Rosehill progress

I apologize for these low quality photos from my iPhone, but I can't find my digital camera. I've mocked up a corner of Rosehill Cottage with the rug I made, plus the blue bench and an armchair I made last night. (The Victorian sofa in the back won't stay, but I wanted to see how a sofa fit in the bay window space).

I've never made furniture from scratch, and I'm going to make another armchair as I think this one is too puffy, and the angles are wrong. Yes, I realize I am the only one who cares... The fabric is from Brodnax prints and is fairly close to the pattern on the chair in the film, but the silk is a bit shiny I think. I am very pleased with how the rug came out, but I may need to adhere it permanently to the floor if I can't get it to stop curling up - I have it pinned down at the corners here.

Anyway, huzzah for progress!

PS - I watched the first two episodes of the new season of Downton Abbey. Is anyone else as fascinated as I am?


Found a rug!

After many unsuccessful searches for a carpet design that closely resembles the one in the living room of Rosehill I finally found one! After tweaking the colors in Photoshop, this baby is ready to be printed out onto fabric. Carrie at A Lavender Dilly has a tutorial on how she's printed rugs, so I thought I would try it. Yes, I was going to make it by hand, but as I was working on it the scale just seemed too big. I'm going to use that one in my Glencroft. I think it will be fine in 1-inch scale.

Just a bit nervous about printing it on our new inkjet printer. We got a Kodak Hero 5.1 for Christmas and it has a bottom paper tray but not an opening in the back to run it through flat. My Canon had the paper positioned in the back, so it didn't have to go around a roller to print. Maybe one of you has successfully printed on fabric with this kind of printer, and could give me some tips? I've printed on silk and cotton with the Canon, and didn't have a problem as long as the fabric was adhered perfectly flat to the backing paper. I've also ironed fabric down to freezer paper and it has worked fine, but I'm wondering if the tension while it goes around the roller would pull it off.


I need to write this...

I need to step back from my normal art-related posts for a moment and vent about something that is happening as I type this. I apologize in advance if this bugs any of you, but I need to get it off my chest.

This blog is named Melmore Street Studio after the street my grandparents lived on in Tiffin, Ohio. I named is as a sort of homage because my grandfather taught me to draw in their breakfast nook and they both meant a great deal to me. I consider that I half grew up in Tiffin, and all of my best memories are from there.

My parents moved back to Tiffin, their hometown, about 15 years ago, so there is still a strong connection to the town. For the last 5 years or so, my dad has been a part of the Tiffin Historic Trust, which works to support preservation of local buildings, among other things. He has participated in a campaign to restore the historic Beaux-Arts courthouse, which was being slated for demolition. After a long fight, during which he and the Trust received much criticism from many Tiffinites who wanted to see the courthouse razed, the battle was lost. I am sure some of the blame falls on the economy, but I cannot help but feel that much of it should fall on a town that apparently does not value its heritage. Tiffin is the county seat, so a restored courthouse would have added great value to the town.

Needless to say, I am pretty discouraged right now. I am not sure I want to continue my "homage" to the place I loved as a child, as I now see its true colors. It is difficult to see this as progress, since whatever will go in the space being vacated will probably have all the charm of a Burger King. Tiffin has some wonderful people who care deeply about their town, but the prevailing winds just don't care. I may decide to rename my blog, and if I do I will certainly let you know in advance, though I will give it much thought first.

Here is a link to today's Toledo Blade article about the demolition.

Thank you very much for putting up with my thoughts on this matter. The next post will be on my Rosehill progress, I promise.