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Title: 500 Cute Little Toys to crochet, knit, felt & sew Author: Nguyen Le
Publication Date: HC:2013
Publisher: Quintet Publishing, Ltd., London
Page Count: 288
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 6 1/4" x 6 1/4"
PATTERN RATING: You won't lack for variety in this booklet, even if you are only into one of the 4 disciplines covered. This pattern rating only concerns the sewing patterns. It's an unfair rating because of course the sewing patterns are only a small part of the book: Patterns are not full size and will need to be enlarged. They are so tiny, in fact, that it would be impossible to properly mark them with anything. Projects are small but have enough little details to make them recognizable for what they are supposed to be, and have some personality and charm;
INSTRUCTION RATING: Instructions are pretty well broken down into steps but there's not really enough room for a lot of back-up illustrations for putting the projects together - this is a really tiny book.
BONUS MECHANICS RATING: Ms. Le gets a couple of bonus stars because of her section at the end of each chapter. She will list the original project, then give you 5 different ways to make or use the toy. I really like that, and she is creative and innovative with her suggestions. I can't help but think this would help spark the creative juices of any crafter and illustrates all the different approaches one can take to a craft.
SUMMARY- I would have been thrilled to have been given this book when I was ten - so many cute little projects that a kid could have fun with for hundreds of hours. But at ten I'd already been sewing for a year. Things like felting(where you are repeatedly stabbing near your fingers) might require an older(and careful) kid. But kids can pick up basic knitting and crochet fairly young. The finished toys, costumes and games are targeted for younger kids. By twelve, they're too old for most of the projects in this book. They all look like they'd make up pretty quickly for those people who need quick gratification.
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