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  • Introduction
  • How to Use this Book
  • Section 1: Dollmaking Basics
    • Needed materials and tools
    • Preparing the patterns
    • Making a cloth doll
    • Painting techniques
    • Creating the ahirdos
    • Making the clothing
  • Section 2: Basic Techniques
    • How do I make a simple cloth doll?
    • How do I make a cloth doll with sculpted fingers?
    • How do I use patterns with seam allowances to create a doll?
    • How do I mix wooden and cloth elements to create a doll?
    • How do I make a simple wooden doll?
    • How do I Make a life-sized wooden doll?
  • Section 3: Beyond the Basics
    • How do I make a cloth doll into an ornament?
    • How do I creae a set of dolls?
    • How do I make a doll with button-on joints?
    • How do I make a doll with a beard?
    • How do I make a doll with sculpted toes?
    • How do I make a doll from a clothespin?
    • How do I make a doll from a wooden paddle?
    • How do I make legs for a paddle doll?
    • How do I use special painting methods on a paddle doll?
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Metric Equivalency Charts
  • Index

Title: Dollmaking for the First Time
Author: Miriam Gourley
Publication Date: HC:2004
Publisher: Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., NY
Page Count: 112
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 9"
ISBN: 1-4027-0726-6

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating There is a mix of cloth and wood doll patterns, but all are done in the 'primitive' style. Sewing patterns are pretty well marked(except no grainline), but you don't get instructions on how much to enlarge patterns except in the "Preparing the Patterns" section - I like for that information to be on the same page as the patterns so that I don't have to do a lot of hunting for the information.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are well broken down, easy to read, and have a generous amount of illustration - often photo illustration - for steps taken in basic doll-making.

SUMMARY- If you are a fan of primitive style dolls, and want to try your hand at doll making, this is a great starting place. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

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