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  • Introduction
  • Important Tips for Making Toys
  • Armadillo
  • Bear
  • Cat
  • Dog
  • Elephant
  • Frog
  • Giraffe
  • Hippopotamus
  • Iguana
  • Jaguar
  • Koala
  • Lion
  • Monkey
  • Nuthatch
  • Ostrich
  • Pig
  • Quail
  • Rabbit
  • Squirrel
  • Turtle
  • Unicorn
  • Vole
  • Walrus
  • Xiphosura
  • Yak
  • Zebra

Title: Soft Animals A to Z: Sew a Collection of 26 Realistic Toys
Author: Carolyn Vosburg Hall
Publication Date: Trade:2003
Publisher: Krause Publications
Page Count: 144
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 11" x 8 1/4"
ISBN: 0873495799

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. Pattern pieces are full sized, have standard 1/4" seam allowances marked on the pieces, and have plenty of markings to help guide the crafter. They also happen to be pretty amazing in their attention to detail, their variety and intelligent design.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Ms. Hall nails this area as well. She gives detailed step-by-step instructions with plenty of illustration to help guide the crafter. She gives away tricks of the trade for sewing tricky things like thin pencil-like legs and sewing folded ears into gusset seams (I hate hand-sewing, and ears almost always have to be hand-sewn on). She gives a color photo of each project to show you what it looks like made up at the beginning of each chapter. Ms. Hall is quite gifted in turning a picture into a 3-dimensional toy.

SUMMARY- This book isn't really about how to make your own designs, but tricks can be picked up by inference. While old hands at toy making will likely already know all the little sewing tricks she trots out, someone with only moderate skill will likely pick up a few things, and the patterns alone are worth the price of admission. I hope Ms. Hall eventually puts out a book on designing realistic toys, and I intend to pick up any other books she puts out on soft toys sight unseen.