It is always a delight for me to open an email from Sadie of Homewardflight Dolls House Miniatures. Sadie makes the most amazing artisan OOAK 12th Scale food and my latest email from Sadie continues to confirm her passion for detail.
Sadie explained that capturing the spirit of such a special time of year in miniature is something she looks forward to every year and whilst Christmas itself comes and goes all too soon, it is so wonderful to be able to hold on to those magical moments, captured forever in 1:12th scale. Whether it be the excitement of the night before Christmas and leaving cookies and milk out for Santa, with a few carrots to make sure Rudolph doesn't go short or a centrepiece of fresh fruit and nuts, capturing that moment when the house is burgeoning with all that festive food waiting to be eaten and the celebrations to begin! Take a look in Sadie's Etsy store or visit her lovely blog for more details on her wonderful 12th Scale Christmas offerings.
Here at Artisans In Miniature, we are delighted to share some photographs of AIM member, Mary's latest shop assistant doll, inspired by 'The Paradise' TV series. She has been beautifully sculpted with exquisite detail included on her hand sewn clothing. I'm sure you will agree with me that she is absolutely delightful.
Kay from Kays Mini Dolls has been telling us at AIM how much she has enjoyed repainting and dressing BJD dolls. Kay explains;
"I have been making costumes and doing repaints on the large BJD fashion dolls for a while now along with making miniature costumed porcelain dolls. I looked into moulds for the ball jointed miniature porcelain dolls but they are VERY expensive and I HATE stringing dolls. A few weeks ago I discovered the Heidi Ott miniature ball jointed doll! Of course I bought a few and started the repainting process as the factory paint was nice but not as I wanted it. That accomplished I began making patterns for removable historical and very fancy costumes. Many paper towel patterns and mock-up costumes later, I was finally able to complete two costumes and underwear and two hats. These little BJD dolls are such a delight to pose!"
I'm sure you will agree with us that Kay's work is truly lovely!
Kay's wonderful work can be purchased from her website www.kaysminidolls.com or from Ebay under the seller name of little_bluestudio.
Angelique Miniatures have some wonderful themed dolls available now!
King Arthur, Queen Guinevere and Merlin are looking for new homes after appearing in the DHMS magazine as 'How to Dress' projects. Each doll is priced BELOW the normal retail price simply because they have been used for photographic purposes but each doll is in absolutely PERFECT CONDITION. A chance to grab a real BARGAIN!
You can contact Louise Goldsborough at Angelique Miniatures for details on how to purchase these fabulous dolls via e-mail; LBird77329@aol.com
Miracle Chicken Miniatures are pleased to introduce their new line of European antique miniatures.
Shown here in the photos, the replica 1700's pipe box complete with 2 compartments to store tobacco and pipes would surely enhance any collectors 12th scale miniature scene. The boxes are available in light and dark stain and are beautifully chip-carved from cherry wood. The Pipes are hand carved from African blackwood, pear and brass.
Join us as we share our 44th issue of the AIM imag!
This month our celebratory 'Birthday' issue of the AIM imag is yet again packed with a wide variety of miniature fun, articles, news and projects for you ALL to enjoy - and as ever all downloadable for FREE!
So grab yourself a cup of something nice and settle down for a great read!
Wouldn’t the lady dolls in any doll’s house covet these tiny handbags – just launched in kit form by Janet Granger. There are eight designs available altogether, to be stitched on either 32 or 40 count silk gauze, depending on the design, using tent stitch (like half cross stitch).
The series covers day bags and evening bags, for several different historical eras. There’s even an Art Deco one called ‘Jazz Age’.
Each handbag kit contains a piece of silk gauze (32 or 40), Anchor stranded cotton threads, a colour block chart (the design is not printed on the fabric), detailed instructions, suitable needles, a tiny bead for the closure, beading thread, and fine gold thread for the handle. The bags measure approximately seven eighths of an inch across, when finished.
If you are a beginner to mini-stitching and are unsure as to whether you would be able to make one of these handbags, why not have a look at the free online tutorial section of Janet’s website first? It guides you through every stage of stitching and finishing the kit, with detailed photos to show you exactly what you need to do. You'll see just how easy they are to make!
We are currently looking for contributions for the next Advent Calendar and all contributions will be gratefully received and considered for inclusion into the calendar. Any contributions not included will be stored for use in future AIM iMag editions.
The gate is once again wide for these projects and they can be related to Christmas, snow themes, flowers, trees, food, Dickensian books, sewing, crochet or knitting patterns, etc, etc.
Any suitable features or projects for use in the 2013 AIM iMags are also very welcome. Got a new tool you love? A new mini book? A new technique to try? Why not share with it with us?
Just log into the AIM group and leave us (the Editors) a message about the project you wish to offer and share with all our wonderful readers and we'll contact you.
After a long break, I am pleased to announce that the AIM Blog will once again be updated on a regular basis. Here on the AIM blog, you will find all the latest news, highlights and gossip from the members of Artisans In Miniature and what a better time it couldn't be, with Halloween and Christmas just around the corner, prepare to be dazzled and delighted with highlights from our talented members.
Whilst you wait for the blog posts to start, why not take a look at our latest AIM iMag. Available to download and read for free. So grab yourself a cup of something nice and click the link below to our little of miniatures.
In May 2007 Anna was awarded the status of Artisan by the International Guild of Miniature Artisans organization and has gone on to be awarded many renowned Doll Sculpting Awards and to feature in various Doll Artisan and Miniature Magazines.
Here at AIM, we are pleased to announce that our spring Edition of the AIM imag is now viewable online!
With AIM members bursting with the joys of spring and the promise of warmer weather, they have worked tirelessly to bring us a delightful Spring inspired 41st edition of the Imag.
Packed with a wide variety of miniature fun, articles, news and projects for everyone to enjoy, this edition is as ever fully downloadable for FREE! So why not grab yourself a cuppa, curl up in your favourite armchair and enjoy the 41st issue of the AIM Imag!!
Ann crochets the most delightful 24th and 12th scale accessories and also sells over 300 patterns or kits, yarns and crochet hooks for you to have a go at miniature crochet and knitting yourself. If you are new to Crocheting in miniature, you will find free Crochet Patterns featured in Ann's Newsletters.
If you don't want to knit or crochet yourself, then Ann is happy to take 12th or 24th scale commissions for any crocheted items not listed, just send her an email through her website at;
Introducing Amanda Speakman of AmanSpeak Miniatures.
Amanda has been making miniature food for around 18 months, but first became interested in miniatures a few years ago when her husband surprised her with a large victorian dolls house as a birthday present. Amanda spent the next year or so enjoying the hobby before beginning to hand make miniature food from Polymer clay. Having caught the miniature 'bug' Amanda now makes and sells a large selection of foods for any occasion.
Bear Cabin Miniatures are pleased to announce a variety of new dressed shelving and cupboards for their 'Woodland Witches' Range.
They will be on display and available for purchase on Saturday 24th March at The Vintage and Handmade Fair at at Burry Port Memorial Hall SA16 0BN where Bear Cabin Miniatures will be exhibiting for the first time.
Fancy a lovely little pot of flowers for your miniature scene?
Then pop over to Marianne's Etsy Store and marvel at all her beautiful creations.
Marianne reproduces the plants and flowers that she sees in gardens into 12th scale.
Marianne tells us that she prefers generally to make this sort of flower and plant, rather than perfect florist blooms, aiming to make them to look as if they are growing or have just been cut. The pot may be cracked or mossy and even have a weed growing alongside it... Some flowers may be overblown, or not yet open... A leaf or two may be blemished... and so on.
Plants and flowers can be bought from her website or from her Etsy shop, 'Marianne26', and as special commissions.She also occasionally sells tiny framed pictures made in the same way as the real-life-size paintings, and miniature needlepoint/tapestry pieces.
Three 'works in progress' designs, to be stitched on 40 count silk gauze, by Janet Granger (Doorstop, slippers and handbag designs)
Miniature needlework stands, for the embroiderer in your doll’s house!
If you love embroidery, then surely the lady dolls in your doll’s house do as well! Six designs for needlework stands have just been launched by Janet Granger, to be stitched on 40 count silk gauze using tent stitch (like half cross stitch). Components for the finely turned mahogany frame are included in the kit.
There are three ‘picture designs’, for various styles and eras in your doll’s house – a Tudor one, a Georgian one and a Victorian one. There are also several ‘work in progress’ designs for what would be ‘3-D’ items in real life. So, the embroiderer in your doll’s house can now be seen to be working on a project such as a pair of slippers, a handbag or a doorstop!
Each needlework stand kit contains a piece of 40 count silk gauze, Anchor stranded cotton threads, the mahogany frame pieces, a colour block chart (the design is not printed on the fabric), detailed instructions and a suitable needle. The stand measures two and three eighths of an inch wide by three and three quarters high (6cm by 9cm) when finished.
If you are a beginner to mini-stitching and are unsure as to whether you would be able to make one of these needlework stands, why not have a look at the free online tutorial section of Janet’s website first? It guides you through every stage of stitching and finishing the needlework stand, with detailed photos to show you exactly what you need to do. You'll see just how easy they are to make!
Each kit costs £19.95. P&P is £1 per order if placed by post, or p&p FREE worldwide if ordered via the website. Janet takes VISA, Mastercard and Paypal (online only), or you can make your cheque payable to Janet Granger.
Here at AIM, we are pleased to announce that our special 40th Edition of the AIM imag is now viewable online!
With AIM members back from their well earned sabbatical, they have worked tirelessly to bring us a delightful Ruby inspired celebratory 40th edition of the Imag.
Packed with a wide variety of miniature fun, articles, news and projects for everyone to enjoy, this edition is as ever all downloadable for FREE! So why not grab yourself a cuppa, curl up in your favourite armchair and join us as we celebrate our 40th issue of the AIM imag!!!
Introducing AIM Member Paul Smith of Afan Valley Miniatures, who has been building 12th scale houses since mid 2011. Paul works on and produces houses of an unique and different design, finished in a manner which allows them to be viewable from all sides and angles, with a strong emphasis on the realistic finish and range. All of Paul's buildings are designed and built from his own design or to a customers specification. Paul commonly works in 1:12th scale but is happy to go smaller if required.
The bolster measures one and three quarter inches long and the tiny tassel measures just under half an inch! The bolster is to be stitched on 32 count silk gauze and each kit contains everything you need to complete one bolster; the silk gauze fabric, Anchor stranded cotton threads, stuffing, a suitable needle, colour block chart (the design is not printed on the fabric), and detailed instructions.
If you would like to see exactly how to put this kit together (including how to make the tiny tassels!), then take a look at the Tutorial on Janet's website at http://www.janetgranger.co.uk/tut_bolster.htm, which shows you what to do.
The kit costs £12.95, and shipping is free worldwide.
Terry & Anne from Dateman Books have been working hard over the last few weeks to finish the first two of their commemorative books for 2012. The first book is The Life and Works of Charles Dickens which commemorates the 200th anniversary of his birth.
The second book is RMS Titanic, commemorating the tragic maiden voyage of the ship. Terry and Anne explain that they are particularly pleased with this book. For the first time, they have added a flyout allowing them to show the ship spread over two pages which allows the reader to open them up and see the inside of the ship.