Review: Book “My felt doll” by Shelly Down
You never actually see a book review on my blog, but today an exception for “My felt doll” by Shelly Down. The title of course gives it away a bit, it is a craft book with work descriptions and patterns for making felt dolls. A dear colleague drew my attention to this English book (also for sale here in the Netherlands). When I saw the book, I could hardly wait to make a felt doll. They looked so cute. In this article a short review of the book and I will show you 2 figures that I made.
The book My felt doll
The first impression of the book was very good. The photos and images all look good. The patterns also look neat. I usually make my own patterns, but it is sometimes nice to use a ready-made pattern. I chose the “little traveler” doll to make first.
The book starts with making a basic doll. The explanation and pattern for the basics are at the front of the book. The explanation is easily described, even if you are not very good at English like me. There are also many images to make everything clear. The pattern works well. Everything fits together well. Making a basic doll takes about 3-4 hours. More than I expected.
Decoration and accessories
The most fun thing to make was the clothing and accessories. This immediately gives the doll more of its own character. The book contains 12 different figures. The patterns for these are also very neatly made and all the clothes fit me perfectly :-). The writer has also paid a lot of attention to the details. Making the clothes for the Traveler doll, for example, also took me about 4-5 hours.
The two dolls I made
Opinion about the book
Making one felt doll took me about 9 hours. But those were 9 hours of great fun. I really enjoy making these dolls. And the book really helps you to get a good end result. My dolls may not be as beautiful as in the book, but I am very happy with them. I will definitely be making some other dolls from this book. So I definitely recommend buying this book, worth every penny!
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