Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists Book by Ray Slater


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Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists

by Ray Slater

Dolls provide textile artists with the perfect medium for exploring stitch and textile techniques. In Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists, artist and teacher Ray Slater presents the basic principles and techniques of doll making so readers can transfer their work into a three-dimensional format.

The author provides patterns for different shapes of dolls, from the simplest stump doll to the more complicated jointed doll. Practical instruction on needle-sculpting expressive faces using needle and thread embroidery is described, as well as details on how to use the patterns to make the basic cloth doll. Artists can then really start to express themselves by using a range of textile techniques on the doll whether directly on to the body or on the clothes worn—from beading, hand embroidering, machine embroidering, stamping, dyeing, felting (ideal for hair!), and even quilting.

The book includes full step-by-step instructions on all the techniques and patterns and stunning images of the creative cloth dolls from textile artists around the world. Doll makers and textile artists will be inspired by the techniques in this book and will explore and develop these to decorate and embellish their dolls.

Hardbound, 8½ x 10 7/8, 128 pages
110 photographs
ISBN 978-1-59668-087-6

About the author:
Ray Slater
trained as a textile artist at Goldsmiths, University of London. She also trained as a costume maker for theater and television. She curated an exhibition of cloth dolls from the United States, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom in 2003 and is now one of the leading teachers on the subject in the United Kingdom where she is based. She is also embarking on a teaching tour in the United States. Ray lives in London.

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