My new office space shares a floor with a resource library for teachers. I had a look along the shelves in a break from unpacking my boxes, and, amazingly, found a book called Miniature Macrame for Your Dollhouse!
I had been thinking that my 1970s dolls houses could use some tiny macrame objects, like plant holders:
or wall hangings:
(this is an owl),
or even a swinging chair:
which this tiny Erna Meyer doll seems to be finding a little precarious.
I've never made macrame, and don't really like it! but I do remember that lots of people had it in the 70s and 80s (this book was published in 1981). I can't imagine why this teacher resource library had a book about miniature macrame - I would have thought life-size macrame would be easier for kids to make, and produce gifts for their mums or dads.
I think this guide to making models from matchboxes and matches, also in this library, would have been borrowed more often:
This booklet is published by matchmakers Bryant & May (their matches are called Redheads in Australia, and (apparently) Beehive in New Zealand). As you can see from the cover, some of the models and techniques are quite sophisticated, but the book also includes instructions for making basic matchbox furniture:
as well as furniture made from matches:
I can't see a publication date, but the booklet refers to a 1989 Australian Standard for safety matches, so I'd guess that this dates from the 1990s. The furniture illustrated could have been made at any time in the last hundred years, though!
Moshe Samter- Great mini world
7 hours ago