The exhibit I'm working on will have a total of six scenes, one of which will feature my dog finger puppets. In asking around for input re: themes for dogs -- because I don't want to have a reprise of the dogs celebrating their birthdays like I'd done for the exhibit at Providence Children's Museum -- "doghouses" were offered up. Bushels of ideas came from that suggestion, and I'll show you how the doghouses are coming along in another blogpost. But for this blogpost, I thought I'd show you the beds and linens I've made for the houses.
I made a fairly simple, straightforward pattern for the bed, making it from cardstock that doubled back on itself for extra stability. I added half-circles of cardstock for the head and footboards, trimmed those down, then added lengths of coffee-stirrers for the bedposts, which got painted white. I added bones to the footboards (a double thickness of cardstock) for a little canine pizzazz... and so some other characters don't pretend these beds are THEIRS.
I made the bed linens using patterned cottons with white flannel. I'd never used flannel before with my miniatures, but I sure will use it more in the future. It's soft and it drapes far better than using any sort of felt I may have gravitated towards. The wee pillows were stuffed with lengths of quilt batting that I'd folded into thirds. The mattress is stuffed with a single layer of quilt batting. The "braided" rugs were made by gluing DMC's variegated Craft Thread onto cardstock ovals. A bit time-consuming considering the width of the craft thread, but worth it, I think, given the results.
I'd already established colorways with these characters (red, blue, green), so I'm continuing in that vein.
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