If you are not sure about how to Choose Fabrics here is a little information about each type of Fabric and Wool Felt Blends.
In most of our Primitive Patterns we usually will work with 4 types of Fabrics. These are the 4 main fabrics we use but at times we will incorporate other fabrics or mediums.
Each of these types of fabrics have different weaves, blends, and purpose.
We have found that for our Primitive Patterns each of these types of fabrics work best for a certain purpose.
In our patterns we give you the list of fabrics that we have used to finish the item. This of course is just a suggestion, you are more than welcome to choose a different fabric to come up with a different look or feel. Play with it and have fun!
There are several Felt Blends available either in fabric shops or online. Here are the different types of Felts and what they are best used for.
Fiesta Felt - 100% Acrylic - This felt is found in most big stores that carry fabric and many small stores. It's the most common type of felt and is used in a lot of Kid's Crafts and many other types of crafting.
Wool Felt - Different Blends - This felt is sometimes a little more difficult to come by but can be found in some Fabric Stores and Online.
Xotic Felt - 100% Natural - Bamboo/Rayon Blend - This felt is soft and strong and made from sustainable natural fibers. Ideal for creative craft projects. Width is 40" and dry cleanable.
I recommend and use either the 20/80 or 35/65 Wool Felt blends. These tend to be a better quality felt to use when working with my Primitive Doll Patterns. Plus your handmade items tend to hold up a lot longer and can become one of those items that you hand down from generation to generation.
Here are some common Fabric Size Names and their corresponding Fabric Sizes.
These are the Disappearing Ink Pens that I use and refer to in my patterns. They are Pilot Frixion Erasable Pens. The ends have an eraser or you can use a warm iron to remove.
These are the Iron-on Transfer Pens that I use and refer to in my patterns. They are Sulky Iron-on Transfer Pens. Trace on the reverse side of design, place traced image on fabric and press with warm iron.
Everyone needs a great pair of fabric scissors. I love these Karen Kay Buckley's Micro Serrated Scissors Set. These feature a sharp to the tip design which is great for detailed cutting.
Another great tool to have on hand are these Dritz Quick Turn Fabric Tube Turning Set. These are like having another set of helping hands. Great for turning small doll pieces in a jiffy.
Here is one of those tools that is a must if you are creating lots of primitive dolls with small parts. The Mini Stuffing Fork is great for small projects and pieces. The Regular Stuffing Fork is a wonderful tool for medium and large projects. Click on the button below to purchase them here!
These tools have a dual purpose. The Stainless Steel Forceps are great for grabbing stuffing and inserting in small openings, as well as helping with turning projects right side out. Not to mention holding and picking up pieces.
This is the thread that I use and refer to in my patterns when doing the primitive stitching. This is a sampling of the DMC 6-strand Embroidery Thread/Floss. There are several manufacturers of this type of thread, but I have found that the DMC brand is a higher quality. Plus, they offer over 450 different colors.
Another great product by the DMC company is their DMC Pearl Cotton Embroidery Thread. This embroidery thread comes on a small spool and in skeins and is available in different thread sizes and colors. Perfect for using in your primitive dolls.
Some basic and essential tools and supplies needed for any type of primitive doll making would be an assortment of doll needles. Seen here are Dritz Long Doll and Sculpting Needles along with a good Thimble and Needle Gripper. Doll Needles come in all sizes from about 3" long up to over 12" long.
One of the techniques used in my primitive doll patterns is Dry Brushing. For this technique it's necessary to have a Stencil Paint Brush Set. For my doll patterns it is best to use the smaller size brushes such as 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8" and 1/2". Click on the button below to see the ones available for purchase here.
The Dry Brushing Technique that is found in my primitive doll patterns not only requires Stencil Paint Brushes but also Acrylic Paint. Americana and FolkArt are the 2 brands that I use and prefer. Small amounts are used in the patterns so these small bottles should last quite a while. Be sure to shake well before each use.