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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.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Miniature Knitting in the Studio

Our Miniature Guild here in South Africa are having their Annual Convention and Auction at the end of March.

This is my contribution to the Auction

I chose the light ecru shade of the Madeira Cotona 80 thread this time round, wanting to achieve a more antique feel to the outfit.
The colour will blend better into an older style room.
One would look at thew whole room not just the outfit.

The JADE design has now been tweaked to my satisfaction 40sts less in the dress, the coat a wee bit longer the petticoat an extra panel.

So in fact I have re knitted the whole outfit ...... 
albeit for a very good reason

I would I could let well alone, my nature simply does not allow this. I wonder where this little outfit will end up.

Jade takes her bunny with her wherever she goes


Saturday, February 18, 2012

Days of Our Lives

I have decided that from now on I will buy myself
A Birthday present....
Sooooo.....I have ordered another Helen Kish doll from 

The Denver Doll Company


Cosette is a BJD and only a mere 5 1/2" high!

Don't you just love her Mary Janes!!!
She will only be shipped in the middle of May so I have to be very, very, very patient.
I love her colouring and am already dressing her and thinking of toys for her.

She will have her very own 1:144 Scale French Townhouse

which I have ordered in 
"Kit Form" from Keith Bougourd"


I have to get ready for the project as it should soon be in the post.
I have it on good advice to use Aleene's Aliphatic glue.
Now that is a big word like Jam

This glue is water resistant so if you make a mistake you will need to "un glue" it with a coat of vinegar, which will soften it again after a few minutes.

I am sure she is going to love the Little Mice
 that I have waiting for her ....the mice also have to have toys so Ana is busy with THAT

In Ana's cupboard is a Teddy who wears a pink bow...

for that Little Bear to come and live with me

I will have to make her something very special


Monday, February 13, 2012

Miniature Knitting Pattern for BELLY BUTTON BABY

This Miniature 1:12 scale knitted outfit began with me wanting to make a matinee jacket for the Sean Pattern....

Then I thought how can I make a gown with dropped points.
So I tried it out on a petticoat, it worked so I am one step closer to a new gown I want to knit.

 I would so like to see a motive in tatting in very fine thread up the center front of this gown or some bullion rose embroidery. 
Maybe even some bead-work...still all in my head.

Even though the texture of the knitted fabric is very fine,  embroidery on knitting is difficult if you want to achieve a perfect finish.
I thought of putting that material  that dissolves in water on the back of the panel before I try the embroidery.


Once again a Round Shawl
which is so much easier to drape inside a pram!

The pattern gives a choice of a bonnet with or without frills.
This pattern still needs to be test knitted

Friday, February 10, 2012

Miniature Polymer Clay and Paper Flowers

I am looking forward to teaching at our 
South African Miniature convention at the end of March
I have called my Class 

Fantasy Feathers and Flowers 

Just a few examples

 This Miniature Hat I gave away but still rather like it!

Fantasy means I then don't have to make a perfect replica of a realflower, we have artistic license to do as we please

I'm busy making kits at the moment

Also having to work out how long it will take the girls to complete all the things I have planned.

I am primarily going to show how I make fantasy feathers and flowers in Fimo, which is a brand of Polymer Clay

Working intuitively as I do, 
does make it difficult to record every step of the way.
It must LOOK RIGHT how does one explain that

I know that real life florists never put 
HALF a flower into an arrangement 
but in my miniature flower arrangements I simply "have to" 

The whole arrangement would be too bulky if one did not use these little tricks.

I have learned so much more since then.... so have to set the knitting needles aside so as to practice once again with clay
I love what one can do with clay, so between now and the end of March all I am going to do is produce "stuff" which will have flowers as decoration......


 Working out what the students need 
in their tool kit was a lesson in itself, 
when working at home we take so many things for granted.
Student Requirements 
so far hahahah

Paper and pencil for making notes
Scissors for cutting paper and card

Scissors for fabric and ribbon, I always mark my "good" scissors with a fob

Fine point glue syringe

Aileen's tacky glue

Paint brush for using with glue

Ceramic Tile to work on

Ball Styles Set of various sizes

Tissue Blade

Stanley Knife blade or one of those American blades they sell in little dispensers

A porcupine quill these are available at Merrypak

Chalk pastels if you have them, you will also be able to use mine in class

Piece of fine sand paper

3 brushes for use with different colour chalks,  
Prime art Bianco # R 000

Child's Plastic Float for rolling clay

Rubber roller with a handle, about 2" wide will be fine

Short length of dowel 9cm long x 1.5cm in diameter

Dolls head and Torso with "big boobs" remember it will go into the oven

If the head needs to be attached to the the torso, join them with  very fine wire

Monday, February 6, 2012


I have now completed the Monica Design in that the petticoat is finished.
Have also created a new crochet edge which adds a
"Touch of Delicateness to the cuff and hem edge"

The double frill on the bonnet is an optional extra.

Now to try adding hair to this cute little face.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Don't ask me what happened to January.

At least I am ready for Valentine's Day This fella could be my Valentine any day of the week, I love the way he dresses.

Terri Has done my Bomber Jacket Proud, he could not be more perfect.

 The pattern for the Bomber Jacket and Beanie costs 
7.50 Euros 
I accept Pay Pal

Terri Davies was kind enough to make a Modern man for wearing my Bomber Jacket Pattern. I am allowed to use the photographs of him for my pattern.

Terri has put him up on Ebay here is the link for the listing