IGMA Classes in London

May 10 - 12, 2016

Immediately Preceding the 2016 Kensington Dollhouse Festival

About Kensington Dollhouse Festival Classes

About the Program

The International Guild of Miniature Artisans, in cooperation with the Kensington Dollshouse Festival, will present classes taught by IGMA Artisan and Fellow members May 10-12 2016 at the Imperial College, London.  This is a change from where classes were held the past 2 years. 

Location of the classes at Imperial College London is Room 7, Level 5, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus, London SW7 2AZ.  It is opposite the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Nearest underground station is South Kensington which is on the Circle/District and Piccadilly lines.

The campus is NOT in the London Congestion Zone.  If you are traveling by car please check that your route into London does not cross the Zone on your way to Imperial College.  For a map of congestion zone click here.

Onsite parking is available at rate of £3 hour, pre-booking required.  Lower rates may be available off site or at hotels.

Class sizes are limited.  Enrollment will be in the order of registration, so act quickly.  See the enclosed registration form for instructions about enrollment and payment.  IGMA members receive a £ 15 discount.

More information about IGMA and the Kensington Dollshouse Festival is available at their websites--

Kensington Dollshouse Festival

Summer Show
May 13 - 14, 2016
Kensington Town Hall, Hornton Street, London W8 7NX

Open Friday, May 13th 12.00 - 18.00 | Saturday, May 14th 10.00 - 17.00

Ticket Prices
Friday 13th Adult £13 (£11 if purchased in advance) | Sat 14th Adult £7
Weekend ticket £16
Child (sat or sun) £5 | Family (Sat only) £20

Visit www.dollshousefestival.com for more details


Jamie Carrington, IGMA Fellow

Tuesday - Thursday

Moving from the looser gown of the early eighteenth century with the small hairstyle the court adopted the lavish panniered gown with heavy embroidery but took on the later powdered wig more fashionable with the coming fashion of the shorter less elaborate polonaise gown.

In this class students will learn to create the bucket panniers to hold the skirt out sideways before we make and decorate the stiffened underskirt and the lavish over skirt to match the bodice.

Patterns will be available to embellish the over skirt with a selection of ribbons, lace and trims to the student’s own choice.

Then we assemble the entire gown on the mannequin provided.

To complete the look we learn to form the lavish powdered wig trimming it to its heart’s content.

This class teaches many techniques which can then be used for other periods of fashion

All materials will be provided but students are asked to bring small sharp scissors for paper and fabrics.

Class fee: £ 280 (IGMA members £ 265)

Tine Krijnen, IGMA Artisan

Tuesday - Thursday

This is your chance to fill your miniature rooms with lovely books—from simple books with and without flutes on the spine to a leather-bound book originally printed in 1637.  Students will learn bookbinding techniques to make simple books with illustrations and leather-covered books with flutes on the spine. 

You will learn to thread thread and tighten bookbinders twine and sew the 11 sections on the taut twine.  The sewn book will be the Tulip book by P. Cos, published in 1637, a miniature facsimile of a tulip catalogue.  This catalogue contains 54 gouaches of tulips, with their weight, name, and the amount for which they were sold and 7 aquarelles of carnations and flowers.

All skill levels are welcome.  A steady hand and good eyesight are required.

Class fee: £ 260 (IGMA members £ 245)
In addition, a materials fee of £ 40 is to be paid to the instructor the first day of the class.

Geoffrey Wonnacott, IGMA Fellow

Tuesday - Wednesday

The class project is a typical Louis XV style table made in the elegant manner of French cabinetmaker Pierre Langlois.

Starting off the class with a prepared cutting list of timber and veneer the fine cabriole legs will be formed and the rails shaped. A single drawer will be made, veneered and fitted with compartments to be lined with silk.

The shaped top will be cut and veneered and a shallow brass gallery, hardware and mounts will be fitted after a finish is applied.

All basic tools will be provided however please feel free to bring small hand tools and any optical equipment you may require.

Completion is likely in class or detailed booklet is provided should you prefer to finish at home.

Class fee: £ 255 (IGMA members £ 245)

Geoffrey Wonnacott, IGMA Fellow


A small yet elegantly shaped example of Louis XV style, this casket less than an inch long in miniature will enhance many decorative situations, be that a desk box, jewel chest or as a stand alone table cabinet.

Starting in class with a cutting list of prepared timber and brass, the mitred sides will be assembled to form the carcass, the lid raised panel will be sanded to shape and rails mitred around.

Individual jigs will be made to produce decorative brass strips and detailed brass hardware shaped before fitting into place.

A finish will be applied and the interior base lined in silk.

All basic tools will be provided, however please feel free to bring small hand tools and any optical equipment you may require. Completion is likely in class, a detailed booklet is provided should you prefer to finish at home.

Class fee: £ 115 (IGMA members £ 110)