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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCTION
  • BASICS
    • Equipment
    • Coloring Tools
    • Body fabrics
    • Dressmaking fabrics and trims
    • Stuffing materials and methods
    • Patterns and layouts
    • Needles, threads, and stitches
    • Wigmaking materials and tools
    • Modeling tools and materials
    • Kits and manufactured components
    • Accessories
    • Safety considerations
  • Proportions
  • Articulation
    • soft dolls
    • Wooden dolls
    • Composition and all-bisque bodies
  • Faces
    • drawing and coloring faces
    • face transers
    • setting fixed eyes
    • embroidered faces
    • wax dipping
    • Painting faces
  • Hair
    • styling hair
    • styling hair for small dolls
  • Dressmaking
  • Needle Sculpture
    • techniques for making a head
  • Face Masks
  • Armatures
  • Molds and Press Molds
    • making a quick-impression mold
    • making a one-part plaster mold
  • Paper and Papier-mâché
    • Papier-mâché
  • Working with wood
    • Spoon heads
    • Clothespin(peg) dolls
  • Modeling
  • Modeling basic heads and limbs
  • Sculpting a character doll
  • DOLLS TO MAKE
    • Simple starter dolls:
      triangular pillow doll
      making the rectangular pillow doll
    • Basic cloth doll
    • Crafted cloth doll: Lavinia
    • Stretch Jersey Doll
    • Felt Doll
    • Spoon Doll
    • Baby Dolls: Sleepy heads
    • Armature Doll: Hannah
    • Poseable Character Doll: Santa Claus
    • Dolls' House Doll: Emma
  • Cutting Guides and Patterns
  • Index
  • Credits

Title: The Complete Book of Dollmaking: a practical step-by-step guide to more than 50 traditional and contemporary techniques
Author: Pamela Peake
Publication Date: HC(ish):1997
Publisher: Watson-Guptill Publications, NY
Page Count: 144
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 3/4"
ISBN: 0823007731

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns need to be enlarged, but are gridded to help. Seam allowances are marked, and she uses the A-B-C method of marking. The grainline is also marked - lack of which is a pet peeve of mine. You get a variety of dolls that look good.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down and have good illustration to go with them.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating While this book has doll projects to make, it focuses extensively on the techniques used to create doll designs.

SUMMARY- The basics section is fairly extensive, going over many foundation techniques for designing various types of dolls. It is a useful book to have on your reference shelf if you need a quick check of cross disciplines.