Local club creates miniatures

WARREN TOWNSHIP – Their final projects may be small in scale and size, but members of the Warren Area Miniature Club couldn’t be prouder of the very detailed creations they assemble.

The Warren Area Miniature Club are local residents who spend time on the fourth Sunday of the month assembling, cutting and gluing miniature size doll houses, gingerbread houses, room displays, trailers and other projects.

The group is part of the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts.

The members bring their own kits to the Johnson Community Center, where they spend the afternoon in a workshop setting.

Jean Smith, club president, said the group does a vast array of miniatures, mostly doll houses on the one-half, quarter and one-inch scale.

She said members bring in their own kits or create a project from materials provided to them. Kits include glue, craft knives and other items .

Smith said usually each month someone will bring a specific project that the entire group will do. In January, the group made miniature flower baskets.

The group started 18 years ago with its members being given a bag of materials and told to create something, she said.

Mary Louise Dicken of Columbiana said she remembers getting a bag filled with pipe cleaners, ribbon and other items. “This really shows how creative you can be.”

Jean Flath of Warren said she is amazed how everyone can create a different project when given the same materials.

One year, all 12 members created a large street display of miniature-size business buildings, including an art gallery and pet store.

Hazel Schnulo, club vice president, said for National Doll House Month in October, the club had a display at the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library.

Fran Stroud of Howland said one challenging project was a potting shed that was like a greenhouse with plastic used for the glass windows.

Dicken said a few members have gone to the national convention held in July at different places across the country. Jane Ablondi, an original member, said the club also shows during the train shows held at the Eastwood Mall, which is how the group got started.

Mary Lou Miggo of Berlin Center said many members drive a distance to get to the group gathering.

Susan Gillespie said everyone enjoys the hobby and some have been to the national convention, where they have done well.

“Everyone enjoys getting together to learn from one another on how to make all different kinds of projects form furniture to dressing a doll to making food. The camaraderie makes its fun,” Gillespie said.

Members attend workshops and conferences where they see and learn about new creating and style techniques.