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Doll's House Details [Paperback]

Kath Dalmeny
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27 July 2002
All miniaturists will agree that no dolls' house is complete without being decorated and furnished in its period style, and no house becomes a home until all the finishing touches have been added. This book explains how to design and create these embellishments in 1/12th scale using inexpensive materials and basic craft skills. Step-by-step instructions are provided for over 300 projects, from everyday household items such as crockery, cleaning equipment, kitchenware and food, to toys, board games and floral arrangements. The finished pieces are pictured in furnished room sets providing added inspiration for the creative miniaturist and revealing the lifestyle of the dolls who inhabit this world. Traditional teddy bears and wooden trains keep the infant of an Edwardian house entertained, while cricket bats, various-shaped balls and posters of sporting heroes litter a boarding school dormitory. Other periods and styles covered include a modern tiled bathroom, an explorer in his Victorian town house, a sumptuous Georgian dining room prepared for a banquet, an artist taking a painting class in his Parisian attic, and a 1950s children's party. With full colour photographs, clear text instructions, templates and comprehensive material and suppliers listings, this book cannot fail to inspire all dolls' house owners who wish to bring their finished models to life.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; New edition edition (27 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715313673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715313671
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 21.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Kath Dalmeny is a talented craft designer and freelance writer. Her passion for miniatures began when she was eight years old, and she has since become an avid maker and collector of them. This is her second book for David & Charles. Kath lives in London.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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This book will encourage anybody interested in the small world. If you have not thought about venturing from the Victorian age then this will do it.
There is a great selection of things to make and helpful instructions including things to photocopy and make from the patterns in the book.
I think this is one of the best books for miniature enthusiasts for all ages and all abilities that I have read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dolls' House Details 4 Mar 2001
By R. Kepner - Published on
Excellent book for all ages of dollhouse lovers. Dolls' House Details offers an interesting view of what can be made for your dollhouse using everyday items. The instructions and photos are excellent and easy to follow. The items required are very easily attainable and probably already in your home. This is a great book for children as they begin to furnish their dollhouse as well as collectors who are still interested in imagination and taking the ordinary and making it into a miniature masterpiece. Highly recommend as part of your library for all dollhouse/miniature lovers.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Projects 10 Oct 2003
By J Alexander - Published on
This book is packed with the most amazing craft projects, Kath Dalmeny's attention to detail simply breathtaking. I have her next book and if you want to make your own dolls house furniture, rather than buy it in a store these are the books for you.
The stuff may be a bit European looking to American eyes but that simply adds to the charm. Is she English? I guess so with cricket bats and the like maybe she can get over here and produce an American version with mini bleachers and baseball bats!
To the reviewer from Chicago, if you can do better then I look forward to YOUR book!
My recommendation is buy the book, get inspired and try your hand.
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps I'm just too fussy? 29 July 2003
By Zoe - Published on
While this may be a good place to start if you are new to the dollhouse hobby, on the whole I was dissapointed with this book. The instructions are simple, and easy enough to follow, and there are neat little pictures to photocopy, but the projects themselves are not as high quality as those from many of my other dollhouse books. Great for those who are dabbling with the hobby, but for more experienced mini fans, I would give this one a miss.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Addition to Your Miniature Library 28 Sep 2005
By Kaye Frost-Smith - Published on
Yet another excellent volume to add to your Miniature Library. This book also by Kath Dalmeny, is perfect for those wanting to make their own accessories instead of the commercial items available. Lots of very useful templates to take the guesswork out of those boxes, crates, labels etc. Ideal for those who like constructing things!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Varied and detailed 2 Mar 2007
By Elizabeth A Triano - Published on
I took this book out of the local library because I am in search of projects to build in a larger scale (about 1:3.5) and wanted to get ideas from the dollhouse hobby. It is so lovely to see the photos of all the different completed items put together in a scene, it gives one lots of good ideas and inspirations. Many of the designs are made simply so that they can be copied exactly by the amateur, or expanded upon by the expert. Doll house making is such a varied art, and there is room for many styles. "The Artist's Workshop" chapter is also rather amusing, and "The Illustrator's Studio" is cute. Those and the Conservatory are the ones I personally would most be looking to emulate.

I think there must be some petty gossip and whatnot going on in this miniaturist hobby. There are some exceedingly immature reviews that have been posted below and I hope that amazon gets around to removing them. What do these persons want, some kind of textbook to copy exactly so that everyone's work will look alike? Such a lack of professionalism only makes the hobby at large look bad to the rest of the world. This is a fine book and I would love to see any of these things "live" at a show.
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