Day 26: Suggestions for Beginners

I wrote a post a while ago about Managing the Beginner's Blues.  It's worth reading, mainly because it has Ira Glass's piece about being a beginner on it.  Take the time to listen, if you can.

If you are a beginner, it does no good to look at extremely complicated doll types and expect you will make something intricate the first time around.  Give yourself permission to be a learner. Sew something very simple first. Buy a sewing book.  Here is a good one.

Make a very simple rag doll pattern.There are loads of them in the library in craft books, and you can find many free doll patterns online. Here is one.  Also, I have another simple pattern based on an antique design which I have in my shop here.

Here are some other resources for improving your doll making:

MAIDA Dolls Group - a great group of sharing individuals.

Vintage Cloth Doll Making Yahoo Group - this group is filled with veteran doll makers and resources for vintage cloth doll patterns.

Gail Wilson's Hints Page

Antique Dolls - they are an amazing source for inspirations.


"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden




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