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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.......