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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 18 July 2013
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781844487653
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  • Size: 216x280 mm
  • Illustrations: 0
  • Pages: 96
  • RRP: $19.95
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Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls


by Jan Horrox

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Book Description

Building on the success of Jan Horrox's previous book, Introduction to Making Cloth Dolls, Jan's new book focuses on her exquisite fantasy dolls, including beautiful fairies, amazing mermaids, an enigmatic witch and a steampunk doll with attitude. These magical dolls are full of character and are amazingly easy to achieve with the help of this practical book. Step-by-step instructions are provided for all the basic techniques, including how to make the bodies, heads, arms, legs, hands and feet; how to make the hair; and how to needlesculpt and paint the exquisite faces to really bring your character to life. There are instructions for making webbed fingers, delicate fairy wings as well as a mermaid's tail, and there are three easy-to-follow projects to put all your newly acquired skills into practice. Jan encourages the reader to use their imagination and create dolls of their own, and the alternative designs that accompany each project show how easily this can be done simply by changing the faces, colours, fabrics and embellishments used.

Clear, step-by-step instructions for making heads, faces, bodies, hair and costumes
Three colourful, contemporary fantasy dolls to make, with an alternative version of each one made using the same techniques
Adaptable designs that can be altered easily to create your own fantasy dolls

About the Author

About Jan Horrox

Jan Horrox’s career began in 1973 when she gained a Diploma in Fashion/Textile Design from North East London Polytechnic (now the University of East London). She went on to establish her own range of fashion knitwear, which she designed and manufactured supplying to high-end stores as well as independent retailers in the US, UK and Japan. Jan has taught knitwear and textiles part-time at various colleges in the UK.

In 2004 she founded Jan Horrox Cloth Dolls, and currently supplies cloth doll requirements, patterns and workshops as well as blog tutorials and advice from her website Jan’s work is exhibited throughout the UK, where she lives and works between London and Glastonbury.


Cygnus Review

Nov 13

Cloth dolls are perfect for allowing you to explore your imagination and create intriguing, dreamlike figures from fabric and stitch. The dolls can be made exactly as shown or interpreted in your own style. The magical array of fantasy dolls that Jan Horrox has produced seem to consist of visitants from dreams or the Otherworld both destinations where we are most free in our creativity and the power of the imagination is at its strongest. Jan gives anyone with basic sewing skills the opportunity to beckon these beautiful creatures out of your dreams and into everyday reality, where they can cast their spell and people your world. Creating a doll yourself is said to give it a soul a bewitching thought!

Karen Platt

Sept 13

The forte of this book is undoubtedly its clear and detailed instructions. This is Jans second book on the subject. If like me, you find the dolls ugly with their over-large eyes and lips, you can still use the instructions and change the face. In fact, with a little imagination you can change the pattern pieces too. Another great plus point is the fact that all the template pieces the doll body parts, are actual size. The photography is fantastic showing many step by step instructions. The book shows all the fabrics, embellishments and techniques you need to use. Instructions are included for six fantasy dolls. I am happy to recommend this book to all doll makers for this reason.

Merseyside Embroiderer's Guild (

June 13

Using clear, step-by-step instructions and gorgeous photographs, Jan Horrox shows you how to make exquisitely crafted fantasy dolls, including magical fairies, mermaids, a witch, and a steampunk doll. Detailed instructions are provided on how to sculpt and colour the face; form hands, feet, wings and mermaids tails; and create fabulous costumes using a variety of fabrics, paints and embellishments. Full-size templates for all the body parts are provided at the back of the book.

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