Welcome to Brentingby House
Ever since my mother taught me to knit when I was four years old, I have had a great interest in textile crafts. From knitting I progressed to embroidery, dressmaking, crochet, tatting, and finally the one which became my chief interest - bobbin lace.
Having produced various items for friends, family and for my own home, I began to wonder how I might bring together all my crafts with some kind of theme or focus. I finally decided to make and furnish a dolls house. That would enable me to produce a wide range of textiles, and also give me the opportunity to work in miniature, as I had become increasingly interested in working with very fine threads and fabrics.
So, in August 2002 I arrived home with 3 large flat pack boxes - a Queen Anne dolls house kit. It took three years to build and decorate, and is still far from being completed. Along the way I learned new skills - interior decoration, roof tiling, woodstaining, basic carpentry, cabinet making and landscape construction.
As the house began to take shape, it seemed to take on a life of its own, becoming more than a mere display medium for its contents. Although designed as a Queen Anne style house, I wanted to have some Tudor elements, as I have always found the medieval and early Tudor periods fascinating.
The house therefore began to develop an architectural history, and I decided to name it Brentingby House, after the original manor in North Leicestershire purchased in 1317 by John Woodford, a direct ancestor of my husband. So step back in time and visit a building that has its roots in medieval England and has grown and developed through the centuries. The make-believe starts here.