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Wee Wonderfuls: 24 Dolls to Sew and Love Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 1, 2010
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Hillary Lang is the creator of the blog Wee Wonderfuls (weewonderfuls.typepad.com) as well as the online shop through which she sells doll and embroidery patterns. She has contributed to numerous books, including Last-Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts (STC Craft) and Softies. Her work has been featured in the magazines BUST and Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion, and on the websites Daily Candy Chicago and Craftzine.
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One of my favorite parts is the huge variety of hair types on the dolls - fun fur, ribbon, felt, and several different yarn applications. I feel like this is a treasure trove of techniques that I can mix and match to get exactly the doll I want.
A couple notes as to why I docked a star for a book I really do like:
* You have to read the directions very carefully. Some pieces are cut out then sew; many others are sew first and then cut around. I had a nightmare with the Doxie Dog until I read the directions more clearly - that project you must sew first. I'm guessing it's because of the tiny size.
* Pattern pieces are full size (yay) but layered on top of each other (not so yay). Sometimes it is hard to see which line you are meant to be tracing.
* The bottom of my koji didn't match up at all. It could be user error or a pattern error - I'm not sure but it was WAY too small. I was able to adjust on the fly by gathering the back onto the bottom as I sewed. This part is hand sewn anyway so adjusting is simple but I didn't get any indication from the directions that it would be this way.
This book has joined my other favorites in my frequently grabbed pile (including Mollie Johnson's Stitch Love and Liesl Gibson's Little Things to Sew). It's definitely worth buying if you're into stuffed friends or handmade gifts.
The pictures are large and full color, the directions easy to understand and laid out in simple steps.
Both machine and hand sewing (mainly faces) are used and everything from felt, fabric and trims for making these up. The amount of fabric needed can vary from scraps to 1/4 yd for most pieces so you may have enough on hand to start a couple projects if your a fabric junky like myself :) (My girls loved going through my fabric scraps to pick out the dress for their sleepover doll.)
One thing I really like is how the author uses a variety of hair ideas - fleece, felt, yarn, fabric and even grosgain ribbon.
Completely recommend for both new sewers who can try the simpler items, to experienced sewers for the sheer beauty of the finished product. I don't care how good you are, if the finished product is lovely ,it doesn't matter that the techniques are simple (I hate reviews that complain if it's not hard enough rather than simply informing us it's simple and might be boring to those more experienced sewers, of which I am not) and so far I've found these to be, even as a first time toy seamstress :)