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Storybook Dolls: Stuffed Dolls to Make and Treasure [Paperback]

Kyoko Yoneyama
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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Ondori-Sha Publishers Ltd; Reissue edition (July 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870409336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870409332
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 18.4 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 844,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and inspiring 21 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
Very Japanese in style, which I like very much. More collectors' dolls than play things for children in the clear patterns. Delightful ideas.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not toys 19 May 2012
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Lovely dolls in pretty costumes but the clothes are stuck on in places and so is the hair. The dolls would not be washable so definitely not for toy makers.

If you want to make them as collectors items then this would be an ideal book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure 8 April 2010
By Elaine B Reader TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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I absolutely love the dolls in this book - see the pics for yourself - absolutely enchanting. The instructions are written for those who have some experience, lots of time and patience, and can work out what needs to be done without loads of step by step photos or lots of written information. If that's not you then find a friend to make one for you! The patterns are drawn in full size (not always very large)and drawn over each other (as lots of continental patterns are)definitely possible to make with such beautiful results, well worth the effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 29 Oct 1998
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These dolls are really different and beautiful! Definitely very collectible! The patterns and instructs are clear and easy to follow! I love this book! Hopefully you will too!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC! 29 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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These dolls are really different and beautiful! Definitely very collectible! The patterns and instructs are clear and easy to follow! I love this book! Hopefully you will too!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to find supplies and make, but very charming 23 Nov 2009
By Sunny Sewing Honeybee - Published on Amazon.com
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This book by Kyoko Yoneyama is packed full of adorable dolls. There are characters from books, including _Alice in Wonderland_ (Alice), _Little Women_ (all four sisters), and _Little House in the Big Woods_ (Laura and her sisters Mary and Carrie); as well as dolls depicting characters from the films _My Fair Lady_ (Eliza) and _The Sound of Music_ (Maria). That's just the beginning since there are also fairy tale characters such as a witch, gypsy, Rapunzel, and Little Red Riding Hood, to name a few. There are dozens of dolls, though, admittedly, many are similar with only hair and clothing alterations. Some are really unique, including a kneeling doll and one to hang on the wall with a skirt to stash things in.

Most of the dolls basically fit one of two profiles. Child characters are generally represented in a basic way with mitten hands and chubby features. Adult characters are exaggeratingly elongated and thin with lanky limbs and fingers. The heads are constructed in a complicated manner that allows a seam-free face (head seams are hidden under the hair). The construction, however, may imply that the dolls are meant more for display by adults than for play by children. Supplies include a complicated combination of such items as glue, wire, and wood. The final doll in the book, by the name of Shirley, has a few clothing items, but the rest of the dolls have attached clothing. This also may imply they're more for display than play.

Being a book import, there are some aspects that may be difficult for readers in the United States. First, the translations are at times imperfect, though most mistakes are easy to figure out. Typos include "indide" instead of "inside," "way" instead of "may," "image" instead of "imagine." Perhaps what translates the least well are terms for certain products needed to make the dolls. "Packing," for example, is excelsior (check the floral department of your local craft store). One word, "rayon," is used as if it is a specific fabric. Here, it's not a term like "muslin" that denotes an exact fabric to use. As for "tyrolean tape" . . . (?).

Measurements are all in metric, though that's not difficult to adapt to since measuring tapes tend to have centimeters on the reverse of the inches side. Perhaps the most challenging aspect is that any knitted or crocheted items are charted, something that's generally reserved for the most experienced of yarn artists. Almost every step in all the the instructions is an image, with minimal text, and exact-size patterns for clothing are generally omitted; instead, a small chart to follow is included.

Making a doll from the book proved challenging, especially because the items aren't commonly available. I substituted supplies from my craft stash. The Christmas elf I made (see Amazon images section) is from the wood elf pattern in the book, with a hat added. The head construction is extremely complicated; even more than a Waldorf doll head construction method. These dolls have a definite learning curve and demonstrate that the author is a genuine and experienced artist.

With all of that being said, still five stars? Yes. I recommend the book for advanced, patient crafters who relish a challenge and are comfortable with finding and using comparable materials, and for those who simply like having a doll book stash to look through (the full-color photos in this book are charming). Despite posting what may seem like mostly negative information above, I really like this book. These are heirloom dolls, and that can make them worth the extra effort.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Collection oF stuffed Dolls from a Fancy World 2 Jan 2011
By Etta Breault - Published on Amazon.com
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I just adore this book mainly because the dolls are so different from any I have made. They look difficult, but the instructions are thorough so when I make one or more, I shouldn't have that much trouble. The dolls are adorable and Fancy is a good word to have used in the title. I am very pleased with my purchase.
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