Category Archives: Working from a bought kit

The usual minor crisis of a time-wasting soul

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theinfill blog – garden and miniature scenes

Fireworks in the flower bed

Garden tasks between the raindrops

Been clipping the box hedge and replacing the long garden divider/fence posts and couldn’t resist skyving off for a wee while.

Right; what to build next.
Something?  Nothing? Too much choice?

I’ve re-sorted and tidied – sort of – the space waiting for the next task, and still have lots of disparate things in the furniture line squirreled away, plus a couple of ready-made and flat pack room boxes, including two shop fronts.  Lots of building materials too; mostly lightweight stuff but some wood sheets as well.

Ideas aplenty, all of which have their attractions in the brain stimulus department but not all appeal equally.

No problem sticking a pin in the mental list as it were, and just getting on with it, but indecisive ‘cos of space; just where in the name of all that’s wonderful will I put something that has a footprint larger than a couple of hand spans!

Then, of course, there’s the usual question of why would I lumber whomsoever has to clear up after I’m gone with all these flights of fancy that are already lying around clogging up the living space, let alone add to them?  Aren’t we supposed to be thinning out possessions as we age?

Found somewhere for the Market Cross building to sqeeze in, by the way.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - own adaptationsNext door neighbour to steam punk machine that destroys the printed word… and just out of interest while I’m looking at a mini weaver here’s an article on “The Medieval Clothier”

At moment swithering between nothing at all (but then what would I do?) or the very first thing I intended to make about eight years ago before it sort of grew and became Hogepotche Hall, and that is a long house or, on the other hand, something Victorian.

Been ‘window shopping’ as it were on the Weald and Downland website, looking at the wonderful Anglo Saxon Hall House in the woods and perhaps, living as we do in the old Kingdom of Northumbria, I should lean that way.  I find these structures very beautiful and would have to make lots of things to go in to dress it which I find appealing.

Then there’s the possibilities of a two-up-two-down Victorian house with attic and outside loo and maybe a washhouse too.  After student hood I shared one in the north east and am rather attached to the shape.

Both structures have long, narrow footprints that might, just might be squeezable inable here or there.

Am leaning a little towards the two-up-two-down though it might have extra length for backyard services.  I’ve got one or two things possibly to furnish the two-up-two-down and there’s quite a number of cupboards to make, not to mention fireplaces to construct or buy.  Also would be interesting to do.

Back to the stores

Of course there’s still all the bits sitting in there boxes and cubby holes that won’t be used.  There’s a small, well medium, selection of medieval to Jacobean items such as tables, corner cupboards, benches and settles lying around doing absolutely nothing to earn their living space and they are lovely things just going to waste.

I had a fancy to do a Regency style scene of the Georgette Heyer variety with a young man and woman along with a saturnine-looking fellow leaning nonchalantly against the fireplace looking on.  Originally it was to be a booth at either Ranelagh or Vauxhall but a sitting room or even an old coaching inn where some of the ‘period’ furniture items could actually come into their own at last is a possibility there!  Who knows?

Meanwhile, in the garden

theinfill blog – garden and miniature scenes

Weather is dark, muggy and sad-making but the smell from this area of the garden is a fair pick-me-up

May have run amok with the links here, for which I apologies, but am hopeful that some may be of interest, one way and another 🙂

Anglo-Saxon Hall House

 

Bayleaf Farmstead from Chiddingstone

 

Poplar Cottage

 

Medieval building from Hangleton

 

Think it’s finished

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An adaptation of Dolls House Emporium kit for the Market Cross – I think based on Wymondham Market Cross building.  I bought this to do with a friend and we never got around to it before she died.  It’s small and looks even smaller when figures are added.  I’ve homemade the adult figures between 5 foot and  5 foot  6 inches, but they do look like giants.  The child figure is a 1:24 bought in kit; I think it was intended for use as a half-scale male figure until I inflicted the indignities of babyhood.

Round and round it goes

The whole structure is a mix of the DHE kit for the base, pillars and ceiling/floor of market/room above and the rest is a mix of wood and layered card.  I’ve added rafters in the market place below along with the central hub pillar and changed some of the fixtures between the kit pillars as wasn’t comfy with the MDF pieces there.  The weather vane is cut from re-purposed metal from a defunct yoghurt maker.

The stalls are homemade, as are the majority of goods on them, the exception being the pies on the baker’s stall, bought a long time ago and re-coloured with make-up.  The bread is homemade.  All the animals are bought in.

Stools, tub and bucket are from Ashwood Designs Miniatures  and the plant kits are kits from The Miniature Garden on Etsy, with the odd homemade plant and the grass etc are railway miniature supplies.  Cobbles and similar are Creative Paper Clay, with added cardboard flags.  All the lighting is LED battery with either lighting gel or a dab of paint added to bring down the brightness.

Now, what have I forgotten to tell you?  Hmmm.  Mostly I’m now wondering just where in the name of blue blazes I’m going to put it.

Shaping up the last figure

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theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaver

Whispering sweet nothings?

The Weaver selling lengths of fabric

Decided to add the ‘meat and muscle’ shaping to this figure the long way round by padding and firming the shape with the needle rather than padding and gluing.

Any deficiencies (ie bits I don’t like the shape of) particularly at upper arms and tops of legs and seat etc, I can pad out further by stuffing the garments, as I did with the leather worker’s trousers.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - leatherworker

Standing next to his stall of leather goods he has extra padding for his belly and at the top of both thighs for his bottom.

Position and pose

 

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaverBefore he’s dressed I need to know how he’s going to stand, how much he needs to bend and at what points on the body.
If I’m not careful enough I could make the clothes too restricting for the pose I’d prefer.  So, how much bend, which side should he lean over?

He needs the clothes to bulk him up a little.  At the moment, compared to her size and square posture, he looks undersized.

And, yes, I based the length of the stick on his forearm 😉

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaver

Where they are in the market.
I will have to fiddle with his feet a little, I think to make him look a little more stable.

Need to do a little more dressing of the scene on their stall and around it and then — it should all be just about finished.

theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross - the weaver

So, is he whispering sweet nothings or, as it seems in this shot, asking if she fancies a beverage and a veggie pie?

Last two figures

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theinfill blog – Dolls House Emporium Market Cross kit - figure spinnging

Not spinning very finely and wearing what looks like a couple of pancakes on her head. 
The weaver will probably be standing behind her, which is why there’s a floating head over her left shoulder 🙂
I like to make a sense of usage and weight in the clothing of figures and the placing of objects. I often cheat with glue and/or stitchwork. I just couldn’t get a sense of weight for the spindle at all and getting her open hands to hold the wool was a bit of a job too.

My hoard(s) of fabric, trimmings and lace are a complete mix of new scraps and old retrieved odds and ends.  Sometimes I iron the fabric before use, other times the iron only gets used for turning hems and edges depending on the job in hand.  With the salvaged items, a lot of them still hold the ‘memory’ of how it was stitched and this shaping can be useful with its needle holes possibly standing in for decoration and the gathers in fine fabrics helping to shape a garment or a hanging around a window.

theinfill blog,Hogepotche Hall,1:12 scale scratch-build dolls house

I used the same material for the sisters’ shifts too.

Feeling particularly lazy I plumped for some ready gathered fabric for the under shift of this seated figure. The stitching itself is long gone but the fabric memory holds.

This particular piece from back in the 70s or 80s is now so fragile that the first thing to do is find a new, super sharp needle to work with.  The delicate cloth is almost weightless it’s so fine.  I try not to use pins when working on it, so, once cut to rough shape, the job becomes a matter of hold and sew on the doll and no undoing if anything goes wrong.

 

The spinner and the weaver

I’d have thought that anyone spinning probably wouldn’t do it at a market but I chose it as it was handy for bringing in another occupation for a seated character.

Links of interest:

Spinning with distaff/spindle in Tibet

Spinning with distaff/spindle in Italy

 

and a Medieval one