With the prospect of being able to start the McKinley build if I can just get my Willowcrest into a more finished state, I have actually done some work on it this week. My office is closed between Christmas and New Year so I have some time in hand to work on it.
I started with the top floor, which I have designed as a workshop area and knitting corner. This was the easiest place to start as most of the components were already assembled and just needed to be put in place. (Although I also stuck a few more accessories into the knitting shop on the second floor).
First off, I took out most of the furniture from the top floor and stuck in some 'quilts' on the walls. I still need to add more, but left to right these are: a print of a vintage quilt on fabric, which I sewed into a 'quilt'; a silk carpet which I thought looked like a quilt; two small cross stitch pieces which a friend gave me; another silk carpet which I trimmed down to fit above the storage cupboard; and a cross-stitch coverlet (done by machine I think) which I bought at a dollshouse show. The tiny hand stitched hexagon quilt over the stair railing is a vintage quilt I bought at an antique show.(The giant red reindeer on the outside balcony is a Christmas ornament.)
Then I painted the tray part of the ironing board with Games Workshop Chainmail to look like silver metal. The iron I primed with Games Workshop Foundation Paint, and then painted white, with a neon green insert and a red light. I covered the board itself with a printed fabric cover, just wrapped around and glued neatly underneath.
I had previously made five plaster copies of a resin sewing machine that I had purchased (see previous post). This week I spent some time making them all a foot pedal, using some spare electrical wire and a piece of crown moulding cut into segments and painted white. Once those were ready, I stuck in the workshop tables and chairs, and positioned the five workstations with their machines.
With the tables in place, I can start adding accessories to each work station, such as some tiny tape measures, some turned spools of thread, some bolts of fabric, and a tiny little thimble, and a pre-prepared sewing notions basket. I need to add lots more, including some cutting mats.
And this is the finished knitting bag, which will go on the floor next to the bench in the knitting corner.