Steampunk Softies: Scientifically-Minded Dolls from a Past That Never Was

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A wonderful combination of Victorian aesthetic and modern crafting, these eight adorable stuffed creations make perfect gifts or accessories for the thousands of dedicated steampunk fans.

Sarah Skeate and Nicola Tedman offer crafters an array of charmingly raffish characters inside Steampunk Softies: 8 Scientifically Minded Dolls From a Past That Never Was. Even if you're unfamiliar with the term "steampunk," chances are you've already discovered it through the works of Jules ...

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Overview

A wonderful combination of Victorian aesthetic and modern crafting, these eight adorable stuffed creations make perfect gifts or accessories for the thousands of dedicated steampunk fans.

Sarah Skeate and Nicola Tedman offer crafters an array of charmingly raffish characters inside Steampunk Softies: 8 Scientifically Minded Dolls From a Past That Never Was. Even if you're unfamiliar with the term "steampunk," chances are you've already discovered it through the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Tim Burton, Mary Shelley, or Lemony Snicket. Steampunk is an artistic movement that includes stories involving steam-powered versions of modern technology in a fictionalized Victorian setting.

Staying true to steampunk style, Skeate and Tedman's inventive Steampunk Softies feature prominent science fiction and fantasy elements, as well as anachronistic inventions and props. In addition, many have dual roles that add practicality to their punk existence—the Lady makes an excellent paperweight, while the Illusionist's cloak doubles as a screen cleaner. 

Despite their meticulous detailing, Steampunk Softies are simple enough for even a sewing novice to construct. A short biography accompanies each softie, providing a background story for each character. Also included are a complete list of supplies, illustrated step-by-step blueprints, and a handy, back-of-the-book reference section that provides tips on aging and distressing project materials.

Venture full steam ahead into your next crafting project with Steampunk Softies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449406004
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/21/2011
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 1,401,396
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.28 (d)

Meet the Author

Sarah Skeate, is an illustrator with a steampunk fetish who just happens to work in publishing.

Nicola Tedman is a model maker for theater and television.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

    Crochet cuties

    Well written directions and cute ideas. Funny story with each character.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Book

    I never read this book so tell me if this is a good book so ma be if you guys tell me if this book is good I will total read it. Maybe I will not like and maybe I will.

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  • Posted July 5, 2011

    Adorable steampunk characters!

    Do you know about Steampunk? Steampunk is an elaborate arts and crafts movement creating art based on the never world of Victorian times powered by steam but with our technology. It typically incorporates elements like gears and clockwork, tophats and waist coats, goggles and gas masks, and locomotives and airships. Some authors whose writings are associated with Steampunk are Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and Lemony Snicket with his Series of Unfortunate Events series. Steampunk Softies presents plushies that tap into the steampunk zeitgeist. Steampunk Softies has pages which look "aged" and the plushies are set up in interesting settings that assist in providing the reader with the appropriate feel for each one. The authors give you the know-how to craft your very own little characters, each with a fascinating story of their very own. There are helpful tips on assembling, along with advice on how to do things like age the fabric to give the authentic steampunk look. Every softie has complete instructions with an illustration for each step. Steampunk Softies starts with the simplest softies and moves towards the more complex and detailed ones. My children were quite taken with Minerva Dupine whose magnifying glass monacle is the perfect accessory for her profession as a detective. It helps her to find stolen items, from "husbands to jewelry". Geronimo Bore boasts a drill arm that he uses to "prospect" all kinds of rocks and metals. Fathomless Tilt wears an "oversized diver's helmet" from which his sweet little face peers out of. There are eight interesting characters altogether in Steampunk Softies, a delightful book for fans of the movement, as well as people who love to make soft toys!

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