Review by Maggy Woodley of Red Ted Art
Now, we love sewing and we absolutely love making dolls! In fact a couple of years ago, I made a complete “doll in a box set” for my daughter - it was fabulous - she still has it today and it is much loved and played with. So when I saw this new “Sew Your Own Dolls” book was up for review, I jumped at the chance. Call me bias, but the book is gorgeous.
If you love sewing and you love making toys – whether they are for you or for kids, you will love these darling dolls. My daughter who is seven confiscated the book when it arrived and disappeared with it for a week! When she eventually re-emerged she asked every day for the following week whether we could “start sewing now” – because the book is that lovely.
It is not actually a book for 7 years olds, it will be me that ends up doing all of the sewing, but it has totally captured her imagination and I know she will be able to help me here and there, really stoking the fire for her love for sewing.
Although we haven’t started any of the dolls yet, I did feel inspired by one the smallest details – a little felt hair flower, which I couldn’t resist turning into a simple felt flower ring, just showing that dolls aside there is a lot of creative inspiration in this book that you can take elsewhere. One of the dolls wears a darling headband for example and it would look fabulous on my daughter if it were bigger. The same doll sports a wonderful tassle bag and that would be an easy accessory for my 7 year old to make for one of her other toys.
The only trouble we really have now is deciding on which doll to make first. I think my daughter adores Anna and her funky glasses, but I quite like arty Zara with her paint pallet and painting smock? We will have to have a good rummage through our felt and fabric stash to see which doll we end up making.
This is a gorgeous and delightful book full of inspiration and gorgeous doll designs.
Sew Your Own Dolls by Louise Kelly
Published by CICO Books
Photography by Geoff Dann © CICO Books