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Cloth Doll Books, CDs and DVDs
Sit Down – A Chairitable Affair By elinor peace bailey
This jam-packed book features 20 doll chairs, chairs that don't need dolls and chairs that speak by themselves, also chairs that you can wear. This amazing array of chairs is sure to provide you with the perfect seating options for your dolls! All skill levels.
All About Hands Tutorial By Sharon Mitchell
This is a 13 page tutorial for making cloth hands for a cloth figure. The tutorial features two hand designs for practicing, in two different sizes. It shows all the tools required to make them and explains the use of each one. Essential to the tutorial is how to turn the fingers, what can go wrong and how to make it right. Woven fabric was used in the making of this tutorial but the same techniques apply for knit fabrics as well. How to detail the hand and how to needle sculpt it, is also included. Hands can be just as important as the face when it comes to making a good doll.
How Many Angels Can Dance? By elinor peace bailey
This is a book of 20 small angel dolls. Some simple, some not so simple. If you love angels, or can make them into fairies...here they are wings and all. All skill levels.
How to Sew Little Felt Animals By Sue Quinn
A step-by-step guide to making your own woodland friends from versatile and easy to use felt. Follow the clear step-by-step instructions to create a group of endearing little creatures that includes rabbits, bears, squirrels, moles and mice that you will want to make and keep. Sue Quinn's gorgeous and nostalgic designs make perfect gifts – if you can bear to give them away.
Sew Dolled Up By Boutique Sha
With over 75 contemporary projects, you'll have hours of fun creating an entire set! Learn how to make adorable small dolls, perfect for a dollhouse, and all the outfits and accessories that go along with them.
Every project is made from inexpensive, cut felt and uses easy, hand-sewing techniques that are clearly illustrated in step-by-step instructions. Each of the patterns for the dolls and clothes are provided in the book and most are fully customizable!
Not only fun to make, but fun to play with, these dolls will provide hours of endless imaginitve doll-house play or can be used as decorative ornaments or sweet gifts.
Fabric Printing At Home By Julie Booth
Learn how to print your own custom fabrics using everyday items from the kitchen and around the house! With tons of color photos, step-by-step instructions, and helpful hints, you will be crafting your very own fabric designs in no time! Learn to make print blocks, rubbing plates, stencils, and fabric resists from a wide range kitchen materials. See how your favorite fruits and veggies create perfect shapes and texture patterns for your fabrics and how to upcycle simple materials for surface design. This family-friendly guide shows how to make fantastic, colorful fabric designs with accessible, non-toxic materials.
NOTE: Julie is a personal friend and one of our designers (Find Patterns Here). It has been thrilling watching her develop the material for this book and supporting her through the process of getting the book published! If you love to CREATE, you will have a ball with the projects in this book.
Thoroughly Modern Millinery CD Patterning & Construction of Period Hats & Headpieces from Unorthodox Materials By Stephen A. Rausch
Based on his popular hat making classes, this amazing Tutorial CD contains 8 Lessons over 67 fully illustrated pages that will walk you through the design, construction and embellishment of a variety of exquisite hats for your dolls. His foundation material of choice is fun foam and you will be amazed at the wonderful effects you can get with it. This perfect addition to every dollmakers reference library will have you making hats like a professional milliner in no time!
20 to Make Felt Christmas Decorations By Corinne Lapierre
The twenty projects in this book include a range of decorations suitable for Christmas, including hanging tree decorations, a Christmas wreath, an advent calendar garland, free-standing felt ornaments, a Christmas cottage storage box and a bottle gift bag. You'll find step-by-step instructions for each including templates and a beautiful photo of the finished piece. There is something very soothing about hand sewing felt!
Simple Cloth Daisy Dolls By Wenche O. Steensen
An irresistible, super-cute collection of soft, cuddly dolls, the charming characters in this book are all based on just one simple design. Gorgeous in their simplicity, the dolls personalities are created cleverly with different hairstyles, clothes and accessories. The basic model measures 16-18 inches in height and the materials used are pure cotton jersey and wool with very simple stitching to define the shapes. Suitable for beginners, the book includes detailed step-by-step photographs showing how to make the basic doll, and beautiful close up photographs of the finished dolls and their wardrobes. All the patterns are full size and the author offers lots of good tips and advice throughout.
Those Hair Raising Experiences By Virginia Robertson
This little booklet is jam packed with solid instructions and tons of helpful illustrations for creating a variety of hair applications for your dolls using roving, yarns, mohair, Tibetan Lamb or even appliquéd fabric. A very handy reference guide!
Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls by Jan Horrox
Using clear step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs, Jan shows you how to make exquisitely crafted fantasy cloth dolls, including magical fairies, mermaids, a witch and steampunk doll. Detailed instructions are provided on how to needle sculpt and color the face, form hands, feet, wings and mermaids tails; and create fabulous costumes using a variety of fabrics, paints and embellishments. Full size patterns for the body parts are provided.
Storybook Toys By Jill Hamor
Make a cherished companion for your little one.
Inspired by vintage patterns from the 1940s, these 16 projects include loveable dolls and softies, pillows, puppets, and even a little girl's first handbag. Learn lots of toy-making tips and tricks to give your creation some personal style and a sweet disposition. Have fun making outfits for your dolly with novelty prints, scraps from your stash, or even upcycled bits from old clothes. Share the love of handmade with your whole family...the young and the young at heart, too!
Creating Fabulous Footwear for Fantastic Dolls CD By Bonnie B. Lewis and Mary Ann Kaahanui
Originally published in 1998 and now reproduced in its original form on CD, Creating Fabulous Footwear for Fantastic Dolls by Bonnie B. Lewis and Mary Ann Kaahanui is the most complete and unique book on shoemaking for dolls on the market today. Learn how to make over 50 different types of shoes, including slippers, boots, high heels, moccasins, fantasy, sandals, sport, oxfords, traditional and modern, with styles for child and adult, male and female dolls. Finished shoes will fit any doll (wood, porcelain, cloth, clay, vinyl) perfectly. Directions are included for painted, appliquéd, and removable shoes, with hundreds of detailed drawings. Included is a comprehensive index, glossary, bibliography, and resource guide.
A must for every doll maker's reference library!
Cloth Doll Inspirations DVD By Patti Medaris Culea
In her 2nd eagerly anticipated DVD, Patti Medaris Culea provides a fantastic variety of creative ideas for cloth doll makers. Working the same doll body three different ways she takes inspiration from old fabrics and lace, popular doll-making themes and childhood dreams.
More than 5 hours of detailed instructional workshops on 2 DVDS! Perfect for all skill levels and ages.
2- Disc Set • 317 Minutes • Worldwide Play
English Language Audio Track • DVD Made in the USA
Cloth Doll Inspirations
by Patti Medaris Culea
How to Create a Portrait-Style Child Doll
in Cloth & Paperclay CD by Victoria DiPietro
Get ready to learn some amazing new skills as Victoria guides you through the sculpting of a child's face from a drawing or photo. You will receive 196 pages of comprehensive instruction along with 426 photos and drawings that will expertly guide you through every step. The CD comes with printed pattern pieces for a 17" – 19" child's body made of craft velour that can be made poseable or in a fixed position. As an added BONUS the CD includes a tutorial for EIGHT different wig designs to include wiglets, wefts and cornrows. If you don't want to make your own face DEANNA HOGAN'S "Viola Ruth" pressmold may also be used. (Click HERE for Pressmold) Victoria's always innovative techniques are sure to provide endless hours of artistic satisfaction!
COSTUMING NOT INCLUDED.
Creating with Transfer Artist Paper by Leslie Riley
TAP into your creativity!
You'll learn everything you need to know about how to use Transfer Art Paper - also called TAP (Click Here for TAP Paper) – through the 15 different projects in this marvelous book, including treasure boxes, collages, dolls, quilts, and jewelry. Unlock your inner artist with Lesley's romantic ideas and accessible techniques while transferring your art onto a wide variety of surfaces.
Creative Cloth Doll Collection by Patti Medaris Culea
This book is a compilation of the first four of Patti's bestselling books: Creative Cloth Doll Making, Creative Cloth Doll Faces, Creative Cloth Doll Couture, and Creative Cloth Doll Beading. The incredible 304 pages are jam packed with all the basics of creating cloth figures, with step-by-step fully illustrated instruction. You'll get complete patterns to create several styles of dolls, many with interchangeable parts. The book presents methods for creating beautiful faces, hair, garments, clothing, and provides instruction in a wide variety of surface design techniques including dyeing, painting, stamping, beading, applique, hand and machine embroidery, image transfers, using Tyvek, and more. For further inspiration, you'll love the gallery of doll designs by other leading doll artists, all made using the patterns from the book.
Mimi's Modular Mermaid DVD By Gloria “Mimi” Winer Now you can take a private, 6-Day Dollmaking Workshop with Mimi with no travel required!
6 DVDs — 20 Lessons — 163 Chapters
12 Hours 58 Minutes of Classroom Video!
Here are just a few of the many HOW TOs included in the instruction:
Precision machine sewing.
Stuffing smoothly and firmly using the right tools.
Make your seams beautiful so that they are part of the design
Make hands that can grasp objects.
Make webbed hands without having to turn fingers
Make and needle model a lovely female torso.
Make 3 types of poseable hands and arms.
Make 4 different poseable tails.
Make 3 different types of flukes.
Create many different poses using modular arms, tails, and flukes.
Needle model a female face.
Use dyes and watercolor effects to paint mermaids.
Bead a stuffed figure.
Weft mohair and other fibers for wigging a doll.
Suitable for all skill levels, this classroom on a DVD
will take your dollmaking skills to new heights!
DVD Trailer Below:
Wefting Fibers for Doll Hair
Painting Faces Basics Class CD By Kat Lees This amazingly comprehensive workshop will take you brush stoke, by brush stroke through creating a face with acrylic paints. You'll find detailed instruction about the use of different fabrics and textures, feature placement and then painting and finishing the face. You'll definitely take your skills to another level with this awesome CD!
So You Want to Make Cloth Dolls by Sherry Goshon
Geared to the beginner dollmaker, Sherry's self-published book in both print and CD formats will guide you through all the fundamentals of doll construction from the basic tools you'll need, fabric choices, stuffing and jointing options to the application of the faces, hair and costuming.
You will work along with her as she creates two very different doll bodies and learn lots of valuable techniques along the way.
Fabric Art Collage
40+ Mixed Media Techniques by Rebekah Meier
Have you ever melted crayons onto muslin? Painted wool felt with bleach? Heat-embossed quilt batting using lace? Rebekah Meier has, and she shows you how to create fabulous fabric collages with these techniques and many, many more. Everything you ever wanted to know about mixed-media fabric collage - the techniques, the supplies, the fun of creating! You’ll earn more than 40 original techniques, each illustrated with step-by-step photos and find out which products work best for each one. A treasure trove of ideas for enhancing your art dolls!
Mixed Media Mania by Debbie Crane and Cheryl Prater
This smart and sassy approach to mixed-media art features 20+ projects to get you inspired. From artist books to assemblage, art quilts to art dolls, it's all here, plus how-to instructions on a variety of mixed-media, collage, and surface design techniques. Step-by-step projects are laid out like recipes complete with ingredients (materials), instructions (what to mix, add), and tips (how it should look, taste, etc.), showcasing colorful, innovative projects created with a variety of ephemera and mixed-media materials. A great resource for expanding your design skills!
Pressmold Making CD by Jeff Goshon Learn two methods of creating professional pressmolds for your personal use or for retailing through written instruction and color photos on this comprehensive CD.
Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises by Lyric Kinard
Let your inner artist blossom! Even though this book is aimed at art quilters, you will learn to understand, appreciate, and create works of art one step at a time. Brush up on the basic elements of art, and then learn the principles of design that will strengthen your artwork. Work through homework assignments and field trips that harness your inspiration, then direct that creative energy into your work. Do you say “I wish I had more time to be creative?” Then this book is for you! Whether you create as a hobby or as a professional artist, Art + Quilt will help you clarify your goals and take your craft to the next level through design and composition.
Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls by Jan Horrox
Full of character and fun to make Jan’s dolls are ideal for using up your favorite scraps of fabrics, yarns, trims, ribbons and beads. You are going to love her innovative embellishment techniques! Three step-by-step projects with superb color photos and clear directions for constructing beautiful faces, hands and feet will provide all you need to know to make your own gorgeous doll, whatever your ability, and give ideas and inspiration for many more.
20 to Make
Wild Women: Stitched Art Brooches by Sarah Lawrence
You'll find clear step-by-step instruction and a treasure trove of embellishment techniques dancing through the pages of this lively book with complete directions for 20 fabulous pins. Each project is an imaginative work of art with Artgirlz Charms incorporated into quite a few. You'll want to make them all!
The Complete Photo Guide to Doll Making by Nancy Hoerner, Barbara Matthiessen and Rick Petersen
Learn techniques for making more than 30 different dolls. Step-by-step instructions and photography show you in detail how to transform ordinary craft materials, natural objects and common household items into enchanting dolls full of charm and personality. You’ll learn different ways to make expressive faces, hand and feet; paint realistic eyes with ease; and fashion bodies that can be artistically embellished, dressed and posed or just hugged with delight. This is the ultimate reference for making all kinds of dolls for play, memorabilia, gift giving or artistic display.
Cloth Doll Workshop
From the Beginning and Beyond with Doll Masters elinor peace bailey, Patti Medaris Culea and Barbara Willis
Each of these leading doll artists has her own distinct approach to the design and development of a cloth figure. In this book, each artist's process will come alive through their choice of fabrics, sketches, simple patterns, and skill-building variations. No matter what experience level you are, you’ll find unique variations and embellishments to get your creative juices flowing. Two introductory chapters cover basic materials and techniques. Each artist's chapter includes step by step illustrations, instructions, and patterns to make a complete doll, plus variations that create completely new figures. Readers are treated to full color photography and a look inside of each artist's workspace. A gallery of additional creations by each artist, along with commentary on each work completes the collection. This is a must-have book for any aspiring or experienced doll maker.
Ribbon Jointing and More Tutorial CD by Victoria DiPietro
You will be utterly amazed at how much can be accomplished with ribbon in doll construction! From jointing body parts, creating costume elements and designing beautiful hairstyles to making incredibly realistic feathers and MUCH, MUCH MORE! You’ll find 95 pages of expert instruction, 125 color photos and diagrams and a basic 14” doll body pattern for trying out the fabulous techniques on this phenomenal CD. An absolute MUST HAVE for your reference library.
Needle Model a Pretty Face DVD By Gloria “Mimi” Winer Every dollmaking reference library needs this phenomenal DVD!
2-disc DVD set with 4 hours 48 minutes of over-the-shoulder video.
31 easy to navigate chapters covering every aspect of head construction
2 copies of the pattern sheet printed on heavy card stock.
Standard 2-disc DVD plastic case for storage.
Full-sized, cut-out patterns and 4 hour 48 minute over-the-shoulder DVD video filled with the complete contents of Mimi's 2-day dollmaking workshop.
Suitable for all levels. If you can do basic machine sewing to make the seams on the skull and the darts on the face overlay, you will learn everything else you need from watching the step-by-step video.
Fabulous Fabric Art with Lutradur By Leslie Riley
Discover all the wonderful things you can do with Lutradur – the exciting new fabric that looks, feels and folds like translucent paper, but doesn’t tear or fray. Try 27 fun techniques that produce fascinating Lutradur effects. One sheet of Lutradur is included with the book.
Those Beautiful Eyes CD By Kat Lees With Kat’s expert and thorough instruction you are going to discover just how easy it is to create gorgeous, lifelike eyes for your dolls in a variety of ethnicities.
Articulated Fingers CD By Kat Lees Learn how to make beautiful, expressive hands with wired fingers in a variety of fabrics from this wonderful tutorial chock full of tips, techniques and detailed photos and illustrations.
Sculpting Faces Tutorial CD By Kat Lees This ABSOLUTELY SUPERB tutorial clearly illustrates with detailed photos and written instruction all the “ins and outs” of expertly sculpted facial features on heads made from both knit and woven fabrics. This MUST HAVE for your reference library will take your sculpting skills to a whole new level of expertise.
Theory and Practice By Antonette Cely Perfect for dollmakers of all skill levels, this fabulous spiral-bound book takes you through the process of creating beautiful cloth dolls from simple Christmas Tree Angels through the complex “20th Century Nude.” The pages are filled with clear diagrams and text, explaining Antonette's techniques in a precise and very understandable manner. The most comprehensive treasure trove of dollmaking skills you should learn on the market!
Cloth Doll Artistry by Barbara Willis
In this unique and beautiful book, beloved doll-designer Barbara Willis
guides readers through various approaches to doll design and basic and
advanced construction techniques. Through the creation of three complete
step-by-step projects with 200 photos and illustrations, readers will
develop color boards, learn to use vintage images, create both 2-dimensional
and 3-dimensional cloth dolls, learn sophisticated costuming techniques, and
gain knowledge of elaborate soft sculpting. A gallery shares the
inspirational work of several well-known doll artists who have created their
own versions of each project. Complete patterns and templates are included.
Face Painting Workshop CD By Kat Lees
Kat Lees combines her love of doll making and decorating in this
comprehensive six lesson (plus a bonus!) course. You'll learn all the ins
and outs of drawing, placing and painting the facial features while creating "Fiona Blue" - an exquisite doll bust pillow - and much, much more.
Printing Faces on Fabric CD By Kat Lees Discover the secrets of transferring painted faces or photos to fabric in
this comprehensive tutorial that will expand your face making options.
Fiddly Little Fingers & Tricky Toes CD By Madeleine Maddocks
The excellent tips and useful step-by-step information on this fantastic CD will have you making those wired finger hands and toed feet easily and effectively. You'll also find a wealth of background information on preparation, suitable fabrics, tools and illustrated do's and don'ts. As a BONUS you'll receive complete instructions for the blissful "Pampered Polly" (Pictured Below) with her perfectly manicured fingers and toes.
Creating Faces with Chalk CD By Kat Lees Shading and blending color is a breeze when you learn the secrets of using
chalks to create beautiful faces. Kat's detailed step-by-step instruction
and over 60 photos will guide you expertly through the process.
Watercolor Faces CD By Sherry Goshon Sherry partnered with Kate Erbach to produce this updated and beautifully
enhanced version of her popular Creating Watercolor Pencil Faces book.
You'll find lots of valuable extra material to further your face making
skills on this terrific CD.
The Doll as Messenger CD
Guiding you on your creative journey with 86 pages of photos, drawings and insights elinor gives you 10 amazing patterns to play with for exploring the body’s language.
Wing It By Virginia Robertson You’ll find a ton of ideas for creating the perfect wings for your fairies, angels and other mythical creatures in this well written book. Among the many techniques presented you’ll learn shadow appliqué, machine appliqué, wire armatures, fabric painting and quilting. Several sizes and styles of wing patterns are included for your use.
Heart to Hands Bead Embroidery: Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Creating Art with Beads by Robin Atkins
This beautiful book with 84 color photographs is for beaders, fiber artists,
quilt makers and anyone interested in developing their own unique artistic
voice. Here you'll find pictures, inspirations, project ideas, techniques
and tips to make your bead embroidery distinctive, appealing and fun! Learn
how to tell your heart's stories with beads. Try 20 new stitch techniques
for making spiral shells, ruffles, wildflowers, roots, barnacles and other
exciting forms and textures.
7 Virtues – Illusion Costuming for the Creative Doll Maker by Sherry Goshon
Through the creation of SEVEN different dolls from the same basic pattern pieces you will learn a fantastic array of costuming techniques that will take your dollmaking to an exciting new level. From decoupaging tissue or hand made paper to form a bodice to draping and ruching a variety of fabrics and fibers you’ll achieve glorious results with a minimum of effort. A flat face head is included but the “Chantal” or “Virtue” molds may be used if you prefer a clay face.
Focus on Faces 2 CD Each of the 14 faces on this CD comes in two formats – flat face and center seam – to give you endless creative possibilities. Thorough instruction and lots of color photos will guide you expertly through the face coloring and shading process. A great bonus body pattern is included with a variety of clothing suggestions. A must have for your reference library!
DVDs by Antonette Cely
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Customizing Doll Patterns
DVD by Antonette Cely
In her first video, NIADA doll artist Antonette Cely shares all the secrets of customizing doll patterns so you can make the cloth doll of your dreams! This 88 minute DVD will expertly teach you how to take any pattern, even one you've created yourself, and accurately alter it to fit any pose!
DVD by Antonette Cely
In her second DVD, Antonette Cely will show you how to create beautiful faces for your cloth doll using her technique of a "cloth-covered mask." To start, you'll sculpt a face, then make a two-piece press mold. Next she'll show you how to bake the face, then cover it with fabric, paint and finish it. Top the whole thing off with making a wig, and you'll have a lovely head for your cloth doll! The techniques Antonette teaches apply to more than just cloth dolls, so order today and start MAKING FACES!
Excerpt from the award-winning
"Making Faces" by Antonette Cely
Books/DVD by elinor peace bailey
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Let’s Face It
Book by elinor peace bailey
Solid insight and creative direction abound in this classic face making book. Learn the techniques for creating fabulous expressions for dolls in any style from cartoonish characters to more realistic figures.
Doll Making Basics
DVD by elinor peace bailey
From basics such as tools needed, fabric/trim selection, construction of doll, stuffing, sculpting, face painting and much more, this NEW DVD contains everything that elinor has learned about doll making over the past 30 years. Included are 2 1/2 hours of information and instruction on 2 DVD discs. You’ll feel just like you are sitting with her in her studio!
Big Fat Hairy Deal Book by elinor peace bailey, Bonnie Hoover and Sally Lampi
101 Ways to do hair! Endless inspiration from three terrific designers.
Spirit Dolls By Robin Atkins This book includes three full-sized patterns, complete and easy-to-follow instructions, detailed photos, drawings, and tips to design and create your own unique beaded spirit dolls. Make spirit dolls as special gifts to yourself and your loved ones for celebrations, healing, guidance, remembering, protection, or friendship and love. Color pictures of fourteen different dolls by Robin will give you lots of ideas.
Creating Watercolor Pencil Faces
with Sherry Goshon By
Sherry Goshon This wonderful spiral-bound workbook walks you step-by-step with colored drawings through the creation of five distinct faces -Caucasian Adult, Caucasian Child, African American, Asian and Hispanic. Using layers of colored pencils, Sherry teaches you how to achieve a three dimensional look on flat faces. A terrific tool for advancing your face making skills!
Making Faces By Virginia Robertson This classic 34 page booklet is packed with a wide variety of faces - from cartoon-like to very realistic - for you to copy along with solid instruction from Virginia.
CD by Leslie Molen
Needlesculpting in Cloth CD
This CD version is a complete lesson with 19 detailed color photos to guide you to a beautifully sculpted face with eyes open or closed. Includes bonus face painting instructions.
Booklet by Leslie Molen
How to Do Needlesculpting in Cloth Booklet
This updated and revised booklet will help you to have a proper understanding of feature location and teach you a variety of stitches to achieve the look you want with eyes open or closed. A head pattern is included for you to learn as you go..
Needle Sculpting Cloth Doll Faces By Virginia Robertson
Packed with color photos, this book walks you step-by-step through face sculpting and painting using a variety of doll making materials including several kinds of knits and woven fabric. Special attention is given to drawing dark doll faces. A wonderful basic doll pattern is included along with a step-by-step tutorial on finger turning. No question about it – this book is a MUST HAVE for your reference library.
Booklets by Maggie Baggett
Draw & Cut & Pin & Tuck Chock full of color photographs, this delightful 54 page book guides you through the exciting adventure of devising wonderful costumes (clothing - shoes and accessories) for your dolls. Another MUST HAVE for every doll maker's reference library.
Creating Heads and Faces How
to Make Soft Doll and Animal Heads from Scratch
Using 100% Cotton
27 page booklet helps you to understand how the
fabric works, how stuffing makes things look and
where to place the features so you can start designing
your own dolls.
Creating Depth How
to Apply Face "Paint" to Soft Dolls
and Animals Learn
to use a variety of coloring agents from paint
to applique fabrics to give your dolls and animals
depth and believability. (12 pages).
Hairdo How To's How
to Create Hair Styles on Soft Dolls and Animals This
18-page booklet explores the use of both traditional
and non-traditional materials to finish your doll's
head off with a bang!