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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 01 October 2020
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782213079
  • Stock: Not Yet Published
  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 144
  • 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 create 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


Face & doll-making notions
- Materials
- Tools
- Drawing & colouring equipment

Inspiration & design
- Influences, sources & styles
- Developing a design

Designing & colouring a face
- Proportions of the face
- Drawing eyes
- Drawing noses
- Drawing mouths
- Shading a realistic face
- Drawing simple line faces
- Drawing decorative faces
- Drawing realistic faces
- Designing & drawing a collage face

Face-making techniques
- Flat faces
- Dimensional faces
- Extra head details
- Collage faces

Basic doll-making techniques
- Before you begin
- Basic realistic bodies
- Basic collage bodies



About the Author

About Ray Slater

Ray 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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