- Copertina flessibile: 159 pagine
- Editore: Lark Books; 1 edizione (20 giugno 2013)
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1454702494
- ISBN-13: 978-1454702498
- Peso di spedizione: 621 g
- Posizione nella classifica Bestseller di Amazon:
We Make Dolls: Top Dollmakers Share Their Secrets & Patterns (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 20 giu 2013
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"You don't have to be a child to enjoy this fine collection of doll-making inspiration and information, featuring ten dollmakers showcasing their creations. The best thing about this collection is the diversity of doll styles represented, including Denise Ferragamo's colorful matryoshkas, Jenn Docherty's whimsically embellished needlefelted animals, Nichol Brinkman's personality-filled "pillow monster" dolls, and Sasha Pokrass's fully jointed, Steif-esque handmade teddy bears. Serious sewing skills are needed to make most of these projects, but most of the doll makers have online shops (and links are included). VERDICT: The collection celebrates the diversity and artistry of contemporary doll making. The creations are inspiring, and crafters of all ages will enjoy customizing their own versions of the dolls." --"Library Journal" "This book is awesome! I love how simple the directions are, the photos are great and I LOVE seeing some photos of the artists...Go get this book. Now." --"Schmancy Toys
Jenny Doh is the former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset Studio magazine and is the President and Founder of www.crescendoh.com. Jenny serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation to deliver messages related to creative passion, authentic leadership, effective communication and focused compassion. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognised by Folio magazine as one of the top 40 leaders within the publishing industry.
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Now the bad. There is really only one bad thing I can say about it, and it is regarding the "patterns" from Ana Fernandes. There are three dolls listed for her, but you only get the pattern for ONE. You get a pattern for a girl doll, and for the dog and lamb she "gives you" you are told to use the same body as the girl doll and figure out the rest on your own (see my image in the gallery to see the lamb). For a beginner like me, making a template myself for the dog's head, ears, and clothes and the lamb's head, ears, and cape seems a little daunting. The lamb's head seems especially complicated to me as it uses a mixture of fabrics. I don't know if this was Ana's idea or the author/publisher, but it was not a smart one. If Ana only wanted to give us one pattern or the publisher only had room for her to give one, then they should have just listed one doll for her. But since they chose to list the puppy and lamb, why couldn't they just include the head and ears for them? After all, if I could make my own patterns I wouldn't need this book!
So don't count on full patterns for 23 dolls, you get 21. I can't figure out why they did this- it's annoying. I still recommend this book, just know that 2 patterns are more or less missing.
My other issue is there is no resource page. I would have loved to have had a couple of pages to learn more about where to find doll making supplies. I have a Hobby Lobby near me but...there's more out there. I know it. But where?
This book has so many patterns from dollmakers that I admire, and the artists did not wimp out and provide cheap versions of their own work (eg: Mimi provided the pattern to her famous Tattooed Man, Danita shares a pattern for a Frida Kahlo doll)
If you like dolls, whether you are a beginner or intermediate dollmaker, this is a great book to own.
I did find it odd that the dog on the front cover, while included in the book as a pattern, is actually just the body of a cute girl doll (pattern included) - the template for the head is not included and you must design it yourself. Not a problem for most, but still odd.
We Make Dolls was a great, low cost investment. I know I will be making at least 10 of the projects inside, and that is far more than I can say for most of the books I own!