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on 18 February 2001
This is an excellent book which takes knitted dolls one step further into the realm of miniature models. Although at a cursory glance, the patterns appear complicated, on closer inspection, they are refreshingly straightforward. Anyone capable of knitting stocking stitch and following a simple chart should have no difficulty in completing the projects. These little figures will appeal to a wide age group. They are an interesting task for older folk with time on their hands, and they would also be a challenge to young knitters who want to make something a bit different from the normal knitted rag doll. A pair of these figures from a particular period would be a dramatic addition to a historical school project. Jan Messent has also written a book called "Knitted Gardens". This is as good as Historical Figures, and knitted articles from the two books could be used in conjunction to produce some really stunning tableaux.
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on 11 January 2011
What a great book! The instructions are very clear and no detail has been omitted. This is quite an engrossing book and makes you want to get stuck in and make them all. The illustrations are wonderful and as a bonus you have a wealth of historical facts. What a great and novel way to teach children about history where they can atually see and feel the kind of clothes worn by the characters depicted. A great buy and highly recommended for compulsive knitters like myself. All are characters with a difference and are complete with instructions for their underwear and even their jewellery and hairstyles. I absolutely love it and am very glad I bought it.
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on 22 September 2010
Not for the novice knitter but a fantastic set of projects.
Excellent book that I will treasure for years to come.
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on 17 March 2012
I bought this book for my mother who loves knitting and she was very pleased with it. The first doll she tried was an Egyptian figure for her granddaughter who loved it. Great book with clear instructions that are easy to follow. The illustrations are great and the accompanying historical facts were very interesting. A great buy and highly recommended for any knitters. Huge success.
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on 20 January 2014
A present for my Mother-in-Law, who absolutely adored this book. She has knitted some amazing figures, she says the instructions are very easy & clear to follow.
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on 19 August 2013
Loved this book - great instruction and ideas. Lovely figures to knit and a great source of inspiration. A really nice addition to my collection.
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on 6 May 2016
Excellent book for a knitter who enjoys a change from run of the mill teddy type toys
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on 14 July 2015
very nice book with good detailed instructions.
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on 6 September 2014
an amazing book
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