Synopses & Reviews
An illustrated guide to embellishing dolls with beads
Beading, one of the oldest forms of craft, is also a hot new trend and being used in new applications. Beadwork, which has typically been used in fashion, home decoration, and jewelry, is reaching for new horizons and showing up on quilts, journals, knits, crochet, and fiber arts of all kinds. In this book, author Patti Medaris Culea and beading experts Anne Hesse and Laura McCabe illustrate new ways of using various bead techniques to embellish the cloth doll. Sections include the basics of beadwork, beaded flowers for her hair, bead embroidered faces, starbursts (using crystals to enhance the figure), and wings and things (creating wings, crowns, and shoes with beads). Each chapter presents a different type of beading application in detail, with full instructions. Techniques are highlighted with step-by-step photos. A gallery of interpretations of the same pattern by leading artists is included for further inspiration.
A single design of cloth doll is the foundation for the rather wonderful embellished and beaded creations by several artists in this book by Cuela (Creative Cloth Doll Making), dollmaker Anne Hesse, and bead weaver Laura McCabe. Not a toy, the doll is a voluptuous fantasy creature with many personas and elaborate beaded costumes. Instructions are for doll construction and beading onlyÿcostumes are left to the crafter. This unusual source of ideas for dollmakers and collectors is recommended for public library crafts collections. -Library Journal Jun. '07
About the Author
Patti Medaris Culea has a full-line of cloth doll patterns and her work has appeared in books, magazines, and galleries. She is the author of Creative Cloth Doll Making, Creative Cloth Doll Faces, and Creative Cloth Doll Couture. Patti lives in San Diego, CA.Anne Hesse received a B.S. in English Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and a Master's of Special Education from the University of Cincinnati. In the late 1980s, her focus turned to creating figures. She has been the subject of numerous newspaper and magazine articles, has been commissioned to create original dolls for television and film, and has twice been invited to participate in the White House Christmas Collection of American artists. Anne lives in Richmond, KY.