Isabel Leininger loved her dollhouse as a child and was determined to have another one someday. As an adult, visits to the miniature Thorne Rooms at the Art Institute of Chicago and to the Toy and Miniature Museum in Kansas City inspired her to begin at last. Over the past twenty years she has created several miniature room-boxes and a large dollhouse for which she builds and collects furnishings. Isabel is a member of the International Guild of Miniature Artisans, and attends the Guild’s classes every summer in Castine, Maine.
Isabel grew up in Chester County and has been doing needlework and sewing since the age of six. She knits, makes quilts, sews clothing—Chanel-style jackets are her favorite—and does needlepoint and embroidery, both in miniature and full size. She and her husband Kurt have lived in Malvern for the past twenty-nine years.
Isabel leads the Textile Makers’ gatherings held at Malvern Arts on the second Tuesday of every month.