Link Love – Cloth Dolls & Figurative Art

Cloth dolls made by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern credits in article.

Although I make my living primarily by designing, teaching, and writing about contemporary quiltmaking, I’ve become a most enthusiastic dollmaker and mixed-media and surface design enthusiast, as well. I find working with the figure (human or non-human) to be very therapeutic, as well as lots of fun. Although my quilts are all original designs, at this point in time, most of my dolls are not. I am learning by making, adapting, and combining patterns by other artists. You’ll find designer credits next to each photo below.

Some of my favorite sites to take classes or to buy patterns & supplies for cloth dollmaking and figurative art:

Cloth Doll Patterns

Doll Street

Dollmaker’s Journey

Joggles

A Few of the Artists and Designers whose patterns I’veĀ tried:

(listed in alphabetical order)

You can find these patterns at one or more of the sites listed above, or in some cases, purchase the patterns directly from the designer’s website.

Allison Marano of Faewyck Studios

Cloth figures by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Allison Marano of Faewyck Studios.

Cloth figures by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Allison Marano of Faewyck Studios.

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Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Allison Marano of Faewyck Studios.

Angela Jarecki

Cloth figure made by Beth Ann in online class with Angela Jarecki

Cloth figure made by Beth Ann in online class with Angela Jarecki

 

Elinor Peace Bailey

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Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Elinor Peace Bailey (clay face added by Beth Ann)

 

Julie McCullough (Magic Threads)

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Julie McCullough of Magic Threads.

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Julie McCullough of Magic Threads.

Back view of cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Julie McCullough of Magic Threads.

 

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Julie McCullough of Magic Threads.

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Julie McCullough of Magic Threads.

 

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Pamela Hastings

Black Madonna figure made by Beth Ann Williams in class with Pamela Hastings.

Black Madonna figure made by Beth Ann Williams in class with Pamela Hastings.

 

"Hot Flash" cloth figure made by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Pamela Hastings (clay face added by Beth Ann)

“Hot Flash” cloth figure made by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Pamela Hastings (clay face added by Beth Ann)

 

Patti LaValley

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Patti LaValley (clay face added by Beth Ann)

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Patti LaValley (clay face added by Beth Ann)

 

Patti Medaris Culea

Morwenna, cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams, adaptation of pattern by Patti Culea

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams, InterpretationĀ of pattern by Patti Medaris Culea

 

Morwenna, cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Patti Medaris Culea.

Morwenna, cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Interpretation of pattern by Patti Medaris Culea.

Sarah Jones

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Sarah Jones.

Cloth figure by Beth Ann Williams. Pattern by Sarah Jones.

 

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