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  • The Toys
    • Fireside Cat
    • Clown
    • Felt Fox
    • Cord Fox
    • Cord Donkey
    • Grasshopper
    • Duck
      • as a nurse
      • as a chef
      • as a school boy
      • as a young lady
    • Ginger Tom
    • Felt Mouse
        dressing the mouse
    • Cord Mouse
    • Rabbit
    • Owl
    • Pansy
    • Wire Mountaineer
    • Windmill
    • Marionette
      • as a fairy
    • Control of the Marionette
    • Fish
    • Snail
    • Caterpillar
    • Hedgehog

Title: Toy Making
Author: Grace Homer
Publication Date: HC:1964
Publisher: Collins Nutshell Books, London
Page Count: 127
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 6" x 4 1/4"
ISBN: None

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. Patterns are full-size and are divided rather than commit the error of crossing the ditch. They use the old a-b-c method of marking to help the crafter. None of the toys are going to be more than about 6" tall, and are worked primarily in felt. The front cover photo is the only photo of any of the toys in the book. The toys are charming and a little cartoony, but are sophisticated enough in shape to catch my attention.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are broken down into numbered steps, and there are illustrations to go with them. Several of the toys require extensive gusseting and darts to create the desired shapes, and the instructions aren't easy enough for someone without a good bit of experience to follow.

SUMMARY- When I first saw this book, I thought "Ah-oh." It is the smallest soft toy making "how-to" book I've run across so far. I expected the patterns to be so reduced and hard to copy as to be unusable. Then I opened the book. Not only was I wrong about the condition of the patterns, many of them are fairly sophisticated! The toys will be very small made up, but there is enough attention to detail to give them character and charm. I'm glad I bought the book.