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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 September 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213079
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP: £17.99

Cloth Doll Faces


A practical guide to creating character and expression by Ray Slater

Book Description

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

Leading international dollmaker 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 dollmakers 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, easy and enjoyable to do. Just by following a few simple rules a whole world of wonderfully expressive, fun characters can be created. This book 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, as well as tips to help you make your own unique doll. Finally, Ray has shared two body patterns in her book to suit all three head types, and body templates are included.

Table of Contents


Materials & tools
- Dollmaking Equipment
Colouring equipment

Inspiration & design
Influences, sources and styles
Developing a design

Composing the face
- Drawing basic face shape
- Drawing eyes
- Drawing noses
- Drawing mouths
- Colouring the face
- Making ears
Face Gallery

Sewing the head
How to prepare to sew the head
Making a flat face
- Needle-sculpting a flat face
- Gallery of flat faces
- Making a 3D face
- Needle-sculpting a 3D face
- Gallery of 3D faces
- Making a collage face
- Gallery of collage faces

Creating the bodies for your heads
Making a male body
- Making a female body
- Making the legs
- Making the arms
- Making the hands
- Inserting an armature
- Attaching the head
- Securing the legs
- Attaching the hands & arms
- Making a collage body

Pattern templates


About the Author

About Ray Slater

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