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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • INTRODUCTION
  • MATERIALS AND TOOLS
  • TOYS FOR THE VERY YOUNG
  • SIMPLE FELT TOYS
  • MORE ADVANCED FELT TOYS
  • SIMPLE FUR FABRIC TOYS
  • FUR FABRIC SITTING TOYS
  • FUR FABRIC STANDING TOYS
  • JOINTED TOYS
  • NOVELTY MUSICAL TOYS
  • NIGHTDRESS CASES FOR THE NURSERY
  • GLOVE TOYS
  • WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFT-OVERS
  • MODERN DOLLS
  • EXHIBITING YOUR WORK
  • CONCLUSION

Title: Soft Toy Making
Author: Phyllis Chappell
Publication Date: Hardcover:1971
Publisher: Evans Brothers, London
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 7 1/2"
ISBN: 0237444380

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns need to be enlarged, and they aren't gridded. The patterns use the old standard a-b-c method of marking to help the crafter. The patterns are fairly simple - but not so simple as to not have any character or thought to them. I especially like the dancing elephant. It may be a little beyond what a circus elephant might be able to pull off, but not so anthropomorphized as to be a turn-off. The patterns may be a little dated, but could be useful still.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are minimal, and have no illustration to help the crafter if you don't understand the instruction given.

SUMMARY- I really like Ms. Chappell's enthusiasm for her subject. It's clear she is a teacher at heart, and they are some of my very favorite people. While the book is laid out to make her designs, she sprinkles the book with comments about your projects - as though she's certain she's just a stepping stone to you developing your own ideas. She has a small section in the back giving good basic advice to first time exhibitors, and strongly encourages all the finishing details on the pattern be your own, even while giving suggestions for those who might be at a current loss. Ms. chappell inspires, and while this book isn't about designing, I felt it deserved a special mention. She is a pleasure to read.