Creative Cloth Doll Beading

Creative Cloth Doll Beading

Designing and Embellishing With Beads

Book - 2007
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An illustrated guide to embellishing dolls with beads

Beading, one of the oldest forms of craft, is also a hot new trend and being used in new applications. Beadwork, which has typically been used in fashion, home decoration, and jewelry, is reaching for new horizons and showing up on quilts, journals, knits, crochet, and fiber arts of all kinds. In this book, author Patti Medaris Culea and beading experts Anne Hesse and Laura McCabe illustrate new ways of using various bead techniques to embellish the cloth doll. Sections include the basics of beadwork, beaded flowers for her hair, bead embroidered faces, starbursts (using crystals to enhance the figure), and wings and things (creating wings, crowns, and shoes with beads). Each chapter presents a different type of beading application in detail, with full instructions. Techniques are highlighted with step-by-step photos. A gallery of interpretations of the same pattern by leading artists is included for further inspiration.

Publisher: Gloucester, MA : Quarry Books, c2007
ISBN: 9781592533114
Characteristics: 128 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Hesse, Anne.
McCabe, Laura.

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Jun 25, 2013

I have found that Culea's patterns just do not work for me. (and no, I am not a novice sewer.) While this book is great for inspiration, the patterns don't produce results nearly so nice as seen in the book. I had to make significant modifications to the body pattern in this book to reduce the overall size and slim it down, and same with the mermaid tail. I didn't try the head. If you really want to sew a doll, get Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls by Jan Horrox instead; the patterns in it are MUCH better.


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