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Making Fantasy Cloth Dolls


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Jan Horrox's career began in 1973 when she gained a Diploma in Fashion/Textile Design from North East London Polytechnic. She went on to establish her own range of fashion knitwear that she designed and manufactured herself, and which sold to reputable stores as well as independent customers in the US, UK and Japan. Jan also taught part-time at various colleges in the UK, and in 2004 she set up Jan Horrox Cloth Dolls. She now sells doll-making supplies via her successful on-line business, as well as exhibiting her wok regularly throughout the UK. Jan lives and works in Norfolk.


Sept 13

The forte of this book is undoubtedly its clear and detailed instructions. This is Jan's 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.

* Karen Platt *

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!

* Cygnus Review *

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.

* Merseyside Embroiderer's Guild ( *

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