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I live in Yorkshire in the UK. I'm hoping to do some basic refurbishment on my old Lundby dollshouse (1960s vintage). After that I want to build a Cotswold thatched cottage, based on one in a series of books by Miss Read. 

I was wondering if there were any really good basic beginner books please? 

I love sewing and knitting and one of the things I'm really looking forward to is making miniature textiles for both houses, given the era I think my Lundby needs a crochet afgan throw! I'm hoping to make rugs (started a French knot kit), patchwork quilts, cushions etc for the cottage. 

I am restricted energy wise as I have ME/chronic fatigue which limits things a lot, so both projects will be very slow. 

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Welcome to the forum! Lots of nice and helpful people here. I can almost always find tutorials for mini things on Youtube. This looks like it might be a good one. I skimmed it and it seems comprehensive. I can needlepoint but anything other than that is beyond me. Hat tip to anyone who has the patience to French knot!

1/12th Scale Crocheted Granny Square Throw / Afghan


This book on Amazon also came up.


I have had very good luck buying used books from Many of their sellers are in the UK. You won't have to wait as long for delivery from them as I do here in the U.S.

And it looks like my favorite UK seller has that same book pretty cheap. WorldofBooks is a good seller. Reliable and low prices. Just a week ago I got a Jean Nisbett dollhouse book from them.

Cotswold cottages are so beautiful. I hope you post pictures as you go along.

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Welcome to the little family, Dawn.  I've made mini crocheted and knitted goodies for my houses; I made this wee granny square afghan using candle wicking yarn:


and the hook shown; it was a tad heavier than I liked for 1:12.  I prefer using a single strand of DMC cotton floss to simulate worsted in 1:12, and cotton sewing thread for crochet cotton.  I no longer have the link to the online source I got my extra-itty knitting needles and crochet hooks from, long enough ago I no longer remember the name.

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