My initial thought was, only one cradle?
The context of the conversation had to do with collecting and making doll quilts and displaying them in cradles.
I understand that space can be a concern. No matter what kind of space you have I think the details of the cradle should 'speak' to you. You may not be able to stop at one.
The bedding can be tucked around the edges or draped across the end of the cradle.
I 'need' several bedding accessories yet to fully outfit my collection of beds and cradles. I'll save the doll bed collection for another post.
The largest piece I have is an antique infant cradle.
I loved the detail and patina of the piece. It is very heavy and reinforced - which has enabled it to survive many decades.
It is large enough I sometimes use it to place full size folded quilts and coverlets in it for display.
Cradles aren't just for baby and doll quilts.
Each time I say I am done adding doll beds and cradles to the collection...some detail speaks to me and another one comes home.
Never say never, right?
This little cutout and painting detail was too wonderful to resist.
This cradle is assembled with square nails.
The tiniest cradle I have is a bonnet top souvenir piece from Poosie Nansies in Mauchline Village UK.
I have a little china baby for it, but so far no tiny bedding. This cradle is only 4 1/2" long.
I've never bought a cradle for a quilt, I'm more likely to make or buy little quilts for the beds.
|Shaker Hancock Village 24" x 24" x 66.5"|
"Adult cradles were used at several Shaker villages. They provided comfortable space for the most debilitated of patients to rest and be soothed by rocking. It is now thought that these cradles were used to comfort the terminally ill in their final days." from the book..."Inspired Innovations A Celebrity of Shaker Ingenuity" M.Stephen Miller
Do you have a cradle for your doll quilts?
Would you recommend a size?
Are you currently looking for a cradle for your doll quilts?
Have a great week! I'm going to get busy making some cradle sized sheets...