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I've been designing and making textile figures for many years. I have also recently taken up knitting and crochet again after a lengthy break  and I'm LOVING IT!  Textile Creations UK (http://textilecreationsuk.blogspot.com ) is my new website/ Blog, which includes all my knitted, crocheted, sewn, woven textile creations.

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Felt Textile Figures ~ Dolls

Felt is considered a good fabric to work with for dolls, (though it is not good for dolls that you intend to wash). 

Tiny Felt Doll 
designed & made 
by Hattie Bavin
Felted Wall Doll Designed & made by Jane Eyers, 
Totnes, Devon, UK

She also makes mermaids & fairies 
This wall doll is made using the Felting process which involves tangling fibres together to give a soft, fluffy effect.

Felt can be sewn with the seams on the inside or the outside. It is important to trim and clip felt figures close to the seam.

100% wool felt is the best for sewn doll making, as craft felt does not hold up so well to handling and stuffing. 

Felt has no grain and is not woven, however, as with woven fabrics the fabric does have a side that is stretchier than the other.

Double-layering craft felt with another tightly woven fabric is another option. The two fabrics can be cut together and sewn as though they are a single layer. 
The second layer prevents the felt from becoming distorted with over stuffing.

In Europe the Lenci Doll company, Steiff and Lenci, began to experiment with Stockinette and felt which was hot-pressed over a mould.