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