Hardcover: 128 pages
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (March 1999)
Product Dimensions: 1 x 9 x 10.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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I know it's hard to write a book, so I feel badly about dissing this one. However, it is not good. The projects shown are, almost without exception, out of scale and "clunky" looking, rather like a very young Brownie troop's efforts. I was very unhappy when I received it and found nothing in it of value. I suspect I am not alone in my estimation as copies of this book began appearing on Thrift Shop shelves soon after its release. Sorry guys, it's just no good.
The authors have created some delightful furnishings, and I would recommend the book to those who are only just starting out in the World of Dollhouses. If you're putting a play house together for children, this book is a good starting point. However, if you a serious miniaturist, and have a more discerning eye for scale, you should probably look elsewhere. I would more highly recommend Nick and Esther Forder's "Dollhouse Decor: Creating Soft Furnishings in 1/12 Scale".
Yes, granted these are no sew projects, but I feel they are for the very beginner. The pictures are not clear and there is no detail to creating the objects in this book. It is basically cut a piece of material, wrap it around an object and glue. Many of you miniaturists have already gone far beyond this point. I appreciate the efforts of the authors but I personally feel this is a very beginner type craft book.
For many years I have furnished doll houses, early on as a child, then came my daughters, and am now in the grandaughters phase of my life. The project directions were very easy to follow (you could tell the authors are hands-on) and my grandaughters loved working alongside me with the fabrics etc.to furnish the various small rooms of their dollhouses. I found many of the projects they had no problem in completing themselves while others they only needed a little assistance. I feel furnishing dollhouses is a wonderful on-going project for generation after generation, and this book is one to refer to with confidence that the projects will turn out nice and they don't get discouraged by the friendly writing of the directions. I have purchased one for each of my grandaughters for Christmas, as it makes a great birthday or Christmas gift.
This makes decorating a doll house so easy. No sewing required. You just need materials and glue. The illustrations are beautiful and the instructions are very easy to follow. Make your children or grandchildren heirloom accessories and furnishings to cherish forever. Very up to date decorating style.
I have been furnishing a doll house for a hobby for 10 years, and have found this to be a great book for up to date looks throughout house. Most sources are for victorian decor and I find this to be very refreshing and a new slant on interior design for doll houses. I really enjoyed the photography as well, it looked as though you were in a real house. Well done by the two creative authors.
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