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  • Introduction
  • General Instructions and Tips
  • Little Critters
    • Hang-Ups
      Buttons 'n' Bows
  • Bunnies and Bears
    • Eric and Emma
      Hare-iett and Ballerina Bunny
      Hunny Bunny
      Beary and Company
      Berniece and Benjamin
  • Dolls that Are Dear to the Heart
    • Hillary
      Candee and Friends
  • Ho, Ho, Ho
    • Country St. Nick
      Nicholas Doll and Wall Hanging
      Bunny Doorstoppers

Title: Forever Friends
Author: Nancy Bohlen
Publication Date: HC:1994
Publisher: Meredith Press, NY
Page Count: 160
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 0696023970

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns are full-size but not well marked. Designs are very simple - no hand or foot detail(if they have hands or feet - the first section of patterns do not) and feel a little generic to me. Your mileage may vary. You get great full-color pictures of all the completed projects.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Instructions are broken down into paragraphs and have little to no illustration to go with them.

SUMMARY- I'm thinking if you're going to create beginner's patterns(no gussets, few details) you oughtta make beginner's instructions(lots of illustration to help the beginner), and if you're going to make more advanced patterns, you ought to write great instructions(with lots of illustration). You can probably guess where I'm headed with this. If you're going to put in all the hard effort to produce a book, Don't stint on the instructions. You want to do patterns that anyone can put together in an afternoon? That's fantastic. But it means that a lot of your target audience is probably not going to be really experienced - the more experienced will go for more sophisticated designs. That means putting a grainline arrow on your pattern, and having a section up front that explains why it's there, marking seam allowances on the pattern pieces as a visual guide, and printing on the pattern pieces little things like how many pieces to cut and what doll/toy the pattern piece belongs to! This book stands with a whole lot of others in the could-have-been-better with a few simple things, and great with more effort put into the instructions instead of the bare minimum necessary - no matter the level of complexity of the patterns.