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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Batsford (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 071349039X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0713490398
  • Product Dimensions: 22.1 x 1.6 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 278,724 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Easy to make, simplistic dolls that beginners can lavishly dress and accessorize," --monstersandcritics.com

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Ray Slater trained as a textile artist at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also trained as a costume maker for theatre and television. She curated an exhibition of cloth dolls from the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK in 2003 and is now one of the leading teachers on the subject in the UK, where she is based. She is also embarking on a teaching tour in the USA. Ray Slater lives in London.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Joyem on 4 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you want a book to help you make pretty,sweet-faced dollie dolls then this isn't it! But if you want exciting, stimulating, funky dolls and you are really interested in innovative textile techniques, then this is it. The title is 'Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists' and if that is where your interests lie or you want to try something different, then this is the book for you.

I'm new to doll making, not really my thing, but after finding first Jan Horrox and now Ruth Slater, a whole new window has opened for me. Ruth Slater starts off with stump dolls, which I had never heard of, but with her approach they become intriguing soft sculptures. Then lively wire dolls which make you smile, and then stuffed cloth dolls using more useful ideas and all interspersed with lots of textile art techniques, hand and machine stitching, dyeing, printing, you name it.

This book is not for everyone, and may disappoint conventional doll makers, but for those with more adventurous attitude, this get this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Hazel Vicary TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2011
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As a very traditional 'doll' person my first doll book was by Jan Horrox and it is an excellent book. I passed over this one because the dolls looked a bit too 'funky' for my taste but having now made 5 dolls with Jan Horrox's patterns - all of which have turned out far better than I expected - I find myself looking for dolls with a difference and also to exploying new techniques. I was particularly looking for a book which included stump dolls and ways of individualising fabrics rather than just using them straight from the shop. This book arrived this morning (hardback not paperback as advertised - not complaining) and I have had to force myself to put it down long enough to do this review. I would still say that a beginner should start with Jan Horrox who takes you through every step very thoroughly and the patterns really work but, having done that, Ray Slater has certainly turned out a real cracker with this offering giving lots of new thoughts and ideas - good patterns and excellent instructions for creating individual fabrics. I had spent a day dying Wensleydale 'curls' but was nervous about how to needlefelt them to the dolls head - all the instructions are in this book as well as lots of other 'hair' ideas. All in all, just what I was looking for to feed what is rapidly becoming a bit of an obsession with each doll becoming more and more intricate - where will it all end, well, thank goodness they have shut Newgate is all I can say.......
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By B. Giles on 21 Jan. 2010
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I'm new to doll-making but not to textile art: this books provides easy-to-follow instructions, simple patterns, and loads of ideas for techniques and embellishments for your cloth doll. Excellent pictures and diagrams.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mosephineT on 18 April 2011
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this book certainly has the wow factor. when you flick through the pages, some of the doll designs leave you breathless. the level of experience and skill required to execute some of the designs is way beyond mine at the present time, however, reading the book certainly opened my eyes to the possibilities. i would recommend the book for anyone who has an artistic eye and has a passion for needlecraft - particularly for utilising a range of yarns, fabrics and has easy access to a sewing machine.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Arnold on 4 Feb. 2009
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I love this book. It's bursting with new ideas for cloth doll makers and machine embroidery enthusiasts. I found it instructive and inspirational
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By bookworm8 VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2012
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Intending to made a doll for the first time I sent for this book and was not disappointed. If you want clear directions, some patterns to follow and some inspiring fabrics to make (with instructions for the fabrics too), then this book has what you need. There are instructions for making basic faces too, which is a great help!
These are art dolls rather than toys for children, although if you are used to sewing you could adapt one of the patterns - the clothes would not be appropriate for little children, however teenage girls as well as adults would, I think, be thrilled to have one of these 'one-of-a-kind dolls.
I found the book really useful and the ideas in it are a springboard to developing new ideas for myself - always the sign of a really good 'craft' book. Good value too.
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By Sheila Chapman on 30 Sept. 2012
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This is a visually appealing book with good descriptions and instructions and some very practical information as well as creative ideas. I have enjoyed browsing through it and will hopefully get around to some of the charming dolls.

The only reason I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars is that I came across a couple of minor errors or omissions in the instructions - nothing you could not figure out, but I found them just from reading, rather than trying to follow instructions. Overall though a very nice book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By craftyk on 1 Sept. 2010
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I usually shy away from step by step guides but this one is special. I was impressed by the ways that hand embroidery ,machine embroidery and textile manipulation can be used to create stunning dolls. I can't wait to start to make one.
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