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We Make Dolls!: Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns Paperback – June 5, 2012
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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.
This is a great book for someone who is just getting into stuffed animal/doll making as there are many different styles of stuffed animal/doll patterns most books are published by or feature only one individual so you will typically get only one style of pattern with basic variations. Whenever I am in a creative rut, I will flip through this book and remember how much I enjoy making stuffed animals/dolls and then will set off into a sewing frenzy.
A variety of doll and toy artists generously share their patterns.
ideas, and life stories.I was inspired to try my hand at the Bobi
Dog project within a day of receiving the book.I modified him a
bit, changed the head & legs a bit, and used plastic joints instead
of buttons, and I was quite pleased with the results and how fast
the little dog came together.I can't wait to try some of the other
projects.You won't go wrong with this wonderful little book!