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Stray Sock Sewing: Making One-of-a-Kind Creatures from Socks [Paperback]

Dan Ta , Are Wei
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Book Description

26 Sep 2008
Create cute sock monkeys and other creatures with this practical and entertaining guide to using up spare socks. Learn how to breathe new life into stray socks with the techniques featured which show you how to choose the right sock, what kind of tools and equipment you need and how to bring the creatures to life by embellishing them with buttons and beads. Stray Sock Sewing combines practical instructions with a whimsical narrative which gives you a glimpse into the wonderful world of sock dolls. A comprehensive techniques section breaks down the sewing essentials into easy-to-follow lessons. Eight full step-by-step projects show you how to use your new-found skills to make cute and cuddly creations such as the lotus kitty, sock pig and Indian elephant. Contents include: Introduction; 1 Gallery - a look at a group of kooky, lovable dolls made entirely from socks; 2 Basic sock doll sewing techniques; specific stitch techniques, embellishments such as buttons and beads 3 The projects - 8 step-by-step projects; Resources; Acknowledgements.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (26 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715330160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715330166
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stray Sock Sewing is a great book for anyone wanting to make their own cute and cuddle companions. --Crafts Beautiful

teaches you how to make your own weird and wonderful soft toys --Zest

teaches you how to make your own weird and wonderful soft toys --Zest

About the Author

Author Daniel Ta enjoyed great success in a career in advertising before deciding to throw it all in to create sock dolls. He now teaches regular workshops about how to make sock dolls and has written a number of books on the subject.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not All It Seems 18 Nov 2010
Visually a great book, but has some significant flaws. Most of the designs need a pair of socks to make them. There are some you can do with odd stray socks, the little pig is a good example, but the title is misleading.

The first 73 pages are pure indulgence by the author & his photographer, they add absolutely nothing to your ability to make the animals. To add insult to injury most of the creatures in these pages are not given making instructions in the craft part of the book.The rabbits & stripy critter on the front cover are not included in the instructions!

The instructions do leave out some critical explanations: how do you hide the end of your thread once you've embroidered the stuffed head of an animal? I'm still working that out for the Cheshire Cat. Also where do you position his legs? It's frustrating!

I'd say buy it if you have a moderate amount of sewing experience, total beginners will get annoyed by the lack of complete clear instructions. Be aware that many of the creatures in the first part of the book have no instructions( why not show how to do the duck for example?) I'm happy with the price I paid ,but would have felt disappointed if I'd have paid full price.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic fun & inspiration! 12 Mar 2009
this book is fantastic for that rainy day when your stuck indoors & having an artistic block!
I began to make my first sock-creation he looked soooo cute I became hooked & made a further five. Now I have orders as my friends all want one!
The book itself is superb! The author brings the little characters to life with fun quality photos. The step by step instructions are easy to follow with clear pitcures & explanations.
Because of this book, i'm now happy when one of my socks goes missing! hehe!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic find! 1 Feb 2009
Stray Sock Sewing: Making One-of-a-Kind Creatures from Socks

I bought this book for my son who is 8 years old and loves all things Japanese and creative. We have had so much fun making our own sock friends, they are easy to do, and the book is easy to follow with wonderful full colour photos. Also on the plus side making sock friends has improved my sons concentration and hand eye co-ordination. I have even had all his friends over to make their own sock friends. All in all a great book!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying new socks for! 13 Mar 2009
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I bought this book after seeing a picture of a 'luuurve monster' made by someone on a craft website. (That was her name for him!)
The characters in this book are so cute and have such great personalities.
Each sock buddy varies in difficulty, but each featured design comes with really easy to follow instructions. I would imagine most of them are achievable by someone with even basic sewing skills.
Not all the featured characters have instructions though (the reason I knocked a star off), so you need to have a fair amount of talent to be able to create them just from the photos.
That said, there are loads of different characters and ideas in here and had every one of them had instructions included, the book would be like an encyclopaedia and cost 3 times the price!
So I suppose it's a good job.
One thing that is guaranteed is that each little 'socky' is an individual.
(I made the teddy bear and he looks totally different to the one in the book. Cute...but totally different!)

I'd buy this if you want to teach your children to sew....but buy new socks. They're worth it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sock it to me 20 Feb 2012
This is a nice book with 8 projects. However, there are lots of pictures of sock projects, the instructions for which are not in the book so it looks like padding to make the book look better value than I think it is. I was particularly disappointed that the sock 'creature' featured on the front cover is not included in the instruction section, which is really why I bought it. Felt slightly cheated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars bursting with inspiration 2 Jun 2010
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Great book full of inspiring ideas, fun, lighthearted and humourous.
Not many step-by-step instructions included so maybe not great for young children, but more about ideas and sparking your imagination. I am in my 30s and am now a serious sock creature making addict. Get together with friends on an evening and make stuff! Because it's socks you're using there is no pressure to create 'perfect' objects, the slightly odd and quirky aspects are all part of the attraction. Beccy S
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough projects 23 July 2010
By ja9anna
I got very excited when I first saw this book and love the idea of creating 'sock buddies'. Although the instructions for the projects given are detailed there are not enough projects - only 8 in this whole book and I really wanted to find out how to make the one on the front cover. Disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All set to sew! 12 July 2010
I have been looking at the sock sewing books for months now, deliberating which one to buy - all the while building up an arsenal of socks to sew. Now I have finally taken the plunge can't wait to get started! Lovely book with inspiring pictures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun
just the book my daughter was looking for, hours of fun, easy to follow instructions, a good book for a present
Published 4 months ago by horseworld
5.0 out of 5 stars book
bought this for my daughter as a christmas present,one of many gifts,lol. i no she will love it and use it to make things for her baby son.
Published 6 months ago by jan bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars fun with socks
I love this book! There are so many cute and wonderful creatures to be inspired by and the basic models are expained very well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fraya Holmes
4.0 out of 5 stars stray sock sewing
Although I have not made anything yet I am looking forward to making several items in the near future. It is on my list to do as soon as possible
Published 7 months ago by Carolyn Boulter
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas
Lovely book full of fantastic ideas
Although now I need to find te time to make them as they are all adorable
Published 8 months ago by debbi hogbin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Bought this for my 13 year old daughter, who enjoys craft projects. She has made some great animals and she really loves the book.
Published 11 months ago by linda
5.0 out of 5 stars Present- excellent
I ordered this book as a present for a friend so haven't read it myself. I was very happy with delivery time and packaging. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alix
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute critters and clear instructions
Excellent book with very clear instructions and lots of encouragement. Great tips too. The only reason I dropped it a star (and someone correct me if I'm wrong! Read more
Published 13 months ago by E. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars stray sock sewing
This was a xmas present ,that the wife found really useful, she has used it many times. thank you very much.
Published 13 months ago by arjay
5.0 out of 5 stars great
made lots of sock creatures for our charity which are very appealing and sell very well am very pleased indeed
Published 13 months ago by Mrs Shirley Jones
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