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  • Tools & Materials
  • Basic Sewing Tool Kit
    • Visual Research and Sketching
    • Using Freezer Paper for Creating, Cutting, and Sewing Patterns
    • Drawing and Editing a Pattern
    • Marking the Fabric
    • Considering the Grain Line
    • Cut One, Reverse One
    • Adding A Seam Allowance
    • Positioning the Needle
    • Choosing Fabric
    • Pinning
    • Sewing Machine Stitch Length
    • Sewing Machine Tension
    • Backstitching
    • Checking and Reinforcing Seams
    • Unpicking Stitches
    • Cliping Curves
    • Leaving and Opening
    • Basting, Turning, Stuffing
    • Ladder Stitching
    • Finishing
    • Hand Stiches
  • FISH:
    • Lesson 1: Creating a Simple Outline Toy
    • Lesson 2: Attaching Details
    • Alternative Types of Stuffing
    • Lesson 3: Button Eyes and Felt Eyes
    • Making a Baby Toy with a Bell and Crinkle
    • Lesson 4: Sewing a Sphere
    • Lesson 5: Felted-Ball Eyes
    • Lesson 6: Ladder-Stitching One Shape to Another
    • Surface Design for Felt
    • Lesson 7: Other Shapes- Cube, Cylinder, and Triangle
    • Gathered Circle Eyes
    • Lesson 8: Underbody Gussets
    • Lesson 9: Setting the Legs on Darts
    • Simple Strip Gusset
    • Lesson 10: Cutting a Slit to Insert a Detail
    • Lesson 11: Eyelids
  • RAM:
    • Lesson 12: Head Gussets
    • Lesson 13: Safety Eyes
    • Lesson 14: Increasing Your Success with Long, Narrow Parts
    • How Much Stuffing is Enough
    • Lesson 15: Embroidering Nose and Mouth with Long Straight stitches
  • BUNNY:
    • Lesson 16: Inserting and Stuffing Big Parts in a Seam
    • Lesson 17: Footpads and Shoes
    • Lesson 18: Whiskers
    • Adding a Tag to Your Softie
    • Lesson 19: Dressing and Accessorizing Your Softie
    • Creating a Lovey, Hobbyhorse, or Faux Taxidermy
  • PUPPY:
    • Lesson 20: Fabrics with Nap or Pile
    • Lesson 21: Creating a Softie with a Turned Head
    • Lesson 22: Darted Cheeks and Gathered Cheeks
    • Tips on Sewing with Thick Fabrics or Many Layers
    • Lesson 23: Eyes with Looped Backs
  • LION:
    • Lesson 24: Making an Animal in Motion
    • Lesson 25: Turned Applique
    • Lesson 26: Cupped Ears
    • Lesson 27: Outlining the Mane
    • Mane Options
  • CAT:
    • Lesson 28: Making a Sitting Animal
    • Lesson 29: Muzzles, Snouts, and Beaks
    • Lesson 30: Making a Satin-Stitch Nose with a Felt Pad Underlay and a Smiling Mouth
    • Adapting a Pattern to Make a different Animal
  • CAMEL:
    • Lesson 31: How to Design a Jointed Animal
    • Lesson 32: Thread Joints and Exposed Button Joints
    • Lesson 33: Invisible Button Joints
    • Lesson 34: Cleft Hoofs
    • Eyelashes
    • Lesson 35: Putting in a Growler, Music Box, or Music Button
    • Making a Muslin Lining When Working with Tricky Fabrics
    • Lesson 36: Using Heavier Stuffing
    • Making a Toy from a Child's Drawing
    • Choosing Colors
    • Lesson 37: Raw-Edge Applique and Reverse Applique
    • Small-Scale Prints
  • CRAB:
    • Lesson 38: Tab Joints
    • Lesson 39: Turning and Stuffing a Long, Skinny Part
    • Notes on Making This Softie
    • Excelsior Stuffing
    • Lesson 40: Plastic Disk Joints
    • Lesson 41: Working with Mohair, Alpaca, and Woven-Back Faux Fur
    • Making Your Own Set of Trial Eyes
    • Lesson 42: Ear Placement
    • Tea and Coffee Staining
    • Lesson 43: Putting in a Pocket
    • Lesson 44: Cutting a Hole to Attach Limbs
    • Making a Finger Puppet
    • Notes on Making This Softie
    • Lesson 45: Designing an Incorporated Muzzle
    • Lesson 46: Making Feet at a Right Angle to the Legs
    • Lesson 47: Topstitching for Dimension and Jointing
    • Hands That Can Hold and Hug
  • HIPPO:
    • Making a Hand Puppet
    • Tail Options
    • Lesson 48: Creating an Open Mouth
    • Lesson 49: Needle Sculpting
    • Lesson 50: Darted Ear Slits
    • Lesson 51: Creating a Zippered Mouth
    • Lesson 52: Compensating for a Top-Heavy design
  • Templates
  • Resources
  • About the Author
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Title: STUFFED ANIMALS: From Concept to Construction
Author: Abigail Patner Glassenberg
Publication Date: TPB:2013
Publisher: Lark Books, Asheville, NC
Page Count: 192
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10" x 8 1/2"
ISBN: 1454703648

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating Patterns are all in the back of the book, and pieces are laid over the top of each other in a way it can be confusing to get them copied from the book, and binding will be broken trying to get a page flat enough on a copier with pieces in the ditch. Seam allowances are not marked and most grainlines, but there are other markings to aid the sewer. Those are all the negatives. Even her simplest designs have some good details and all of her designs have a friendly, engaging appearance. You get a great variety, with only the bunny being anthroporphized(turned into a doll).

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating Her instructions are very thorough and she gives you photos and drawings to illustrate as she goes along that are helpful. It's her steady progression of more and more sophisticated design features that really impressed me the most - it's clear she put a great deal of thought and effort into building up to the more sophisticated designs, and giving clear explanations of why and how those features work in the designs.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating I have ammassed a good-sized pile of books devoted to teaching the art of soft toy design and have learned a great deal from all of them. This may well be the best of the lot, taking you from simple pancake(2-piece) toys with added details to more and more sophisticated gusseting, joints and facial details. I was so impressed with how much she was able to fit into 190 pages!

SUMMARY- It's been quite a while since we've had a really good design book in print, and I'm happy to say this one fits that need admirably. She stuck to her topic, stuffed animals, with the exception of the bunny and the monster, which sit on the borderline of this book's scope. I believe anyone wishing to learn to design their own soft animals would find this book indespensible with her thoughtful progression of designing details.

When I go to the bookstore to browse the craft section, I am never surprised to find that a book that has caught my attention was put out by Lark imprint out of Asheville, North Carolina. The editorial staff there must be amazing to work with. Ms. Glassenberg's books have my highest recommendation.

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