Babes in the Wool: How To Knit Beautiful Fashion Dolls, Clothes & Accessories

by Fiona Mcdonald

Search Press | July 9, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Babes in the Wool: How To Knit Beautiful Fashion Dolls, Clothes & Accessories is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

With these easy-to-follow patterns and instructions, knitters of all skill levels will be able to create nine dolls from three basic designs—at a finished size of 20 or 23 inches tall—each with a distinctive style, personality, and matching wardrobes. In addition to featuring designs for 35 pieces of trendy apparel and accessories, the handbook lays out how to construct bodies, faces, and hair and provides templates for eyebrows, eyes, and mouths. While there are specific instructions for dolls ranging from Samantha, the sports enthusiast, and Willow, the sophisticated Celtic beauty, to Rose, the water lover, and Poppy, the party girl, the patterns can easily be adapted to create any type of doll. The use of different colors of yarn, varying yarn types, and an assortment of trims and adornments also enhances the opportunity for creativity. All of the clothing and accessories—bikinis, coats, dresses, handbags, hats, mini skirts, scarves, sweaters, swimsuits, and tops—are fully interchangeable between dolls to create a myriad of looks.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 79 pages, 11.04 × 8.51 × 0.24 in

Published: July 9, 2010

Publisher: Search Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1844485099

ISBN - 13: 9781844485093

Found in: Home and Garden

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceptional 3 different patterns and 3 different versions and lots of handy tips and hints. Fiona is a master at writing patterns that are not only easily followed but lend themselves easily to modification to suit the style of the creator and recipient. Well worth the money for learning about doll making in addition to a superb source of inspiration for creative expression. The book is full of photographs, has many templates for facial features and helpful hints. It may not have all the answers but it will definitely lead you down the right path to learning. Changes I would like to see: a/ I would love to see a page or two to demonstrate various hair application techniques. These techniques are readily found on the internet, but sometimes a couple of pictures in a book make for better reference as they are done as required to suit the doll you are actually working on. Specifically:marking off a realistic hairline, making a removable wig, rooting onto the head, application of synthetic hair onto the head b/ While the dolls are aimed at teen-adult collectors, and lots of information is provided to make the dolls safe for younger children, I find fault with one construction element which is the use of toilet tissue rolls to keep the bodice/neck/head straight. Even if spot washing, the risk of damaging the rolls is too high. I prefer the use of wooden dowling or non-rusting coated wire in my dolls. It would be nice to see alternative support methods discussed. c/ One of the beautiful things about this book is that it can take your knitting from making a basic rag doll to a beautifully shaped doll with needle-sculpted facial features. What the dolls miss... ears. Most times this isn't an issue but what you want your doll to have lobes so that she can bling out her outfit with danglies? Easy enough to sort out on your own, but, it could turn to be a nearly impossible feat for some knitters. Stitches used: knit, purl, increase, decrease. I would recommend this book to both beginning knitters and advanced as well. Beginning knitters will walk away with a lovely creation that can be freely customized and advanced knitters will love the inspiration the book provides. I would love to see more doll pattern books from her!
Date published: 2015-04-02

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Babes in the Wool: How To Knit Beautiful Fashion Dolls, Clothes & Accessories

by Fiona Mcdonald

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 79 pages, 11.04 × 8.51 × 0.24 in

Published: July 9, 2010

Publisher: Search Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1844485099

ISBN - 13: 9781844485093

From the Publisher

With these easy-to-follow patterns and instructions, knitters of all skill levels will be able to create nine dolls from three basic designs—at a finished size of 20 or 23 inches tall—each with a distinctive style, personality, and matching wardrobes. In addition to featuring designs for 35 pieces of trendy apparel and accessories, the handbook lays out how to construct bodies, faces, and hair and provides templates for eyebrows, eyes, and mouths. While there are specific instructions for dolls ranging from Samantha, the sports enthusiast, and Willow, the sophisticated Celtic beauty, to Rose, the water lover, and Poppy, the party girl, the patterns can easily be adapted to create any type of doll. The use of different colors of yarn, varying yarn types, and an assortment of trims and adornments also enhances the opportunity for creativity. All of the clothing and accessories—bikinis, coats, dresses, handbags, hats, mini skirts, scarves, sweaters, swimsuits, and tops—are fully interchangeable between dolls to create a myriad of looks.

About the Author

Fiona MacDonald is an artist and a designer who specializes in oil-painted, needle-sculpted, life-size cloth figures. She is the developer of a line of fabric dolls and dragons and of designs for dolls and other toys.

Editorial Reviews

"Long, leggy, 50cm tall, female dolls with narrow tubular legs and arms, flamboyant hair and a wide range of knitted clothing."  —Slipknot