- Bear Basics [www.bearbasics.co.uk]
- On-line suppliers of bear-making supplies,
with a wide range of kits for those who are new to the hobby as
well as supplies for those more experienced bear and toy makers.
Offers a good range of quality fabrics since incorporating Oakley
Fabrics, having the largest stock of Schulte fabric in the UK;
considered the highest quality fabrics for bears, supplied by
Schulte direct from the mill, including a new mohair silk blend.
Located in Wincanton, Somerset in the UK.
- Bell Ceramics
- See "Lydia's
Dollmaking Supplies" for some Bells products now
available in the UK.
In January 2005 Dollcrafter Magazine stated that after
more than 50 years, Bell's will be ceasing production. Their website
now seems to offer sponsored links to doll related items. Bells
was one of the major suppliers of everything you need to create
modern artist or antique reproduction dolls (slip, tools, paint,
moulds, wigs and accessories). Their forté was rather with
modern than antique reproduction moulds but they did have some
of the latter which are not supplied by other mould makers and
in larger sizes. Located in Clermont, Florida, USA.
- Brown House Dolls [www.brownhousedolls.com]
- Easy Sew Designs for doll clothing
and cloth dolls patterns; supplies fashion doll clothing patterns,
historical and ethnic cloth doll patterns, French Fashion doll
clothing patterns, vintage doll clothing patterns, baby and toddler
doll patterns. Located in Michigan, USA
- Byron Doll Molds
- I have no website for Byron moulds
any longer. They used to be manufactured by Poppengilde Doll Supplies
who had a marvellous website and online catalogue of the Byron
moulds with good details on body mould sizes and so on. However
Poppengilde have ceased production, and although Byron moulds
are still manufactured by another company, and can be obtained
as usual through doll mould distributors, the website is no more.
- Christie Bears [www.christiebears.co.uk]
- Excellent web site for Teddy Bear supplies
including needle felting, (new technique), patterns, paw pad materials,
mohair, cotter pin joints, plastic safety joints, nut and bolt
joints nut drivers, swivel neck joints, eyes, sewing threads,
embroidery thread, high quality fillings, tool kits, individual
tools, needles, bells, musical movements, videos and books. I
am not an experienced maker of bears but this site had all I needed
for my first bear and the mohair I have purchased is very reasonably
priced and good quality. Located in Porthcawl, UK.
- Cloth Doll Creations UK [www.clothdollcreations.co.uk]
- See under "Textile Creations"
for Maddy Maddocks current websites. Located in Devon in the UK.
- Doll Designs
- Original doll knitting patterns produced
by Patricia Evans and Jane Woodbridge; I almost always use their
patterns for making basic socks. I had been unable to track them
down recently but they seem to be selling their patterns now on
eBay under the ID "dollieknitting".
- Doll Infirmary [www.thedollinfirmary.co.uk]
- Tina and Steve Watts are the "Dolly
Doctors" who restore, and repair all types of dolls, teddies
and puppets, made from bisque, wood, wax, compo, pot (plaster),
celluloid, hard plastic, soft plastic, vinyl, or porcelain - including
artist and mechanical dolls. They stock a selection of original
parts, so where possible they replace with original. In addition
they also make outfits to order, using original fabrics where
possible. Located in the UK: 13 Windsor Road, Canterbury, Kent.
CT1 3UN. Telephone 01227 479387. Open Monday-Friday, 9.30am -
4.30pm; Saturday & Sunday by arrangment.
- Doll Links [www.dolllinks.blogspot.com]
- This is a labour of love website with
doll identification and reference links, provided by Jennifer
Miller. The indexed list focuses on identifying dolls, not selling
dolls. Links about cleaning, collecting/buying, identifying, packing,
photographing, repairing, and selling dolls on eBay are included.
The linked websites are for reference only, and dolls shown are
not for sale. None of the links are paid ads or paid click-throughs.
A human being, not a bot, compiles the research.
- Dollmasters [www.dollmasters.com]
- Dollmasters is an on-line mail-order
only company begun 12 years ago by Florence Theriault, who also
founded Theriault's, the antique doll auction firm. Today They
specialise in nostalgic gifts and collectibles celebrating yesterday's
childhood. This site also offers a selection of books, which is
what I have used them for in the past, and antique-style doll
costumes. HQ in Annapolis, Maryland, USA.
- Dollspart Supply [www.dollspart.com]
- Suppliers of delightful accessories
for vintage antique as well as modern and reproduction dolls,
based in New Jersey in the US. Barbara and David also offer an
extensive selection supplies for doll making and repair, (eyes,
bodies, paints, wigs, etc), through an on-line or mail order service.
- Dolls Hospitals [www.toyrepairs.co.uk/hosplink.htm]
- A collection of doll, teddy and toy
- Dolly Weatherwax [www.dollyweatherwaxantiquedolls.com]
- Selling fine quality antque dolls and
related items. Contact Joanne via
- Doreen Sinnett Tiny Doll Molds [www.doreensinnettdolls.com]
- Mould supplier for miniature antique
reproductions and fairies as well blanks, kits and sewing patterns.
Located in Oregon, USA with good overseas web on-line ordering
- Ellie's Doll Workshop [www.elliesdolls.co.uk]
- Owned and run by Mike and Lesley Edwards,
who are enthusiastic about sharing their experience and skills
with anyone interested in dollmaking. Stockists of a comprehensive
range of materials, tools, eyes, lashes, assembly items and wigs,
and also offering a range of courses. For those who have never
made a porcelain doll before they have either a weekly class (4
sessions to complete a simple doll) or an intensive 3 day course
to make a doll. They also run regular, continuing weekly classes
to make dolls of your choice in a friendly and informal atmosphere.
There are courses on special dolls/techniques such as ethnic or
miniature or fantasy dolls, and also pattern making, shoe making
and wigmaking workshops. They also offer advice on kilns, firing
problems and operate a local kiln maintenance and repair service.
They are the Seeley distributor for the UK, and are located in
- Patricia Evans
- See under "Doll Designs"
- Expressions [www.expressionsdolls.com]
- Dianna Effner's doll and mould company
founded officially in 1991, located in Missouri, USA. Dianna is
a doll person, through and through, playing with, and designing
dolls nearly all of her life. To my mind, Dianna's designs, while
thoroughly modern and unique, offer all the charm associated with
- Goodie Two Shoes
- Sadly, Kathy has given up the major
part of her specialist business in custom made doll accessories,
but still offers her wonderful Doll Shoe and Acccessory Workbooks
for sale. Located in Garden Grove California, USA.
- Gildebrief [www.gildebrief.de]
- Excellent site for doll-making supplies
from Karin Buttegieg. High quality products for all aspects of
doll-making including vintage fabrics, laces, and buttons, as
well as moulds, soft-fired greenware, items for wig-making, painting,
and knitting/crochet threads. KB Dolls also available here, as
well as subscriptions to the Gildebrief magazines (supplied in
English or German - 4 issues per year - probably the best porcelain
doll-making magazine available currently). Located in Vorwerk,
- Gillian Richards
- Gillian is a doll and mohair teddy
bear maker and restorer with experience of over 25 years. She
offers services including preserving antique doll clothes, as
well as making new clothes, and dollshouse restoration. She runs
weekly classes for porcelain dollmaking, teddy bear-making days,
and is prepared to run 2-3 day dollmaking courses for people who
live outside her area. She co-ordinates a Global Doll Society
chapter for anyone who would like to join a group of dollmakers.
She can also supply wigs, bodies, eyes, etc. for doll makers.
Please phone or email to arrange a visit as she is now working
from her private home. Located in Bristol in the UK: 326 Canford
Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, Avon BS9 3PW, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 (0)117 9495049 or mobile: +44 (0)7967551761.
- Glorious Color [www.gloriouscolor.com]
- The Glorious Color Shop, formerly (Glorious
Patchwork), specialises in fabric, books, patterns, and other
products designed or selected for quilters by Kaffe Fassett and
Liza Prior Lucy. I strongly recommend this site for Kaffe's shot
cotton plain fabric (a pure cotton fabric which in my opinion
can be used as a "poor man's silk"); they come in a
huge range of colours and are a very good light weight fabric
especially suitable for dolls. The other fabrics are various weights
- the woven fabrics (stripes and so on) tend to be lighter weight;
they are very helpful by email and phone. Shipping from the US
is very reasonable - about 9 dollars for up to 6 yards and keep
the order below 18 pounds sterling (abut 30 dollars) to avoid
import taxes in the UK.
- Hat Shapers [www.hatshapers.com]
- Site dedicated to hats. I have supplied
the link for their reference section "hat dictionary";
however, they also supply Hat
Shapers for dolls which can be used as a starting place for
a wide variety of styles such as poke bonnets, and bells. They
can also be used with different millinery materials like felt,
silk, paper, raffia, etc. You can order from them online - and
some Hat Shaper and many other products are available from Fibrecrafts
in the UK [www.fibrecrafts.com].
- IKEA [www.IKEA.com]
- Yes - that's right - IKEA - your favourite
furniture store - or not! This item may appear for a limited time
only but currently they have a doll's tea service/bakeware and
so on in a range called DUKTIG.
The project described in the issue of Gildebriefe magazine (Volume
24: No3-2007), references a 17 piece coffee service, which
you can paint and fire using your china doll paints, but this
is no longer available - but there are other items - including
a coloured version of the service, which may be useful. No idea
if you'll find it worth the terrible pain of visiting and queuing
at IKEA just for this item - the DUKTIG items do not appear to
be available as on-line purchases.
- Jane Laverick [www.janelaverick.com/shop]
- Jane is an original porcelain doll
artist located in the UK, with an excellent secure on-line shop.
She offers dressed dolls, as well as dolls to dress yourself,
in all sizes from 18 inches down to a miniscule 1 inch. Popular
items include her unique style of glass eyed dolls-house dolls
including dolls in underwear with brushable wigs ready to dress;
a zoom tool means you can see the dolls in detail under magnification.
[Do pause a while, to look at her blog,
and enjoy her uniqe sense of humour as well!]
- Lydia's Dollmaking Supplies [www.lydiasdollmakingsupplies.com]
- Excellent new on-line supplier offering
Bells Porcelain slip and Compobell, China Paints, Media, Brushes,
Hand Glass Eyes, Gildebrief China Paints and Media, Kemper Dolls'
Wigs, Tools, Clean Up Supplies, Bodies, Shoes, Socks, APTII Products
and many more. Lydia is continually looking for new lines and
goodies that are difficult to come by here in England. Located
in the UK, contact by email or phone (01206-764538).
- Little Trimmings [www.littletrimmings.com]
- Small-scale haberdashery for the miniaturist
and doll-maker; the place on the web for those tiny trimmings,
mini buttons and buckles, and fine lace (and so much more) that
are so hard to find. Founded in 1994, and located in Reading,
Berkshire in the UK.
- Mystic Molds [www.mysticmolds.com]
- Suppliers of moulds for modern and
reproduction antique dolls, based in Texas in the US. This is
a very pretty website, recently updated to be very easy to navigate,
and with lots of lovely original moulds. I have a couple of charming
Mystic Molds, which are excellent quality and not ones I have
seen repeated by other makers.
- Nostalgia [www.nostalgiaribbon.com]
- Suppliers of specialist ribbons including
hand-dyed silk, silk organza, velvet, rayon silk satin, French
wire-edged, Mokuba ribbons, and Italian metallic mesh, as well
as other trims and laces. Many plain silk ribbon colours in useful
2/4/7/13/32 mm widths. Well-known for unique hand-dyed variegated
patterns. located in Nottingham, in the UK.
- Oakley Fabrics Ltd
- Oakley Fabrics has now become part
Basics Ltd., (see under Bear Basics above).
- Recollect Doll Studio [www.dollshospital.co.uk/]
- Dolls' Hospital, shop and studio with
more than 200 reproduction porcelain/wax and modern dolls on display,
all made at the studio. As well as supplying original doll moulds
and providing restoration services, Recollect run private classes
for small groups or individuals. Located in Burgess Hill in the
UK: 17 Junction Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex RH15 0HR, United
Kingdom. Open all Year, Tue-Fri 10am - 4pm, Sat 10-1pm. Telephone
+44 (0)1444 871052.
- Regency Fashion [Fashion
- Cathy Decker's interesting site includes
Regency fashion pages. Costume information albeit from a period
prior to the heyday of porcelain dolls; however many old and reproduction
porcelain dolls are dressed in "historical" costumes
so worth referring to.
Cathy also has some "wee Victorian
Fashion Pages" buried in her eclectic site.
- Seeley's [New
York Doll Products]
- Seeley's appear to have ceased trading,
though their assets have been purchased by New
York Doll Products, Inc. and they have announced thier intention
of continuing to manufacture Seeley's products (molds for example).
Seeleys were well-known as a US supplier of high fire clay products
located in Oneonta, New York, with a focus on porcelain dollmaking
and stoneware decorating in the hobby ceramic field. Seeley's
was established in 1946 by Mildred and Vernon Seeley. Most recent
UK distributor: Ellie's Dolls, whom you should contact with any
queries about the Seeley range, and suitable substitutions.
- Sheer Elegance
- Dollmakers and suppliers established
in the UK in the 1980's. Husband and wife team, Bill and Carole
Parrish have been reproducing replicas of the Antique porcelain
dolls for the past 24 years. They not only make a comprehensive
range of dolls, but are also suppliers of competitively priced
bodies and glass eyes. The Doll's Hospital service offers expert
restoration to antique dolls. Located in Corby, Northamptonshire
in the UK.
- Simply Silk [www.simplysilk.net]
- Suppliers specialising in pure silk
fabrics especially selected for patchwork, quilting and embroidery.
Set up and run by two patchwork and fabricaholics who love silk
and search out roll-ends of 100% silk fabrics, looking for the
best quality at the most competitive prices. Liz and Christine
are very helpful and will always try and suit your requirement
in terms of quantity, colour, and silk quality from their available
stocks. Based in Alton, Hampshire in the UK, their website now
offers online ordering.
- Stanec's Dolls Ltd [www.stanecdolls.com]
- Dollmaker Evelyn Stanbury's website.
In business since 1986, specialising in providing quality education
in the art of porcelain doll making. Offers quality greenware,
and all the supplies required to complete porcelain doll from
start to finish. Also limited numbers of quality reproductions
of antique porcelain dolls, modern artist porcelain dolls, and
original one-of-a-kind porcelain dolls by Evelyn, GMDM, and Certified
Doll Artisan Guild Instructor. I have purchased greenware from
Evelyn which I could not obtain locally, as well as some "on
sale" items. Located in Canada.
- Suzanne's Patchwork [www.suzannesquilts.com]
- Good value fabric supplier. More than
3,000 items are available to ship world-wide through secure online
store. Located in Florida, USA but offers excellent international
shipping service, (standard shipping to UK cost for under 6m in
UPS envlope at 9 dollars).
- Textile Creations UK [textilecreationsuk.blogspot.co.uk/]
- This is an interesting site about cloth
dolls, by Madeleine Sara Maddocks who has "been designing
and making dolls out fabrics and textiles since 1990". With
her objective being to "share her passion for cloth dolls
and cloth doll making", she sounds a bit like me; however
- unlie me - she is an artist dollmaker, and undertakes commissions,
selling dolls and patterns on her website. In addition her site
has a great deal of interesting information and links. Located
in Devon in the UK.
- Theriault's [www.theriaults.com]
- Firm specialising exclusively in the
appraisal and auction of antique dolls and childhood playthings,
founded in 1970 by Florence and George Theriault. The firm's offices
and cataloging center are located at the headquarters in Annapolis,
Maryland, USA, although its auctions are conducted in major cities
throughout the United States as well as online. Stuart Holbrook
is currently President of Theriault's, and also head-auctioneer.
Theriault's produce beautiful books of their auction catalogues,
providing good source material for reproductions.
- Wanke [eBay
- The company , M.Wanke UK Ltd , Dollmaking
Supplies was started by Debbie Stanton to incorporate and expand
her growing business selling materials for making dolls. Unclear
as to whether or not they are still trading. Located in the UK:
468 Old London Road Hastings TN35 5BG (Telephone: 01424 444692).
- Jane Woodbridge
- See under "Doll Designs"
to buy Books and subscribe to Magazines
- Amazon.co.uk [Amazon.co.uk
- Most of the links from the bibliography
section go to Amazon, where they often have the book referenced
with a price even when the book is only available "used".
As we are looking for books written in English, it is worth also
looking at Amazon.com;
many of the books are American anyway and as the exchange rate
is so favourable (favorable) you can sometimes find the overall
cost to you is less expensive even taking into account the overseas
shipping. I bought "Bluette the Doll and her wardrobe"
on special offer from the US at a lower price that from the UK
- Dollmasters [www.dollmasters.com]
- Theriault's online order service supplies
some books, and is a good source of the books they themselves
publish which cannot be easily sourced elsewhere.
- eBay [www.eBay.co.uk]
- Always, always, look at other sources
to compare prices and availability. Carefully ask the seller any
relevant questions about the book you are buying - make sure you
know the edition and understand the implications.
- Gildebrief [www.gildebrief.de]
- You can subscribe directly for the
Gildebrief magazine online or through a local doll shop.
- Jones Publishing Inc [www.jonespublishing.com]
- This is a source not only for Jones'
book publications but Jones seem to have devoured all the popular
doll-making magazines, including the now defunct "Doll Artisan".
So if you don't use a local doll shop, you can subscribe directly
to Jones for their magazines (for example:Doll Crafter, Doll Costuming,
- Scott Publications [http://scottpublications.com]
- Another good US website for ordering
their titles directly, and subscribing to magazines (for example:
Contemporary Doll Collector Magazine).
A final word of warning - if you are buying a publication
that you have not seen "in the flesh" as it were, then
be careful that you do not buy a book with the same content as one
you already own, but published under a different name and publisher
(with different cover and so on). Sometimes this can work to your
advantage in that an apparently unavailable book may be available
in another guise. However I was a disappointed victim of this when
I bought the books: "Fabulous French Bébé for
collectors and crafters " by Mildred Seeley published by Scott
Publications in hardcover and "How to collect French Bébé
Dolls" by Mildred and Vernon Seeley published by HP Books in
paperback - only to find they have identical content (one or two
layout changes but really no difference to the content).