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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Introduction
  • Acknowledgment
  • PART I
    • Equipment, Materials, Simple pattern cutting, Cutting out, Making up, Stuffing, Jointed toys, Eyes, Ears, Wings, Tails and manes, Feet,Decoration
  • PART II
    • I TOYS WITHOUT LEGS
      • Duck, Parrot, Fish, Rabbit, Owl, Penguin
    • II ANIMALS WITH FOUR LEGS, basic pattern
      • Cart Horse, Zebra, Cow, Llama, Giraffe, Goat, Donkey, Elephant, Camel, Lion, Tiger
    • III ANIMALS WITH SEPARATE LEGS
      • Mouse, Lizard, Squirrel, Tortoise, Armadillo, Crab, Frog, Crocodile, Kangaroo, Dinosaur, Chameleon, Dragon
    • IV BIRDS
      • Cock, Hen, Hoopoe, Pelican, Flamingo, Ostrich, Peacock, Kingfisher, Egret
    • V INSECTS
      • Dragonfly, Stag Beetle, Bumblebee, Caterpillar and Beetle
    • VI OTHER TOYS
      • Teddy Bear, Humpty Dumpty, Golliwog, Clown, Balls
  • Pattern diagrams
  • Bibliography
  • Index to Stitches

Title: Creative Soft Toys
Author: Barbara Snook
Publication Date: Hardcover:1965
Publisher: Dryad Press
Page Count: 111
Book Dimensions(ht. x w.): 8 3/4" x 5 3/4"
ISBN: 0852196148

PATTERN RATING: Star Rating. The patterns are minimalist at best. They have no markings to help the crafter, have to be resized considerably and there are no photos to show you what the toy will look like when it's finished. This is the second author I've run across who's done this. At least Ms. Snook has more detail in and on her patterns than Ms. Davidson (Ms. Snook's toys appear to have legs and feet).

INSTRUCTION RATING:Star Rating. The instructions assume the crafter knows what they are doing, and there are minimal illustrations to go with them.

SUMMARY- Ms. Snook relied heavily on embroidery for the detailing on her toys, and gives fairly detailed pictures of what stitches go where to get the effects she wanted. I found this at least interesting enough to rate an honorable mention. However, there are no photos (at all) of any of her toys, so it's impossible to say whether the effects implied by the drawings will actually pan out. I also liked the details on the dragon she gives.