Dolls provide textile artists with the perfect medium for exploring stitch and textile techniques. In Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists, artist and teacher Ray Slater presents the basic principles and techniques of doll making so readers can transfer their work into a three-dimensional format.
The author provides patterns for different shapes of dolls, from the simplest stump doll to the more complicated jointed doll. Practical instruction on needle-sculpting expressive faces using needle and thread embroidery is described, as well as details on how to use the patterns to make the basic cloth doll. Artists can then really start to express themselves by using a range of textile techniques on the doll whether directly on to the body or on the clothes worn - from beading, hand embroidering, machine embroidering, stamping, dyeing, felting (ideal for hair!), and even quilting.
The book includes full step-by-step instructions on all the techniques and patterns and stunning images of the creative cloth dolls from textile artists around the world. Doll makers and textile artists will be inspired by the techniques in this book and will explore and develop these to decorate and embellish their dolls.
Reviews: "A great resource, not only for textile artists, but for doll makers, in general, or anyone wishing to know more about the techniques of fabric embellishment."-Bangor Daily News