Category Archives: Great Hall

First half of the Great Hall

One man and his dog


No sheep involved

Slept badly and filled in down-time by looking for something from year’s ago on own site (how sad can one get?) and came across this piece from five year’s ago.

My first dressed figure, butchered from a bought in standard chap for whom I’ve still got a soft spot and thought I’d share him with you once again.

Anyone at home 1 – the build of a Falstaffian figure, perhaps

I hope you enjoy him – and his dog 🙂

— ~ —

Bit more awake

Now I think I know what day it is and have, more or less, got myself together, here are a few of the original photos that didn’t make the first cut and which might explain better the description of his clothes and face alterations.  I’d had the doll for some time, partially messed about by me (changing the body shape, giving him hair) and hadn’t had the nerve to finish him.  But having done one or two others that had been less drastically altered, I finally jumped in and sorted this one out.


Open and shut case


I’ve spent most of the recent mini-ing time on roof-ful brooding.

Still mithering on

Going round and around in circles trying to keep things simple but give access to light controls and the loft rooms.

  • Top of the list would have been to have my brain checked:  too late for that
  • Most favourable and practical would be an all-in-one, simple roof that is totally removable:  not gone for simple roof so that’s out
  • Next would have been to split it in two halves both of which would be removable and have them meeting at the ridge:  that messes up the ridge and wasn’t sure I could work that out

Working with what’s there

Best way out is to ignore it while it cooks away in the old brain box and do something else so I fiddle with the carpet across the great hall table.  The hanging edge needed weighting in some way as it wouldn’t lie flat.

And now the roof so far

The second bedroom

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - second loft bedroom

It’s up there over the meat room

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - second loft bedroom hiding wiring and lighting room

Ashwood Designs has made various lamps that are used around the building. Some have bulbs, some have candles only. This bedroom has a fairy light available that needed housing and it just so happened that the last Ashwood lamp I had was a candle one that had rattled around in storage here and needed its base putting back.

In the last photo you can see the boxing in on lower left two-thirds, hiding the robust fairy light wiring that lights the rooms down below and the door at the left is the mock one for the alleyway torch controls. I don’t much like rooms with lots of doors in them (or open wardrobes for that matter) but the two mock doors are to ‘dead’ areas in the loft.

Solution to part of the roof problem

Another ‘something else’ activity

Finally got round to dressing the room properly more or less.

A bit of lots and none at all, but suspect my brain is now going to be incommunicado until such time as this roof is finally fixed.

See you then 😉



Fixed v Removable


On the one hand … and on the other

Storeroom roof sections

Am considering the whole roof being removable though, because of the many changes in slope, it might prove hard to realign quickly when all it’s been raised for is to put on the lights.

The lighting switch section (possibly plural – see photos below) need to be removable.  The rest is two bedrooms, one of which will be accessible for the smaller hand and one which will not if the roof is permanent, and one dead space with nowt going on in it.  Still thinking of practicalities of compromise and will get back to you on that.

Meanwhile as a combo with the above problem I’ve been doing some bits of landscaping as it were and decided I didn’t like the light level in the alleyway created between the storeroom block and the great hall block and that, if possible a torch light might help a little at least.

Torch in the alleyway

The grey card in the last photo will be red tiles (eventually) and the chicken photo was taken before the over-painting of the torch so not sure how much light still gets out and must check that again.

The controls for this one fairy light are now parked in the roof space above it in the storerooms.  As I had two strings of fairy lights I’ve sacrificed 9 lights of the spare set, cutting them off the string and leaving just the first one for use in the torch.

Back to the roof

I’m leaning towards Tilda’s side of the slopes being a mix of fixed and the lighting control at that end which does the rooms below, being a removable small piece about 3″ x 4″.  The inner slope may have to be totally removable, partly so that I can fiddle with that loft bedroom later on plus the new lighting control section behind that bedroom.  Hmmmm.  Still thinking.

Never put off … what you’ve already forgotten to do


meanwhile “quack”

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - egg cup and egg

Thought you might like this egg cup ‘scene’ – looking a bit put upon?

Back to the point

Forgot: 1

NB:  if you turn on the lights in the ‘house’ always fully check at the end that you’ve turned them off – really off.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - great hall fireplace

Many hours later …


Forgot: 2

It would be good if the added blocks of the house – great hall extension, or porch, street or storerooms block – could be linked by action or activity of the figures using them.  Most are in place and the great hall ones are already chosen but still not done and dusted and I couldn’t figure out why — until today when I started on them.

theinfill dolls house blog Hogepotche Hall –Hodgepodge Hall - a Medieval, Tudor, Jacobean dolls house blog - Heidi Ott male doll dressed 5

View of all four of the workmen in action so far. There’s still a load of tree bits to go on some of that roof.
One day.

I do find the very lovely Heidi Ott dolls are far better at millipede impressions than other dolls when it comes to stitching and gluing clothes on.

Whatever am I on about!?

Have you ever added permanent clothing to a small doll?  I don’t know how you go about it but I use a mix of pre-stitching or gluing of items or parts without the doll and building other parts of the clothes on the doll directly.

One doll hopefully has two arms, two legs and one head.  That makes five appendages that you can get your thread wrapped around or can glue to the wrong bits of cloth.  Pipe cleaner limbed dolls can do this and occasionally the limbs can fall off but overall they are generally more willing to be moved out of the field of needle and glue fire than the Ott strongly made ladies and gents.

The two figures from the roof that need attention should have been done today but I only got the one done and in place.  Very stubborn article that he was.

Any mini-ing tomorrow will involve wrestling his friend into some clothes, I suspect.  So far he’s got pants.  Well, it’s a start.