The craft/art of Soft Sculpted Cloth Figures has such magnificent scope for creativity, involving fashion/costume design; portraiture; caricature; characterisation; fabric manipulation; quilting/needle sculpture; beading; embroidery; painting; dyeing and printing; knitting; crochet and all sorts of other textile embellishment.
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.
NEEDLE SCULPTURE,also known as needle modelling, involves placing stitches into
the doll head and body to hold the shape of the filling material to create more sophisticated, 'sculptured' features.
little like quilting, the stitches
provide shape and texture, holding the stuffing in position to createaraised nose and defined mouth, eye sockets, chin,
belly button, ankles, dimples etc.<head sculpted on stretch fabric
Profile head sculpted on woven fabric, which has less stretch.> by Patti Medaris Culea(left), & Madeleine Sara Maddocks (right)
This needle modelling technique is also used in conjunction with the cloth over technique.