Friday, August 5, 2011

Dressing The Bed



Please double click on photos for a close up.

I am working on dressing this Phoenix kit bed I painted. This is the first time I have ever played with fabrics to use in a miniature setting. At this point nothing except the bed skirt in fixed in place. I still have choices. I also haven't used any hairspray on it yet. Luckily I was able to end the scallops at all the cornes in the same place on the pattern.

I am not sure pure silk was the best choice for a duvet cover I don't like the sheen I am seeing in these photos. I think if I use it I will fluff it up a bit using fiber fill under the covers to make the bed look like a feather one. I still need a folded blanket at the foot of the bed. Hopefully in cotton with a pattern of some sort. Oh... And lots of small pillows.

To those who do not speak English my apologies for the Google Translator. I will reinstall it as soon as possible! It seems to be broken in several of the blogs I read too.

33 comments:

  1. Catherine, it's so lovely.
    I never glue or hairspray my bed linens, I like to play with them and change them often. More over I like their softness.
    Have a nice day, Rosanna

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  2. Es preciosa y el dormitorio ha quedado muy bonito. Me encanta lo que se ve de las sábanas y esa colcha de seda. Tiene un color precioso.
    Un beso.

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  3. Gorgeous! And, the photography on these shots it top notch, too! It looks very realistic.

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  4. Preciosa cama!! está vestida con mucho gusto!!! Felicidades

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  5. Bellissima la coperta!! Mi piace tanto anche il dettaglio del lenzuolo che sporge dal letto,un bellissimo lavoro,
    baci
    MelyG

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  6. una cama muy bonita ¡¡ te felicito ¡¡
    besos elena

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  7. You did it perfect,Catherine. And the whole scene looks so romantic, I love all the accessories you put around. Is this a printed carpet,from which you told me? Jeannette

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  8. Gosh, Catherine if it really is your first play with fabrics then I want to see more and more of it! So pretty and elegant!

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  9. The carpet was a gift. Linda (Une Petite Folie) made it for me. I just LOVE it! I am crazy about all the muted colors it has in it. I think it is perfect with the wall paper I chose for the master bed room.

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  10. So lovely and charming !
    I love each detail of your display.

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  11. This looks beautiful. A fabulous first attempt! I like the silk coverlet with its sheen. It has come together so nicely.

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  12. Yes,it is perfect,just like made for this room! A beautiful gift from Linda:-)! Jeannette

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  13. This room is beautiful. I love the bed cover. You have done a wonderful job. :) Greetings Maria

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  14. Catherine, I adore this little scene, every thing looks wonderful!!!
    I am a big fan of the Pheonix beds, their scale and detail is so real....you have dressed it to perfection.

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  15. Catherine, I LOVE what you have done so far. I am with Rosanna about the hair spray. I would think after awhile it would break down and feel sticky??seems like it would......There is a great product that you can get at a fabric store called "Stiffen" that works well. just make sure to run your spray nozzle through a glass of water after you use it till it is clear of the product or the opening gets clogged. I was in a miniature shop once and someone had a darling crazy quilt on a bed and when I asked about how it was kept in place I was told that the artist had added the smallest wire at both ends of the blanket(head and foot) and bent it to stay hanging perfectly on the bed. I thought that sounded brilliant...it worked well. Great to see what you have been up too. I have been wondering where you were!!!

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  16. Thanks Everyone!

    Patty... Thank you so much for your great advice about the fabric stiffener. I have seen a product like that at Jo-Ann's.

    Oddly enough... I had thought about using a wire inside the blanket I want to have at the end of the bed. The fabrics I have used really aren't sticking out at odd angles so I think I will just leave them alone for the moment. They don't seem to need to be stiffened.

    The bed skirt is glued to the board under the mattress. I loved the scallop design, so until I need to rip if off the board because of dirt or something that stays. I might like to change the sheets and quilts every so often. Especially if I find fabrics I like better. :-) Thank you for thinking about me. Catherine XXX

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  17. Oh Catherine, it is so beautiful and romantic!
    The colors work perfectly together. In such a gorgeous bedroom I would also like to sleep in real life((-:
    You have done it again, absolute wonderful!

    Hugs,
    Karin

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  18. Very pretty, Catherine. I especially love the scallops on the bedskirt.

    My eye doesn't see the duvet fabric as too shiny but it could be a bit fluffier. Rather than stuffing out with fiberfil, perhaps consider a different product called (I think) thermal lam (?). It is like a felt but a little thicker and softer...it gives loft without lumps. It comes (again, I think) in several thickness. Quilters use it but I have seen mini upholsters use it and I took a class eons ago where it was used in making a tufted chair.

    I don't use hairspray as stiffening. I am always afraid it will yellow in time. I use Stiffen...but not on bedding. I agree with Rosanna. If you want the bedding to lay a certain way, steam it in place.

    Susan

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  19. I love it! is a lovely work! Regards

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  20. Susan, Thank you for the information about thermolam. I actually left a place on the seam open and bought a beautiful cotton piece of batting that is very thin that will fluff up the duvet. I am going to use some wire on that to keep the duvet in place on the bed. The next time I photograph it I will have finished it. I just have a bunch of pillows to make first. Maybe some petit point ones. Not as fine as Sandi's!!!! Perhaps on 48 count.

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  21. So happy to see you back!! I love your darling bedroom..................the bed is just perfect and the bedding is so nicely detailed...makes you want to climb in and snuggle with the lamb!!

    Hugs,
    Sandi

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  22. Muy elegante, perfecta!!!!! Besos.

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  23. My dear Catherine, last night, when I saw your beautiful bedding, I was too exhausted to write any comments (guests for dinner and a pile of dishes to wash!).
    So only now I express my admiration for the umpteenth perfect choice :-)
    I am not fond of silk because of the difficulty of it falling in the right way, but you succeeded very well :-)
    The color is perfect and, overall, the bed is very appealing (perhaps because I am still full of sleep since yesterday?)...
    As for google translator, by accessing the blog through Firefox, I managed to solve the problem ... Let me know if you can see the gadget on my page.
    Mini hugs, Flora

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  24. Thank you Flora!

    No, I am afraid I still cannot see your translate widget in your blog. So many things are going wrong with Google Blogger. If I had the box checked that says... Stay signed in ...I would not be able to post here or in many other blogs.

    Catherine XXX

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  25. Oh so gorgeous! The silk bed cover is very pretty and the skirt just perfect! The bed itself looks so amazing. The whole room is totally wonderful!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  26. Perfection, Catherine! Absolutely bewitching room! It looks like a set in an old movie. I love it, love it!

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  27. The bed looks very gorgious, i love the skirting and the silk gives it a glamorous feel.
    Good job.
    Hugs
    Maria

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  28. It looks absolutely gorgeous Catherine, and how lucky that the scallops lined up so perfectly for you - isn't it great when these little unexpected things happen :)

    I've seen wire used before to get the shaping right, seems to work (altho I've never done it myself) and has the benefit you're looking for of being able to change the look if you want. Another technique I saw somewhere was to use alluminium foil, I think the fabric was attached to a sheet of foil with double sided tape (not necessarily all over but I don't actually recall) so when the foil is shaped the fabric is too. Maybe wouldn't work for you in this situation but always useful to have these things tucked in the back of one's mind amongst the cobwebs:)

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