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Countryside Softies: 28 Handmade Wool Creatures to Stitch Paperback – April 16, 2011

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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

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
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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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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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I wanted something to inspire my crafty 11-year-old (who likes making little hand-friends out of quilt-scraps) and this book did the trick. I, myself, like Japanese quilt books because they always feature a couple of little projects like this to use up the scraps, so it was a delight to find an entire book devoted to them. I had a wool skirt to repurpose for critter-fur, but we also used stretch-velour remnants and fleece-scraps successfully as well.
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I made two foxes and a rabbit using this guide. Easy. These critters are adorable! Straightforward and simple and if I can make cute critters using this book, so can you. Give it a go! I even adapted a fox to be a door draft stopper with a ver-r-r-y long tail... Everyone loves it! Be adored by your grand chirrens ~ they'll love these sweeties!
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I think 5 stars is not enough for this one. I have already made 2 of the cute little critters and found them so easy to make. I am working on a whole forest of animals for a table top display. Good instruction and great for using up old sweaters, suit coats and more. I would recommend this one for the crafter who has to keep her hands busy in front of the TV as there is quite a bit of hand work, which I love. Thank you Amy Adams.
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