Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Christmas Home Workshop Pack - Miniature Mignonette Doll in Presentation Box

Due to recent events, I have decided to postpone the forthcoming November one day workshop until the spring. However, I have adapted the kit so that it can now be offered as a Christmas Home Workshop Pack

The workshop pack contains all the materials to make a Mignonette Doll Presentation Box, fully decorated and complete with contents.  This box harks back to the heyday of French dollmaking in the 1890s when beautifully decorated presentation boxes filled with a doll, costumes and accessories, were on the wish list of every little girl.

The box is wooden and will be finished with specially printed papers both inside and out, along with precision cut decorative paper strips. It also has decorative 'vintage angel' feet and box clasps.

The basic wooden box, awaiting transformation

Use small scale vintage-style papers and embellishments to decorate the box inside and out

Inside the box are two silk covered pads, which can easily be removed
 The jointed porcelain doll measures 1  3/4" tall and is dressed in an elaborately trimmed fitted silk costume in the Jumeau style.

Dressed in fine hairstripe silk, she has silk and lace underwear, and dainty silk shoes with leather soles.

Attached to her sleeve, a vintage Parisian doll label

Ringlet curls wig and silk toque bonnet

She also looks pretty from the back!

Her costumes and accessories include:
  • 3 different styles of silk dresses on hangers, each with matching bonnet
  • Set of tiny laser cut metal accessories in either gold or silver - jewellery (necklace, bracelet, brooch, tiny tiara, brush, comb, mirror, decorative hair combs, picture frame, all designed and created specially for this workshop session.
  • Tiny posy of silk flowers
  • Beautiful printed fan
  • Eiffel Tower silver charm

This heirloom box would make a wonderful Christmas gift (or self-gift!) for any miniaturist or doll collector.

Everything is provided to complete the box and contents as shown, plus comprehensive workshop notes.

The cost of this Home Workshop Pack is £80 and includes the box and all the materials you need to complete this project as shown. Shipping is extra.

A booking deposit of £25 is required (cheque or PayPal) with the balance payable on the day of the class.

I'm currently working on the special papers for the Mignonette Doll Boxes. I'm designing and printing them, including precision cut paper lace strips to decorate all the edges.

The doll's Jumeau-style costume and various accessories will echo the colours of the boxes, and I will be hand-dyeing silk ribbons and trimmings so that everything tones perfectly.

Currently the colour choices are.....

Pale Pink (the colour I used in the original box)
Pale Blue
Soft Green

I will only have a limited number of packs, which are available on a first come, first served basis.  To reserve your pack, please go HERE to pay your deposit.  It would be helpful if you could also let me know your colour choice in the comments box when making payment.

The remaining balance of £55 (plus shipping) will be payable on or after 15 November, after which the packs will be despatched.

As ever, if you need any further information, please contact me.


etquest said...

She is just fantastic! This is Ellen of Dr. E's Doll Museum and collectdolls.about.com. Can this be done on Paypal with us dollars?

Sandra Morris said...

Hi Ellen,
Yes, you can go onto the website and select $US in the currency box on the left hand side. All of the prices will then automatically be converted to $US.
The booking deposit listing is the Mignonette Workshop category.
Don't forget to let me know which colour you would prefer :)

dawn said...

Any idea of the shipping cost to the US? This is absolutely fantastic!

Sandra Morris said...

Hi Dawn,
I'm calculating the exact shipping cost this weekend but I don't anticipate it will be in excess of $20. I'm offering the option of having the comprehensive instruction booklet emailed as a PDF file, which will also cut down the cost. I only have a few packs still available now so if you decide you want to participate do let me know.