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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

Miniature Quilts: Someone asked about making 1/12 scale quilts. I have a book by Dinah Travis called "The Complete Miniature Quilt Book" publ. Krause Publications in Iola, WI, ISBN 0-87341-595-7 It gives patterns and instructions for a couple of dozen dh-sized quilts. Also tells you, as an aside, how to make beds and bedding, and has pictures of them in the author's own dh. I was happy to pay Cdn$30 for it several months ago, and saw a bunch at Chapters last week with the bargain books at $6! Ah well. It's a lovely book, and instructions are very clear.

Kay in Ottowa, Canada

Printables: here are a few:


Remodelling book: The new Hampstead House catalogue is here and contains a book which some of you might be interested in:
The Complete Guide to Remodelling and Expanding Your Dollhouse Only $5.99 Cdn.
Website is

Maureen in St. Albert AB Cda

Printies Links: A few dozen here

The whole site has just been updated.


Decorating Magazines: I also like to get magazines for ideas that aren't mini related and wondered if there are other magazines some of you like that are terrific that I'm missing out on?

This magazine is not mini related however if you like to dream and duplicate those dreams in miniature then this is the magazine that will give you ideas. The name of the magazine is Veranda, they have a web site,


Decorating Magazines: I have gotten a host of miniature inspiration and ideas - Early American Homes (used to be Early American Life), Colonial Homes, etc. I use them in redos of life size as well.

To those of you who feel so new: all will come to you with persistence - a feel for scale, craftsmanship, ideas, etc.

Phyl in Ky

For Art Deco Interiors: if you're interested in the glitziest, high-end version, go to the library and check the catalog for back issues of Architectural Digest. It ran a profusely illustrated feature on the restoration of Mar-a-Lago when Trump bought it several years ago (sorry, don't recall specific issue/date). Practically a life-scale version of Moore's fairy castle! Also, Dover Publishing has a couple of books of water colors of some more modest interiors; check the library again.


Deco overstuffed furniture: if you like do-it-yourself and can find a copy of Joan McElroy's Dollhouse Furniture Book, she has patterns for an overstuffed sofa and arm chair. If you want ready-made, check the ads in DHM or MC, because a company called Carlisle something (Creations? Connection?) in Iowa specializes in these styles. Don't recall if they have a web site, but the ad has the snail address.


New German Mini Magazine: For those of you on the Continent, there is a new German miniature magazine just started. First issue was September and it is called
1zu12 Das Magazin

Barbara B from South Africa

Dainty Doll Newsletter: how to subscribe to The Dainty Doll Newsletter. You can email me privately for more information as I run the newsletter.


Choosing Books: The best to learn Polymer clay. There are lots of little Hot Off the Press type books/booklets that are good for specialized things (Petite Eats and Mini Sweets by Syndie Wagner, Handmade Meals by Barbara Meyer, Fimo Sweets or Fimo Leather or anything by Esther Olson) Some of the info in these type of booklets is outdated, because the clay companies have changed formulations or whatever, but you can improvise and change the "recipes" with no trouble at all.  

And then there are large polymer clay books that address miniatures specifically, such as Sue Heaser's "Making Dollhouse Miniatures in Polymer Clay." Amazing number and quality of neat things you can make.

My favorite doll book is "Making 1/12 Scale Characters for the Dolls House" by Jamie Carrington (the book is just a delight to read, not to mention the wonderful things he teaches you, including how to make two-part molds!) Sue Heaser wrote a different one - "Making Miniature Dolls With Polymer Clay" which is a great book to start with... very detailed sculpting and assembly instructions. My second-favorite doll book. IMO, you can't go wrong with any of those three.

Then, too, there are quite a lot of excellent polymer books that aren't oriented toward making miniatures.... though the techniques can always be adapted for use in small scale.

Dotty McMillan's "Creative Ways With Polymer Clay" is absolutely the best book out there for a beginner - she starts with a bit of the very basics and builds on those to some pretty advanced projects.  

Another excellent project oriented book is Irene Dean's "Polymer Clay - The Weekend Crafter."

The most advanced polymer book available is by Jacqueline Gikow -"Functional and Decorative Objects from Polymer Clay" - it's fantastic!


GREATEST BOOKS: check out: 

F. Dawes

French Books: I thought that I should post site that has French books again   I strongly suggest that you also visit the other site I mentioned, as the young lady has 2 pages of other books on miniatures.   Do visit   and click on her books link (Mes Livres).


TV Program Sets: I recommend you try to locate the following book: "TV Sets - Fantasy Blueprints of Classic TV Homes" by Mark Bennett. It was published by Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, NY in l996 and distributed by Workman Publishing Company, NY./TV Books, Inc, NY. (ISBN: 1-57912-107-1) This book contains floor plans and furniture layout for "I Love Lucy" and many other classic TV programs (35 programs altogether). However, the book does not contain any actual photographs of the TV programs - only floorplans/layouts.

Nancy Faye Roach - Port St. Lucie, FL

Great mini book for kids...: I just had to share this information with those who may never have seen the book. I bought a book for my grand daughter that you might want to consider giving to a child that you want to help interest in minis. It's called: Tiny Treasures (American Girl Library) ISBN 1-56247-667-X by the Pleasant Company.

It's $9.95 and worth every penny! It gives step by step instructions for making at least (didn't count) 20+ miniatures with very common, inexpensive materials! Would be a great project book for 4H, Scouts & Youth groups to encourage them to create and enjoy the world of minis! (Sorry, it is geared to girls, because it's by American Girl - I don't think I saw any boys pictures in there.)

Patty Johnson, Campbell's Island

Antique Magazines: I found some at the following site:

Linda from Michigan

Photographs of New York Interiors at the Turn of the Century: I finally got a copy of a book I've wanted for ages: Joseph Byron's Photographs of New York Interiors at the Turn of the Century. It's one of those Dover books, with 131 full-page, very crisp, black and white photos of "interior views of New York City homes, businesses and public places as they looked between 1893 and 1916." Parlors, libraries, bathrooms, kitchens, bars, offices. Any one of these photos would make a fantastic roombox if you're looking for inspiration. The book even includes a couple of slum dwellings if you're bored with the high-falutin' style. And each photo is precisely dated and placed, so you know exactly what you're looking at.

Christine in NYC (formerly of San Francisco)

In the Victorian Style: While I'm recommending books, in case you don't know about this one, the very best book I've found on San Francisco Victorians is In the Victorian Style, by Randolph Delehanty and Richard Sexton. Tons of excellent color photos of interiors and exteriors, plus text detailing the history of San Francisco and its architecture. Well worth the money. The Painted Ladies books are good but don't come close to this one.

Christine in NYC (formerly of San Francisco)

Pubs: For those working on pubs (this may have been mentioned before), I believe the March, 1984 issue of Nutshell News has a article and pictures on this.

Marilyn in Baton Rouge

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