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We Make Dolls!: Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns Paperback – June 5, 2012
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Jenny received her Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA, and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from UC Irvine. She lives in Santa Ana, California. She loves to crochet, knit, stay fit, and play music.
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Now the bad. There is really only one bad thing I can say about it, and it is regarding the "patterns" from Ana Fernandes. There are three dolls listed for her, but you only get the pattern for ONE. You get a pattern for a girl doll, and for the dog and lamb she "gives you" you are told to use the same body as the girl doll and figure out the rest on your own (see my image in the gallery to see the lamb). For a beginner like me, making a template myself for the dog's head, ears, and clothes and the lamb's head, ears, and cape seems a little daunting. The lamb's head seems especially complicated to me as it uses a mixture of fabrics. I don't know if this was Ana's idea or the author/publisher, but it was not a smart one. If Ana only wanted to give us one pattern or the publisher only had room for her to give one, then they should have just listed one doll for her. But since they chose to list the puppy and lamb, why couldn't they just include the head and ears for them? After all, if I could make my own patterns I wouldn't need this book!
So don't count on full patterns for 23 dolls, you get 21. I can't figure out why they did this- it's annoying. I still recommend this book, just know that 2 patterns are more or less missing.
My other issue is there is no resource page. I would have loved to have had a couple of pages to learn more about where to find doll making supplies. I have a Hobby Lobby near me but...there's more out there. I know it. But where?
This book has so many patterns from dollmakers that I admire, and the artists did not wimp out and provide cheap versions of their own work (eg: Mimi provided the pattern to her famous Tattooed Man, Danita shares a pattern for a Frida Kahlo doll)
If you like dolls, whether you are a beginner or intermediate dollmaker, this is a great book to own.
I did find it odd that the dog on the front cover, while included in the book as a pattern, is actually just the body of a cute girl doll (pattern included) - the template for the head is not included and you must design it yourself. Not a problem for most, but still odd.
We Make Dolls was a great, low cost investment. I know I will be making at least 10 of the projects inside, and that is far more than I can say for most of the books I own!
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One of my favorite sewing books.....have made three of the dolls....the mermaid, tattoo man and woodland nymph. I kept them for myself. So cute!Published 12 days ago by Barbara Davis
I've made a few things out of this so far and everyone loves them! They're kitschy and easy. Totally wort the buy for gifts you can make in a few hours.Published 6 months ago by Offbeatchic
Good book. I'm just rookie in sewing and for me the instructions are not enough detailed. I don't like all the dolls offered to make but several are really nice.Published 7 months ago by Anastasiya Kartel
This is really a great book, one of the best I've bought in awhile.
A variety of doll and toy artists generously share their patterns.
ideas, and life stories. Read more
Wonderful book. I make dolls too and enjoyed this very much, picked up some great tips and loved the pictures. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cami K
What a fun book for those interested in making stuffed toys and dolls. I love it! Inspiring and includes some patterns.Very glad to have found it on Amazon.com. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Reagan Dobler
Very didatic; could, however, present a larger variety of models. On the whole, quite nice.Published 12 months ago by Leana Aymoré Jacob
I fine this book very entertaining to read, as it talks about each doll maker in first person. The tidbits are quite interesting and their story on how they started making their... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Gazarro