For years I have wanted to make a house situated in the 70's, as a memory of a very special time.

We were young, we had a lot of fun and wanted to do everything different from the way our parents did.

We thought that making things ourselves was much better than buying. So we baked our own bread (like stones) spun and dyed our wool and grew our own vegetables. This dollhouse is like the house we had ourselves in the 70's. So the adults are: Peter and Annelies and the baby is our eldest daughter Floortje.

To remember the atmosphere of the 70's I started to look at photo albums to bring back memories. I also bought some books about the 70’s but they did not give me the information I wanted. In those books I found the highlights of architecture, furniture design, etc, but very little about "normal" people. So I made a miniature series about daily life in the 70's, from being a baby, to being parents who had adolescents themselves. They are partly from my memories, partly stories I got from my email group.

Because this house is like the one we lived in that time, the needlework is the main feature in this house. My old needlework books were a big help.

In this dollhouse there are no doors. In those days we thought we had nothing to hide from each other, so we did not need doors. To make rooms in a house indicates a narrow-minded spirit. A house without walls was what we thought ideal; but we just did not have that.


Peter is reading his football magazine. He is sitting on a pouf made with pieces of leather. His sandwich is on the floor. Meanwhile he looks after Floortje. On the ground is a carpet I knotted myself. Next to the television is a Terrarium with cactuses growing inside it. Crocheted pillows are on the sofa.
Here is the "real Floortje" on her grandmother’s lap.

And this is the doll Floortje from the dollshouse.

Here is the knitted rug for the playpen. The orange playpen (maxi) we bought for 50 cents at a market.  

A roller blind with macramé curtains.


A lamp with a crocheted shade. Very cosy!

  And who did not have a toy box made out of a soap powder box. It only needed some nice paper wrapped around it and the toy box was finished!


This is the other side of the room looking into the kitchen. On the wall is a piece of macramé.

The apple green chairs have embroidered pillows. In the bookcase are a lot of books, albums, funny dolls and statuettes.

In the rattan chair (similar ones were found in everyone’s homes) is a pillow made using Irish crochet.


All the cupboards are white. To make this less boring, I had, in my maxi house, stickers of flowers glued on the fronts. In my dollshouse I did the same, after this photo was taken. The sink has a dish drainer. In those days tiles for kitchens and bathrooms had awful designs.

The brown pottery and the earthenware from Cologne was again something everyone had.

I painted my fridge brown. Very modern! Everyone said that the paint wouldn't stick - but it did!

On the side I hung 2 macramé bags.

Next to the rubbish bin are my step-in clogs and a crocheted cardigan for when I had to get the vegetables out of the garden.

The stove was, of course, free standing.

a fondue-pot

In the cupboard with shelves I had my herbs, some books and the famous chicken-cock pottery.

On these shelves are my recipe books. They are mostly about freezing and the preserving of our home grown fruit and vegetables. Here I am preparing red beets for freezing.


The terrace has green vines. Plants with flowers belonged to my mother and grandmother. Water from the barrel was for watering the plants. It was said that it was the best to wash your hair with, but I did not. There were little insects in the water!

Plant hangers and birdfeeders are made with macramé.



The design of the wallpaper was typically 70's. Some loved it, some hated it.

The curtains are made of bobbin lace, the violet bedcover is crocheted, and the rug is made of lengths of plaited wool sewn together.

On the wall is our wedding picture. The curtains are made using bobbin lace and I had some funny animals below them.

Here is the other side of the room. There was a flower shaped mirror and some shelves for make-up.

I loved to wear hats and caps!



Again those awful tiles! All the bathroom furniture is not white but Bahama beige! The everlasting but terribly ugly bathmat was made from crocheted strips of pantyhose!

The toilet is situated behind the little wall to have a little privacy.

This is what the tiles look like. The floor tiles

I made a macramé hanging to go in the baby’s room.


The most important furniture in the nursery is the cradle. We designed and made it ourselves. It is an exact copy of the maxi-cradle. And the same bedcover was sewn with Old Dutch motifs.

The sheets have Old Dutch folk patterns

I have knitted sailor and doggie toys. In our maxi house the flowered rug (my design) was knotted, in the dollshouse it is embroidered.

The little dress has a crocheted yoke. I made lots of dresses like this, very easy and very cheap.

In every nursery there was a vinyl change mat like this one.

The sides are higher than the middle, so the baby did not fall of.

Some typical baby clothes from the 70's

A pair of trousers made from a traditional teacloth, A baby cape, Baby jacket made from a farmers handkerchief,  Floortje’s first cardigan with cap that I crocheted. And the second cardigan was knitted.

A wall hanging. A simplified version of the maxi-embroidery my mother made when Floortje was born.


This is Annelies' hobby room for sewing, weaving, spinning, lace making, painting etc.

On the floor are squares made of rush. They were very popular and very cheap. You had to spray them regularly with water though. The shelves are made of wood (this is not real wood but pieces of wood and glue pressed together) covered with a white plastic material. Very popular in those days! All the modern furniture was made from it.

Between the shelves are concrete bricks. Cheap and functional.

In the orange bag is the rough wool that can be spun. Right in the back is the corner for painting. There is oil painting, watercolours and etchings.We made these dreadful lamps at the end of the 60's. And what is not good enough to hang in the living room, you can hang in the attic!

Here is my weaving and bobbin lace equipment.

I embroidered this door hanging

When you go through this door, you enter the balcony.

When the weather is nice, I do my needlework here.

This balcony is ideal for the dyeing and drying of the wool.




Nederlands Centrum voor Handwerken 9-2-2002 / 29-6-2002
Westfriesmuseum in Hoorn   29 march - 19 september 2003
De 2 Marken Maarn 27 september 2003 

Poppenhuismuseum Heesch 5-7 / 31 - 11 - 2004

Articles about this room:

Poppenhuizen en Miniaturen no 57 febr/march 2002

Handwerken zonder grenzen january no 114 - 2002

Handwerken zonder grenzen no 122 sept. 2003

Poppenhuizen en Miniaturen nr 95 june/july 2008