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Crafting Cloth Dolls: A Pageant of Patterns, Techniques and Ideas from Award-winning Dollmakers [Paperback]

Miriam Christensen Gourley
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1 Sep 2001
This is a sensational collection of dolls made entirely from fabric! Create an heirloom, revisit favorite childhood memories, or just experience the joy of giving life to a few simple pieces of fabric through the art of cloth doll-making. In "Crafting Cloth Dolls", both beginners and experienced doll-makers will enjoy a one-on-one lesson from Miriam Gourley, one of America's most talented and respected doll-makers. Step by step, she instructs crafters on everything they need to know to create original dolls - how to form the body, paint the face, make and style the hair, and costume the doll.This fabulous collection of fabric dolls provides step-by-step directions for making ten exquisite creations that represent an incredible range of styles, from primitive folk art to exotic sculpted work. The patterns feature designs by top artists, including Barbara Chapman, Elise Peeples, and Brenda Gehl, and by many talented newcomers. The dolls are arranged by skill level, so you will find it easy to choose a pattern that suits your tastes and ability. With more than one hundred glorious full-color photographs of cloth dolls - many of them award-winning creations - and detailed drawings throughout, these pages are bursting with creative inspiration for those starting their first doll or their fiftieth!


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Contemporary (1 Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844220841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844220840
  • Product Dimensions: 28.1 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A sensational collection of dolls made entirely from fabric!

Create an heirloom, revisit favorite childhood memories, or just experience the joy of giving life to a few simple pieces of fabric through the art of cloth doll-making. In Crafting Cloth Dolls, both beginners and experienced doll-makers will enjoy a one-on-one lesson from Miriam Gourley, one of America's most talented and respected doll-makers. Step by step, she instructs crafters on everything they need to know to create original dolls--how to form the body, paint the face, make and style the hair, and costume the doll.

This fabulous collection of fabric dolls provides step-by-step directions for making ten exquisite creations that represent an incredible range of styles, from primitive folk art to exotic sculpted work. Patterns feature designs by top artists, including Barbara Chapman, Elise Peeples, and Brenda Gehl, and by many talented newcomers. The dolls are arranged by skill level, so you will find it easy to choose a pattern that suits your tastes and ability.

With more than one hundred glorious full-color photographs of cloth dolls--many of them award-winning creations--and detailed drawings throughout, these pages are bursting with creative inspiration for those starting their first doll or their fiftieth!

About the Author

Miriam Christensen Gourley is a leading doll-maker who regularly designs needlework projects for magazines including Women's Day and McCall's Creates. She has established and organized a number of major doll exhibits and consumer shows, including Dollmakers Magic. She is the author of the bestselling book Cloth Dolls: How to Make Them.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Crafting Cloth Dolls 11 Jan 2014
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The sheer number of Cloth Doll making styles and techniques make this a must have for your textile library. There are so many ideas in this book, which starts from the basics, that you will want to get started straight away.
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4.0 out of 5 stars diffrent 15 Jan 2013
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quite liked this book ,and i need to sit and read it more to make a proper review,there are a lot of books out there ,and this is ok
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5.0 out of 5 stars crafting cloth doll 30 Aug 2011
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Good condition, excellent service, good communication, received within given dates, I am extremely pleased. Thanks to all the team. I will be ordering more in the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 8 Feb 2002
By Belle - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like the book "Crafting Cloth Dolls" for several reasons. It is loaded with color photos of dolls ranging from the simple, painted on faced muslin body styles to complicated, wire armature bodied dolls with clay and needle sculpted faces. A basic doll body pattern is included as well for users to create and expound upon.
Doll techniques covered include armature making, dyeing doll hair, wig making, shoe making, fairy wing making, face painting, and drafting doll clothing patterns. A technique for needle sculpted faces and a button joining technique were drawn and explained.
Patterns with body and clothing templates, supply lists, and clearly written instructions are included with the book to make 10 different styles of dolls. The dolls include Tulip (the doll on the cover), a tomato man, a constable, medieval knight, Japanese woman (from Japanese "Little Peach" fairy tale), simple rag doll, felted doll, felt body doll with paper clay mask, whimsical doll made of wire clothed with embillishments, and a very elegant maid doll.
The final pages of the book include a source sheet to locate the various doll artists that contributed to the book and order their respective patterns.
With so many doll making techniques abounding, this book cannot possibly cover them all; however, the patterns and easy to follow instruction with this book make it an excellent addition to the beginning doll makers library and an excellent source of inspiration for the more advanced doll maker.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for more experienced dollmakers 23 April 2002
By Sabina Rubens - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew I would enjoy this book even before I opened it, as Miriam Gourley's previous book on cloth dollmaking was so good. The earlier book had more basics in it, I feel this book is for more experienced dollmakers who want to be a bit adventurous. Miriam includes some interesting sections on home-made felt and felting, armatures, cloth doll construction and painting effects. For me, the best part was the 10 cloth doll projects at the back of the book, ranging from a simple cloth doll to a policeman to a doll with felted clothing. I loved the charm, diversity and sheer adventurousness of these projects. Definitely worth buying if you have any interest in cloth dolls at all.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine guide for cloth dollmakers by Miriam Gourley! 30 Dec 2004
By MzQd - Published on Amazon.com
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Doll artist and author Miriam Christensen Gourley has written another great book on cloth dollmaking. I loved her first volume, but the dolls and patterns in this one are just as, or maybe even more fun than in the first book!

There is something in "Crafting Cloth Dolls" suitable to all sewing skill levels. Beginners will be pleased with the well-illustrated instruction and more advanced dollmakers are offered more challenging subjects, as well as good clay over cloth instructions.

Gourley has an excellent writing style and offers clear-cut, well-illustrated instructions and helpful tips and techniques, from wigmaking to shoemaking. Everything in this book makes sense!

Highly recommended to dollmakers looking to learn, polish their skills or be inspired by good dollmaking craft.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For your inner whimiscal side 5 Feb 2008
By Sharon Nordgren - Published on Amazon.com
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I have enjoyed this book for sewing whimsical and fun dolls,Great for beginners , This book is a thorough course in the basics of doll-making.
But also great for using the techniques that are general in nature, and then grow and soar using your own designing techniques
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars impressive, especially given that books like this are hard to find 30 Oct 2009
By Caraculiambro - Published on Amazon.com
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Is it just me, or are cloth doll books hard to find? A painstaking search at three major bookstore chains in my city turned up nothing. Hobby shops, knitting shops, nothing. Amazon offered a few, but there's a lot of junk out there: for something like this, you'd like the reassurance of being able to flip through the thing before you buy it. So I took a risk.

But this one was the answer to my problems! I wasn't able to find another book like it anywhere.

At about 160 pages, it's kind of a long book for this sort of thing. It begins by teaching how to make traditional dolls, but as the book goes on the dolls are more, uh, non-traditional, such as ethnic dolls. The pages are glossy and the illustrations are a combination of color pictures and black-and-white line drawings. While you do get an easy-to-understand series of steps for each doll, it would have been nice to have pictures of what your developing doll is supposed to look like after each step is completed. But this is a minor drawback. Finally, there are cut-out templates at the back.

I would not say this is for beginners. Although it doesn't say "advanced" anywhere on it, if this is your first go at making cloth dolls this book is probably not the best choice for you.
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