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Title: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: robh on November 25, 2016, 06:18:02 pm
I am wanting to make a tea shop/bakery this Christmas - has anyone any patterns they could suggest.  Have spent the morning browsing the internet but with little success.  Ideally would like bay windows either side of a door that could be used for display.  Am going to cheat a little and use 1:12 dolls house miniature furniture inside so will need to enlarge accordingly.  Any help would be most appreciated
Title: Re: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: katepilki on November 25, 2016, 07:13:54 pm
Snap! I'm doing a bakery with miniature foods in the window too.

I've found many bakery ideas, but no templates and I've been searching since the week after I finished my gb project last year, so in the end I made my own.  PM if you want more info. 

My design is based on concepts from this (but with bay windows instead of box widows)

http://www.cakecentral.com/gallery/i/2873476/goodies-bakery-gingerbread-house-2012

And this (mostly for ideas about inside contents of a bakery)

https://jimkanaly.smugmug.com/Gingerbread-Houses/2009-National-Gingerbread/i-jPtzktR/O

And this (an ornament I found in a local store; I've used the steep pitch roof and chimney in conjunction with the wide bay window style, but have put two bay windows either side of a door similar to the first design, and much as you suggested you wanted)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161126/9600a8e3327164c7739556b9e100d998.jpg)

I've amassed a Pinterest board with many different ideas about the bakery, I'm happy to forward on pins if you like.

It usually only takes a few hours of patience with a pencil, ruler, compass and protractor to mock up your own design if you have concepts in place already. And if you want to fill it with miniature furniture, you don't even have to design the back, and can have plain sides with nothing more complicated than a few small windows so that you can just leave it open to fill the house with decorative bits.  Basically, you only need to design the front face and the roof! :)

Sorry I couldn't find a quick fix for you with a pre-made template ready for download.  I've got a complete template, but getting it digital and ready for use by someone else will take substantially more time than I have before Christmas, but perhaps you can reverse engineer your own too?



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Title: Re: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: robh on November 25, 2016, 07:52:54 pm
Thanks for your response.  Seems we have looked at the same pictures.  I am too technically challenged to dust off the compass and protractor to design my own pattern so will have to rely on finding a suitable pattern.  Good luck with yours.  Look forward to seeing a picture of the completed product!
Title: Re: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: katepilki on November 26, 2016, 10:16:35 pm
Thanks for your response.  Seems we have looked at the same pictures.  I am too technically challenged to dust off the compass and protractor to design my own pattern so will have to rely on finding a suitable pattern.  Good luck with yours.  Look forward to seeing a picture of the completed product!

I have some templates that are bakery concepts or have some of your design aspects, but not all of them in one.

From Teresa Layman's book "Gingerbread for all seasons" there are these two possibilities:

Flat fronted bakery with display windows:
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161127/cd653679be4b4f3423e4c4bc9840c748.jpg)

Bay window toy shop could be used as a bakery:
(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161127/30cc7d0d5af7815ec8de939668e364fe.jpg)


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Title: Re: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: robh on November 28, 2016, 04:50:47 pm
Thanks again.  I love the bay window - how is that done - is it baked over a curved structure? Wondering if you happened to have a template for this gingerbread house:

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-kdJnqvIGbuk/TuA8djGiwvI/AAAAAAAAEbU/UwabOavvE-U/s640/gingerbreadhouse.jpg
Title: Re: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: katepilki on November 29, 2016, 05:05:54 am
That looks like it is the Nantucket Cottage pattern from Teresa Layman's "Gingerbread for all Season". Try hitting up Amazon for a copy. It's definitely the best book I own. Super patterns and lots of hints and tricks


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Title: Re: Gingerbread Tea Shop
Post by: robh on November 29, 2016, 08:04:43 am
Thanks - didn't realise it was in a book.  Will try and source it. Cheers