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  • Introduction
  • General Instructions
  • Materials to collect
  • Prehistoric figures- man, woman and baby
  • Egyptian pharaoh and female attendant of the New Kingdom (1596 to 525BC)
  • Roman general and his wife(first and second centuries AD)
  • Viking Warrior chieftan and his daughter(ninth to tenth century AD)
  • Nobleman and noblewoman of the late Middle Ages (c. 1470)
  • Cavalier and lady(c. 1640)
  • Victorian family of the 1850's
  • Pirate- imaginative figure
  • Aladdin and the genie- Fairy tale figures
  • Circus figures
  • Western saloon figures
  • Bibliography
  • Suppliers

Title: Making Costume Dolls
Author: Jean Greenhowe
Publication Date: HC:
Publisher: B.T. Batsford Ltd., London
Page Count: 109
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 1/4" x 8"
ISBN: 0713423137

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating The dolls are all constructed the same, with a large wooden bead used as the head. Diagrams are given for the facial features to be drawn on the beads. The patterns are full-size because the figures are small enough to be dollhouse dolls. They are well marked with instructions on the pattern pieces. They are also numbered, so you can tell how many pieces you're supposed to have! There is a really cool variety of patterns that literally span the ages.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down by clothing parts/accessories, and the doll construction is all one chapter at the beginning. You vary the construction by the needs of the specific doll you are making. Not a lot of illustration to go with the instructions, so you should already have some experience if you're going to use this book.

SUMMARY- For the record, this book is really neat. You've got to see the black-n-white photos of the dolls to understand just how really neat this book is. I couldn't pick a favorite(and I can Always pick a favorite) because they are all that well done. I highly recommend this book.

The designer has a website: where she has original knit patterns for sale and also has some free patterns available for download.

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