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Meet three 16- to 18-inch designer dolls with lineages similar to those of such couture wearables as Rodarte and the late Alexander McQueen�s. No wonder, since their UK creator, Horrox, has extensive experience in textiles and fashion. Her training shows, first, in the explanation of materials, tools, and equipment, with careful listing of both required and not-so-necessary tools. General how-to instructions follow, emphasizing the actual crafting of two different types of hands and faces, well illustrated with color photographs. Tips, some helpful, some not-so, are scattered throughout in shaded boxes, ranging from a reminder to craft both right and left feet to the steps of sewing the ladder stitch. Then the dolls debut, each with a second variation. Meet Miranda, Anastasia (woodland nymph), and Titania (yes, the fairy), all delightfully posed and designed to brighten the living space or bedroom of anyone, of any age. Eight pages of templates are appended. --Barbara Jacobs

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"This serves as a great introduction to this craft. The instructions are clear and well illustrated and cater to all abilities in terms of being able to pick and choose how complicated your designs are." —www.workshopontheweb.com (March 2011)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Search Press (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844484580
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844484584
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Judy D. Zedalis on December 28, 2010
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I made dolls in the 80's (cabbage patch) Now that I have a granddaughter on the way. Dolls are on my menu again. This book is awesome for both beginners and not so beginners. Great pictures and instructions. and full size patterns in the book. I highly recommend this book.
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LOVE this Doll book. Easy read, great fun and progressive.
I have made it a habit to pick up books and work through them. My latest craze has been cloth dolls and I own about 10 books from different authors and this one is my favorite. From a basic pancake doll to a complex jointed doll, the author takes you through a progression of techniques and tips to create some really cool and expressive art dolls. If you need some good face building techniques, ( usually the most intimidating part)this is a good start. I was able to take a few basic steps and create doll heads/ faces that were very basic to sophisticated to just fun and funky. Cool Hair techniques that I was not expecting made me think, Hmmmm- what could I do with that? A new wing technique( new to me) is a bit more complicated and time consuming but produces a professional result. Patterns in this book were easy to read, easy to sew and some what interchangeable. If you are looking for an introductory book into this craft- this was an awesome artistic experience. Highly recommended.
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I want to say up front that I don't yet own this book. But in reading the reviews here I was disturbed by another reviewer's comments, one who also does not own it. This reviewer accuses the author of directly copying the patterns, words, and ideas of Patti Madera. Dollmaking has been my hobby and love for over 30 years now and I think I own almost every doll making book written in English, along with a few in Japanese. I own all of Patti's books and they are wonderful. However, anyone who understands the basic concepts of cloth doll making knows that there are a few standard approaches to making cloth dolls from which all modern doll makers base their own unique styles and twists. Materials used in construction have changed over the years and every once in a while someone comes out with a fairly unique approach. But underlying them all are basic concepts that will appear the same across doll makers. From looking at the examples given on Amazon's site, just as this other reviewer has done, I strongly disagree that these are directly copied from Patti's books. Every artist is influenced by something and/or someone else's work and this one was perhaps influenced by Patti's, just as Patti was likely influenced by someone who came before her. But that is as it should be. I once attended a seminar on creativity and the person who held it pointed out that no human art is completely original and all creativity starts from something that is not new or unique. On that note,I think I will go order this book now so it can sit on my shelf along with Patti's books and all the other doll making books demonstrating similar construction methods that came before either of these authors.
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I'm a closet artist who has recently been inspired to share my gift with the world. Jan Horrox's book is the best combination of written and visual instruction on creating cloth dolls that I have seen. I've purchased other books for double the price and still had far too many questions. I love the Marcella Welch Nubian Dancer collection of fabric dolls (I have two encased beautifully in large acrylic boxes). So, I'm thrilled to have the guidance from Jan Horrox to create my own line of dolls inspired by great dance visionaries like Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Kathrine Dunham, Anna Halprin, Gabrielle Roth and others. This is coming together in a way that feels perfectly Divine... Thanks Jan!
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this has to be one of the best Doll Making books around. I spent the first day going through it saying 'now I get it', 'so that's how you do it'. Excellent visual instructions and easy to understand. It is my go to book.
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I love this book and I love the author. Very nice dolls to be made from the full sized patterns inside. Detailed photos and instructions for every step are very helpful. Embellishment and hair ideas are good too.
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Great photos, easy to read instruction. I am a former bear artist but struggle with sewing clothing like shirts with cuffs - something I find complicated because the instructions are so confusing. This book has very clear instructions supported by photos so I feel any beginner could take this book and make wonderful dolls. I am very happy to have this book! http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1844484580/ref=cm_cr_rev_prod_title
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Absolutely amazing book! Wish like heck I could attach a photo of my first doll from this book. It has several doll patterns and really, you should make them in order as each teaches a new / different technique. Lots of great information, little tips and tricks. Here are a few I have learned from my experience:

1. save cereal boxes. When you trace out your pattern pieces on tissue you can use a glue stick to mount them on the cardboard from the cereal boxes and not have to actually pay for poster board. More money to spend on fabric and hair and goodies.
2. This little darling [http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DV913JO/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1] works great to fill with the fray check to get into the tight spaces in the hands and corners of the seam allowances you leave.
3. When you move on to trying to make more realistic dolls or character dolls, be very careful what type of hair you order. If you are order natural fiber such as mohair or angora, be sure it has been carded and you are ordering lengths of roving. My first doll I ordered hair and wasn't watching and totally missed the description. It was not carded and although washed and dyed nicely, it still had little bits and pieces of stray and "stuff" in it. Good hair costs so be aware and shop around.
4. Find a clear pressure foot for you sewing machine! it will save you tons in pain killers for the head ach you will have if you don't. I started out with a metal pressure foot and you just can't track the sewing line well enough. With a clear pressure foot and a lighter than usual pressure you should be able to track the stitch lines with no problem at all.

Now, as to why I say this is great for a seamstress with a bit of experience...
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