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Disappointing and not for a beginner
on 25 July 2012
I must admit being fairly disappointed with this book. Although the book is beautifully produced and has a few reasonable animals, most of the "soft toy" type are bears. Also, several of these type of patterns I consider to be rather crudely designed; this seems to be a new trend and may suit some people, though. The patterns are not full-sized and have to be either enlarged on a photocopier, scanned and enlarged with your own computer software, or transferred onto graph paper - more of a nuisance than a problem.
Another problem (or "fault") that I encountered was the pattern for the cloth dog, in that the head gusset pattern did not fit the side head pattern. I therefore had to re-draw it myself.
The instructions are not illustrated and are very sketchy; this style of teaching can be difficult to follow, as you cannot see what is in the mind of the person explaining the construction of the subject. I have seen books with much better instructions available on the market.
I consider myself an experienced sewer, and would definitely not recommend the book to a beginner. I doubt whether I will bother with any of the other patterns in the book. All in all, a bit disappointing.