There are dolls for ornaments as well as the toy variety, and
the three dolls in here are definitely in the former category.
Learn how to make collectable dolls to display in your home
that are sure to be admired by all who see them. Originally
published in 2010, this book has been reprinted several times
and is well on the way to becoming a Search Press Classic.
Raid your stash to find pretty fabrics, beads, buttons and
paints, You are going to need them to dress up your creations.
There is also a chance to do plenty of recycling as many of
the items used were formerly something else, including bubble
wrap and an old sweater. Learn what to use for the body to
get the right effect, as well as techniques such as needle
sculpting, detailed hands and feet, painting faces, dying
cloth and making poseable limbs. Many of the methods are shown
first at the front of the book before any of the project,
and all have plenty of staged photographs and captions so
you can see exactly what to do. The three projects are very
detailed, starting with a beginner doll with a flat painted
face and mitt hands, and progressing to more advanced features
with the next two. These are not the type of dolls that wear
modern clothes, but resemble fairies, nymphs or other fantastic
characters. They have gaily colored hair and costumes; one
has wings made from Angelina Fiber and a tiara, and all are
eye catching. Every stage of the process from making up the
body to the costume, hair and details are shown through more
staged photographs. Each doll is shown finished on a whole
page, and there is also a variation for each, as well as all
the templates you need. If you want to make toy dolls for
children this is not the book to obtain, and you will need
some basic sewing skills before tackling any of the projects;
having made a toy or two helps. But if you are wanting to
make ornamental pieces and branch off into your own creations,
then this is a good, user friendly book to get.
If you cannot find a good range of sewing and doll making
materials locally try www.searchpress.com
for a list of suppliers.