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Stray Sock Sewing: Making One of a Kind Creatures from Socks Paperback – Bargain Price, October 13, 2008
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What is included in this book is a very cute and very well presented 62 page gallery of 22 of the author's sock creations, all photographed in full colour and in adorable poses. This is followed by a general section on the sewing stitches and techniques necessary to make sock dolls (making this book appropriate for beginners) and then instructions on how to make 8 different sock creatures, most of which were not included in the gallery at the front of the book.
The instructions given in this book are actually very good. They are clear and each step is accompanied by a colour photograph that shows exactly what is required there. If such instructions were given for each toy presented in this book, then I would probably have given this book either 4 or 5 stars. The only misgiving I have about these instructions are that they frequently depend on the use of a particular style of sock which I suspect might either be difficult to obtain, or expensive if you can find it. Nevertheless, because instructions are not given for all of the toys, I couldn't help but feeling ripped off by this book and as a result, my rating of this book went down accordingly.
Part One has 75 pages of photos of Daniel's sock dolls in humorous poses indoors and outdoors. I'd describe these dolls as happy, cheerful, bright and sweet. They look new, bright, clean, and tight (versus grungy, scrappy, messy or slouchy). Nearly all are creative interpretations of real animals that exist in real life, some are hybrid combinations of two animals, and a small number are figments of his imagination . Only one is a silly monster (reminding me of the STUPID SOCK CREATURES book and creations of John Murphy). Daniel uses colorful socks including socks with patterns or socks with printed graphics on them such as socks for girls with butterflies or flowers on them. Daniel also uses striped socks and incorporates brand names or numbers on the creatures. When the socks are plain, Daniel adds texture and visuals with hand embroidery. Interesting buttons are used for eyes and other body parts or accents.
Part Two has 15 pages of how to directions with many photographs showing each step in the process. The writing is well done, the photos are useful and there are many tips that Daniel has learned through trial and error and finding what works best.
Part Three is 60 pages of step by step instructions in text and photographs for eight projects.Read more ›
I find the book well written and layed out. The author has divided the book into three sections:
1 All about sock dolls. A menangerie of fun pictures of Daniel's sock doll creatures. It's definately eye candy for the creative person.
2 The Basics of making sock dolls. This section includes some how-to sewing techniques.
3 Projects step-by-step.
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great book explanations with lots of pictures, very clear instructions not a lot of fussy or expensive materials needed to get happy results. Read morePublished 3 months ago by john
Fast delivery,good product, just what I needed! love, love, love this book
best book ever!!!!!!
Mostly pictures. I was disappointed with the projects. Another book by this author has projects which I liked a lot better. I just purchased the wrong one. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Nancy Pie
some socks feature in the book has no instructions for themPublished on August 25, 2014 by Erica Tay