Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists Hardcover – 8 Sep 2008
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"Easy to make, simplistic dolls that beginners can lavishly dress and accessorize," --monstersandcritics.com
About the Author
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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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.
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.
Oh and well done Amazon for your Sunday delivery. Didn't quite believe that, but I stand corrected! :)
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this book. Much better than I thought it might be. I'm very happy!Published 3 days ago by Lizzie P.
This is a beautifully presented and inspiring book, it full of great ideas for making your work unique and fun.Published on 7 Jun. 2014 by helen pecket
very interesting and very unusual should be interesting and a different concept on the doll not sure who these will appeal to but will make some and see thanksPublished on 12 Jan. 2014 by Ms A.A Nicholson
The book provides plenty of inspiration for ways to embellish what are otherwise fairly basic dolls. Read morePublished on 28 April 2013 by A. Sander
So far I've only made a stump doll from the book, but I'm really pleased with her: I followed the pattern provided and although I found the hands very small to turn out there's... Read morePublished on 13 Dec. 2012 by Sacavibi
lovely book great patterns and instructions. inspirational highly recomend to all cloth doll makers it is a great bookfor begginers and advanced doll makersPublished on 8 Dec. 2012 by r rolfe
I loved the colour,vibrancy and ideas in this doll making book. Steps are set out in a thoughtful and achievable way. Dolls for adults.Published on 27 July 2012 by Mrs. Sharon L. Taverner