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  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • CHAPTER 1: Getting Started
    • Dollmaking Essentials
  • CHAPTER 2: Creating the Doll Body
    • Tinting and Dyeing Fabric for the Doll Body
    • Making the Basic Doll Body- Renaissance Woman
    • Making an Armature
  • CHAPTER 3: Creating the Doll's Face
    • Sculpting the Face- Renaissance Woman
    • Face Painting
    • Painting Renaissance Woman
    • Painting Medieval Jester
    • Other coloring Methods
    • Embroidering the Face
  • CHAPTER 4: The Crowning Glory- Hair and Wigs
    • Hair Fibers
    • Making the Hair for Renaissance Woman
    • Dyeing Doll Hair
    • Wig Making
    • Ten Creative Wig-Making and Embellishment Techniques
  • CHAPTER 5: Costuming the Doll
    • Drafting Doll Clothing Patterns
    • How to make Shoes
    • How to make Fairy Wings
    • Embellishements for Doll Costumes
    • 13" Tulip(Rita Carl)
    • 14" Tom Mato(Sue Little)
    • 37" Constable Shoes(Miriam Christensen Gourley)
    • 15" Medieval Knight(Brenda Gehl)
    • 19" Momotaro "Little Peach"(Shauna Mooney)
    • 18" Frens(Annie Moon)
    • 12" Posey Julia(Elise Peeples)
    • 12" Vasalissa's Doll(Sue McFadden)
    • 23" Whimsical Personage(Barbara Chapman)
    • 13 1/2" The Maid Was in the Garden(Betts Vidal)
  • Templates
  • Lesson Planning
  • Resources

Title: Crafting Cloth Dolls: A Pageant of Patterns, Techniques, and Ideas from Award-winning Dollmakers
Author: Miriam Christensen Gourley
Publication Date: TPB:2001
Publisher: The Quilt Digest Press(McGraw-Hill Companies), NY
Page Count: 164
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0844220841

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating You get an amazing variety of projects of all different styles(see listing of Pageant of Dolls) by 10 different artists. Patterns appear to be full-size and are well marked.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down for each project and have some illustration to help the sewer. There is a Gorgeous full-color photo of each doll that lets you see good detail.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating This book gets a couple of bonus stars for its innovations and general techniques sections that help the dollmaker build on their own ideas for a doll.

SUMMARY- There are 10 doll projects by 10 different artists - and they all look wonderful. I didn't know what to expect from this book when I first got - and am thrilled that I discovered it. All the dolls are so different, and none of them are remotely generic. I would happily recommend this book to anyone looking for more creative approaches to cloth doll making.