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Felt Wee Folk - New Adventures
Salley Mavor

Search Press
2 February 2015 / ISBN 9781607058861
How-To Books/Dollmaking

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


When I was a little girl I had a book I loved called My Big Book of Sewing. One of the projects showed how to make a wee doll from yarn-wrapped pipe cleaners, plus a house and clothing. Soon I had a full Nativity scene and a dolls house, my pride and joy. Imagine my pleasure when I received this book for review that shows you how to do a slightly more advanced version.

This is partly an expanded reissue of a 2003 book called Felt Wee Folk Enchanting Projects but with more dolls and up to date information. As well as showing how to make the basic doll, a child-friendly version and what you need to buy there are several themed sets of dolls to make. There are detailed illustrated instructions on all aspects of making the dolls, from painting wooden bead heads to creating yarn hair, bending pipe cleaners and creating clothes largely from felt. The instructions are easy to follow and there is plenty of scope for however you want to change the basic idea. The themed sets include Robin Hood, flower fairies, nursery rhymes, a winter scene, wedding cake figures and my own favorite the Nativity scene complete with detailed instructions on making a lamb. You will have to create your own dollhouses, stables or other settings but ideas are given and the wee figures are sure to be fun to make, fun to play with and fun to display. It is a lovely book that I can’t wait to get started with.

If you cannot find a good range of felt, pipe cleaners and other materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2015