My apologies once again for another late issue. This one is so late that it's appearing when the next one is due, so I have called it the March-June issue!
If issues were given names, this one would be 'Our Clever Members' - so many of the articles describe dolls houses or rooms that members have either given new life to, or have made themselves - from new materials, cardboard boxes or discarded items. My proposed article on Japanese dolls houses has been held over until the next issue, but three articles have a Japanese theme - one about a genuine antique Japanese house, one about creating a Japanese-style house in an oriental lamp, and one about a stall made from a currently available kit. Celia Thomas of KT Miniatures shares what she and I have been able to discover about a previously unknown (or at least hardly known) maker of dolls house furniture, while Alice Sage, until recently a curator at the V&A Museum of Childhood, shares the process of re-seeing one of that museum's well-known antique dolls houses.
This issue features dolls houses from the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, from the UK, Japan and the US. In our DIY section, we have instructions for making a fantastic dress, suitable for a story-book heroine! I hope you find lots to enjoy and inspire you -
until next time,
Page 2 The Curious Collage: An 18th Century Dolls' House by Alice Sage
Page 3 A Revived Silber and Fleming Dolls’ House by Linda Schmidt
Page 4 A Small Japanese House by Jill Friendship
Page 5 A Collection of Miniature Treasures Made by Bertha (Penrose) and Ralph Wright by Celia Thomas of KT Miniatures
Page 6 1949 Keystone Put-a-Way Dollhouse by Susan Hale
Page 7 Good Golly Miss Dolly is thrilled to present - Our First Complete Dolls House! by Lorraine Rosner
Page 8 The Museum of the Twentieth Century Home (in Bedroom Three) by Isobel Ridley
Page 9 4 Generation Miniatures: A Family Collection of Miniature Buildings by Jenny Brown
Page 10 On Being a Dolls' House Enthusiast, Part 2 by Maddy Smith
Page 11 A Whiskas House by Sheila Rosekilly
Page 12 A Japanese style house in a lamp by Lis Garner
Page 13 Building a Billy Japanese Tea Stall - Kit Review by Zoe H.
Page 14 Brass Replacement Fittings for a 1900s Victorian House by Jan Jones in Tasmania
Page 15 A Dress for Bryony by Sharon Maggott
Page 16 Not So Quick Books - But Still Easy! by Valerie Towers
Page 17 Instructions for Grecon Owners by Valerie Towers
Page 18 Giveaway Competition for Members