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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: C&T Publishing (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607052156
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607052159
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,053 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review

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

About the Author

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

More About the Author

It was a visit to an exhibition of historical embroidery which began to evoke the notion of a career in textiles. After studying for a degree in weaving and embroidery at De Montford University in the UK, Amy began what was to become 12 years as a professional in-house Designer, and subsequently Design Manager, creating counted cross stitch, tapestry and embroidery kits for a major UK craft kit manufacturer. As the product range diversified, Amy began to engage in designing kits encompassing paper crafts, patchwork, soft toys and rag dolls. It was the transition of fabrics and embroidery from 2D to 3D which captured her imagination the most, and after a family relocation, an opportunity arose to begin following this new path.

'Lucykate Crafts...', Amy's business name, began as a channel for new ideas and has grown into a busy and resourceful blog amongst the online crafting community.

Amy's Softie designs are showcased here in addition to features in many crafting magazines and books both in the UK and USA. Amy lives in a small village within the county of Rutland, United Kingdom, with her portrait painter husband and their 2 children.

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This book has easy to follow patterns.
nanabarb
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to make some precious stuffed animals!
JRhea
Inspiration book , has many designs and ideas to develop .
Tullily

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JRhea on April 12, 2011
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I got my copy a week ago, and after initially being in awe of how cute all the stuffed animals were, I started sewing! The instructions are thorough and easy to understand, with many different levels of instructions built in. I love the emphasis on re-using old clothes. So far I've made the Owl and Baby Owl, each took about and hour to an hour and a half, and I'm working on the swan now. They are darling, I'm amazed that they look just as good as the ones in the book, despite just using various scraps that I had from other projects. Tracing the patterns out of the book is great, because I will never lose the originals and can change up sizes as I need by copying larger or smaller. I can't emphasize enough how beautiful these softies are! Amy Adams really focuses on how there is no best or perfect way to sew a softy and that every stitch, no matter how crooked, gives the creature a uniqueness and shows the love that went into its creation.
I would highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to make some precious stuffed animals!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By KWC on April 22, 2011
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This is a lovely book with clear instructions and clever and cute designs! The hedgehogs, dragonflies and the swan are my favourites. I also like the ecological aspect, all animals are made of felted wool/old sweaters. I love the layout, it feels like a walk in fresh air in the woods. Your eyes can really rest on the pages, a big + for that, I am not friend of cluttered pages in craft books!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By pip lincolne on March 25, 2011
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Super cute book by a super cute lady. Easy to follow instructions, lovely images and ADORABLE softies in Amy's signature style. Highly recommended! Thank you for such an adorable book Amy!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt on June 9, 2011
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This book really will appeal to your soft side with adorable handmade creatures to make and love. There's all you need to know about sewing, making felt and fabric to make a softie. The instructions are very good and the photography is great too. The templates are easy to use. I really like the designs and there is plenty of choice. I love the owls and the dragonfly is superb - hang these from the ceiling. The patterns are graded for ease of use and so this book is useful for all stitchers. I think adults might want to keep one or two of these as well - they are not just for the children. The mix of wool and cotton fabric is good and you can use recycled fabrics. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By nanabarb on May 15, 2011
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This book has easy to follow patterns. The creatures are all so cute and would make a wonderful woodland tableau. Get your scrap box out and have some fun!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Nebel on January 18, 2013
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This is a very cute book of woodland type critters. The designs call for old wool sweaters so I picked some up at the thrift store, and felt.
All designs are able to be sewn by hand and/or sewing machine.
Each design could easily be made your own depending on the fabric you use.
All designs come with color picture examples and templates.
Supplies are all things most people would have in their normal craft kits.
I think this would be a great book for kids as well, assuming parents would help with sewing and pattern cutting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By stephanie reynolds on August 21, 2011
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Really cute animals. good directions fun and easy to make. I've made several bees and a dragonfly so far. More to come!!!
i would recommend it to anyone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mull on June 11, 2011
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lovely book. very well presented. and to my surprise more than one really cute animal pattern inside, in fact all patterns are cute. easy to follow. they have a well-loved look about them when they are newly made, in a good way. my children completely adore them. ages ranging from 9 months to 9 years.
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