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Owning up – a review of story so fartheinfill - Great Hall Medieval to Jacobean - addition of a window

I’ve been thinking about what I do with the miniature items when they are entrusted to me after the exchange of a suitable amount of dosh.

  1. Many things purchased possibly don’t get used in the manner imagined by the seller, or look quite as they were intended, and yes, this does include finished items dismantled
  2. I over handle and model items like someone who plays with their food
  3. Results are therefore,  always chunky and slightly grubby
  4. Although an inability to be precise can be lowering, I’m pretty much up beat about the whole thing.
  5. Balancing mind’s eye design with hand ability and skill is great fun

Am probably better at looking at something and turning it into something else than making from scratch, though am not sure what an item entirely disassembled and reassembled into something a little different should be called.  (Let’s keep it polite.)

The growth of a Medieval to Jacobean dolls house

– sad examples of wilful vandalism

theinfill - Jacobean dining room 1/12th scale

Lovely inlaid small box lid with carved animal scene cruelly detached and used as back to sideboard with piece of newel post to help hold in place and leave gap for wiring.

theinfill - beginnings of a Tudor to Jacobean kitchen space

Kitchen table – more Georgian pine than anything – carved, hacked about and dirtied. Dresser with hen section removed and new bottom half built from scraps and lolly sticks, with hen part separate under stairs.

It started with 8 second hand, ex-display, standard sized room boxes from eBay, a bad sketch by me, a load of photos from the web and a great deal of reading.

The room boxes were mostly the same dimensions so some hacking and extending in both length and height as well as wall and/or ceiling removal was necessary.  The 8 have become on the ground floor

  • entrance hall and stairs rising (single storey) thro to the back of the 1st part of the Great Hall (16” long and double storey height)
  • a dining room
  • the first part of the kitchen quarters and the sleeping room directly above

On the next level there’s:

  • the sitting room/solar
  • the corridor outside it with stairs rising to a floor above (yet to be added)
  • a section closed off for a lighting panel, cable storage and other paraphernalia
  • a mini chapel and the beginnings of a bedroom which may yet be extended a little
  • and there are still 2.5 pieces of the boxes left to use.

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - hall stairs

Stairs heavily sanded to look worn with use

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - height of Great Hall

First part of Great Hall

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - family dining room

Private dining space

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - kitchen womens qrtrs

More work needed above kitchen

The second part of the Great Hall with the meeting room above is the only part entirely built from raw materials so far.

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - 2nd part of Great Hall

New build, left side view

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - 2nd part of Great Hall
and right

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - Great Hall ceiling

Ceiling built out of individual frets – amdcrafts who at present does Party Post Boxes

theinfill - Medieval to Jacobean dolls house - Grt Hall door

More amd frets used here

theinfill - Medeival to Jacobean dolls house - spiral stair cover

More frets, floor boarding, kebab sticks tiles and a pigeon wrapped around what were grey, now sandstone spiral stairs

Most sessions work well with a general feeling of heading off in roughly the right direction for me with very few things ending in the scrap waiting to be recycled. Finished items such as glassware, food items and pewter ware etc (as seen on kitchen and dining room table) tend to be mostly left in peace, with possibly here and there a little bit of dirt added, but on the whole they are given their due respect.

However, destruction as a form of creation is extremely enjoyable and stimulating, so I can’t promise to give it up all at once, and it has been very useful to bring together some of the aspects of the house so far in order to gain a better perspective on how things are a-building.  Meanwhile, on with the search for a Holbein rug!

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    • Hi there. Yes indeed and have various patterns in mind. As well as various needlework books I’ve a small collection of costume books. Have you ever come across Janet Arnold’s Patterns of Fashion? There’s one covering c1560-1620 with close up photos of seams, stitchwork plus layouts of patterns she’s made from clothing she’s handled. Most of the clothing is up market and a lot of that is burial stuff, so a bit OTT generally but the stitchwork is great for ideas to apply to flatwork. Although happy to do small areas in fine ordinary cottons to get the scale a little closer, I don’t think I want to spend the time it would take me to do something as large as a carpet. I’ve bits on the go for hangings etc which I’ve not blogged about but nothing large scale. Thanks so much for your kind thought about blackwork and thanks again for stopping by 🙂

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