For Textile Artists
With step-by-step instructions and patterns, this is a complete guide to making stump, wired and cloth dolls. It begins with practical information on tools and equipment and explains how to make realistic faces and hands using embroidery and needle sculpting – essential for giving each project its finishing touches. To further encourage creativity, a range of techniques for customizing fabrics are also detailed, from simple embroidery and felting to intricate cutwork.
The Art of the Japanese Doll
Japanese Ninyg? dolls have played an important role in the nation's art and culture for millennia – as talismans, objects of visual appreciation and playthings. Offering an analysis of the costumes, hairstyles, props and gestures of Gosho (palace dolls), Hina (Girl's Day dolls), Musha (Boy's Day dolls) and Isho (fashion dolls), Alan Scott Pate frames their stylistic and symbolic evolution within the context of the Edo period (1615–1868), during which the art of the doll flourished.
15 Knitted Projects to Keep You Warm and Toasty
Vanessa Mooncie’s designs for an entire menagerie of hats provide easy-to-follow instructions intended for knitters of all abilities. These fun hats in adult and children’s sizes range from a smart-suited penguin to a floppy-eared bunny, and the appendix explains how to line your hat and includes a guide to basic techniques, a glossary of abbreviations, conversion charts and a list of suppliers.
The Big Book of the Dolls' House
This comprehensive guide for beginners and experienced dolls’ house enthusiasts, whether using 1/12 or 1/24 scales, describes a range of styles, covering historical periods and cultural influences from a Tudor interior to a Zen apartment. The author suggests ways to present miniature scenes featuring purchased items and provides instructions for making items such as tables and a fireplace. Illustrated with colour photographs, the book includes advice on equipment and a list of suppliers.
Crocheting Soft Toys
Frustrated by mass-produced soft toys made with cheap labour and materials, the author set out to produce a collection of unique toys for children, friends and family that could be crocheted and given as presents. Basic crochet stitches are clearly described and illustrated, while detailed and straightforward patterns cover a range of animals, from larger elephants and a jagged-toothed crocodile to smaller curly-tailed chameleons and fluffy-eared owls.
This collection of needle felt designs contains step-by-step instructions to make 12 tiny dogs including a pug, miniature dachshund and a toy poodle. The tools and techniques for each design are explained clearly and close-up photographs show each stage of the process, making this book suitable for novice crafters.
A Foundation Course
This comprehensive introduction to miniature embroidery explains the materials and equipment needed, and how to read embroidery charts. Diagrams show how the different stitches are formed, and instructions are given for a range of 1/12 scale projects, from monochrome backstitched pictures and cushions to a multicoloured cot cover using the more complex Rhodes stitch.