Kidal Follow the Author Read more Read less. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Aug 05, N added it Shelves: Miyako Kanamori is a crafter and an author. Small book with awesome ideas. But I have never in my life had a leftover glove: Oh, and the toast hzppy pretty cute too.
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The book has brightly colored photos and cute line illustrations for 21 different items you can make out of gloves, mostly animals. The text is spare and centered in the page as if it were a picture book for very young children. In fact, if you just wanted to get this book to read to your child, you could do that there are better picture books out there, but there are also worse ones. The disappointing part is when you actually try to follow the directions at the end. The illustrations are spare, clean, line drawings.
The directions are in six steps of only a few sentences for each step. From an aesthetic standpoint, they match the rest of the book. The illustrations, however, were so simple that they were either useless or less than useless. Just now I found a photo that helped a little bit for a different animal than the one I tried but that was after searching fruitlessly about three other times. However, I found this book a failure as an instructional book. It only went halfway. Happy Gloves is different from most of the other craft books out there.
The use of buttons, hand embroidery, and ribbon as embellishment is genius! The hand-drawn illustrations that accompany this section are adorable! Next comes the step-by-step how-tos. There is a clear set of chronological photos on how to make the chipmunk. From then on, you use those basic steps to complete the other projects.
There is a set of illustrated instructions that show you the pattern where to cut the glove and specific variations for each project. The diagrams and instructions are extremely easy to follow! The book ends with instructions on how to stitch on the faces. My favorite projects are the chipmunk, the tiger, the polar bear, and the banana yes, I did say banana! Oh, and the toast is pretty cute too. The photos and illustrations are lovely, making this a good coffee table book.
Alternatively, the story-telling makes this book appealing for children. I will definitely be using this book to aid me in my holiday gift-making this year. These softies are cute and sweet and cost nearly nothing to make!
Happy Gloves: Charming Softy Friends Made from Colorful Gloves
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