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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.
  

Books


Some Recommended Reads

FIDDLY LITTLE FINGERS AND TRICKY TOES With Pampered Polly Cloth figure pattern and lots of must have advice about making those fiddly cloth fingers and toes. Madeleine Sara Maddocks
See: Fiddly Little Fingers and Tricky Toes 





ANATOMY OF A DOLL
The fabric sculptors hand book. Full of examples from many doll artists.
Susanna Oroyan.
 
DESIGNING THE DOLL
Advance your doll making skills. Over 250 photographs.  Susanna Oroyan.
 

CREATIVE CLOTH DOLL MAKING
Patti Culea’s excellent and exciting book is a must for all cloth figure makers from beginner to advanced. It covers dyeing, painting, stamping and many other techniques.

CREATIVE CLOTH DOLL FACES
by Patti Culea. Shows you in more detail how to make unique cloth doll faces. Excellent!

CREATIVE CLOTH DOLL COUTURE
by Patti Culea  All about costuming your doll Another Excellent Book!

CREATIVE CLOTH DOLL BEADING
by Patti Medaris Culea  How to embellish your cloth figures with beads. Excellent!

Making Creative Cloth Dolls  by Marthe La Van. This book features dolls and patterns for some really inspiring spirit style dolls. It  takes you beyond typical cloth doll conceptions, inviting you to let your imagination run wild. It features thirty projects and three basic patterns. More for those who like abstract art dolls.

Crafting Cloth Dolls by Miriam Christensen Gourley
The book features instructions for ten fabric dolls created by well-know doll making artists (e.g. Barbara Chapman, Elise Peeples, and Brenda Gehl) and includes essentials such as creating the doll body, the face, hair and wigs, and costuming the doll. Complete with several full-scale templates, lesson plans, and a very informative resource selection. Check inside before you buy as the style of cloth figures inside do not reflect that which appears on the front cover.

Cloth Doll Artistry by Barbara Willis Design and costuming techniques for flat and fully sculpted figures.
Like Patti Culea's books, Barbara Willis' Cloth Doll Artistry is very professional, 
beautifully presented and full of useful information. It's a real pleasure to own.

Brenda Brightmore has been making dolls all her life and was a member of the BDA. This book brings together 15 of her cloth dolls and contains patterns and numerous step by step line drawings. All her patterns are shown full size with templates for face painting. 
Very suited to beginners as well as the more experienced maker, since whilst the dolls are quite ‘rag doll’ in nature they are sophisticated & beautifully made with advanced cloth doll techniques.

CLOTH DOLLS FOR TEXTILE ARTISTS 2008 By Ray Slater
This book is very much for the novice cloth doll maker and certainly seems to provide some useful tips for beginners to make some very good first pieces of work. However, for more experienced cloth figure makers it seem somewhat little disappointing, despite its grandiose title!

THE BOOK OF DOLL MAKING (UK)
Alicia Merrett. Out of Print 
(available second hand)
A comprehensive project book and reference to making traditional and innovative cloth & rag dolls. Good for beginners. This book contains a wide variety of dolls to make including different styles and sizes of dolls as well as dolls made from diverse materials.  Two of the best patterns within it are those submitted by Hilarie Berzins.

INTRODUCTION TO MAKING CLOTH DOLLS (UK)
Jan Horrox 
A new book by Jan Horrox ' An Introduction to Cloth Doll Making' was published in early September 2010.  This will include three projects of different styles of dolls which will be illustrated with step by step photographs, diagrams and instructions.  I96 pages full colour photographs illustarating needle sculpting a head, drawing and colouring a face, making five fingered hands and mitt hands as well as all the other stages of making the three projects.