Countryside Softies: 28 Handmade Wool Creatures to Stitch

Countryside Softies: 28 Handmade Wool Creatures to Stitch

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by Amy Adams
     
 

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A tweet, a grunt, a squeak, and a hoot!

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 personalized 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

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A tweet, a grunt, a squeak, and a hoot!

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 personalized 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.

• 28 unique fabric softies that can be sewn by hand or machine
• Learn how to personalize your creation with a variety of whimsical embellishments
• With these forgiving patterns, imperfect stitches make these cuties even cuter!
• Makes a delightful gift, but you'll want a few for yourself!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Got Scraps? Adams shows crafters whimsical ways to recycle odd scraps of cloth, or "upcycle" an outgrown sweater or dress into a beloved keepsake. Adam's plush animals and sculptures, or "softies," are charming additions to the field of handmade toys. Instructions for projects are organized by "habitat" such as Amongst the Woodlands and In the Hedgerow, and contain an entire world of critters and accessories ready to be created. In addition to patterns for foxes, otters, swans, and other woodland creatures, Adams includes dragonflies, butterflies, bumblebees, birds, and charming little props such as a carrot for the rabbits, chestnuts for the squirrels, and eggs for the ducks. Adams also gives instructions for making ornaments, a mobile, and finger puppets. Using different materials and following Adams's instructions-well written and with beginners in mind-will yield an infinite number of woodland creatures. Adams's humor and personality infuse both the text and the projects, which are marked with mushrooms indicating the level of intricacy; more mushrooms mean a more involved project. Though most of these softies could be made by hand, a sewing machine would be helpful. Illus.
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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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607052159
Publisher:
C & T Publishing
Publication date:
04/16/2011
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
871,971
Product dimensions:
7.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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