More Castle Doors and Other Little Things...
The weather has not been cooperating, Dear Readers, with my plans to make Great Progress on the basic framework of the Castle Dollhouse. It has been very hot here for weeks, and humid as well, making all the building materials sticky and wet and the air quality impossible to paint in. I know some of you are wishing for rain and I wish I could send it your way. We have had daily downpours and even a few tornadoes not very far from here. And when it is not raining, it is in the "nineties" farenheit! One of the major tasks I want to accomplish is the primer and base coats of the Castle exterior and of the interiors of the rest of the rooms that have not yet been "built". The structure is too large to move elsewhere for painting... and the paint needs to be able to ventilate... and it has just been too hot! So Progress is slow. (Sigh) But I did manage to do a little more stitching on the petit-point embroidery! You can see it above. It is almost at the point where I will stop stitching and leave a corner to be "finished" by the mini stitcher! I still need to construct the little embroidery frame it will be displayed in. That also requires some stain and finishing. As for the Castle, I left you last week with the doors for the Great Hall only partly constructed. Once I saw them in place (held with masking tape) I realized I wanted to have the windows on the gallery level be four across, not just two. This required that I pull out my big saws again.
As I mentioned last week, I am trying to keep the style of this Castle
at a very early Medieval era... thirteenth century at the latest,
when a Castle was a fortresses with very few
"improvements" for comfortable living.
Windows were few and small and the exterior
of the walls were plain and functional with very little decoration.
But I have deviated from my plan a little bit...
because it is a dollshouse....
and I will want to see into those rooms!
So I added the extra windows to the front of the Great Hall doors.
The "story" is that at an earlier date,
before the Great Hall had a fireplace at the wall side,
there was a gallery that went all around the room.
It has now been reduced to only two sections
one at each end of the Hall.
(Because we don't want a Gallery in the way when we open the doors!)
I do like the way it looks now!
While I had the saw out,
I also cut out the doors for the room
above the Chapel on the left side.
This will be the Lady's Solar,
the room where she can be
separate from the "people" and can
attend to her sewing and reading.
The top room on the left side will be the Lady's Bed Chamber.
I could not cut the doors for that room because
the section of plywood I had hoped to use is a bit warped.
I am hoping I can make it "straighten out"!
(And I have not even cleared that room of all the "storage" yet!)
Meanwhile, as soon as I was done with
the extra window cutting, Dear Readers,
I was ready to move on to the Hinges!
(Trying to get the Great Hall doors attached is what
started me working on the Castle again after so many years!)
I made the doors "double hinged" to make them a more manageable size.
The central panels can be opened alone.....
(of course, I still have to attach the other doors...!)
Doors in closed position...
With just the central panels open......
And with the entire doors open!
(Did I tell you how much I LOVE hinges?!)
Here it stands with most of the upper rooms
still just "taped" in place.....
I need to drill and screw the "prosceniums"
in place before I can attach the doors.
At least once I get all the pieces screwed together,
I think there will be less warping.
And hopefully there will be a little bit of "painting" weather
(when I can leave the windows all open wide) before too long!
And of course you want to see Blossom # 20....
And in the Box with its buddies!
So you can see Dear Readers, it has been slow going....
But I begin to understand why I
stalled on this project all those years ago....
It's just a little bit larger project than I thought!
But I am making progress
on the Castle doors and other little things!