Doll Making Books
Doll making books are available for all ranges of skill level, from novice to expert. Highly helpful, doll making books are a great aid for novice doll makers, as they contain detailed instructions along with descriptive images. Nowadays bookstores are not the only source of good doll making books, you can find them online on the Internet as well.
Types of Doll making Books
There are as many different types of doll making books, as there are dolls. So while you may want to read a general doll making books such as Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction, by Susanna Oroyan, Dollmaking for the First Time, by Miriam Gourley or 500 Handmade Dolls: Modern Explorations of the Human Form by Lark Books, which give you an insight into the world of doll making. These books make great reads for people who are interested in studying about every aspect of doll making, or at least gaining some level of information about each.
Apart from this, doll makers can also opt for more specific books such as those for cloth dolls, Creative Cloth Doll Making: New Approaches for Using Fibers, Beads, Dyes and Other Exciting Techniques, by Patti Medaris Culea, Anatomy of a Doll: The Fabric Sculptor's Handbook, by Susanna Oroyan, Cloth Dolls, by Brenda Brightmore and more. These books will give specific instructions which will be very helpful for doll makers interested in making cloth dolls.
Similarly some great books for doll makers interested in making porcelain dolls are, Porcelain Bisque Dolls: Complete Step-by-Step Instructions, by Ruth Timm, Creating Original Porcelain Dolls: Modelling, Molding and Painting, by Hildegard Gunzel, Porcelain Doll Design and Creation: Materials, Techniques, Patterns, by Brigitte Von Messer and Making Porcelain Dolls the Authentic Way, by Eva Oscarsson.
There are several other great doll making books that can help you teach the fine art of doll making. Before you purchase any books, try out online stores such as Amazon, where you can pick up great deals by purchasing used books, most in good condition. You could also download an online version of the book, which might be cheaper and definitely more eco-friendly. Further, you could scour flea markets and yard sales to also locate great books for throwaway prices. If any family or friends are travelling, you could ask them to pick up books on their travels, especially if they get great deals. Apart from teaching you about doll making, there is also a lot of inspiration that you can derive from doll making books.