Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects from Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More Paperback – 15 Dec 2012
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Jill Hamor has created 16 toy projects all inspired by vintage doll patterns from the 1940s. She studied photographs of old designs and toy patterns as well as images of toys of the era on vintage greeting cards and in children's picture books to get a good feel for the shapes and the look, and then applied them to her own dolls, softies, pillows, puppets and a little girl's first handbag. The book includes an overview of general tools, techniques and embroidery stitches used in the projects; in-depth guidelines for faces and hair; and detailed, step-by-step instructions for eight dolls and eight softies. Jill has included projects that only take a few hours to complete as well as others that require a more significant investment of time and effort. Each project includes suggestions for personalising the toy and tips for involving children in their construction - making it a wonderful resource for passing your crafting skills and interest on to the next genera tion. All patterns are provided full size on pages in the book and in a tear-out pattern sheet inside the back cover. --Australian Homespun Magazine; 3/5/13
About the Author
Jill Hamor has been sewing, knitting, and designing for nearly a decade.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love her creations and stories of family life whilst making. For years I have coverted her dolls and waiting for her to produce or sell a pattern in order to make them for my 3 neices. It was Jill who inspired me to get the Mary Frances book.
Therefore I was excited when this book was coming out.
I am not disappointed. It is in Jills usual clear and consise words with lots of diagrams and pcitures to help you make and create some of her patterns and ideas that her own kids love and cherish. The patterns at the back are great addition too. this books is great for those experienced and easy to use for beginners and Kids could have a go as well.
I would say to anyone who loves making for & with their children and others - buy this book and follow her blog. She is inspiring, funny and a truely wonderful lady.
Like the previous reviewer I was concerned that the materials used would be hard to source as the author is American, but this is not the case. Kona cotton is available in many fabric stores in the UK, and whilst the yarn the author suggests is not available here to my knowledge there are may good substitutions here like Sirdar Big Softie or Rowan Big Wool for chunky hair, or Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Stitch Nation for less chunky hair. Even thinner mohair is widely available so it's good news on that front.
There is only one minor aspect that I felt the book lacked. I am not a beginner to sewing, and have made Waldorf Dolls and quilts and feel that there could have been a more detailed description of sewing techniques used, one particular technique being darts. This technique is used quite a lot in the book and a brief description of how to apply this would have been useful. There is the web though for this information and it really is only a minor flaw.
All in all I would definitely recommend this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really cannot recommend this book enough. I'm absolutely in love with it and you will be too. Enjoy it.Published 6 months ago by g
Fantastic book, I made a doll using the little red pattern and the head shape is wonderful I love it. Patterns are easy to follow.Published 17 months ago by Dollhead
Rabbit pattern is ideal for making a Velveteen Rabbit style toy and the other dolls and patterns will keep me busy for ages. Prompt delivery too.Published on 21 April 2014 by J C.
I bought this book thinking that it would be a mix of dolls and puppets. Thinking that I would be able to make presents for all my nieces and nephews. However, it is mainly dolls. Read morePublished on 15 Dec. 2013 by Princesskit
I make toys and gifts for our Church Bazaar, so this book will come in very handy as it will be something new on my stall this year.Published on 19 Jun. 2013 by Parker's Pen