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aThis bookas charming, straightforward photography and instructions make it easy to whip up a mismatched menagerie in a single afternoon. Watch your back, sock monkey.a
a"ReadyMade"
aA menagerie of whimsical characters easily crafted, sewn, and stuffed into new life.a
a"Associated Press"

?This book's charming, straightforward photography and instructions make it easy to whip up a mismatched menagerie in a single afternoon. Watch your back, sock monkey.?
?"ReadyMade"

?A menagerie of whimsical characters easily crafted, sewn, and stuffed into new life.?
?"Associated Press"

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Miyako Kanamori is a crafter and an author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: HP Books; Original edition (October 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557885397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557885395
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,349 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I ordered this book after seeing the publisher on Martha Stewart's show where they demonstrated one of the little animals and I thought these would be something my little granddaughter would like as she is beginning to talk and say animal names. Before my book arrived I began stocking up on the one size fits all gloves that you can usually purchase for about $1 a pair. I made one little animal each night while sitting in front of the TV and they were very easy and turned out so cute. Unfortunately I had to get them packed up and shipping out before I remembered to take pictures of them.
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.
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Miyako Kanamori is an artist with socks and gloves. Her books are also works of how-to book art, perfectly crafted. Happy Gloves is a little more complex than her first, Sock and Glove, but well worth the extra effort.
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.
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The book shows you how to make all different kinds of animals and a few random things: a little girl, lion, tiger, polar bear, elephant, donkey, penguin, duck, frog, teapot and tea cup, bunny, donut, banana, sunflower, muffin, slice of bread, and a car. Most animals take two gloves to make except for the frog, duck, and squirrel.

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.
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This book has such cute pattern ideas. And who would have thought you could do So much with a pair of gloves? This author is a genius! Everyone that I have made these for simply loves them and cannot believe they were made with a pair of gloves. The instructions are easy to follow, and all you reall need are simple sewing skills, and your imagination.
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I could not resist purchasing this adorable book. I love that they found such charming ways to repurpose gloves. We always have a surplus of winter gloves and mittens and I can't wait to try to make some of these fun creatures!
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By Zoo on July 25, 2009
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I loved both the books by this author. I made several for christmas gifts and raffle items for a pet rat club. I just modified the design to make them mice. (-; They really helped me channel my creativity and I just went on from there.
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I have been making glove animals for a few years now, and I love it. They are simple and cute, and this book really helped me come up with some new ideas!
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Ordered this for my mom for an art project, came fast and in perfect condition. Cute book, reccomended.
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