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Beasties: How to Make 22 Mischievous Monsters That Go Bump in the Night Paperback – August 3, 2010

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Cyclops and witches and zombies-oh my!

Welcome to the wondrous world of Beasties, where mythic and imaginary creatures come alive using simple materials, such as scrap fabric and thread. From Werewolves to Yetis to unidentifiable yet adorable beasts, these projects allow crafters to push the limits of their imaginations to sew a menagerie of whimsical beings.


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Learn how to make your own Yeti

The Yeti is the legendary guardian of the Himalayas



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"...a fantastic job of presenting an array of wonderful creatures to create," proclaimed BookLegion. According to the reviewers, the monsters created based on the book "make great personalized gifts for others." --TD Monthly

Jocelynn Brown of the Detroit News Handmade Crafts Blog loved that the book encouraged the resourceful use of fabric scraps, since the "more woven and textured scraps of fabric, the more interesting your creatures will look." --TD Monthly

Erik Henrickson loved the irreverent designs of the monsters, from the "soft and fluffy" Tomte to a "patriotic Werewolf" complete with "red, white and blue fur." --TD MOnthly
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Perigee Trade; 2 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399535977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399535970
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,019,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Congratulations on a beautifully written and well laid out book by a talented author/artist. When I opened this book I thought I was only going to see a "how to" book on how to make soft sculptures but instead experienced a well written, clever text that not only told the funny "scary" stories about the Beasties as well as clearly written instructions on how to create these whimsical creatures. Each Beastie is presented in its own "natural" habitat. These scenerios are presented with a variety of textures and colors. The book is full of suggestions and ideas on how to create your own creature and not only enjoy your finished product but the creative process. I think this is a book that can be enjoyed at many levels: from the point of view of storytelling, creativity, imagination and esthetics. Not only that! It made me smile!
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This wonderful and instructive book teaches you how to make your own stuffed animal monsters! I was really impressed that it had skill levels for kids and adults of all ages. I personally am in my 30's and I have used this book to make gifts for friends and relatives. This book is perfect for anyone who loves monsters and arts and crafts!
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Picked up this book while browsing a book store in Brooklyn for fun, cutesy craft books. Figured as the weather got colder, it would be a fun project hobbie to take on, plus as my friends have been starting to have kids, it would be cool to maybe start creating fun gifts...or just decorating my own house (while keeping the 'creatures' away from my 2 kittie cats!). I've seen these types handmade monsters at many craft shows, but they always seem to cost ridiculous amounts, why not try to make some myself. Anyways, book was very comprehensive, easy to follow and each "Beastie" had a cute story, myth background to it. Also, the creatures are very customizable, you can definitely take liberties here and there with the final product and how it comes out appearance-wise. So far I made 2 of them, Cyclops and Nessie, both were fairly easy to make and the materials were very accessible (have a Michaels near me, which helps!). Overall, a great craft book with cute, unique creatures, or "Beasties" in them. Definitely recommended as projects for adults or maybe older children (12-17).
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So many craft books out there have fun projects, however this book combines cool projects with mythology creating a synthesis of fun projects with pathos. Each of the projects have been research for their back story. And though it seems most of these creatures have actual cultural basis in the world of mythology, the author has added her own creative twists and flourishes to the genesis of each project. Some projects are harder than other but they are all worth while. My particular favorites are the Yeti and the Fish-headed-alien. The first is an original take on a common myth. The second is a completely original hybrid of myth and the common place.
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I picked up this book and was happily surprised! Tons of stuffed animal ideas with templates, easy to find material suggestions, wild settings and stories that make the characters come to life. Ideas are well done and at the same time fun and reasonable for children to make. The complex settings that the stuffed animals are shown in (their 'natural environments') really make the creature 'real' and were fun for my kids to make. After constructing their monsters they had story time for hours, and were proud of their creations. I also saw the author's web page.. ([...]) which has additional templates and ideas on her blog. Love the holiday themed suggestions! Cannot wait for the next installment, Puppet Play (have already pre-ordered) So glad I found this book and would recommend to other parents! A absolutely adorable book.
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