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  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Equipment and Raw Materials
  • Chapter 2: Basic Stitching and Working with Patterns
  • Chapter 3: All-Purpose Wire Bodies
  • Chapter 4: Distinctive Wigs and Fabulous Faces
  • Chapter 5: Plain and Fancy Clothespin Clan
  • Chapter 6: Corn Husk Beauties and Oddities
  • Chapter 7: Nut and Seed Family
  • Chapter 8: Wishbone Offspring
  • Chapter 9: Pedigreed Gourd Group
  • Chapter 10: Spool, Yarn and Sock Dolls
  • Chapter 11: Carved Head Retinue
  • Chapter 12: Descendants of the Eminent Eggshell
  • Chapter 13: Bread Dough Characters
  • Chapter 14: Dried Fruit Druids
  • Chapter 15: Rawhide Babies
  • Chapter 16: Papier Maché People
  • Chapter 17: Molded Felt Folks
  • Chapter 18: Selling and Displaying Dolls
  • Index

Title: Making American Folk Art Dolls
Author: Gini Rogowski & Gene DeWeese
Publication Date: TPB:1975
Publisher: Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA
Page Count: 162
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 7"
ISBN: 0801961238

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating All the patterns are gridded for enlarging but otherwise have few to no markings to help the crafter. Patterns are very basic and scattered. Almost all the photos were disappointing, though showed a very wide range of folk art dolls. I just don't want to be able to think "I could do better examples than these" when reading a craft book. It falls on the side of "homemade" rather than "handmade," which was completely unnecessary - I've seen beautiful and truly elegant examples of all these types of folk art dolls.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are not broken down well, but do have some illustration to help the crafter.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating This is a bonus star, remember, and not a poor rating. It would be very useful to a novice to see the "Before" and "After" photos of the apple and pear heads to see how deeply you need to carve features in order to get the effects you want. This is one example of why this book gets a Mechanics star. While I'm not happy with the quality of the examples they chose - they do cover a LOT of territory, and their instructions are useful.

SUMMARY- While I found the book overall disappointing, it does have useful bits in it, and shows a really wide variety of materials used in doll construction. Wanting examples to aspire to rather than examples I know I can easily top is a personal preference of mine. This bias of mine is why I really miss the Carol Duvall Show and why Craft Lab is not a good replacement!