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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 January 2021
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213079
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 288
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: $47.99

Cloth Doll Faces


A practical guide to creating character and expression by Ray Slater

Book Description

Discover techniques and ideas to create cloth faces filled with personality in this book by leading international dollmaker and textile artist, Ray Slater.

Leading international doll-maker Ray Slater reveals her secrets to creating vibrant and dynamic faces in cloth. Brimming with ideas and practical advice, this is an invaluable guide for cloth doll-makers everywhere.

The face is the most important part of bringing life and personality to a cloth doll. Often thought of as being the hardest part of the making process, creating the face is, in fact, relatively easy and enjoyable to do. Just by following a few simple rules a whole world of wonderfully expressive, fun characters can be created. Ray will show you how, taking you from the initial inspiration sources, the design and drawing process, to the final colouring, sewing and embellishment of the head.

Using just three basic face designs flat, three-dimensional and collaged you'll learn how to create a fantastic collection of characters. Tips on how to adjust proportions, hues and positioning of the features will show you how to make a whole host of faces with different looks and expressions. Fully illustrated step-by-step instructions break down the process of making each kind of face, and there are techniques to help you make your own unique doll. Finally, Ray shares two body patterns in her book to suit all three head types, and body templates are included.

Table of Contents


Face & doll-making notions8
- Materials10
- Tools12
- Drawing & colouring equipment14

Inspiration & design16
- Influences, sources & styles18
- Developing a design20

Designing & colouring
a face22
- Proportions of the face24
- Drawing eyes26
- Drawing noses34
- Drawing mouths37
- Shading a realistic face40
- Gallery of simple line faces42
- Gallery of realistic faces45
- Gallery of decorative faces50
- Designing a collage face53

Face-making techniques56
- Flat faces58
- Dimensional faces68
- Extra head details82
- Collage faces88

Basic doll-making techniques102
- Before you begin104
- Basic bodies106
- Basic collage bodies114


About the Author

About Ray Slater

Ray Slater studied Embroidered Textiles at Goldsmiths College and Theatre Costume at Croydon College of Art before working in theatre, film and television. She curated an exhibition of cloth dolls from the US, Canada, Australia and the UK in 2003, and is now one of the UK’s leading teachers of dollmaking. She practices a wide range of textile-related subjects and her current work has evolved from her passion for costume and textiles. She is the author of Cloth Dolls for Textile Artists and teaches throughout the UK, Europe and America.

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