The lovely Juno Magazine and Saffia Farr have reviewed two of our titles in their current issue (38): lucky us!
Making Peg Dolls & More by Margaret Bloom
This is an attractive hardback book full of beautiful designs for peg dolls. It’s a follow-up to Making Peg Dolls, and the idea is to “bring peg dolls off the shelf and out of the doll house to spin, fly and travel about in the larger world”. There are three grades of difficulty, with plenty for beginners, and information about tools, techniques and stitches to help you get started. The instructions are easy to follow and supported by illustrations, and the patterns are clear. Ideas include a wall hanging, cake toppers, necklaces and a fairy-garden pincushion. Buy the book here…
Findus, Food and Fun by Sven Nordqvist, Eva-Lena Larsson and Kennert Danielsson
This is a very busy book, introduced by Findus the cat. For each month of the year, you can see “what Findus made”, with craft ideas, recipes and things to create from what you find around you – such as what to do with your Christmas tree in January. There are gardening suggestions, with helpful information and segments of story introducing the activities, and lots of Sven Nordqvist’s distinctive illustrations. If you are a Findus and Pettson fan you will love this book and will find lots to try throughout the year.
Here is an extract from a review of Making Peg Dolls & More, which appeared on Zoe Toft’s delightful blog, Playing by the Book.
Making Peg Dolls & More by Margaret Bloom – A Very Satisfying Craft Book for Families
Like many families, now we’re in the run up to Christmas, we’re spending time getting crafty together, making presents and decorations, and this book has given us hours of delight. Full of ideas about how to customise wooden peg dolls into adorable characters, Bloom also provides lots of tutorials for how to use your peg dolls in innovative ways, such as in mobiles, wands, wall hangings and pincushion embellishments.
Super clear and friendly instructions, made beautiful and even easier to follow by the inclusion of simple but beautiful watercolour illustrations along with many photos of all sorts of children making and playing with peg dolls made sure this book really appealed to my kids as soon as they set eyes on it.
That the instructions are easy to follow and result in items which the kids are really proud of was clearly demonstrated by the way my 9 year old, M, took the book off by herself and created her first ever felt toys:
Although M was totally absorbed by herself in her sewing, as a parent I especially enjoyed Bloom’s emphasis in her instructions on how the whole family can take part in making their own peg dolls; she clearly indicates which parts even the youngest children can get involved with, and encourages us grown-ups to be involved, but also to let our kids do their own things with the dolls. This book isn’t about parents turning out coffee-table-book-worthy gorgeous ornaments (although we’re definitely encouraged to play, sew and create along side the kids); it really is about facilitating children’s exploratory play and creativity.
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