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These are guides for costumers of collector's dolls rather than children's toys. Sewing teacher and author Hinds gives instructions and patterns for 16 ethnic costumes designed for standard, commercial 18" dolls. Many of the authentic costumes involve traditional fabrics and needlework. Oroyan's costumes are for original character dolls with a period or theatrical theme, similar to those in her previous book, Designing the Doll (LJ 6/15/99). She gives general instructions for specific items of clothing, such as petticoats or hats. Dressed dolls are pictured as examples rather than projects. Both books will appeal to collectors as well as crafters and are recommended for public libraries.
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About the Author

Susanna Oroyan is the author of 3 other books on dollmaking, and she has made over 500 dolls since 1972. She is a motivating force in dollmakers' organizations throughout the United States and has appeared on HGTV's "The Carol Duvall Show." Susanna Oroyan lives in Eugene, Oregon.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1571201211
  • ISBN-13: 978-1571201218
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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By Mona Gracen on July 10, 2001
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This is the fourth book I own of Susanna Oroyan's and each one is an absolute must for the libraries of serious dollmakers. This book goes into depth about accessorizing dolls and has great illustrations for making shoes, for fitting costumes to dolls, for creating doll-sized animals, etc. It's fantastic and very easy to follow. The best part of Susanna Oroyan's books are the photographs of dolls by a wide variety of artists. It's like going to a museum. Someday I hope that my dolls are pictured in one of her books. That's a definite goal to work towards! And with her books in my library, I feel I have a great teacher to help get me there!
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Susan Oroyan has done an excellent work. I bought both of her books "Designing the Doll" and "Finishing the Figure" If you own one of the books, you have to own the other one, they go together. The books have a great deal of information and details on doll making. The book is good for beginners or professional doll makers.You will love it.
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By A Customer on June 13, 2002
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Heavily illustrated with excellent diagrams and color photos, this book is not only for anyone learning the art of art-doll making but will also appeal to anyone who enjoys seeing what the creative, human imagination can devise. Just a joy to read from cover to cover and the beautiful photos will provide inspiration for many different types of artist.
Susanna Oroyan gives us the best contemporary information available from the art doll world while also providing the historical bones of costume design.
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How we have all waited for this! And what a gift this book is.
In this, her latest masterwork, this gifted and inspiring author and teacher shares with us a true cornucopia of thoughts, techniques and ideas to help any dollmaker to bring the creations in our imagination into reality. This book inspires, encourages and gives answers both to questions we have and to questions we didn't even yet know to ask!
The illustrations and crisp, clear photography, as usual, are superb! For me, an addittional delight of this book is that (as well as showing me new creations by doll artists I already know and love) it introduces me to some absolutely wonderful new artists!
I just LOVE this book and can see it being another one of Susanna Oroyan's works that is a springboard and catalyst for all of us to make 'real' our dreams, moods and flights of imagination!
Thank you to Susanna, the artists who allowed their work to be seen by us and all involved in bringing this book to us!
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I just picked this book up in a local bookstore and immediately got the itch to pick up some clay. I did not have time to read much, the photographs were what enthralled me. Oroyan picked some fine dolls to illustrate her book and it offers a wealth of imagination to the doll artist. The detail in some of the cosuming is fabulous and the characters of some of the dolls unforgetable!
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This was the 4th book in series of high quality and comprehensive books about doll making. I finally got around to buying the last one. I highly recommend getting these books before there are no more. The other three are Fantastic Figures, Anatomy of a Doll and Designing the Doll. Susanna was a great doll artist and long time member of NIADA. She was active with her local UFDC and other doll activities. She was a successful teacher and a supporter of promoting all things creative with doll art. She encouraged and gave inspiration to all learning to make original dolls and those that are successful doll artists. She was a prolific contributor to articles in many doll magazines. She was proficient in a variety of media, including polymer clay, paperclay, and cloth. This particular book features many well known doll artists work along with her own. This book has a large variety of styles and techniques depicted. Many of the doll artists were happy to support and show their work in her books because they also believed in promoting original doll art and also recognized the fact that many doll artists can use the same type of technique but each doll will be different in some way. Most doll artists share the fundamental belief that creativity in the hands is the window to the soul, mind and imagination. No two are alike! Mine will be different then yours! If you have never seen a doll challenge, do a search on line, you will be amazed. They may feature one or two doll patterns, a set of rules and parameters, but look at how many different and wonderful creative interpretations are produced! Susanna has done the doll artist world a great favor by publishing so may techniques and styles in her books.Read more ›
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Lots of ideas and information about how to put the finishing touches on a doll to bring it from nice to fabulous. I never gave enough credence to the importance of final presentation, stands, setting, extras, but this book has helped me to see this more clearly, and formulate a plan. I think my work will forever be improved! Thanks!
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Great help in taking your dolls to the next step. You learn to create costumes and it offers techniques for adding embellishments that you can't easily find on the internet without spending numerous hours. However, even if you find the right the right item, usually the size does not work for your doll. You can now create your own embellishments to fit YOUR dolls.
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