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  • Introduction to Soft Toys, Dolls and Puppets
  • Simple Shapes
  • Balls and Beanbags
  • Crocodile and Snakes
  • Chick, Mouse and Hedgehog
  • Goose and Duck
  • Dolphin
  • Stegosaurus and Sea Monster
  • Elephant, Rhino and Giraffe
  • Foxes
  • Badger
  • Two Teddies
  • Sock Doll
  • One Pattern Doll
  • Single Hinge Dolls
  • Pivot Dolls
  • Clowns
  • Harlequin Marionette
  • Glove Puppets
  • Lion and Horse Puppets
  • Finger Puppets
  • Patterns
  • List of Suppliers

Title: Soft Toys, Dolls and Puppets in Easy Steps
Author: Ilse Gray
Publication Date: Hardcover:1977
Publisher: Studio Vista, London
Page Count: 64
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 3/4" x 8 1/4"
ISBN: 0289707587

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. Patterns are gridded and will have to be enlarged quite a bit to be useful. Seam allowance is not part of the pattern shown and is a nonstandard (3/8") size - well, at least for the US. Maybe that's the standard in Australia. I don't own enough Australian books to know for sure. The patterns aren't particularly well marked for sewing, either, although the pictures shown of the patterns made up are fairly engaging. I particularly liked the dolphin and badger.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are step-by-step, but they skip things they felt were obvious, so if you don't already know what you are doing, you may have some bad moments trying to follow some of these. On the other hand, where a photograph would be useful for a construction step, they often give you one.

SUMMARY- This book is all about making the toys shown, and not about toy design, and it does what it sets out to do pretty well. It has a good bit of variety packed into its 64 pages.