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- Publisher: Stash Books
- Format: Paperback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 188mm x 239mm x 13mm | 499g
- Publication date: 21 April 2011
- Publication City/Country: Concord, CA
- ISBN 10: 1607052156
- ISBN 13: 9781607052159
- Illustrations note: full-colour throughout
- Sales rank: 47,917
This title includes a delightful collection of 28 unique soft fabric animals that can be sewn by hand or machine. A little time, a few supplies, and a dash of creativity are all you need to bring these adorable critters to life. Whether it's a fuzzy rabbit personalised as a gift, or a charming family of birds to display in your home, this playful guide features easy-to-follow patterns, clear instructions, and enchanting photography of the creatures in their natural habitats. Best of all, each project is graded according to difficulty (easy, moderate, and slightly tricky) so both experienced and beginner sewers can share in the fun.
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Amy Adams has more than 12 years of experience as a professional designer for a major crafts manufacturer, she showcases her unique soft designs on her popular blog www.luckykatecrafts.co.uk
By Sandra Fox 16 Jan 2012
This book has some gorgeous soft toys to make from recycled woolen knitware. Forest friends and cute bumble bees will have you trawling the local second hand store in search of jumpers to felt (machine wash in hot water) and turn into friends!
What a delightful book I hold in my hands this afternoon! This book is really fun. I m holding in my hands a copy of Amy Adam s amazingly adorable book Countryside Softies (Stash Books/an imprint of C&T Publishing 2011). And the wow! factor starts with the wonderful cover image of a stitched red fox, but it certainly does not stop there. Amy presents 28 delightful creatures to stitch. From the wonderful fox that graces the cover of the book you will begin your journey into the enchanted world of the countryside. Your first stop will be along the hedgerow as you learn how to create a fox, a rabbit, a baby rabbit too, a carrot, and a hedgehog and baby, a robin, and robin ornaments for the tree, a bumblebee, and a butterfly, and how to create a mobile using the butterfly and dragonfly. You ll find complete materials lists and detailed instructions for all projects shown, as well as full sized patterns that you will find located at the back of the book. After visiting the hedgerow you ll move deeper into the enchantment of the countryside when you travel amongst the woodlands to meet the squirrel, (you can t have a squirrel without a few chestnuts to stitch also), the badger, the owl (and baby owl), the mouse and baby, and the toadstool. After visiting with the wonderful creatures of the woodland area you ll find the creatures that inhabit the riverbank: the otter and his fish dinner, the swan, the duck and her baby duckling (finger puppet), and egg, the kingfisher along with bulrushes and cattails, and the dragonfly. Throughout the book you ll find tips along the sidebar that tell you a bit more about how to personalize and complete the projects with stunning results. Amy shares with readers a list of the basic tools needed to start the projects in her book, as well as how to felt wool, how to properly stuff and weight the bodies of the softies, how to add the features like the mouth, eyes, chest, and ears, wings, feet, and claws, whiskers and antennae. You ll also find instructions on the embroidery stitches used to add the special touches to each project. Add fun, whimsy and woodland delight to your decor. The little animals can be used to decorate a mantle, used around your Christmas tree this coming Holiday season, let them add a bit of fun to your windowsill, and so much more. Once you start creating these little animals you will find all sorts of fun ways to display them I am sure. So, take a visit to the countryside, it is a delightful journey that you are really bound to enjoy. The animals are all waiting for you. Review Source: Small Town Living"