Publications and Books

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Plain Old style Furniture: I saw a library copy of just the book for you, by Phyllis G. Jellison, The Remember-When Dollhouse. It has patterns and directions to completely furnish a turn of the (19th to 20th) century farmhouse in the Grand Rapids style golden oak furniture and accessories like a Victrola. Checked out of print which has numerous copies available ranging from bargain 12 dollars to ridiculous 92 dollars; may be available elsewhere too.


1/12th Scale Character Figures book: I got the Carrington book for Christmas. What it did was intimidate me from even trying to sculpt! I put the book away and am trying again to get up my nerve. His people are so wonderfully lively. I think maybe Kitty Mackey's book would be less scary to start out with; her article in DM on sculpting an Elvis wasn't nearly as intimidating. And one thing that disappointed me about Carrington is that the information on costuming was negligible, and the realistic drape and hang of his garments creates much of the realism. I've never been a mini-doll person because I don't do Victorian, and pretty much all male garments and modern female garments just don't look real to me, however real the dolls. Pants don't hang right and jackets look bulky like life jackets. (I wanted to learn to make dolls just to try another skill, not necessarily to populate my houses.)


Carrington book: I agree completely with what Loretta Sniarowski says about the James Carrington book: " thing that disappointed me about Carrington is that the information on costuming was negligible, and the realistic drape and hang of his garments creates much of the realism."

I also agree that his approach is more intimidating than others, and I was also very disappointed when he did not include instructions for getting that realistic look. That was exactly why I ordered his book, thinking I would learn about costuming. Telling us to use chalks is one thing; showing us is another.

I think you can get just as much in the way of general info about sculpting from other less expensive sources. For example, I have learned far more by joining the MiniDolls list (

Wanna in El Paso

Carrington book: I have met Jamie Carrington and have seen his dolls in person, they are incredible. His dolls remind me of him, he has a personality and a half, great guy! I have his book and it takes you step by step through the process with drawings and tips, also a few giggles. lol I think the book is a must have.

I think there are people out there that can tell you the basics, but for me, I don't think I could have understood it all without the book. Just my humble opinion.

Kathy in NYC

Barn/Stable: For those interested in a making a barn. I have a copy of "Stable of Champions" which tells how to make a stable and about any accessory you can think of. This was published by the Nutshell News publisher so maybe you could check with them about a copy.


Japanese homes:  I just bought a fabulous book last time I was at EPCOT at Disney World, called, "The Japanese House". It had styles from all eras, both interiors and exteriors. It is written by Murata and Black, and is published by a company called Tuttle.

Alice Zinn- Pt. St. Lucie FL

Japanese homes: For the person looking for interiors and exteriors of older style Japanese homes, there are at least three different Dover Press/Publications books with both photos and illustrations. Tuttle Publications is also one of the largest publishers of Asian-related architecture and art books, so you can try them too. And if you can find anything by Kodansha Press (Tokyo) even if you can't read the Japanese, there are plenty of picture books that they publish in English also with great gardens.   Sorry that I can't be more helpful with specific titles, but you know where I am and how bad these proxy servers are.

Sara in Paris

Japanese homes: while foraging in one of my piles of books, I found the book I knew was required - The Japanese Home Stylebook, Architectural Details and Motifs, illustrations (and yes, it's ILLUSTRATED, to the max - hundreds of perfect architectural renderings) by Saburo Yamagata. This is a fabulous book. It is a paperback, published by Stone Bridge Press ($18.95)  and it has wonderful scaled drawings of almost everything you could want if you are doing a traditional Japanese house - plans, interior elevations, shoji screens, tatami arrangements, windows and doors, railings and garden stuff.....  Worth every single cent, and many more.  I got it from Amazon, but I'm sure there are other ways.


Mission Furniture: To the person inquiring about making Mission Furniture: Dover publications has a book titled "Mission Furniture, How to Make It." I haven't read it, but it is supposed to have directions for almost 100 pieces of mission furniture. Try this URL:

Jean Snyder

TV Sets book: The book that I have found to be very useful in creating miniature roomboxes of some of my favorite TV show sets is "TV Sets: Fantasy Blueprints of Classic TV Homes" by Mark Bennett. This book is now being sold by Edward R. Hamilton Books (website for a very low price of $6.95. It contains floor plans for the Petrie house from the Dick VanDyke Show; the Addams Family; I Love Lucy; the Honeymooners; and many others --40 floor plans in all.

Nancy Faye Roach - Port St. Lucie, FL

Furniture styles how-to's: I'm sure I'm telling you something u already know.........but just in case: Tom Berkner has lots and lots of different directions for everything, including Mission and Art Deco type furniture in his "Books" section at

Mary Lee in TX

Lee Valley Tools: (my favorite "toy" store) has several books with diagrams of furniture-- Victorian, Shaker and Mission to name a few. I highly recommend surfing their site: http://www.leevalleytools.comThey have all sorts of good stuff for miniers including the iron-on veneer I used in my castle tower and "watchcases" which are small metal tins with glass lids. In their "new products" section you can find "Microbrush applicators."


Scanning: I've noted some of your disappointment about printouts... and your questions about scanning. There are differences between the on-screen display of an image, the image resolution and the print resolution. I can recommend a book on this topic: "The Non-Designer's Scan and Print Book" by Sandee Cohen and Robin Williams. I found it very useful. After scanning, a good image editing program can work wonders. I have Photoshop. It's a bear to learn, but it can do anything! There is also a Photoshop LE edition that looks a lot easier and can do the basics of image editing.

Kathy from Tustin

Books for Newbies: welcome to mini mania! I'm gonna bore everybody recommending what I always do. Go immediately to the nearest public library and, if you don't have one, apply for a card. They should have even out of print books, may have magazines and how-to videos, and can order those they don't have for you by interlibrary loan. Your taxes are already paying for this service, so use it to "test drive" and decide which books are right for you.

Then you can shop, Amazon, Barnes & Noble (on-line as they have lots of mini-topic books), etc., for your personal must-haves, and should even be able to find most out of print books reasonably priced; also check ebay's non-fiction hobbies & crafts listing under the Books category.

Personal favorites: anything by
Helen Ruthberg,
Joan McElroy,
Andrea Barham,
Patricia King,
...because I like reasonably easy do-it-yourself. Also, joining NAME gives you a Gazette subscription and access to their video how-to library by mail.
Subscribing to another magazine or two helps; best choice depends on your focus. In US, Dollhouse Miniatures has most how-tos; Miniature Collector has most artist displays (fabulously inspiring but deservedly pricey); Dolls in Miniature focuses on dressing and accessorizing mini inhabitants for your projects. (SSer Viola Williams has back issues; SSer Rosemary Macedonio just assumed publishing and offers current subscriptions.)

In UK, Dolls House World is similar to Dollhouse Miniatures; Dolls House Magazine has somewhat fewer projects, International Dolls House News is similar to Miniature Collector, and Dolls House & Miniature Scenes' Projects offers single-theme, all-project issues (pubs, weddings, gardens, etc.) and is like joining a how-to book club. You can test drive these by ordering at your local shop or through Tom at Earth & Tree, where you can find virtually everything written on the subject!

Loretta Sniarowski

Books for Newbies: A good book for beginners is The ABC's of Dollhouse Finishing; from kit to masterpiece by Barbara Warner. Published by Kalmbach at $19.95

Roberta in Wisconsin

Books for Newbies: My suggestions would be:

Everything You Wanted to Know About Dollhouses But Didn't Know Who to Ask by Nancy Van Horn (Houseworks) (available at Hobby Builders Supply)

Places in the Heart, Volume I: Elementary Landscaping and Plot Design, by Becky Holliday (Holliday & Associates) (available from

How to Wire Your Dolls House Using Copper Tape, by Joyce Betts (Grandads Playroom) (available from

Your own 3-ring Miniatures How To book, compiled by printing out Small Stuff tips and saving instructions from kits you buy

Chrissy the Hyphenated

Crafts Books -- Recently, various Stuffers have asked about good craft books -- e.g., for doll making, polymer clay, knotting, and beadwork. Sorry for the delay, but I felt I should contact the company and see if they were still in business as my catalog was out of date and I just heard back today. They're not only in business, but on line at I've bought a number of books from them in the past and was very happy with the quality and with the quick service. The crafts they cover go way beyond what I mention above, so if you're looking for ANY craft book, try them. Some of their offerings are either written or commissioned by them, so you won't find these titles elsewhere. They also carry some companion tools.

Chrissy the Hyphenated

Books: The only book I found to be extremely worthwhile was the paper one from Cir-Kit that gives instructions for tapewiring. I found that invaluable to start wiring. I'm sure others on this list will know good books on making things and I think it's Earth and Tree that has a very good book selection.


Dollhouse Decor by Nick and Esther Forder. It has dozens of patterns for rugs, samplers, screens, in needlepoint and half cross stitch. Plus many other needle craft items like crochet bedspread, woven rugs, patterns for drapery swags and valances and on and on.

MAP in Puyallup

Kimono Books: One of my favorites, if you haven't found this one yet, (The Book of Kimono) by Norio Yamanaka a worthwhile reference book...Lots of good info on traditional wearing of the Kimono, with great pictures...Congratulations on your commission for the Japanese dolls & costumes...I know they will turn out beautifully...Kimono's are one of my favorite things to create, and to admire in full-size...Have fun !!


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