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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
  • DOLLMAKING TECHNIQUES
  • DOLL HAIRSTYLING TIPS
  • PICTURE PUZZLE BLOCKS
    • Picture-covered blocks turn into brainteasing puzzles
  • RAGGEDY KIDS
    • A pin-off of the forever favorite playmates
  • RUFUS & RWENA, CATNIP & CATSPUR
    • Two pairs of long-legged rabbits and cats
  • NURSERY RHYME PULL TOYS
    • Whimsical version of Mother Goose rhymes
  • TEDDY AND TESS
    • Huggably soft brother and sister fur bears
  • RACHEL
    • A charming and beautiful doll dressed in exquisite costume
  • UNCLE SAM
    • A flag-waving, patriotic fellow
  • OLD MACDONALD'S FARM
    • A barnyard of colorful, interlocking wooden puzzles
  • CALICO CAT & GINGHAM DOG
    • A friendly pair of long-legged pets made from old-fashioned fabrics
  • VINCENT AND VICTORIA
    • Victorian-style dolls with a marionette toy and a frisky pet kitten
  • REDHEADED TWINS
    • A studious pair of gradeschool pals
  • SIR RUPERT RABBIT
    • A gentleman rabbit decked in very fine clothes
  • FLORENCE & PHOEBE
    • A heavenly pair of long-legged angels
  • PAULINE AND PAULETTE
    • Homespun critters for wee kids to love
  • MR. FROG
    • A dashing green fellow that sits on a lily pad or anywhere you set him
  • NOAH'S ARK
    • Wooden animals, two by two, join Noah on his ark
  • ANGELINA
    • Antique-looking fur is what this heavenly bear is made of
  • TOPSY-TURVY TWOSOME
    • A double-duty doll that's more than a cat-and-mouse game
  • OLD WOMAN IN THE SHOE
    • A shoe full of kids and a mother, too
  • GORDON AND GERTRUDE
    • Stately giraffes dress for an evening on the town
  • SUZANNE AND REBECCA
    • girlhood friends share a wool-check fabric puppy
  • FERDINAND AND CLARA
    • A fresh-off-the-farm cow couple
  • DILLY AND DALLY
    • Fun-loving clowns with a country flair
  • BARNUM AND BAILEY
    • Make-believe circus fun with hobby horse animals
  • JACK-IN-THE-BOX
    • Storybook illustrations decorate Jack's box
  • JESTER HAND PUPPET
    • A puppet with a carved apple head
  • ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
  • INDEX

Title: Old Fashioned Dolls and Toys
Author: Better Homes & Gardens
Publication Date: HC:1992
Publisher: Meredith Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa
Page Count: 160
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 12 3/4" x 10 3/4"
ISBN: 0-696-01975-2

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. There's a great variety of patterns with excellent markings for sewing - though no grainline is marked on many of them, they do tell you which way the nap should go on furs. I never see this, so it was a pleasant contribution. There are excellent photos of the toys made up, and while the patterns are bound in as pages of the book, they are full size and look to be fairly easy to photocopy - none of them commit the sin of crossing the ditch. They get to keep all five stars.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are broken down into easy steps, but there aren't many illustrations to go with them.

SUMMARY- I always wince when I see a how-to book put out without an author/designer listed. I was pleasantly surprised in this case. The patterns are charming and have lots of variety - and personality isn't just in the clothes for the anthropomorphed animals, a real pet peeve of mine. I particularly liked Mr. Frog, with his bowtie and hat. The dark wood beads on the tips of his hands and feet are a great touch as well as the gussetted mouth. For me, Mr. Frog alone was worth the price of admission. I would strongly recommend this book, especially to anyone who enjoys the "country craft" look.