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August 2013

Tea Stain Effect makes Great Antique Look ...

A Miniature Victorian Doll for your Dollhouse

Some Miniature Victorian Doll Books

Making a victorian doll that you want is a solution when you just can not find a doll to suit your needs. One of the best design suggestions is to use the dyed tea stain effect. Where you use tea water to immerse your doll fabric in for that aged look. And then dry the fabric in your dryer to set the color.

Do this process over and over too, to get the color you are wanting. This method gives your doll that antique look so many collectors are desiring.

Looking over various books can give you additional ideas to help fashion your own dolls also. However in reading reviews and owning several of Sue Heaser's books we can vouch for this author. Her books are worth every penny you pay to get them. Most reviewers give her 5 stars. She is an excellent miniature artist with a history of creating and instructing to assist her. In other words she does good work.

Dyed Tea Stain Effect for Soft Cloth Dolls

  • Start by selecting the cloth you are using for your soft cloth doll. This will be the main fabric that makes up the body. Without the clothes. The material you will use for the head, arms, legs and the body - trunk.

  • Make a pot of tea using 4 tea bags to every 20 ounces (600ml or 2 and 5/8 cups) water. Steep for 15 minutes. Remove tea bags.

  • Next immerse your fabric in the water and leave for 20 minutes stirring occasionally to create an even color.

  • Dry your material in the dryer to set this color stage.

  • Repeat these steps until you have your antique doll's color you are wanting. This will make an excellent effect for any victorian doll you're currently designing.

Doll creation books by Susanna Oroyan get rave reviews as well. Of course a lot of doll books available may be for full sized dolls. You have to greet those kinds of instructions with the idea of shrinking the patterns. 

Shrinking ideas you find are always exciting. That way you seriously get into the design elements of what you seek. And we see that as a winning combination for all who want to create. It adds depth to your designs and makes every moment you spend on your dollhouse truly an adventure.

Best Suggested Miniature Victorian Doll Books

It is suggested you explore many ideas regarding victorian dolls before beginning your design work. We have provided some books to help in your study. The more information you get the better doll you will create. Ending in a well rounded family or doll for your dollhouse environment.

Find below Susanna Oroyan' s book Anatomy of a Doll and Sue Heaser's book Making Miniature Dolls with Polymer Clay. Both books will help you get ideas for your own miniature victorian doll. The other books will help you get a feel for doll making in general and the Victorian Era.

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Design Tip #11
Imagine Filming a Walkthrough of your Miniature !

Home Designer Software Program


A 3D Walkthrough is a series of picture files saved in .avi format that can be played like a movie by other applications such as Windows Media Player.

There are two ways to record a walkthrough:

  1. Draw a path in floor plan view using the CAD tools, then direct the program to record a walkthrough along that path.
  2. Create a 3D view, then begin recording and use the Move Camera tools to navi­gate through the view. Quote from Home Designer User's Guide

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Spine Tingling Miniature Victorian Doll Dresses ...

A Marsha Greenberg Hankie Couture Creation

Dress your Miniature Victorian Doll with Style and Flair

Yes now it is time to dress your miniature victorian doll. And in what better way than exceptionally stylish dresses. With this section we will be examining Hankie Couture by Marsha Greenberg. When we first got this volume it impressed us so. We are hoping it does the very same for you. 

In Hankie Couture, Marsha takes you along her journey as she designs many gorgeous fashion sized doll dresses. Our personal favorite. One of the reasons we selected this book is because of her devotion to choosing vintage collector handkerchiefs for her designs. Which go right along with this ezine issue titled Your Miniature Victorian Doll. 

However if you are wanting an unique dress for say a 1:12 scale setting you could pick up some pointers from her too. All that is needed is to shrink what you see. For that you will need a scale converter, a good quality printer and your imagination. And remember every 100 pixels equals one inch.

In her book you will find these topics:

  1. The Story of Hankie Couture: Introduction
  2. The Hankie Dress: The Original Vintage-Hankie Creation
  3. The Apron Dress: Hankies Twinned with Complimentary Fabrics
  4. The ACEs: Applique, Crochet, and Embroidery
  5. Sleek and Sophisticated: Elegant Ensembles with Cosmopolitan Flair
  6. Just for Fun! Dresses with a Sense of Humor
  7. Special Occasions: Weddings, Parties, and Celebrations
  8. Sleepwear: Playful and Lovely
  9. How-To: Instructions for Making Your Very Own Hankie Designs 
  10. Details: The Magic of Hankie Couture
  11. Acknowledgments: The Friends of Hankie Couture

Content list, above, quoted from the book Hankie Couture 

Another Marsha Greenberg Creation

Materials Needed for One Hankie Dress:

  • Hankie Couture book for complete instructions
  • 1 handkerchief
  • White cotton fabric
  • Small sewing needle
  • Coordinated thread to match cloth of dress
  • Simple contrast color for doing basting
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tracing paper
  • Soft lead pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Small snap
  • Sewing machine (optional). You could just as easily stitch the whole thing by hand if you prefer. Making your own miniature victorian doll dress is after all up to you how you do it. Hand stitching can further authenticate the era you are trying to create.  

Select a hankie for your miniature victorian doll dress here.

Below - Hankie Couture Book, Calendar and a Vintage Hankie

A Hankie from the Marsha Greenberg Collection

Meet Marsha Greenberg - Artist and Author
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Welcome to Hankie Couture on EBay. As we have covered Marsha's book Hankie Couture above we could not help putting up her store from EBay. There she has for sale some of her creations. Some purchases may or may not include her Barbie-sized miniature dolls. So read everything carefully.

Browsing about we definitely enjoyed what is on display. However we did see one other item that may be of interest to some. She has listed a case of 16 of her books. An exceptional buy. Great for gifts no doubt. Even better though for someone wanting to explore her volume in a class type setting. All autographed too. Okay enough of all that go directly to her EBay storefront now.

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