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  • List of Illustrations
  • Introduction
  • 1 Procedures and Techniques
  • 2 The Owl and the Pussy-Cat
  • 3 Tallulah Ballerina
  • 4 Sister Pat and Brother Philly
  • 5 Kronkite Clown
  • 6 Timothy Dragon
  • 7 Elmo Elephant
  • 8 Sir Charles Camel
  • 9 Horatio Horse
  • 10 The Three Bears
  • 11 Cavalier Cat
  • 12 Wendy Rabbit
  • 13 Seymour Giraffe
  • 14 Mama and Mino Mouse
  • 15 Wilhelmina Witch
  • 16 Wendall Wizard
  • 17 Grandma Sally
  • 18 Baby Karen
  • 19 Crawdon Crocodile
  • 20 Cyrus Centaur
  • Glossary

Title: The Art of Making Cloth Toys
Author: Charlene Davis Roth
Publication Date: TPB:1974
Publisher: Chilton Book Co., Radnor, PA
Page Count: 210
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 10 1/4" x 7"
ISBN: 0-8019-5870-9

PATTERN RATING:Star Rating. Patterns are simple shapes with few gussets and tricky parts. Despite this, they are pretty engaging and she gives a fun variety, including a centaur I haven't seen tried in any other book. The pattern body pieces are gridded for easier resizing, and the little bits are given full size on a separate page, which saves having to resize a dozen pieces instead of just 3-4. There are a few markings on the patterns to help the sewer, but no seam allowances or grainline arrows.

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. Her instructions are not well broken down, but do have a good bit of illustration to help the crafter. The simplicity of the patterns keeps the instructions from being frustrating.

SUMMARY- I like that she encourages people in the introduction to alter her patterns to suit the needs of the crafter, and even gives a brief tutorial on the easiest way to go about that. While she sticks to very basic shapes, the toys are recognizable for what they are supposed to represent, and her details work well with the simple designs.