Super cute! Darling! How adorable is that?! Welcome to the world of Wee Wonderfuls. In this charming collection, acclaimed toymaker and popular blogger Hillary Lang presents a captivating gang of 24 huggable, lovable creatures to sew—from classics like Margot, a topsy-turvy doll, and the button-jointed teddy bear Bjorn Bjornson, to irresistible Evelyn, a wool felt inchworm decked out in mod glasses and a kerchief, and Koji, a fiercely cute spiked softie monster. There’s something for everyone here—from kids to grown-ups and from beginning sewers to advanced dollmakers. Each pattern includes clear illustrations and pattern templates to ensure perfect results.
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Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love
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- ABRAMS PUBLISHING-Stewart Tabori & Chang Books: Wee Wonderfuls
- Author: Hillary Lang
- Softcover 168 pages
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I can't remember the last time I had a craft book in which almost every project was something that went on my "must make" list. There is a nice mix of hand-sewn and machine-sewn dolls and toys. From a cute felt inchworm (complete with kerchief and glasses) to a ribbon-haired dolly, each project is clearly designed to enchant and delight.The only thing that could have made this book better is for it to have been ring-bound so that it would easily lie flat as you work. But that's a minor nit.
At first glance it may look like a few of the dolls get a little bit repetative. But in reality - each doll introduces you to a different technique. If you read this book end-to-end, you'll find that you can combine techniques from different toys to create your own unique dolls. I especially love the myriad of toy/doll hair ideas (yarn, felt, quilted, fun fur...buns, pony tails, pigtails etc).
There are plenty of toys for boys and girls (topsy turvy dolls with lovely go-out/stay-home dresses, corderoy dinosaur/monster with felt spikes, and even some spoon puppets!) and a nice variety of techniques.
The best thing - is that this IS a book that beginning sewists can use. There is a "how to" section at the back and Hillary emphasizes that little wonky bits don't matter on toys - they're still cute. The photography is bright and inspirational...but shows close enough detail for you to understand the construction. The pattern pieces at the end are well laid out and labeled, the instructions are clear with illustrations to help on more complicated areas. The how-to section is useful...and I like that the author provides commentary on why she takes the steps or goes in the order that she does for her creations.
I hope Wee Wonderfuls becomes part of your craft book collection!
24 Dolls just came today, so I haven't actually sewn any of the projects, but I have sewn her patterns before and they're usually well tested. I particularly appreciate this book because:
(1) The photography is excellent. Not only is it design-gorgeous, but each view of a project shows useful aspects that help the reader in recreating or appreciating the toy's details.
(2) The illustrated instructions are very clear. Extras like color-contrasted stitch lines and measurements will keep me from making first-timer mistakes.
(3) There is an excellent mix of projects. Gender, detail, fabric type, size, and play use are varied. I could recognize each as uniquely Hillary's, but they are different from each other and from her previously shared or published patterns.
(4) The extensive "Wee Wonderfuls Basics" section at the end covering materials, methods, and expert hints is worth the price of purchase itself. It's clear enough for beginners and thorough enough for toy-maker-aholics such as myself.
(5) Although the instructions themselves are direct, each is headed with Hillary's own trademark best-friend commentary.Read more ›
Update: As I delved into the book a little deeper, I came to agree with those who said the instructions were pathetic, even maddening. I've been a seamstress for over 20 years and have sewn anything from children's clothing and doll clothing to dolls and stuffed animals, so I can make the patterns work for me, but why should I have to? People buy these kinds of books to save themselves from having to make their own patterns. Over the years, I have found that most of the time, I have to remake the patterns I buy, and this book is no exception. I've finally stopped using other people's patterns and started making my own from scratch. It's much less frustrating!
While the front cover shows only dolls, a good half of the patterns are not dolls (bears, elephant backpack, trolly car, giraffe, etc.) so you won't end up with a pile of dolls at the end of the book, if you choose to make them all.
As with any good sewing book, there is a short section of basics which breaks down the process by explaining the sewing terms and showing illustrations of common stitches used in the patterns. It is a quick reference, and includes many 'specific to doll/stuffed animal' tips. Illustrations show steps well and directions are straightforward and concise.
I own many sewing books, but this one in particular will get good use due to the diversity of projects.
2012 additional information:
While this book would be a great option for a beginner, I would recommend a newer book, Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects from Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More for more complex projects. It has a great section on embroidering faces & yarn hair methodology.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this book today and I absolutely love this doll book. I checked it out from the library before I bought it on amazon. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Happy Mom
I LOVE Hillary Lang's dolls. I have made about a dozen or so for little girls I know and so far, they love them. Read morePublished 2 months ago by mrszee
This book is precious. I love craft books; I have a shelf full of them. This one caught my eye because of the beautiful photography. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jenny
Sent this to my sisters son who is 13 and loves making dolls. He opened it right away, and made this doll. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shane T
I have made several of these dolls and have combined some of the patterns to make my own creations. I love this book!Published 14 months ago by A. L.
Into dolls? Then you cannot go wrong with this book. It comes complete with easy to use patternsPublished 16 months ago by Kindle Customer