Navajo rug cross-stitch project - the beginning

by brae  

I have no idea if this rug will end up in the Heritage in the end since there are two other houses in the wings now that it might work well for, but I am eager to work on this project in my "off" time over the winter.  I'm using 32ct Jobelan in parchment, though I do plan to stitch the entire rug, including the background.  I just thought it would be easier on my eyes than stark white.  So far so good.

This, my friends, is two hours worth of work.  I had the hardest time counting out that one long row of 159 black stitches.  I usually start in the middle, but my frame will be somewhat tight around this project so I started at the top.  This will also keep me from running my hands over the finished portions as I work, reducing wear on the finished areas.

I have the project on a wood frame since that's what I had on hand.  It is held in place with thumbtacks on the right side.

I've picked my colors from my existing stash of floss, though I need to buy more of the center background color (DMC 613).  I plan to buy several skeins so the dye lots will match since it covers a large open area.  Most of the other colors won't require as much, so I'm set as far as those go.  I went with a subdued palette though I think the contrast levels will be quite nice overall.

I have a few more colors than the design calls for since I'm going to mix up the pattern a bit.

Golden Gate View

by brae  

Even though I recently acquired a Glencroft kit to follow the Heritage build, I recently stumbled across an old (albeit new in the box) kit no longer made: Golden Gate View by American Craft Products.  I could not pass it up for its unusual design, its relatively compact size and the price.  :D

I'm thinking a Brownstone with a two-story efficiency apartment, though I am not sure if it will be contemporary or vintage or some mix of the two.

Musical chairs

by brae  

Sometimes, miniature furniture seems to have a mind of its own.  I might have perfect plans for a pair of chairs for instance, but in the end things go awry and they don't work.  I had two Chrysnbon Victorian chairs from a miniature furniture lot I bought on eBay.  When they were included, I really had no intention of using them.  I was working in modern minis at that moment, so into storage they went.

When I started the Heritage and realized there was room in the kitchen for a table and two chairs, I thought...YES! I will use those Chrysnbon chairs!  I assembled them along with the House of Miniatures dining table kit and realized they were too small compared to the table.  They were too delicate and too short.  It didn't look right.

But, I finished them up since they were already assembled.  Aren't they lovely?  :D

I painted them a lovely satin white and upholstered them with red velour.  I planned to list them on etsy since they weren't going to work for my project.

It seems this is the part where I catch up with the plan they had all along...not to reside in the kitchen but another part of the house, namely the bedroom.

The bedroom is located above the kitchen and dining room and as such is a huge room.  There is room for a massive bed (as required by a creepy old house), two nightstands, a vanity with a chair, a wardrobe and two small chairs for in front of the window.  These two small chairs!

Now, there won't be a bay window in the bedroom, but the swinging window will be just behind them.  I'll make up another one of these candle stand kits since I swiped this one from the Newport.  :]

Here's the comparison with the dining table.  As you can see, they get lost next to it instead of showing their charm they way they do when paired with a candle stand.

I also made another pet bed for my etsy shop.  The kitty figurine is from my childhood dollhouse and will likely end up somewhere here in the Heritage.

Interior decorating has begun!

by brae  

I started pasting the wallpaper in the front bay window as well as the newly installed kitchen side wall. With the bay window paper in place, I was able to start gluing in the window trim.  I used the same super glue trick installing the trim - just a few dots to hold it in place while the white glue dried.  It made it so much easier.  And, the middle window still works!  :D

Since scrapbook paper is limited to 12 inches in length, areas needed to be pieced.  It's easiest to piece at a corner since your eye already sees this area as a dividing line and the seam will be less obvious.  To get a good match in a pieced corner, I include a bit of overhang.

I then paste the adjacent piece over this extra paper for a nearly invisible seam.

When the paper needs to be matched on a long wall, I cut the pieces to match in pattern and paste end to end.  The seam is somewhat visible, but it should blend well and not draw your eye once the room is furnished.

I finished up the pocket door and primed the two separate walls before gluing it all together.  I again used super glue to hold the pieces in place while the wood glue dried.  That's fast becoming my favorite trick for building!  Once dry, I glued the assembled wall into the house, being careful not to glue the door itself to the floor.

Once the glue set, I was able to paste the rest of the wallpaper.  I always use Yes! paste applied with a brush.  Note: I no longer recommend Yes paste - I use Wallpaper Mucilage instead.  Yes paste has problems with longevity.

Up next, installing the wood floor I finished previously.  I've built in enough clearance for wood flooring to continue under the pocket door when it is closed.  This part will be installed when I work on the entry and parlor floors.  And, yes, the third window is still loose enough to require a dowel to prop it open.  :D  (Of course, I installed the insert wrong side out and had to do a bit of trim removal to reverse it.)

To finish the tile portion of the kitchen floor, I used spray adhesive to attach the cut piece of Cream Diamonds by The Paper Studio to a larger piece of Bristol paper to give it added weight and durability.  The wood floor it will be next to is thicker than the scrapbook paper itself.

I sprayed the surface of the paper with matte sealer.  I was heavy-handed with it, so parts turned out glossy and others spotted.  There are even a few random imperfections.  All of these things make for a perfectly aged floor!  :D  I just wish it showed up in the photos.  :\  At least you can see the aged pattern of the printed design.

I've started cutting the baseboard pieces, but they are not yet glued in place.  Since the Heritage kit doesn't lend itself to straight and square construction, I will need to do some filling where the cut pieces of baseboard meet.  It's a fairly simple fix, and I'll detail the process in a future post.

And, here is the kitchen with the pieces I plan to use for it.

I really like how it's turning out.  :D

The Glencroft

by brae  

No, I haven't even opened the box, but I thought I would share my initial inspirations with you.  These will have time to finalize over the next year while I continue working on the Heritage and the Newport.  :D

I plan to flip the kit in the opposite direction.  Here is a real life house with just the sort of look I am after.  Even though the Tudor aspects of the original kit appeal to me, I just love this more modern take on it.  I especially like the way the door arch is replicated with a side a garden is likely in store as well.

As you can already see, I can never just build a kit out of the box...except for Baslow Ranch, which was the only one.  Here's the kit photo again for comparison.  I won't be changing the overall structure of the windows or adding the dormer to match the original...just flipping the whole thing.  :D

For the interior, I am thinking Craftsman style with neutral colors and beautiful woodwork.

from Parks Estate, Dallas

Elements of stone and warm stained glass.

from Parks Estate, Dallas

Beautiful patterns and color, too.

from Arts & Crafts Homes

Even interesting wood finishes

from Arts & Crafts Homes

I already have a number of furniture kits that will work for the build.  These are kits by Kari Bloom at Miniton Miniatures.  I bought two of the chairs to make the library table a dining table.  I also bought two of the end tables to make a set.  I had originally planned to use these for my scratch built Alpine Chalet, but that project is so far off in the future that it didn't make sense to save them when the Glencroft lends itself so well to the Arts & Crafts style.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program...  ;D

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