The miniature world of dolls and dolls' houses has always held a special fascination not only for children but also for adults; and collecting the exquisite dolls and the finely detailed dolls' houses of past centuries is now a rapidly growing pastime. Here is a colorful introduction ot the history of dolls, which have been known in some form almost every civilization. It also covers the recent development of dolls' houses, which were originally simply cabinets made to display beautiful miniature objects.
This book provides an overview of methods for making dolls from various materials. Often, complete directions are not given for making a doll. For instance, for a knit doll, the directions are very general, with no knitting instructions at all.
There are general directions for making dolls from wooden dowels, stockings, handkerchiefs, foam rubber, and twigs. There are short chapters on heads, wigs, body proportions, jointing, etc.