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Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves Paperback – Bargain Price, October 7, 2008
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A menagerie of whimsical characters easily crafted, sewn, and stuffed into new life.
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If you have basic sewing skills it should be no problem making these little guys. I do suggest sewing up your seams before cutting and I used 3 strands of 6 six strand embroidery floss for all stitching. If you are giving these to a small child I would not use buttons and just use stitching for eyes and noses.
The books have a picture book story format, the characters are the dolls you can make.
Slight text, sweet expressions in clear photographs, and plenty of diagrams, either with dotted lines and cutout instructions, or sequential photographs to help the inexperienced maker. I particularly liked how the idea of the book is to create a doll between a parent and child, as an activity. How wonderful for a child to see a doll materialize out of a humble pair of gloves. And maybe a friend or two. Kanamori supplies examples of kinds of faces to simply embroider, so the look is right.
Most of the animals are very easy and cheap to make. The directions are straight forward. Once you learn how to make one, you can pretty much make them all since the patterns are very similiar. The only thing I had difficulty with was making the animals with the yarn hair, but I think I just need practice. Another nice thing is much of the sewing can be done by machine, which makes creating these glove critters super fast!
The only problem I had with the book was the lack of variety with the patterns. I would've liked to see more one glove patterns. I also think there are many patterns in the book that could be used to make other critters, but the author doesn't ever go into that. For example, the squirrel pattern could easily be turned into a skunk- just make it out of black gloves and put a piece of white felt on the tail and on the belly. I also think the pattern with the girl could also be turned into a monkey (remove the dress and add a tail). The donkey could also be turned into a horse or a unicorn.
It is a really charming book, and I highly recommend it to people of all ages.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for teaching 1st graders how to create sock creatures based on her patterns. The kids loved creating them and reading the book! It was a fun lesson!Published 6 months ago by Bianca
I could not resist purchasing this adorable book. I love that they found such charming ways to repurpose gloves. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Hello Happy
This was a gift for my daughter, so she can make even more wonderful stuffed animals for her grandchildren (my great-grandchildren)!Published 23 months ago by Texas Royce
The book is adorable but not of the directions are clear. I also was hoping for more patterns. I made the squirrel and it turned out fine.Published on August 29, 2013 by chipmunk53
an interesting way to use gloves; gifts for children and for children charities. Illustrations are clear and directions easy.It is a keeperPublished on February 3, 2013 by Patricia A. Graefe
I am a huge crafter & saw the picture of this cover pattern on Pinterest, so imagine my surprise when I found the WHOLE BOOK here!!! Love it!!Published on January 29, 2013 by GailJ
Easy to follow instructions. Very fun book to read! This is a very nice sequel to the sock and glove book.Published on January 20, 2013 by jz