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Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Februar 2011

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I made the simplest doll, her face is flat, rather than sculpted and her hands are 'mittens' without separate fingers. There is plenty of advice on suitable fabric, thread and stuffing, so I felt well supported even though this was my first doll. I drew my face with fine line permanent pens a white gel pen and some watercolour pencils. I think my dolls features were a little too fine, the ones shown in the book are much more exaggerated. The dolls take only small pieces of fabric so I used some precious scraps for the body and legs. I was pleasantly surprised at how easily the doll went together, her arms and hips are button jointed so that she can sit and wave! The dolls skirt is made of layers of sheer fabric and this was really good fun, building up colours and textures. The best bit had to be adding the hair, which really gave the doll her character, and allowed me to go to town with all the mad novelty yarns in the stash. I didn't have any specialist doll making equipment apart from a very long needle and although I have no doubt that some long tweezers would have made life easier I can't say that anything was much of a struggle with just a usual sewing kit. I thoroughly enjoyed making this doll, so this is another book with which I will not part! I can see myself using further dolls and making them in all sorts of weird and wonderful characters. I would definitely make the facial features more prominent in future, to balance up all the extravagance elsewhere!-Jennyflowerblue.blogspot.com Full of character and fun to make Jan's dolls are ideal for using up your favorite scraps of fabrics, yarns, trims, ribbons and beads. You are going to love her innovative embellishment techniques! Three step-by-step projects with superb color photos and clear directions for constructing beautiful faces, hands and feet will provide all you need to know to make your own gorgeous doll, whatever your ability, and give ideas and inspiration for many more.-Dollmakersjournal.com I am delighted to report that I received the first 20 copies of your book today. What an extraordinary accomplishment! It it one of the lovliest doll books I have ever seen. The material is so beautifully presented and you have so many innovative techniques. I love the ribbing hair. I am sure it will be a great success for you. I am so happy to have it on our site.-Mary Ann (Dollmakersjournal.com) A long-awaited how-to-do-it book from Jan Horrox, already well-known in the world of cloth dolls. Using the full-size templates provided, and following Jan's detailed instructions, three basic dolls can be created. Clear, step-by-step colour photographs guide the maker through all aspects of construction. The fun part is the dressing and decoration of the doll and Jan suggests many ways of using varied craft techniques to achieve a unique character. This is a colourful and reasonably-priced book, containing a wealth of information; a must-have volume for anyone wishing to create their own totally individual doll.-East Kent Embroiderers' Guild If you are looking for a book on making dolls for children to play with then this is not for you; these dolls are ornaments for adults. If you are an experienced toymaker there are ways of adapting the patterns but there are other books full of beautiful playthings and therefore plenty of room for a book like this. In here you can learn how to make three dolls of varying complexity and dress them in lovely fantasy costumes to make decorations for your home. They are certainly eye catching and destined to be conversation pieces; I'm already talking about them! You can use up all sorts of oddments and if you already sew you are bound to own everything you need which is always good to know. Learn how to needlesculpt the cloth to make lifelike faces (this part was my favorite as it explains it so well) and paint your cloth in creative ways. Start by making the simplest doll, which gives you a chance to learn how to do this type of work and then progress through a doll with fingered hands to a more advanced fairy doll with jointed limbs, a beaded tiara and Angelina Fiber wings. These dolls are sure to appeal to all those who love fantasy, but once you have learned the basic technique and with a bit of dressmaking know-how you can dress them in anything. I enjoyed the generous staged photographs that guide the crafter through the more unfamiliar processes as well as most of the more basic ones, and if you want to make unusual ornaments for your home (or somebody else's) then this fits the bill.-Myshelf.com Jan's beautifully crafted dolls are real works of art, but by breaking down the processes into clearly explained stages this practical book ensures that you'll be able to achieve the look that you want - and your fairy won't end up looking more like a goblin... unless you want it to. Every stage is clearly explained and accompanied by step-by-step photos so that the fiddly bits, such as hands, feet and faces, can be created with confidence. The dolls are full of character and once you've constructed the doll, there's infinite scope to embellish it with colourful fabrics, ribbons, buttons and all sorts of trims. There are full-size templates for three different dolls but there are lots of photos of partly worked samples, which illustrate the methods used and also give you ideas and inspiration to create your own very individual characters. Even if you've never tried doll-making before, this book will enable you to produce amazing results.-Stitch Making cloth dolls has become quite a popular pastime and an opportunity to flex your creative muscles, combining many varied techniques in one project. However, for those who are a little daunted by the prospect of it or feel they need to know more about the fundamentals of it before embarking on a huge project, this book is the ideal way in. The dolls (16-18 inches in size) included in this book range from simple and achievable to more complex and involved. There is an introductory section which takes you through each step of making a generic doll (face, hands, feet etc) without any specifics on the finished project. This is very useful, as it provides you with the raw materials for doll-making so that you can take it further and develop your own projects without the constraints of the instructions being doll-specific. Alternative methods are given as well (for example a flat face, and a needle-sculpted face) which will also be handy for those seeking to improve their skills. And with the heads being separate to the body, there is scope for practising your face drawing rather than worrying about ruining an entire body. There are some specialist tools that would benefit you, but alternative suggestions are given where appropriate, and lot of the techniques and fabric requirements would probably be met with materials you already have at home. The projects, of which there are three, all add in different techniques, so you are not thrown in at the deep end with everything included. And an additional doll, using slightly different techniques (or not using as many) is also illustrated for each. 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.-Workshop On The Web Fun and imaginative, this guide to cloth dollmaking demonstrates how to create exquisite and stylish dolls that make wonderful gifts or collectibles. A great way to use up scraps of material, the dolls portrayed in these projects are made using a wide variety of colorful fabrics, trims, ribbons and buttons. Complete with useful diagrams; clear step-by-step instructions for making hands, feet and faces; and templates for all other body parts; this creative resource provides the means and the inspiration for making gorgeous dolls that are full of character. Projects range in difficulty and are suitable for everyone, including beginners, more experienced needlecrafters, textile artists, and fashion designer.-Soft Dolls & Animals Jan's fabulous cloth dolls are exquisitely made and full of character. In this book, Jan guides the reader step-by-step through every stage of producing their own delightful, decorated cloth dolls. This practical guide is aimed at those who are new to doll making, as well as more experienced needlecrafters. Jan's dolls are made using a wide range of colourful fabrics, trims, ribbons and buttons and are ideal for using up scraps and oddments of materials. Clear, step-by-step instructions for making hands, feet and faces, together with diagrams where needed, and useful templates for all the body pieces are supplied at the back of the book. With three different projects to choose from, and three alternative designs using different colour schemes and materials, this book provides the means to make your own unique doll, whatever your ability. The dolls will appeal to fashion and costume designers and textile artists as well as more traditional needlecrafters.-Sew Today Greetings... Today, I finally, FINALLY found a book to show me how to make cloth dolls that made sense...Introduction to Cloth Dolls. I had about given up and then there you were , compliments of the local library. NOW, I will buy the book. I've bought books, went on the web, and seemed to have exhausted anywhere to get a book that told it all and not some author who didn't pull back in hopes of selling another book later to finish what should have been included in the FIRST book. Thank you so much for making my life less stressful and not so expensive...lol I shall keep watching your website for any new books or anything else you come up with. Sincerely, Dolores Bennett-Customer

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Jan Horrox is a clothing designer and former teacher. She has a successful online doll-making supply business and exhibits her work regularly throughout the United Kingdom.


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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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