Creating cloth dolls is an exciting and rewarding craft. Learn how to use different materials, techniques and approaches to make beautiful, hand-crafted cloth dolls that can be used as home decor or given as gifts. If you are new to creating cloth dolls or want to expand your knowledge of making cloth dolls, consider purchasing one of these cloth doll making books:
Author Patti Medaris Culea has put together a remarkable book called Creative Cloth Doll Making: New Approaches for Using Fibers, Beads, Dyes, and Other Exciting Techniques that showcases the best new methods for creating cloth dolls. In this 128-page book, you’ll learn how to make hip cloth dolls out of traditional patterns. Contemporary crafting techniques utilize beads, dyes, fun fabrics and paint to make innovative and creative cloth dolls that are a far cry from the aged cloth dolls of the past. This book will give you ideas and inspiration to create your own cloth doll creations.
The Cloth Doll Workshop: From the Beginning and Beyond book by Elinor Peace Bailey with additional insights into Patti Culea and Barbara Willis’ crafting styles gives a well-rounded and complete look at making cloth dolls. Each artist gives examples of simple patterns, sketches, skills and fabric suggestions in their own chapters. You’ll learn how to make a complete doll and some simple variations to create new figures. You’ll also get inspiration from looking through a gallery of creations by each artist.
Go beyond making simple cloth dolls by jazzing up their wardrobes with Sew the Contemporary Wardrobe for 18-Inch Dolls by Joan Hinds. This book will show you how to create 35 clothing and accessory items with complete instructions and full-sized patterns for 18” dolls. Learn how to create stylish cargo pants, tank tops, accessories and more. These mix-and-match outfits can be easily put on any 18” doll, such as a handcrafted doll, American Girl Doll or Creative Friends Doll.
Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories
Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories by Susanna Oroyan is a book about completing your cloth doll with beautiful costumes and accessories. Making a cloth doll from a pattern can be easy with all of the easily accessible patterns available today, but finishing the figure is the truly artistic part. Add dyes, beading and other embellishments to create a beautiful, unique doll. This book also includes over 300 photos of finished dolls from artists around the world, giving countless inspirational ideas for readers to use with their own cloth doll making.
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