in her scenes as well, but not very many, mostly she uses just things you might find around the house. I think she is the ultimate "Borrower"!

Deena in Miami


Live mini plants: If you can find a copy of the August 1997 (issue 59) magazine "Dolls House World", there is an article in there about John Chasty who makes living miniature gardens. The plants recommended are:

For trees -- - Coniferous; chamaecyparis lawsoniana, 'Ellwoods Pillar' (tall thin column), Chamaecyparis lawsoniana, 'Green Globe' (says it can be trimmed into miniature topiary), Juniperus communis 'Compressa' (light thin spire of smoky foliage)
- Deciduous; Betula nana (miniature birch tree), Salix Boydii (tiny willow), Syringa micorphylla (miniature lilac, (Ulmus X elagantissima, 'Jacqueline Hellier' (miniature elm).
- Shrubs & Bushes; Calluna vulgaris, 'Foxii Nana' (compact heather which can be planted as a hedge), Rhododendron radicans (tiny rhododendron with purple flowers), Fuchsia 'Lottie Hobby', Sisyrinchium bellum (a perfect miniature iris).
- Ground Cover; Raoulia australis, Thymus minimus, Scleranthus biflorus (the ideal miniature grass).

According to the article, John Chasty has written a book entitled "Miniature Gardening" which is available from "Miniature Bookshop". I searched for their website and found the bookshop, but no gardening book :( Maybe you can find it through one of the bookfinders though.

Tori West - Tucson, Arizona


Embroideries and Patterns from 19th century Vienna
by Raffaella Serena
ISBN 1-85149-283-6
I had forgotten how ravishingly beautiful this book is. It bulges with charts and pictures of 19th century needle points and oh the colours! One can drown in the rainbows. It is soooo beautiful. Several of the charts arefor small motifs.

Helen from York


size dolls (16", etc..- not Barbie), Hampstead House Books in Thornhill, Ontario, Canada has 2 wonderful books right now. They can be ordered on-line at www.hhbooks.com or by phone 905.881.0607. If you are ordering by phone, these two books are from the catalogue FE2, which just came out.

The two books are:
- - High Fashion Knitting For Dolls - Item # 120423 Price is $9.99CDN. Patterns are for dresses, blouses, pleated skirts along with lace edgings, collars, and table cloths.
- - Dressing Dolls with Susan York - Item # 120365 Price is $5.99CDN. Patterns are for 10 complete outfits.

And if you're into web design and you like to hoard floral backgrounds, they have a great cd rom + Book (windows and mac format) of copyright free floral designs. "Floral Patterns" is the title of the book and cd rom. Item # is 118661 and the price is $12.99CDN.

Joy in Pointe Claire


Books: Lindsie asked about botany books (SSD Vol. 2, #932) - you might want to check out Lilliput Press who make real, tiny readable books which are truly little treasures. I have a small collection of them and covet plenty more! The web site is http://www.lilliput.co.uk and the address is
Tim Sheppard
10 Manor Road,
Bishopston, Bristol
BS7 8PY England
One of their books is "A Herbal Legacy" based on Culpeper, which could be just what you require.

Donna


Hanky Dressing: Dressing a doll with "hanky" --the article is in" Dolls in Miniature", Fall 1992, Vol II, Issue No. 3. Written by Loretta Kasza.

Jackie


24th scale: I recently started in 24th scale, and found one house in the States which has rooms two deep. I think it is called the Thornhill by Houseworks. You can see them on the HBS site: http://www.miniatures.com   . I think they also sell them in the UK at Hobby's. But as you have someone who can build a house for you, you are all set!

Lighting: I got mine from Wood 'n' Wool lighting in the UK. No website that I know of but you can email them for a catalogue for 3.00. Try mailing sales@woodnwool.com   or call them on 01394 460836, they are in Suffolk. As for the other accessories, you will find that many 12th scale sellers will also carry some 24th scale stuff. I find most of mine at shows. Also, suppliers in the US are great. One that I buy from often is http://www.halfscaleminis.com  .

There are only 2 books that I have found so far (but am sure more must exist out there!). One is by Derek Rowbottom called Miniature Doll Houses in 1:24th scale, and the other is by Jean Nesbitt which is just an intro to the scale. You can find these books at http://www.miniaturebookshop.com/  

Marja, Notting Hill, UK


Furniture Book for Beginners: for beginner furniture patterns and instructions, try Venus and Martin Dodge's The Dolls' House Do-It-Yourself Book or Joan McElroy's Dolls' House Furniture Book. Both may currently be out of print (Joan definitely is) but are usually available at the library and through second-hand booksellers. If your club member is interested in learning to improvise with found materials, she can't go wrong with anything by Andrea Barham or Patricia King.

Loretta.Sniarowski


Basic Dollhouse Furniture: There was a request a few digests back for a book with directions for simple dolls' house furniture.

I like "The New Dolls House D.I.Y. Book" by Venus and Martin Dodge ... and for a little more advanced work, "Making Miniatures in 1/12th Scale" by the same authors.

The first book keeps the tools to a minimum and covers using them well. I think the second book is excellent on tools. I tend to buy way too many gadgets. I guess this is sort of chronic ... lol! But these books seem very sensible. And all the projects are attractive looking.

Annie


Basic Dollhouse Furniture: I would suggest that a fine series of books for patterns for mini furniture are those written by Peter Westcott. He did a lot of work for the Scale Cabinet Maker and has put out a series of books about various styles. The prices have recently gone up because he printed a new batch with all new photographs. They are the Miter Box series because they can be made using a saw and miter box. There are one or two in each of the following categories--colonial, southwest, mission, contemporary, and Art Deco. Also a book of porch and patio furniture. Yes, I carry them.

Dottie in Tucson


Basic Dollhouse Furniture: There was a request a few digests back for a book with directions for simple dolls' house furniture.

I like "The New Dolls House D.I.Y. Book" by Venus and Martin Dodge ... and for a little more advanced work, "Making Miniatures in 1/12th Scale" by the same authors.

The first book keeps the tools to a minimum and covers using them well. I think the second book is excellent on tools. I tend to buy way too many gadgets. But these books seem very sensible. And all the projects are attractive looking.

Annie


Basic Dollhouse Furniture: I would suggest that a fine series of books for patterns for mini furniture are those written by Peter Westcott. He did a lot of work for the Scale Cabinet Maker and has put out a series of books about various styles. The prices have recently gone up because he printed a new batch with all new photographs. They are the Miter Box series because they can be made using a saw and miter box. There are one or two in each of the following categories--colonial, southwest, mission, contemporary, and Art Deco. Also a book of porch and patio furniture.

Dottie in Tucson


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