Babes in the Wool: How To Knit Beautiful Fashion Dolls, Clothes & Accessories by Mcdonald, FionaBabes in the Wool: How To Knit Beautiful Fashion Dolls, Clothes & Accessories by Mcdonald, Fiona

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

byMcdonald, Fiona

Paperback | July 9, 2010

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Fiona McDonald provides easy-to-use knitting patterns for making stylish, fun dolls, including a fabulous range of knitted clothes and accessories. This book contains all the inspiration you need to design and create knitted dolls of your own.
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.
Title:Babes in the Wool: How To Knit Beautiful Fashion Dolls, Clothes & AccessoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:79 pages, 11.04 × 8.51 × 0.24 inPublished:July 9, 2010Publisher:Search PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1844485099

ISBN - 13:9781844485093

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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

Editorial Reviews

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