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Cloth Dolls

Updated on July 23, 2012

What Are Cloth Dolls?

Cloth Dolls are taking the world by storm! If you haven't seen what people are doing with a needle and thread and some fabric and stuffing you are in for a real treat!

This lens is about Fiber Art Dolls.

I have been making and designing Fiber Art Dolls for over 10 years now.

 I am not talking about Rag dolls, those floppy babyish dolls.

 Fiber Art Dolls are made using many exciting techniques including articulated (wired) fingers which can be posed and moved around, they usually have a full body armature( wire inside the doll) which helps them to be posed in certain ways and means the head and body parts can be moved around.

They really are NOT dolls for children!This truly is an Art Form and can take a while to learn. Some of the dolls are more time consuming than others, mine can take from a week up to a few weeks to finish fully. I use many other media in my dolls including beading, paper art and painting.

  I hope you enjoy this lens and get some good information out of it

Art Dolls Books

500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form (500 Series)
500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form (500 Series)

Contemporary and unique, these handmade creations range from representational to abstract, from skillful realism to provocative surrealismand theyre made from every conceivable material, including beads, gourds, and polymer clay. Juror Akira Blount, a pioneer in the art doll movement, incorporates vines, twigs, and carved wood in her fabric dolls; with their expressionless faces and closed eyes, they appear absorbed by inner worlds. Dutch artist Marlaine Verhelsts porcelain designs seem to have sprung straight from a medieval painting. Chris Chomicks strange and slightly scary figures feature amazing detail and elaborate costumes. Dollmakers, crafters, collectors, and anyone who loves beautiful objects will love the amazing diversity showcased here.

Cute Dolls: Let's Make Cute Stuff
Cute Dolls: Let's Make Cute Stuff

This successor to The Cute Book is loaded with patterns and instructions to make large, huggable versions of the Aranzi Aronzo characters. A full-color page of the finished dolls accompanies each character, along with large, easy-to-follow instructions and whimsical descriptions. Learn how to create 20 different characters in all, including favorites Sprite, Bad Guy, and Pinkie, and new additions Munky and Spritekin.

Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction
Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction

An in-depth guide to doll making from concept to "imaginative engineering," this book is for every collector and artist. A gallery of all of the important "art" doll makers today-a record for collectors and inspiration for doll artists. A wide variety of construction methods, the techniques for getting proportions correct, and ideas on how to develop ideas and then construct advanced art figures or dolls are covered. 250 color photos plus over 200 drawings. 160 pages.

Creative Cloth Doll Faces: Using Paints, Pastels, Fibers, Beading, Collage, and Sculpting Techniques
Creative Cloth Doll Faces: Using Paints, Pastels, Fibers, Beading, Collage, and Sculpting Techniques

The face is the most important feature of a doll -- it is also the most challenging. So it is surprising that there is so little instruction available on creating doll faces. This book fills that void.Author Patti Medaris Culea began her career in art as a portrait painter and she puts that experience to work when creating her doll faces. In this book, she shows readers a simple technique for easily creating faces using her step-by-step approach. She gives her tips for how to divide the face into quadrants, graft features together, and much more.Every aspect of doll making is covered -- from the basics to detailed techniques for making the various faces to instructions for putting a pattern together. Readers will learn how to use watercolor pencils, acrylics, and fabric paints to color a face, how to create a face using collage techniques as well as stamping and beading, and tips for working with stretchy fabrics to create indented eyes, separate eyelids, and sculpted lips.


Heres a Bunch Of My Dolls

Heres a Bunch Of My Dolls
Heres a Bunch Of My Dolls

Never Made a Cloth Doll Before?

If you have never made a cloth doll before and would like to start, then have a good browse over this page, then google cloth dolls on the net and see what wonderful inspiration you can find. WARNING!!! Once you start it can be addictive!

Art Doll Adventures:

Art Doll Adventures
Art Doll Adventures

I truly love this book. I make cloth art dolls, and like unusual dolls made from interesting shapes that can be tailored to my own designs. The patterns in the book are fun as is - and certainly can be adjusted and reworked endlessly.

I like the ideas for embellishments and design - the photos are well worth looking at and spurred much creative thinking and planning. The author is obviously a fun, spontaneous person who gives lots of permission to play and go your own way - while providing ideas and directions at the same time.

I have recommended this book to everyone I know who likes and makes cloth art dolls. Everyone I've shown it to has wanted a copy for herself.

I would caution those who like more traditional, Raggedy Ann dolls or baby dolls, that they may not find this to their taste. However, if you are interested in pushing your limits and opening up to new and unique ideas, you will certainly have fun with the book.


Art Dolls

Art dolls are not meant to be played with unlike most toy dolls. They are meant to be positioned and displayed as a work of art, rather than used by a child.

See, most of them have a wire armature inside them so that it is easy to pose the doll.

They represent a direction dolls are going: a sophisticated and ever-changing expression of the human form.

They seem to boast an endless variety of colors and patterns, some more complicated than others.

The Artists who make these dolls are becoming more and more skilled and they cam take up to 5 months to complete.

Fiber Art Dolls Books

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India, My Fiber Art Doll Design

This is India, one of the dolls I have designed.

She is meditating and is holding a crystal in her hand.

I wanted India to be a sort of "new Age" doll so she has a pierced belly button and a nose piercing as well.

India is a fun doll to make, she has articulated fingers and an armature and is posed in a sitting position so she is a bit different.


Cloth Doll Finger Turning Tutorial

Fiber Art Dolls

Although these dolls are made mainly with fabric, any media can be used and many of them have paper incorporated into them.

They can also have beads and paint and threads and fibers and even three dimensional objects to embellish them

EAch designer and Artist has her or his own methods and favorite techniques and style.

Thats why you can usually tell who the designer is, as they have their own unique style.


Make an appointment with yourself to be creative and make one of these amazing dolls.

Figures In Fabric

Figures in Fabric
Figures in Fabric

The dolls shown in this fantastic book are unsurpassed works of art. It is impossible to believe that this artist can achieve such fabulous creations in fabric. The figures are so realistic, one would swear that they were living people. Lisa Lichtenfels is the master of her craft. Her creations are true art on a par with any of the great masters' works. This is a book that you will look at again and again, and marvel at the exquisite works of art she has created. My only regret is that I will never be able to own one of her creations.

The Art Doll Chronicles: A Collaborative Journey of Discovery
The Art Doll Chronicles: A Collaborative Journey of Discovery

This lavishly illustrated, full-color book starts out with the creation of nine art dolls and their makers. Every detail of the beautiful dolls is shown up close with general commentary on how they were put together.

The completed dolls were then sent on a 19-month journey from artist to artist and their travels were recorded in art journals that are also splendidly displayed in the pages of the book. The amount of creativity within both the dolls and the journals is staggering - I can't even put the proper words to it. This is one art book you will never regret buying.


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    • Laniann profile image


      7 years ago

      Love your dolls.

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      7 years ago

      There's something very warm and inviting about cloth dolls. I do have a few and I cherish them. I think Lisa Lichtenfels' work is absolutely gorgeous. Blessed.

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      Soft, cuddely and personal dolls! I love them a lot.

    • howtocurecancer profile image


      7 years ago

      I love the art dolls. I never read about sounds like hard work and fun.....

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens

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      8 years ago

      neat lens....glad I found it through redgage!

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      9 years ago

      I'm featuring your doll lenses on my I LOve Making Quilted Dolls and I LOve Making Spirit Dolls lenses; 5*!

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      9 years ago

      these are great. cool lens

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      10 years ago

      lovely lens , great info!

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      10 years ago

      never done this before but I would like to try. Thanks for the idea.


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