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Cloth Doll Books,
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The "How To's" Of Dollmaking!
DVDs and Books 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!
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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!
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Excerpt from the award-winning
"Making Faces" by Antonette Cely
Theory and Practice - Book 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 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
CSs and DVDs by
Gloria J. "Mimi" Winer
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
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.
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Mimi's Mannequins and Pattern Draping DVD
Mimi's Mannequins and Pattern Draping DVD
Mimi's Mannequins and Pattern Draping is finally finished and it is spectacular! We have condensed the 4-day dollmaking workshop and the 2-day pattern draping workshop into almost 6 hours of classroom video full of techniques for dollmaking. We began this project almost 5 years ago, and we got interrupted by cancer. Now we're back on track with the best dollmaking workshop ever.
Mimi's Mannequins presents quarter-scale male and female mannequins as separate patterns with a single set of instructions for both. The Mannequins workshop is all about techniques and the similarity of the human form. Mimi's Pattern Draping shows you how to create patterns for clothing that will fit your own dolls. It uses the mannequins as tailor's dummies for draping the clothing patterns.
In addition to the video, Mimi's Mannequins includes:
A Shopping List e-book that you can copy to your phone or tablet (or print out) to take to the crafts store with you.
The pattern sheets can be printed on your own printer, or you can take them to an office supply store or copy center.
After watching the videos, you can use the included step-by-step, photo-by-photo storyboards on your phone, tablet, or computer to make the dolls and clothing. You can refer back to the video anytime you need it.
Who is it For?
The go-at-your-own-pace, step-by-step, picture-by-picture storyboards make Mimi's Mannequins & Pattern Draping suitable for all levels of doll makers from beginner to advanced. You need some hand sewing and machine sewing experience, and it's not really for first time (novice) dollmakers. It is particularly good for those who have trouble fitting clothes on dolls.
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Mimi Winer's Storyboard Workshop CDs
Techniques You Can Apply to All of Your Dollmaking
Each workshop has complete step-by-step construction photos
with written instruction for each photo.
You will LEARN HOW to make beautifully constructed dolls and get a treasure trove of
Mimi's TIPS and HINTS for making it easier.
Universal Toddler CD
Learn how to needle sculpt beautiful facial and body features with this updated classic pattern that comes with complete instructions for 9 different sizes from 12" - 36" along with Mimi's Tubtime Toddler Clothing, a variety of hairstyle options and much more.
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Earth Angels CD
This updated CD provides a comprehensive doll making course for a beautiful, full figured fashion doll that comes in both 17" and 24" sizes. A complete wardrobe is included along with instructions for ethnic variations.
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Needle Modeling Knit Dolls CD
Get BOTH the Universal Toddler and Earth Angel on one CD along with a third BONUS pattern – Adam & Eva – 14" and 16" baby dolls with optional sexing and complete layette that includes clothing, a bunting and beautiful crocheted sweater set and blanket.
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
Victoria Rose CD Free-standing 16" armatured fashion doll with complete 19th Century costuming (including undergarments & bustle) and fantastic hat.
Happy Birthday Honey CD The pattern for this award winning 16” doll with mature female body has been reformatted on a CD. Pattern includes face, hand, leg and armature variations.
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.
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. 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.
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!
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.
Tutorials, Workshops, Classes by Kat Lees of
"Designs by Kat"
Acrylic Paint Doll Face Painting
Face Painting 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!
Examples from CD
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Creating Doll 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.
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Those Beautiful Doll 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.
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Printing Doll 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.
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Sculpting Cloth Doll 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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Double Loop Knot Sewing Tip by Leslie Molen
Booklet, CD & Mold by Leslie Molen
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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.
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.
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The Gossips CD and Pattern
You will get five complete lessons with hundreds of detailed color photographs for making this entire project from the covering of the face form, how to put the head together, step-by-step face painting instructions to create a beautiful professional face, the construction of the cloth body with armature to create a free standing 20" doll with hands you can pose. Purchase of the face form is necessary to complete the doll.
3" liquiche completed face form used for both the Gossips dolls.
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 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).
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