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  • IntroductioN:
    Milwaukee W.P.A. Handicraft Project History
  • History
  • The Quest
  • Gallery:
    Showcase of the original WPA dolls from the Milwaukee Public Museum and the Milwaukee Historical Society
  • Making the Doll:
    • Supplies
    • Doll Making Basics
    • Embroidery Stitches
    • The Arms
    • The Body
    • The Legs
    • The Gussets
    • Attaching the Arms
    • The Face and Head:
      The Head/Shoulderplate
      Painting the Cloth Head
      Attaching the Shoulderplate
      The Face Mask
      Painting the Face Mask
      Creating the Hair
      Yoked Dress and Tap Panties
      Addendum-Crocheted Hair

Title: Design from the Past: A modern doll maker recreates the WPA Craft Project Doll
Author: Judi Ward, Kate Erbach
Publication Date: Sprlbnd:2011
Publisher: Self
Page Count: 70
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns are full-size, very well marked, and on separate sheets in an envelope glued to the inside back cover. They are printed both sides of the sheets(there are 3 double-sided sheets of patterns), so you will need to photocopy them - which should be easy, as they are on 17" x 11" sheets. The authors are true to the doll style and wardrobe, and for the first 100 copies they printed off, they included a plastic mold of the face! I've put mine in a deep cigar box to protect it until I'm ready to use it, and so that I can keep it with the book.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are very well broken down and you get excellent pictures to back up the instruction - I don't think you can get better than that.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating You get little snippets like how the face was molded then vacuum formed, how they went about creating the patterns, history of the project - the whole book is a great learning experience for how much goes into researching and developing a project like this. I was psyched.

SUMMARY- If you are a fan of vintage dolls, this is a "must have". The authors went to a great deal of trouble and expense to reproduce a vintage doll of the late 1930's and provide patterns and instructions for reproducting it yourself. I think it notable that the WPA project also made black dolls for children that weren't charicatures, but as high quality and approachable as the anglo-saxon dolls. I was very impressed with the care and attention that went into the production of this project book.

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