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13 Bordeston Court, The Ham
Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8HW
United Kingdom

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Miniaturist creating historically authentic miniatures for 18th century, Georgian, Regency and Colonial dolls house settings in 1/12th (one inch) scale. Beautiful silks and hand-printed wallpapers for 18th-century dollshouses, doll houses, baby houses. @homewithmrshgth

Historic Silk Fabric Designs

Our range of miniature printed silk fabrics are based on authentic woven silks dating from the 18th century. 

The historic designs we reproduce are printed on on 100% pure silk and are available in two different finishes, a Crêpe de Chine or a Habotai. The Crêpe de Chine has a fantastic drape and a subtle sheen which is perfect for upholstery and a whole range of miniature needlework projects. This quality fabric is characterized by a crinkly surface giving it a pebbly and slightly dusty appearance. The 100% silk Habotai is smoother and has a higher sheen. It is light and flexible and perfectly embodies the beauty of silk.

Silks are available in standard pieces with a useable area sized 43cm(w) by 30cm(h) (or 17 by 11 & 6/8ths inches). Two smaller sizes are also available with a useable area of 21cm(w) by 30cm(h) (or 8 & 2/8ths by 11 & 6/8ths) inches in the vertical option, (or 30cm(w) by 21cm(h) or 11 & 6/8ths by 8 & 2/8ths inches) in the horizontal option.

If you are having difficulties selecting a design, the broad rule was that large-scale imposing designs were chosen for important public-facing rooms and more delicate designs – frequently florals – for lesser rooms.

Please ensure that you order sufficient silk for your requirements, allowing enough for matching the repeats in the design, as an exact colour-match between different batches of this product cannot be guaranteed, nor between silk and wallpaper since the print processes are different.

All silks are printed to order and can take between 10-30 days depending on how busy the print facility is.

 
 
We may be able to ‘colour match‘ to your particular requirements either using one of our ‘in house’ colours or by matching to a colour sample you supply (such as a paint card shown above or your own fabric swatch).

We may be able to ‘colour match‘ to your particular requirements either using one of our ‘in house’ colours or by matching to a colour sample you supply (such as a paint card shown above or your own fabric swatch).

Alternative Colour Options for Silk / Plain Silks

Many of the silks are available in a number of colours. But what if the particular shade you want is not amongst the options?

Multiple ‘in-house’ colour options will soon be available, and these alternative colour possibilities will mean that At Home with Mrs Hogarth is able to offer the largest range of 1/12th scale silks available anywhere.

These colour options can also be selected should you require a plain silk to coordinate with a pattern you have chosen.

There will be a surcharge of £5 to change the colour of one of the historic silk designs – this covers the costs of amending the digital file prior to printing.

Wall Silk

By the mid 18th century principal rooms would be half-panelled with a dado rail placed at the height of a chair-back, and the space above would be decorated with fabrics ‘strained’ over canvas or hessian on wooden frames.

To imitate this decorative finish silk can be fixed to walls, and we can provide advice on how to do this. We may also be able to supply our Crêpe de Chine silks with a backing that stiffens the silk before it is stuck to the walls, and we invite you to contact us with details of your project so that we can propose a suitable solution for the room you are decorating.

As a final authentic touch it is suggested that vertical lines are marked or embellished (with either braid or one of the authentic ‘Brass Trims’ made by Cristina Noriega which we sell on this website) to show the point at which the individual wooden frames would have joined.