Synopses & Reviews
It's always better when you sew together! The art of sewing should be shared, and these delightful child-centered projects are made for parents to do with their kids aged 6 to 12and#8212;or for tweens to try alone after they've learned the basics. From simple nesting dolls and a cute plush fox friend to a drawstring game board, pennants, pillows, patchwork throws, scarves, and stuffed animal sleeping bags, there's something fun for everyone.and#160;Contributors include: Mollie Johanson, Heather Jones, Cal Patch, Mary Rasch, Aimee Ray, Cynthia Shaffer, and others.
“This book is awesome! I love how simple the directions are, the photos are great and I LOVE seeing some photos of the artists...Go get this book. Now.” --Schmancy Toys
"You don't have to be a child to enjoy this fine collection of doll-making inspiration and information, featuring ten dollmakers showcasing their creations. The best thing about this collection is the diversity of doll styles represented, including Denise Ferragamo's colorful matryoshkas, Jenn Docherty's whimsically embellished needlefelted animals, Nichol Brinkman's personality-filled and#8220;pillow monsterand#8221; dolls, and Sasha Pokrass's fully jointed, Steif-esque handmade teddy bears. Serious sewing skills are needed to make most of these projects, but most of the doll makers have online shops (and links are included). VERDICT: The collection celebrates the diversity and artistry of contemporary doll making. The creations are inspiring, and crafters of all ages will enjoy customizing their own versions of the dolls." and#8212;Library Journal
and#160;and#8220;This book is awesome! I love how simple the directions are, the photos are great and I LOVE seeing some photos of the artists...Go get this book. Now.and#8221; and#8212;Schmancy Toys
Making super-cute stitched dolls is a beloved tradition, and today it's more popular than ever! Here are some of the freshest new designs from 10 of the world's leading dollmakers. Along with the book's 23 projects--which feature full-size templates and include trendy plush creatures as well as sweet-faced human and animal forms--are profiles of the artists, including colorful pictures of their studios and explanations of their signature techniques. The international roster represents nations from the US and Mexico to Germany, Portugal, and Russia.and#160;
Washiand#8212;the colorful, patterned, and often translucent paper tape that comes on a rolland#8212;has become a huge hit with crafters of all kinds. Join the growing trend and get creative with this stunning collection of more than 50 projects. Jenny Doh, craft author extraordinaire, presents clever ideas for customizing everything from packages to home dand#233;cor items, and creating quick, charming gifts.
Techniques AND projects for one of the most popular tools in the sewer's arsenal: Serge It! not only shows stitchers how to use this handy and extremely popularand#160;machine, it also gives them marvelous things to make with it. Twenty-four fresh, modern, and creative projects range from a sweet ruffle purse to cute puppets to fun fruit-themed trivets, all illustrated with ample how-to photos showing each step. Along with an informative basics section, this guide provides plenty of creative ideas to revitalize your approach to serging.and#160;
No one can resist a stitched softie! From a pig clad in a superhero costume to a catnapping kitty hugging a tiny toy owl, these 16 plush creatures really are andquot;sew sweet.andquot; Crafters will love them all, including a Fairy Mouse with sequined wings and a wand; a Baker Squirrel in her chefand#39;s outfit; and a Polar Princess Polar Bear. Each one comes with personalized accessories and a short introductory story.
About the Author
Cynthia Shaffer is a quilter and creative sewer who earned a degree in textiles from California State University, Long Beach. She was the president and designer of a company that specialized in the design and manufacture of sportswear, and her work has appeared in numerous mixed-media, quilting, and paper craft books and magazines. Cynthia's books include Stash Happy: Appliquand#233;
and Stash Happy: Patchwork
(both Lark). Cynthia lives with her husband Scott, two sons, and beloved Boston terriers in Orange, CA. For more information, visit her online at cynthiaschaffer.com or cynthiaschaffer.typepad.com.
Jenny Doh is the president and founder of crescendoh.com, an online creative community with traffic of over 733,000 views. A former Editor-in-Chief of Somerset magazine, she serves regularly as keynote speaker across the nation. For her leadership in publishing and the art and crafting community, Jenny was recognized by Folio as one of the magazine industry's top 40 leaders, influencers, and innovators. Jenny is the author of several books, including Hand in Hand and We Make Dolls (both Lark). She lives in Santa Ana, CA.