Hat to show youJune 11, 2011
A few weeks ago I visited the Kensington Dollshouse Festival in London. I spent two wonderful days admiring all of the beautiful miniatures...
A few weeks ago I visited the Kensington Dollshouse Festival in London. I spent two wonderful days admiring all of the beautiful miniatures on show and chatting with the exhibitors. I love talking to other miniaturists and when I am at a show I always run out of time and miss several tables because I have been talking to so many people.
But by talking alone these miniaturists would not be able to do what they do. So of course I also bought a few lovely miniatures, some of which I will show you below.
While I was waiting for Gerd Felka to find me a box and wrap up my purchase from him (I'll show you what I bought from him some other time), I wandered over to a neighbouring table and admired some hats. I really liked this Marie Antoinette inspired model and thought it would look good in my bedroom.
The hat was made by Annette of The Little Hatter. She had a wonderful display of hats, corsets, parasols, hat boxes and dressing screens. When I got home I 'dressed up' a Chrysnbon dress form with linen to act as a perfect hat stand.
When it was nearly closing time on Sunday, I came across Ellie de Lacy's table. I loved her books! They are covered in thin leather and most of them have a wonderfullly used look. I bought several books from her, one of them this book about butterflies.
It was wonderful to meet and talk to Small-Time's Keith Bougourd and his wife. Keith made the beautiful artist's desk and chairs I bought last year (see post here). I had only seen his work online so it was a bit of a gamble, but it was well worth it! This time I bought a small tea caddy, veneered in faux tortoise shell. The photos are not that good, everything looks much better in real life.
The small book is by Ellie de Lacy. The twine spools are by David Edwards. I love the little labels on them. The silver pair of scissors are by Jens Torp. Again, these photos are not very good, everything is so much more beautiful in reality.
Lastly, two more items for my collection of sewing accoutrements: a lovely wooden sewing tape measure made by David Provan (no website I'm afraid) and a beautiful little ivory thimble case with a 14 carat red gold thimble made by David Edwards.