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The Boy Mechanic: 200 Classic Things to Build
Popular Mechanics
1588165094
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
It’s vintage boyhood and a miscellany of marvelous ideas: from kites and toboggans to workbenches and birdhouses, this collection of projects from Popular Mechanics’ issues of long ago captures all the appeal of American ingenuity at the start of the last century. 
 
With the rawest of materials, a minimum of technology, and a maximum of ingenuity, men and boys in the early 1900s dedicated themselves to crafting wonderful items, both practical and fanciful. It was a highly valued skill that revealed the measure of a man, and Popular Mechanics honored it and led the way in instructing these handy creators. Take a look back at those simpler, good old days—and at what we may have lost in our high-tech era—through these engaging projects, all published in the...


How to Make Origami Airplanes That Fly
Gery Hsu
0486273520
Nov 1992
Paperback
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Book Description
Clearly written, carefully illustrated how-to book shows origamists how to create 12 different models that actually fly: space shuttle, futuristic shuttle, flying wing, delta-wing jet, fighter plane, interceptor, double tail fighter, dart plane, fighter plane with engines, futuristic fighter and two different jets. Step-by-step directions and diagrams. Expert hints, solutions to common problems.


Build Your Own Inexpensive Dollhouse

0486234932


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Book Description
Anyone can build a dollhouse using just six basic tools (folding rule, square, saber saw, rasp, sander, and hammer) plus a single sheet of plywood. Easy-to-follow instructioins and tips, plus over 40 diagrams and photographs.


Stupid Sock Creatures: Making Quirky, Lovable Figures from Cast-off Socks
John Murphy
1579906109
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
John Murphy's sock creations have been featured in such publications as the Washington Post and Readymade magazine. Crafters with a sense of humor, a taste for the weird, wacky, and way-out, and a hunger for the outrageous will find themselves captured by this wildly creative menagerie of sock monsters.

Possessed of irresistible charm, these creatures offer all the inspiration anyone needs to transform cast-off socks into wickedly funny toys. There's Claude with his perplexed expression and tiny tail that stands at full attention. Jordan's always on the prowl; he's got three eyes, so nothing escapes him. And there's something really odd about Estelle. Maybe it's her silly conical head balanced precariously on four tiny feet--or perhaps it's just that she's always sticking out her bright red tongue. Great...


Creative Cloth Doll Faces
Patti Medaris Culea
159253144X
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The face is the most important feature of a doll—it is also the most challenging. So it is surprising that there is so little instruction available on creating doll faces. This book fills that void. Author Patti Medaris Culea began her career in art as a portrait painter and she puts that experience to work when creating her doll faces. In this book, she shows readers a simple technique for easily creating faces using her step-by-step approach. She gives her tips for how to divide the face into quadrants, graft features together, and much more. Every aspect of doll making is covered—from the basics to detailed techniques for making the various faces to instructions for putting a pattern together. Readers will learn how to use watercolor pencils, acrylics, and fabric paints, as well as learn techniques for...


Creative Cloth Doll Making
Patti Medaris Culea
1564969428
Mar 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Though doll making is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression, contemporary artists continue to expand the boundaries of this craft by creating exciting new work that incorporates all types of media. In this book, artists from around the world release their creative forces with glorious abandon as they take three simple doll patterns and turn them into one-of-a-kind works of art featuring hand-dyed fabrics, beads, stamping, colored pencils, and much more. Internationally known cloth doll artist and teacher Patti Medaris Culea brings together a collection of projects ranging from simple and elegant designs by emerging artists to elaborate dolls from premiere doll designers. These artists offer easy to follow instructions, tips and special insights, along with creative variations for each of the projects. *...


Stellaluna Doll
Janell Cannon
0152002863
November 1994
Other Format
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Book Review
What if you were a baby bat, and one fateful day you slipped from your mother's grasp and fell smack-dab into a bird's nest? This happens to little Stellaluna, and her world is literally turned upside down. This adorable, 5-inch-tall, high-quality plush bat, based on Janell Cannon's award-winning Stellaluna, can hang upside down off of your finger if you Velcro her feet together. You can also make her flap around freely with her exquisitely crafted wings that boast a 14-inch wingspan. If she's tired after a long day of playing, she can even fold her wings around herself! (Velcro dots keep the wings closed.) Big, brown, soulful eyes and tiny, white, behind-the-ear tufts make this little Stellaluna completely irresistible. (All ages)

Book Description
Stellaluna flies off the page and...


The Pop-Up Book
Paul Jackson
0805028846
Apr 1994
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Pop-ups are three-dimensional cut-and-folded paper constructions that are widely used for children's books and greeting cards. They have a magical appeal as they mysteriously fold and unfold. Expanding on pop-up material covered in his earlier The Encyclopedia of Origami & Papercraft (LJ 3/1/92), Jackson offers an instructional guide leading the craftsperson through an introductory section of basics to sections covering techniques and original design. The step-by-step projects are exercises in technique only, with complex constructions shown as examples. Like the author's previous books, this one is notable for its clear instructions and bright, colorful illustrations. For users of all ages; highly recommended for public libraries.Constance Ashmore Fairchild, Univ. of Illinois Lib., Urbana-ChampaignCopyright...


Three-Dimensional Victorian Doll House
Designed by Willabel L. Tong
1581170297
February 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Three-Dimensional Victorian Doll House is a beautifully illustrated carousel doll house with two stories and eight rooms. When you tie back the ribbons, the house stands on its own, revealing great decorative details and authentic-looking-pop-up period furniture - and press-out play dolls and accessories!

From the Publisher
A Three-Dimensional Victorian Doll House is one of our best-sellers and sure to please little girls from 3 to 10! This is a 4 section hardcover carousel playset with pop-ups, press-out pieces and a ribbon closure.


Foxfire Book of Appalachian Toys and Games
Linda Garland Page
080784425X
Nov 1993
Paperback
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Creative Cloth Doll Courture: New Approaches to Making Beautiful Clothing and Accessories
Patti Medaris Culea
1592532179
May 2006
Paperback
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About the Author
Patti Medaris Culea has a full line of cloth doll patterns and her work has appeared in books, magazines, and galleries. She is the author of Creative Cloth Doll Making (2003) and Creative Cloth Doll Faces (2005). She resides in San Diego, California


New Language of Toys: Teaching Communication Skills to Children with Special Needs - a Guide for Parents and Teachers
Sue Schwartz
1890627488
May 2004
Paperback
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ADVANCE for Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
The New Language of Toys is a great tool for collaboration between parents and professionals.

Newsline (Federation for Children with Special Needs), Winter 2005 Newsline, Winter 2005
Federation for Children with Special Needs

I highly recommend this book for parents and professionals. It's wonderful when you find a resource such as this...

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Getting Started with Lego Trains
Jacob H. McKee
1593270062
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Slashdot, March 2004
"I recommend [this book] to anyone who is interested in designing and building their own Lego train locomotives and carriages."

About.com, April 2004
"Brilliant in its simplicity. . . and it is brilliant in its color and illustrations."

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Finishing the Figure: Doll Costuming, Embellishments, Accessories
Susanna Oroyan
1571201211
February 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
These are guides for costumers of collector's dolls rather than children's toys. Sewing teacher and author Hinds gives instructions and patterns for 16 ethnic costumes designed for standard, commercial 18" dolls. Many of the authentic costumes involve traditional fabrics and needlework. Oroyan's costumes are for original character dolls with a period or theatrical theme, similar to those in her previous book, Designing the Doll (LJ 6/15/99). She gives general instructions for specific items of clothing, such as petticoats or hats. Dressed dolls are pictured as examples rather than projects. Both books will appeal to collectors as well as crafters and are recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Book Description
8 1/2 x...


For the Beary Best Mom Mini Kit
The Boyd's Collection Ltd
0740754343
December 2005
Other Format
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Book Description
From the cuddly, soft world of Boyds-the foremost authority on teddy bears-comes a simple gift book designed to show Mom how much she means. For the Beary Best Mom is the perfect present for Mother's Day, her birthday, or simply to say "I love you." Mom will be sure to appreciate the thoughts and thoughtfulness in conjunction with the award-winning Boyds collection. An appropriate and meaningful thought is accompanied on each page by an adorable Boyds bear. Some of the sentiments include: " Your love was always the best medicine. " You were the first one to read me bedtime stories and snuggle me to sleep. " I can't think of a time when you weren't there for me. " You were my very first love-and that's something that will never change.After all, Mom deserves the "beary" best!

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Knitted Babes
Claire Garland
1596680008
Sept 2005
Paperback
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Review
"Uses very little yarn, lots of imagination and fulfills my urge to create."  —Spun Magazine


Felt Wee Folk: Enchanting Projects
Salley Mavor
1571201939
April 2003
Paperback
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Les Jouets/Toys
Clare Beaton (Illustrator)
0764126121
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Preschool children get an early introduction to a second language when their parents show them books in the charming Bilingual First Books series. This titles is bilingual in English and French, and gives toddlers a head start in learning a foreign language at the same time they are learning their own. Charming two-page spreads show color pictures of familiar objects all relating to the book’s general theme. The word on the left for parents to read aloud is in English, and the word on the right is its French equivalent. The last page of each book aids parents with a list of all words introduced in the book plus easy pronunciation rules. (Ages 2 and older)


Anatomy of a Doll
Susanna Oroyan
157120024X
Apr 1997
Paperback
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Amazon.com
More than just a dollmaking book, Anatomy of a Doll provides a fascinating overview of the creative process that has gone into dollmaking for centuries. With nearly 300 excellent photographs of her own dolls and those of many other accomplished artists, noted doll expert Susanna Oroyan offers instructions and ideas for a tremendous variety of cloth dolls. Separate chapters are devoted to the head, the body (including hands and feet), body joints, assemblies, and finishing details. There is enough practical information on all aspects of basic techniques to help the novice dollmaker, and even experts will discover an abundance of new ideas. Everyone will marvel at the unbounded creativity reflected in these remarkable figures.


World of Knitted Toys
Kath Dalmeny
0715312243
January 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Here are animals from every corner of the globe just waiting to become someone's best friend. From a colorful parrot to a friendly dolphin, a prowling tiger to farmyard ducks and hens, every project has easy-to-read patterns and clear advice on how to create just the right expression on each face. "An invaluable addition to any knitter's bookshelf." --Crafts Beautiful


Designing the Doll: From Concept to Construction
Susanna Oroyan
1571200606
March 1, 1999
Paperback
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Barbara Campbell, editor, Soft Dolls & Animals!
"Once again, Susanna Oroyan gives us a gift by distilling the spirits found in doll/figure art. She encourages us to try, then explains the fundamentals to pave the way. Best of all are the examples, which provide pure inspiration."

Book Description
An in-depth guide to doll making from concept to "imaginative engineering," this book is for every collector and artist. A gallery of all of the important "art" doll makers today-a record for collectors and inspiration for doll artists. A wide variety of construction methods, the techniques for getting proportions correct, and ideas on how to develop ideas and then construct advanced art figures or dolls are covered. 250 color photos plus over 200 drawings. 160 pages.


Making Doll's House Miniatures with Polymer Clay
Sue Heaser
0304355704
December 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
“Here’s the definitive guide to manufacturers, tools, safety, and crafting. See how to intermix colored clays to obtain an even wider range of hues, and the different types of paints and varnishes...for adornment. Techniques for softening the clay, balling and rolling it, working with a knife, and sanding will assure good results.”—Doll Castle News.


Toymaking With Children
Freya Jaffke
0863153674
March 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
The toys that surround children during their first five years are essential tools for awakening imaginations and creativity. From many years of experience as a kindergarten teacher, Freya Jaffke makes helpful suggestions for adults who wish to select age-appropriate toys for children. She also shows how to make a variety of toys. There are sections on the meaning of play, stages of play, outdoor play, and how to help children play. This greatly expanded edition is an excellent handbook for all parents of young children.

About the Author
Freya Jaffke’s books on early childhood have sold more than a quarter of a million copies.


The Knitted Teddy Bear
Sandra Polley
1400054370
Sept 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Polley's top-notch guide teaches readers how to knit adorable miniature teddy bears that can be completed in a few nights' time. The knitting isn't difficult, but the directions must be followed carefully in order to shape the bears properly. (The author provides a concise guide to the basics of doll-making, including forming ears, thread-jointing limbs and adding eyes, and all her projects are illustrated with full color photos.) A simple Beginner's Bear is the best place to start-each is made from five rectangles and easily dressed up with a little bow around the neck. Then knitters can move on to Polley's more whimsical, and dressy, creations, such as: Thomas, a sweet bear wearing a jacket, "shawl neck" sweater, wooly hat and scarf, or Sleepy Sam, whose long arms can tuck under his head when he drifts off for...


Dollhouse Decor: Creating Soft Furnishings in 1/12 Scale
Nick Forder, Esther Forder
0823012999
October 2001
Paperback
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From Library Journal
This book of needlework (soft furnishings) for dollhouses by the editors of International Dolls' House News contains projects similar to those in Pamela Warner's Miniature Embroidery for the Victorian Doll's House but has a broader scope, covering British styles from 1845 to the present. Projects for curtains, rugs, and accessories include descriptions of period furnishings, charts, patterns, and photos of the finished items in a dollhouse setting. These are cleverly designed needlework miniatures that add an authentic touch to period rooms and would be collectible in their own right by needlework enthusiasts. Highly recommended for public libraries. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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