Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Update and other things

A big welcome to my newest followers, Mary, Paul, Tabitha and Cris Colas.  I hope you enjoy by blog and find some useful hints and tips. It's a pleasure to meet you!

The picture below shows only a few of the things I received from 2 large group swaps a while back and now reside in the Wizards Tower.  My contribution was an embroidered banner (not shown) but I will do a very short tutorial on that later.  I also made most of the furniture but it was the swaps that really made the tower so special.
By the way, if you plan to do anything along the medieval line, please join Dream Dwelling on Yahoo groups.  The files are loaded with historical information on customs, architecture, foods, etc which I found very useful.

Now, on to other things.  This last week I did very little in the way of miniatures.  We spent 3 day packing up my inlaws things because they moved from a condo to an apartment.  But, since my mother in law no longer sews, I was given some beautiful lace, sewing supplies and some gorgeous fabric.  I have already made plans to use the lace and fabric in a roombox, either a nursery or toddler's bedroom.  Now, this leads to another point.  As long as I have been a miniaturist, there are several things I've never done before.  One is using fabric as wallpaper.  I know there are probably tutorial out there, but this fabric may be on the heavy side.  It's actually a linen napkin and the color is a beautiful pale pink.  What type of glue should I use and should I scotch-guard it first?
Any help or advice you can give is truly appreciated.

Til next time!


  1. Hi Diane,
    I use wallpaper paste to hang fabrics. You can treat the fabric just like it was a paper, with the advantage it's much harder to tear by accident! This works really well for cotton type fabrics, but be wary of any fabrics likely to be marked by water. Like anything else, test it on an off cut first just to be sure. Here's a link to an example of a room "wallpapered" so you can see the results: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dollshouses/3544612740/in/set-72157619576867570

  2. On HGTV (Carol Duval, years ago) we learned to use liquid starch for fabric on walls. Used it for apartment living, removable wallpaper. You can use light weight fabric, which won't be heavy.

    Dip fabric, squeeze, apply. Although, I see on google where someone paint brushed it on the wall first and then fabric.