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  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Basics
  • Chapter 2: Using Watercolors
  • Chapter 3: Sculpting the Head
  • Chapter 4: Working with Paint
  • Chapter 5: Creating with Collage
  • Patterns
  • Embroidery Stitches
  • Resources
  • Contributing Artists
  • Acknowledgments
  • About the Author

Title: Creative Cloth Doll Faces: using paints, pastels, fibers, beading, collage, and sculpting techniques
Author: Patti Medaris Culea
Publication Date: TPB:2005
Publisher: Quarry Books, Gloucester, MA
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1-59253-144-X

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. You are given three basic doll patterns: basic, intermediate, and advanced. The are all in Ms. Culea's wonderful style. The basic doll has mitten hands, while the intermediate and advanced patterns expect you to be able to turn individual fingers.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are laid out step-by-step, and aren't as thorough as they could be in some areas - like turning individual fingers! This is an area that causes a lot of frustration, and not a lot of time is spent on it in this book. She does spend a good amount of time on creating faces - which is the point of the book, so her star rating remains solid.

MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. A lot of different techniques are given, and laid out with illustrations, with really stunning photographs to show examples of the techniques in use by a variety of talented artists using Ms. Culea's patterns. It's a neat way of showing the different effects different artists can get from the same base patterns.

SUMMARY- This book was a pleasure to read, and full of inspiration. I was very pleased to have run across Ms. Culea's work, and will keep my eyes open for her other books.