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IMAGINATION IS THE EYE OF THE SOUL Joseph Joubert. I am a mother of four...I still remember the smile that refused to go away for weeks after our daughters birth. To have a little girl appear after three sons seemed such a miracle. I have always enjoyed My Doll World, sharing it with Lara when she was little. Today I design knitted outfits for miniature dolls and enjoy every minute of it. The fact that the outfits are removable is what makes it so special for me. Using ever finer threads has opened so many MINIATURE DESIGN opportunities.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Miniature Knitting Patterns Belly Button Baby

I wish I could say the outfit is complete, but as per usual the booties and knickers have not made an appearance yet.

I have called this design TARA for Belly Button Baby.

I am now going to make a confession, I spent at least 6 to 8 hours frogging that long coat, I dropped stitches when I hooked the cord of my circular needle.

Crumbs drop a stitch and it really becomes intense.

I find the thread has a silky finish, so it is rather slippery. 
Would not suggest beginners start on this thread.

Then when everything was safe and sound, I got up to make a cup of coffee and Julie my little dog walked under my desk and caught her little bow (she had been to the parlor) on my thread. I wish you could have seen me spring into action...saved.

All in all I did not enjoy myself, but learned how to "frog" that particular lace pattern.


Miniature 1:12th Scale Petitpoint

After seeing a Petitpoint Carpet stitched by Helen Wood in 
New Zealand, I thought I had to do something similar.
"The Nursery" 
 that has been floating around in my head has to have a carpet. 

 A good place to start.
As I have always loved cherubs and they do form part of my own home decoration it was only a matter of time that this was to be the design for my rug, I kept looking at the oval tablecloth.
 that is in my lounge, YES the design is perfect.

I can also make cushions at a later date on finer silk gauze.
I'll have to live to be a hundred.

Is it too difficult for a beginner project?

I'll probably drive myself crazy...the experts set them selves a minimum threads per day, which slowly but surely gets the project done.
That is surely the way to go.

This fabric came in a selection of cream tones as well, wish I had a picture of the cream tones. Would make my life easier, I know it can be changed in Photoshop.
The rug needs a boarder so the shape of puffy clouds should do it.

Then with an inner border of maybe a Loral Leaf Boarder, similar to the leaves in the top right hand corner of this picture.
This will have to depend on the eventual size of the rug, I will ask the designers of carpets for input.....

I am going to play with this design in Photoshop, 
Make the borders then print it on "Fuzzy Paper" to see if it will be suitable, before I begin stitching.....

I have decided that I will use 35 count silk gauze, as one thread of DMC embroidery floss will work for this first project and see
what happens.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Photography in the Studio

When one hangs a picture in a passage not many people look at it as they walk right on by.

Well, this would describe this spot which is on a busy local road at the base of Chapman's Peak, cars and bicycles rush by, no one taking a second look.

To view this "River of Lilies" and to really enjoy one needs to walk to the spot and breath deeply...

The arum lilies have decided without any help from humans that they want grow on this marshy area between two fields.
We call it the common, during the day one can see children and dogs playing on the fields as well as horses grazing in the sunshine.

Taken with my point and shoot Sony, which I have had about 10 years now....can't wait to start my photography classes, to find out what new knowledge learned will bring to my photographs.



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Miniature Knitting in the Studio

Thought I would show you whats happening in the studio this week. The jacket has to be knitted again, one extra pattern repeat is needed and also needs to be made longer.

I usually knit a new design starting on the gown, can't work out why I did it differently this time. 

This new thread I am using is like starting at the beginning and I am thrilled with the results.

This is a design I have had on my mind for ages love this little rose leaf pattern

The petticoat has to be done next ...I have a thing about petticoats, gowns simply need petticoats....



Sunday, September 11, 2011

Miniature Teddies

Our Cape Town Guild had their annual miniature fair on the 
3rd September and I could not resist buying 3 little teddies.

Once again I had to buy a pair of twin teddies.
I could not resist them especially for the fact that they were wearing little knitted jerseys

The little twins were made by Vardibears

Vardi had decorated her table really beautifully the 
The cot is one of my treasures

I also bought a little teddy made by Ana Braun.....he was so cute I could not leave him sitting on her table, so now he lives very happily in my house

I bet all you teddy lovers would have bought them too.

I have one "small" problem they all want to sit in the cot but it ain't big enough for three.

I have set myself a task for this week it is getting down to decorating the the miniature cupboard I moved in 4 months ago so I no longer have any excuses for it not getting done!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Miniature Knitting Patterns Belly Button Baby

The latest little outfit is presently winging it's way to the USA...

It is a version of the very first outfit "Candy" that I designed for a miniature doll.

This little outfit was knitted in Madeira Catona 80 cotton thread. 

MONICA     for Belly Button Baby

Funny how one begins a design thinking,  Shaz, just knit with the new finer thread, while Fenny my sister in law is visiting....

No pressure,  mind on the gentle rhythm of the knitting needles, creating a calm centre of pleasure.... 

Then all things change....

The work on your needles becomes a variation, now how did that happen, not an exact replication at all, but becomes something new......was it the different thread that helped make the changes.

One has to concentrate more than one would if reproducing a design already written out in pattern form, but it is still fun.