One of my dollhouses
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My first needlework skills were learned from my grandmother as soon as I was old enough to handle a needle and thread or a crochet hook. I learned to knit (full size) from my sister about 20 years ago. Over the past few years, it seems that everything I make is getting smaller and smaller! I crochet with threads almost as fine as a human hair and knit with 0.5mm knitting needles and thread finer than sewing thread. So far, I have worked on silk gauze with counts as high as 72 stitches per inch, though I work more often on 48 count.
My current projects include two one-inch scale dollhouses. The first is a replica of the "Dick Van Dyke Show" television set from the early sixties. The second is a replica of a 1920's Craftsman style house formerly owned by my great aunt and uncle. It will be furnished as much as possible as it was in the 40's through the 60's. I visited their home in Milwaukee every summer as a child, and the creation of this dollhouse is a labor of love in their memory. In the planning stage are my aunt and uncle's lakeside cabin and a cozy white-frame farmhouse, including yard and gardens, set in 1940's Westchester County, New York. I am a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA). I live with four cats - Schatzi, Maria, Albert, and Nutmeg.
(The pictures of Bing and the dollhouse are from about twenty years ago.)
Bing on back porch of dollhouse
Heirloom quality miniature petitpoint designs
and other fine scale miniatures