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A book that combines two hobbies at once!
on April 16, 2009
As a girl, I spent many hours furnishing a dollhouse to absolute perfection (or so I thought). Once it was finished, there was little for me to do with it but store it away, a treasure that rarely saw the light of day. I saw this book online and had to have it -- here might be a way for me to combine my adult hobby with my childhood one. I put the credit card number in so quickly it practically burnt up the wire getting to Amazon.
When the book arrived, I was thrilled. Like most Japanese bead books, there are no instructions, other than the absolute basics. What you do get are very detailed drawings of the thread paths, so an experienced beader can identify the stitch and start following the book. The stitch used in "The Beaded Dollhouse" is 99% Right Angle Weaver, a time consuming but simple stitch. I'm just beginning making the first project: a sofa from one of the three living rooms in this "house." And therein lies my only tiny complaint: Although the author designed three living rooms., a dining room and two bedrooms, the poor residents of this dollhouse have no kitchen, and no bathroom. As a woman who keeps take out food places on her speed-dial, I suppose I could live without a kitchen, but a bathroom?
I hope that the next book will include those two very important rooms in her beaded dollhouse, and that they are as charming and filled with whimsical touches as this slim volume. I'm sure that I'll be among the first to purchase it!
P.S.: The author is also kind to our beaded wallets during this time of financial craziness. She makes her projects with three and four millimeter fire polished beads instead of the usual cut crystal. If I ever get to meet her, I'll give a her a great big Thank you!