We’re going to start 2014 on a fun note – a dollhouse made by Doreen Mcgregor that’s full of all the things that stitchers love – fabric, thread, notions, magazines, kits, yarns etc – and all hand made.
It was first shown at the Guild’s 2011 Exhibition but has proved to be such a hit with the public that it’s been on display again since then.
Doreen is an incredibly talented needlewoman. She’s usually sitting and chatting quietly while doing the most exquisite and complex Hardanger pieces but can also create lovely things in just about any embroidery style. She can also knit up a storm! And does funky as well as traditional.
Her dollhouse shows an attention to detail that’s just awesome. Here’s a first look:
It’s 25 cm or 10 inches high. The shell was bought but Doreen added the signage and most of the fittings and merchandise.
The name of the shop The Crafty Tadpole is a clever play on the name of Doreen’s favourite embroidery supplies shop in Canberra – The Crafty Frog. You can find the latter’s website here.
Now for some more pics of the outside and windows:
Doreen stitched all those cross stitch pictures you see on the back wall specially for the dollhouse and they’re fingernail size!
Aren’t those bolts of fabric she created just fantastic?
How about these teeny tiny replicas of embroidery magazines?
and all those hanks of embroidery thread displayed on the wall?
I couldn’t get over how she’d crafted these tiny balls of yarn with their own brand in a whole range of colours…..and the coat hangers
Would you like some closer looks?
This miniature hardanger is just lovely and the fact that it’s the size of a large postage stamp really shows what a talented crafter Doreen is…….and yes she made those rolls of ribbon too! Doreen’s daughter Leigh made the sewing box – more about that later.
Those tiny kits in the window are also hand made by Doreen. One of my favourite items is the sewing pattern in miniature next to the sewing machine. Doreen’s daughter Leigh mocked up the carry box for the sewing machine in the left hand corner at the back as a birthday present for her mum.
Leigh also made this sewing basket and its contents as part of her gift while Doreen stitched the bargello bag……
and these two pieces of embroidery!
Just had to share the love for this funky purple bag!
As mentioned earlier that sewing box in the back right hand corner was also made from scratch by Leigh as part of her mum’s birthday present…….serious crafty talent in this family don’t you think?
Has Doreen’s dollhouse made you smile? It certainly brings out the child in me! Don’t forget to click on the photos if you want to see them in more detail.
Bye for now.