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  • Acknowledgments
  • List of colour illustrations
  • Preface
  • Notes
  • Materials and Methods
  • Toymaking Techniques
  • Character-Making Features
  • Designing with Circles
  • The Scholars
  • Bean Bags
  • Nursery Toys
  • Mice and Moles
  • The Owl and the Pussy-cat
  • Cloth Dolls
  • A Very Special Rag Doll
  • Novelty Dolls
  • Dogs
  • Bears
  • The Seashore
  • Wildlife
  • Lounge Lizard
  • Index

Title: Creative Soft Toy Making
Author: Pamela Peake
Publication Date: Hardcover:1974
Publisher: Bobbs-Merrill Co.
Page Count: 128
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 3/4" x 8"
ISBN: 0672519828

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns are arranged from very simple to more complex. The photos of the toys are in groupings to show the relative sizes, but it can take some hunting to match a picture up with the pattern in question, which made the organization a bit haphazard, but not impossible. All the toys are fairly stylized but not without personality. They need to be expanded and are on grids to help the crafter. They donít have the seam allowance marked on the patterns, and use the a-b-c method (sparingly though) of marking the patterns.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions are fairly brief and with very little illustration to help the sewer. The patterns are fairly simple, however, so there is some reason for that. Still, if you don't already know what you're doing, the instructions won't help you much.

BONUS MECHANICS RATING:Star Rating. Ms. Peake has a cool little section that gives you illustrations of a large variety of eyebrows, noses and whiskers, as well as various types of eyes that can be used and how to apply them. Some of the wild furniture fabrics she loves to use really date the book to the mid-seventies, but I still find a lot of her ideas charming and useful, with nice little tidbits thrown in along the way. I didn't feel Iíd wasted my money, and it gave me interest in her other books, of which there are several.