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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.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Pre- Printed Panel Dolls

The printed cut-out doll is believed to have originated in the United States between 1891-1893. Dolls were printed on fabric which was sold by the yard. The dolls could then be cut out and their back and front stitched together, turned right side out and stuffed. This type of doll seemed to lose its popularity in the 1920's.These dolls are bought as a length of fabric with the doll, clothes and instructions printed on.  Pre-printed panel dolls were were of the outline/pancake style.

Pictures courtesy of Susan Brewer 

With today's technology it is possible to transfer any image onto fabric. 

 If you own a computer, scanner and colour printer you can give your doll a face from a photo, or perhaps you'd like to transform your soft sculpted figure into a chic fashion icon straight from a Versace catalogue. 

Coming in a future post: PRINTED FABRICS: block printing; screen-printing; digital print~ Soft Sculpted Textile Figures

How will you create your own unique design?


  1. Love the interesting information on panel dolls. May try printing my own. Thanks for the inspiration

    1. You are welcome Jan. Sorry I've only just found your comment.


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