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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (June 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592535135
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592535132
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Willis, Barbara. Cloth Doll Artistry: Design and Costuming Techniques for Flat and Fully Sculpted Figures. Quarry: Quayside. 2009. c.128p. illus. ISBN 978-1-59253-513-2. pap. $24.99. FIBER CRAFTS

This guide to cloth-doll making provides step-by-step instruction from idea to creation, as well as a gallery of inspirational art pieces. A variety of design techniques are presented, especially for the dolls’ faces. While the designs are not for beginners, the photographs representing the best of the craft give beginners something to aspire to. --Library Journal , August 2009

About the Author

Barbara Willis has been creating dolls and teaching nationally and internationally for over 30 years. She has been associated with the quilting industry, fiber guilds, embroidery guilds and clubs, International Quilt Market, The Knitting and Stitching Show (UK) doll clubs, and workshop events for all of her career. She has been featured and published in many magazines including Sew Beautiful, Cloth Dolls and Animals, Dolls Bears and Collectibles, Better Homes and Gardens, Dolls and many others over her career. She lives in Northern California.


More About the Author

Dolls have been central to my creative life for as long as I can remember.
Sharing the process is the cherry on top of the whip cream for me. I have had wonderful opportunities to share my doll making process in many places around the world. England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many of the US states have been host to my cloth doll workshops and much fun was shared and techniques taught.

Fabrics and textiles are central to my creative process and creating a cloth doll marries the two together in a very expressive and personal way. Collecting and gathering vintage ribbons, trims, buttons and embellishments are second only to actually designing a new doll.

I hope you will enjoy the process shared the Cloth Doll Artistry to make a doll and see what fun it is.

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I highly recommend this book to all the doll lovers out there.
Patricia M. Culea
The instructions are well thought out and are easy to follow with the pictures to guide you.
Sara Rawlins
This is one of the most beautiful books for the cloth doll artist.
Judith D. Brown

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Judith D. Brown on May 26, 2009
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This is one of the most beautiful books for the cloth doll artist. It is not only a feast for the creative eye, but the instructions and patterns are so easy to understand and follow. The photography of the dolls and color boards is absolutely stunning. If you are an experienced dollmaker or just a beginner this book is highly recommended.
I have this book and I give it five stars. You will not be disappointed, this book will become a treasure in your collection.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sara Rawlins on May 27, 2009
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This is a well written book and the pictures are wonderful. The instructions are well thought out and are easy to follow with the pictures to guide you. The only thing that would make this an even more exceptional book, would to be able to actually touch all the fabulous fabrics and notions used on each doll. Each of the different artists that were given the assignment to make a doll from Barbara's patterns did a beautiful job on their dolls. This book is right up there with Patti Culea's and Susanna Oroyan's books as must have to any dollmaker's library.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Scott on June 2, 2009
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I highly recommend this book for all levels of doll makers. The details for needle sculpting the face are the best I have seen and the costuming techniques are fantastic. It is always a delight and an inspiration for me to see how different doll makers interpret the same pattern and techniques.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Solitaire on November 11, 2009
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I originally saw this book in a local craft/quilting store. When I went back to buy it, it was out of stock, so I bought it through Amazon instead of waiting. First of all, the book is pretty basic with two dolls, but multiple variations made by a number of fiber artists. The photography is beautiful, the images are inspiring, the patterns and directions are pretty clear. I've been wanting to try dollmaking, and this is giving me a good starting point. I haven't actually made anything yet, however, I'm pretty sure that I can get some good results with the aid of this book. The first doll is a flat doll, much like paper dolls, but executed in fabric with stiff backing, then clothed and decorated three-dimensionally. I've been sewing a long time, so I don't anticipate any problems with this project or any variations. Personally, I think the flat doll might make a great decorative gift for someone who has everything - just theme it to your friends favorite colors and possibly dream image. The second doll is more traditional, with basic techniques for needle sculpting the face and attaching hair. Again, the directions are so clear, I don't anticipate any problems attempting this project either. Looks like a lot of fun, and since the holidays are coming up, what better excuse to try these dolls out?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jean Manna on June 22, 2009
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I was anxiously awaiting the release of this book and I certainly was not disappointed. This book is fantastic. If you like cloth dolls, you will love this book. Patterns are included for the three dolls on the cover (one flat doll and 2 dimensional dolls) and they are beautiful. I hardly know which one to start on. Barbara has included a gallery of doll pictures and they are stunning. Lots of colored pictures and lots of detailed instructions. Very good clothing and embellishment instructions. I hope this is the first of many books from Barbara.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Diaz on February 15, 2010
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What a gorgeous book this is-- I wanted to frame every page! Anyone would be inspired by the artistry of these dollmakers, who put forth their best works for this book. It makes me want to try them all!! The important thing to know is that she gives you the information you need to reproduce the dolls and leaves you to your own muse for inspiration. My dollars were well-spent for this beautiful book(mine was slightly used and still in perfect shape), and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to be creative in this direction.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Blount on June 27, 2009
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I love this book! It's easy to understand, the pattern directions are clear and the examples are great for getting ideas. The face transfer makes it easy to have a beautiful doll face if you don't want to draw one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karen Aeschliman on November 16, 2009
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This book is absolutely gorgeous! When not in use, it would be lovely as a conversation piece when placed upon a coffee table for all to view. Barbara's passion for color and fabric is evident on evey page of this beautiful book. I am not a seamstress or crafter, however once a year I do attempt a project to bring out the feminine side of my creativity. Barbara's step-by-step instructions on face sculpting with needle and thread are seamless and if followed as presented, you too will create a stunning face for your cloth doll!. Girly hats off to Barbara and a big thank you for sharing your talent with us all.
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