I LOVE collecting doll books almost as much
as making dolls! Over the past several years, I have been building a library of doll
and doll-related books. As many dolls books are now out-of-print, they are extremely
difficult to find and lately seem to selling for outrageous prices on Ebay.
Powells.com Online Bookstore has been an excellent resource. I have purchased
many books from Powell's and never had a problem. I have found many hard-to-find
books at very reasonable prices and their shipping is also reasonable. I have even opted
to pay a little more for a book at Powells.com that may be available cheaper from another
source because I have been so pleased with their quality, reliability and service. Another
plus, if your total purchase is $50.00 or more, shipping within North America is
FREE. Payment directly to Powell's can made by credit card or check.
Powell's offers both new and used books,
especially hard-to-find ones, and as of 11/12/03 a search on "dolls"
displays 1200 plus books available. Their inventory totals over 1,000,000 books. Another
great feature of Powells.com is their "Wish List" . This allows you to be
notified when the book of your choice is available at Powell's. I have used this feature to
obtain a number of books in my collection.
On this page, we have listed a number of
books, many of which I own, that would be of interest to anyone making or collecting
dolls. I have commented on many of the books I own to hopefully help you decide if the
book maybe of interest to you. If you do not find what you are looking for on the
list, I have also included two search input areas at the bottom of this page. One is a
ready made search for dolls and related topics and the second is the
engine where you can enter the title, author or keyword of the book you are interested in
Please remember these books are viewed by
thousands of people every day and I can not guarantee their availability; however you can
always add any title to your "Wish List". If you have a particular book
that you would like further information on before purchasing, please email me and if I own
the book, I would happy to provide any information I can.
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availability and price
of a Doll by Susanna Oroyan
A MUST! This is a wonderful book for the beginner or experienced dollmaker.
Directions for making different heads, bodies, feet, making armatures and different
methods of doing body joints.
dolls from ancient to modern :a collector's guide by Linda Edward
A MUST, MUST have in your collection! This book is full of color pictures of cloth
dolls from the earliest of dolls right up to modern day dolls by artists we all know and
love. Full of inspiration. I would highly recommend adding this book to your
collection while it's still available.
complete book of doll making and collecting, by Catherine Christopher
This is an older book first published in 1949 and reprinted in 1971 by Dover. Covers
several styles from rag dolls to molded heads. Has a whole chapter devoted to doll
definitions. Patterns include a topsy-turvy, a sock doll and a penny wooden doll
among others. A lot of info in the book. Patterns to need to be enlarged.
DRESSMAKER by Venus A Dodge
Lots of patterns for dresses, jackets, hats, shoes and accessories. Includes a
chapter of knit and crochet patterns. Patterns are made to fit dolls from 11 inches to 25
kids can make by Sheila McGraw
This is a fun book to get kids started on making dolls -- or just to make a doll to give
to a child. Complete pictured instructions.
TO MAKE FOR FUN & PROFIT by Edith Flack Ackley
This is an older book with copyrights of 1938 and 1951. It's becoming harder to
find. It's a good basic doll book for the lover of vintage dolls. Complete
with doll and clothing patterns. This is a wonderful book for the doll book
friends by Nancy Bohlen
Wonderful book; lots of neat patterns that even a beginner should have no problem. Bears,
bunnies, dolls and Santa's. Beautiful, quick gifts. Color pictures and full size patterns.
You won't be disappointed.
TO BOOK OF INTERNATIONAL DOLLS by Loretta Holz
This book is getting harder to find. Lots of info on dolls from Africa, near East, Europe,
Latin America, and North America. Basic instruction for some of the dolls such as sisal
rope from Kenya, beaded dolls, Zulu doll, Chinese satin clinging dolls, pantins, bread
dough dolls, etc. Good book if you have child studying different cultures.
mini-dolls by Terumi Otaka
Neat book for Japanese style doll making however limited instructions included. Adorable
dolls - as with all Ondori books, however, it is short on directions. Dolls
are easy though & the experienced dollmaker should not have a problem.
Old-Fashioned Dolls by Venus Dodge
If you like old-fashion dolls, there are several different styles of doll patterns
included. Patterns do need to be enlarged but this is definitely a good one to own.