Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Issue 39 out now

Issue 39
The 'special project' edition
of the
FREE AIM imag is now available to enjoy online at:

As requested by many readers of the AIM imag, Issue 39 is a compilation of the projects featured in the 2011 AIM Advent Calendar, presented in a wonderful easy to read or download publication.

Corrections for Issue 39

We note that in Issue 39 of the imag, the wrong email address has been provided in the Grapevine for Kathy Brindle's risqué items. The correct email address is kbrindle@dodo.com.au  
Our apologies to Kathy and our readers.

Monday, 30 January 2012


Calling all AIM Members....
I have opened a 40th anniversary album for anything appropriate to celebrate all things new in February, Ruby or red related, love and valentines, anniversaries, flowers and food - the gate is wide!
Any suitable features or projects 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?
There will also be a new small scale album opened by Janet Smith.
Please fill these!
Your input is greatly appreciated.

Friday, 27 January 2012

Christine Verstraete, author of IN MINIATURE STYLE II and SEARCHING FOR A STARRY NIGHT, A MINIATURE ART MYSTERY, will be signing books at the Independent Miniature Artisans (IMA) Show, Friday 20th April and Saturday 21st April at the Doubletree Hotel - Chicago/Arlington Heights, 75 W. Algonquin Rd., Arlington Hts, IL.  http://www.ima-show.com/

Christine Verstraete http://www.cverstraete.com
In Miniature Style II ebook: http://tinyurl.com/6kmt4ya
MSII Print: http://tinyurl.com/4ockdh2
Searching for a Starry Night: #1 Kindle for minis eBook!

Monday, 23 January 2012

AIM News 2012 ~ AIM imag update

It has been brought to our attention via comments left on previous posts, that some people are disappointed in the fact that the AIM imag is not currently being published online monthly and that there is some confusion as to when new issues are coming out. May we take this opportunity to remind our faithful followers that we are working hard behind the scenes to bring you new issues of the imag, but this is done in our own time, on a voluntary basis and around our own personal, lives, jobs, etc. Every page in every issue of the AIM imag is planned and edited. Every article is planned, the item is made, then photographed, accompanying text written, then it is uploaded to the Editing Team who format, edit and then apply it to the magazine template. This is turn is then edited before a final check that it all looking lovely and then the online uploading to publish begins. Again, this is all done by the AIM members who kindly give their time for no payment, to bring you what is a wonderful, informative and packed imag and Christmas Advent Calendar.
Sometimes, life can interrupt this freely given time and the AIM imag is then put on hold until we are happy that we can provide a new issue of the AIM imag that will be a pleasure to read for our loyal readers.
Future issue dates of the AIM imag will now be given here the week before it is due out and don't forget you can always check out the AIM imag Archives by clicking this link Artisansinminiature/ Archives  You can also keep up to date with AIM Members News and Dolls House Fair dates which AIM members are exhibiting at, here on the blog. This blog is updated twice weekly and again on a voluntary basis!

AIM Members News 2012 ~ Miniature Home by Melissa Boling

Itching for Spring?
If you're itching for warmer weather, how about doing some spring stitching?  The crocus pillow above is the newest addition to Melissa's website and coordinates with the hollyhock pillow.  Both cushions are done on 40 count silk gauze and are designed for DMC cotton floss.
The "Birds and Blossoms" cushion is the spring cushion from her Four Seasons Series.  The Four Seasons cushions are done on 48 count gauze and each has a plaid border, and an optional stitched plaid back.  (If you live in the southern hemisphere, and are tired of the hot weather, you might like to try the autumn pillow in this series.)
There are many other projects on the website, such as a peony rug if you're looking for more spring flowers, a cheery yellow tea cozy suitable for a 1950s kitchen and much more....
Why not take a look at  http://www.miniaturehome.com/  and start your spring stitching!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

AIM News 2012 ~ Issue 40 of the AIM Imag

Here at Artisans In Miniature work has begun on the next issue of the popular AIM imag and behind the scenes our volunteers are beavering away formatting and editing the wonderful features, stories and news that will be in the next issue.

 Like Kay Brookes article on Scale; 'Size Does Matter' where Kay shares with us her adventures in dollmaking... from Barbie size scales to the tiny 1/24th scale!

Issue 40 of the AIM imag will be out in the next few weeks, but in the meantime, if any of our members have any spare time or news that they could contribute to the next imag, as ever, please get in touch, your contributions are welcomed!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Meet Our Members ~ A.E.G. Miniatures

Introducing AIM Member, Alberto Gozzi of A.E.G. Miniatures, who started building miniatures in 1996.  Alberto explains that he has always had an interest in architecture and worked for many years with his father as a carpenter in Italy.  Alberto stumbled on the miniature hobby by chance one day whilst walking down the street and thought this would be a great way to express his interest in architecture.  So far, Alberto has built several large houses and a few room boxes but would really enjoy building some smaller houses.  He currently works in 1:12 scale which Alberto admit is his favorite scale. 

The stunning house shown in these photos are from Alberto's 'Victorian Italinate'

For more photos of this and other fabulous buildings by Alberto, take a look at his website at http://www.aegminiatures.com/

Friday, 13 January 2012

AIM Members News 2012 ~ Janet Granger

If you love stitching in miniature, then make sure you visit Janet Granger's website http://www.janetgranger.co.uk/ during January, to take advantage of her Sale. Everything in the online shop has 10% off its usual price - all the kits, chart packs, cut canvas and gauze pieces, and accessories such as Wood Finishing Packs and Fray Check.

If you fancy making a tiny cushion or bellpull, or maybe a dining chair or footstool, Janet's website is the place to look.

With over 180 kits to choose from, there's sure to be something to tempt you!

Shipping is free worldwide on all orders of £10 or over (under £10, there's a flat-rate charge of £1.25 per order).

Janet Granger's Sale runs throughout the whole month of January, so grab a bargain while you can!

Monday, 9 January 2012

AIM Members News 2012 ~ Bearcabin Miniatures

At Bearcabin miniatures, you will find hand crafted and hand stitched collectors quality miniatures and One Of A Kind heirloom pieces. Specialising in 12th scale, my main themes are Victorian upholstered furniture and modern cross-stitched soft furnishing and tapestries. In our Etsy store, you will also find our popular 'Woodland Witches' furnishings and accessories and the occasional little chenille stemmed bear. When time allows, I also hand make one of a kind miniatures in the seasonal theme that is current at that time.

Our miniatures can be found in our Etsy shop at Bearcabinminiatures.etsy.com where we are currently offering Free Worldwide Shipping until 16th January.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

AIM News

With Christmas over and the New Year well and truly in, our thoughts now return to our adventures in our miniature world. We hope you all enjoyed the Christmas Advent Calendar, which has now been closed but will return as a Project Supplement later this month.

Here on the AIM Blog, I will be introducing two exciting regular features on the AIM Blog during 2012.

 Starting this week, we will be posting two new regular features;

 AIM News 2012: where you can keep up with current news from AIM and our members, such as new websites, offers and fair dates, etc.
Meet our Members; an A-Z feature series of our members, their work and their web links.

I hope you will enjoy following these new features during 2012

Sunday, 1 January 2012

Happy New Year
to all our members and readers

May 2012 be blessed with health, happiness and miniature fun for you all