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MATERIALS AND TYPES OF TOYS
JOINTS AND FINISHINGS
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING UP THE PATTERNS
Title: The Making of Soft Toys: including a set of full-sized patterns for animals & birds Author: C. Elliot Edlmann
Publication Date: Hardcover:1928
Publisher: Dryad Press, Leicester
Page Count: 35
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8" x 5 3/4"
PATTERN RATING: . I have the sixth printing, done in 1937, of this book. I was very eager to find a copy, as it was the earliest soft toy book I've found reference to. The patterns are full-sized and use the a-b-c method of markings. All the pattern books I have from the sixties are remarkably similar in design. The toys are really well done and considerably more realistic than I would ever have expected. In fact, I dare say a lot of more modern patterns took several wrong turns. I had expected clumsy and primitive and got realistic and full of character instead. I was especially impressed with the Scottish Terrier (listed as Aberdeen Jock), as my mother and grandmother had many of them (five at once at one time, and I have very fine memories of playing tag with them in the back yard).
INSTRUCTION RATING:. The pattern instructions are about 80 years old and use terms I have to guess at - and no illustrations to help out. If you don't already know what you're doing, the instructions won't help you. If you do know what you're doing, and want a pattern of one of the three dog breeds given, this is an excellent find.
SUMMARY- The book doesn't go into pattern design, but I'm not sorry I bought it. This is the oldest "How To" stuffed toy book I've found so far. There are probably older books, but I haven't run across references for them yet.
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