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  • Introduction
  • General Instructions
  • Project Photographs
  • Birds of a Feather:
    • Kookaburra
    • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
    • Galah
    • Emu
    • Rainbow Lorikeet
    • Barn Owl
  • Furry Friends:
    • “True Blue” Koala
    • Ring Tail Possum
    • Kangaroo
    • Possum Slippers
    • Clingy Koala
    • Platypus
  • Bags and Bits:
    • Height Wall Chart
    • Wombat Bag
    • Felt Mobile
    • Kangaroo Mask
    • Toy Swag Bag
    • Wattle Bag
    • Barrier Reef Wall Frieze
    • Emu Puppet
    • Possum Puppet
    • Koala Purse
  • Things That Wiggle:
    • Witchetty Grub
    • Green Tree Snake
    • Echidna
    • Frill-necked Lizard
    • Red-back Spider
    • Bunyip

Title: Soft Toys
Author: Carolyn Peterson
Publication Date: Trade:1991
Publisher: Mallard Press
Page Count: 80
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 7 1/4"
ISBN: 1863251103

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. Patterns are on grids to enlarge and have minimal markings to help the crafter. The birds are the best feature of this book, and she manages to convey the idea of feathers pretty well with fur fabrics. The Echidna is a hoot. A lot of the projects look a little amateurish, and I have no idea what a Bunyip is (even after seeing the toy!), but it's easy to see Ms. Peterson put a lot of heart into her projects, and probably had a lot of fun with her kids in the process. I think her enthusiasm and ideas are adaptable and inspiring to other moms.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Instructions are broken down by body parts, and don't have construction illustrations to help the crafter if communication breaks down from the written instructions.

SUMMARY- Ms. Peterson's ideas are cool, even if not always the best executed, and she attempts to inspire by example looking at all the neat animal life her kids see around them into toys they can actually play with. She has a good eye for fabric choices, which I've often winced at in other books, so I'm also giving it an honorable mention here.