Tilda's Fairy Tale Wonderland: Over 25 beautiful sewing and papercraft projects Paperback – 4 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Tone Finnanger is a talented designer and author of more than 10 craft books. Her recent books include Tilda’s Studio, Tilda’s Winter Ideas and Tilda’s Spring Ideas.
Tone formed the Tilda brand in 1999, which is now well-known for its cute, whimsical characters in the form of animals and dolls. The brand has also developed a range of craft products for sewing and papercraft including Tilda fabrics, embellishments and papers.
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This is where the BUT comes in! Most of the other reviews here comment on the books beauty and at some point say 'haven't had time to make anything yet'. Unfortunately it becomes a rather frustrating experience when you do. The fact that there are variations on many of the patterns means that there is an awful lot of 'as for page 109' in the instructions, so you have to flick back and forth many times before you are confident of the directions. Quite a few of the templates are mis-labelled - OK it's not the end of the world if something says its an arm when it's clearly a leg, but it's annoying. The book instructs you to cut out the toys after you have sewn the seams (which is an idea that is new to me but may be familiar if you make small, detailed toys like these?) which means the toy piece templates don't have seam allowances. There are some templates for clothes and I have no idea from the template or the instructions (which read in places as though they have been badly translated) whether the seam allowance is included or I should add it. Again, it's not the end of the world and I can work it out through trial and error (and I tend to tinker with patterns anyway) but it's annoying. It seems that the patterns weren't tested properly, which is a shame.
So in summary, beautiful ideas, but patterns / instructions are not of the same standard and less than I would hope for the price of the book.
They are so pretty cannot wait to start one of the ballerinas,these would look lovely in a little girls fairy princess room with the soldiers for a boys room fantastic pictures a lovely book to look through even if you do not want to make them yourself.
Sadly I find myself reading this book for the first time now, with a 10 year old daughter and not years ago, with a 2 year old one. I say sadly because the vast majority of the projects are figures, characters....toys for want of a better word. Although every single one of the toys is heirloom-worthy and would no doubt be treasured for years, I think these things have to be given to a person during their childhood for them to have really long lasting appeal.
So in some ways, the book made me feel a little melancholy, that the time for telling my child stories about Princesses and unicorns, may be long gone. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that like me, Beth's love for fairytales is rekindled in her teens and I can help furnish her bedroom with some of these divine little ballerinas, soldiers and angels in just a few short years.
I doubt I would have had time to make these beautiful objects when my daughter was tiny anyway; this book does not claim to contain simple, easy or quick projects, but it does offer the opportunity to create something beautiful, polished and unique....from scratch.
There are some non-figurine decorations such as fabric teapots which would look lovely in any home and could even be used as pin cushions and a Princess and the Pea wall hanging that I can't wait to make out of all the scraps of fabric that I can't possibly part with I have been saving for just such a project.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this Tilda book as a present for my mum, shes a huge Tilda fan- as am I and this book is lovely. Lots of beautiful things to make and tones of inspirationPublished 6 months ago by Sophie
love all Tilda so had to buy, love the ballet shoe Christmas stocking.Published 8 months ago by Stampaddict
I really liked the book which I bought it for the patterns but I was just as interested in the set designs..Published 15 months ago by Ms C D Goldschmidt