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  • Introduction
    • Equipment
      • For making patterns, For marking, cutting out, sewing and finishing toys
    • Patterns
    • Fabrics
    • Felt and interfacing
    • Fur fabrics
      • Pinning, Laying Out, Marking, Cutting out
    • Sewing
      • Gussets
    • Special stitches
      • Tie-end method, Gathering or running stitch, Whipstitch, Backstitch, Stab stitch, Ladder stitch, Buttonhole stitch
    • Eyes and noses
      • Soft eyes, Safety eyes and noses
    • Stuffing
    • Rouleaux
    • Degree of difficulty
    • Small Feathered Friends (easy, hand-made)
      • Large owl, Owlett twins, Duck and ducklings, Rooster and chick, Feathered friends mobile
    • Beautiful Bugs
      • Ladybird, Jewel beetle
    • Barrier Reef Creatures (easy, machine-made)
      • Fish, Starfish, Green turtle, Octopus, Dolphin, Dolphin mobile
    • Small Furry Friends (machine-made)
      • Joey, Echidna
    • Large Furry and Feathered Friends (machine-made)
      • Platypus, Koala, Fairy penguin, Wombat, Pelican
  • List of Suppliers
  • Index

Title: Aussie Soft Toys
Author: Evelyn O'Neill
Publication Date: Hardcover:1992
Publisher: Lothian Publishing Co.
Page Count: 72
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 3/4" x 8 1/4"
ISBN: 0850914833

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. Patterns are full-sized and use the a-b-c method of marking. They do not show seam allowances on the patterns themselves. The more advanced toys have some good detail.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are kind of cryptic, but there are some illustrations to help guide you. I don't think this is a good book for someone who isn't already pretty experienced.

SUMMARY- Ms. O'Neill rates her patterns for ease to make, which is a nice feature. This book isn't about design, but about providing simple to moderate projects that feature Australian wildlife. I especially liked the platypus. Ms. O'Neill didn't bowl me over with most of her designs, especially the simpler ones seem amateurish - which is strange since her later designs work fairly well and look much better made up than the simple ones. It's not a bad book to have, but I wouldn't spend a lot of money acquiring it.