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Wee Wonderfuls - Book Review, Q&A, Giveaway

Certainly you have heard of Hillary Lang and seen her work?  I have been anticipating the release of her new book, Wee Wonderfuls, 24 Dolls to Sew and Love, since the day she announced that she was writing it.  I am a long-time fan of her blog and her patterns and I just knew that her book would be amazing.

I like it when I'm right.

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Published by STC Craft, this collection of toys is just what you would expect from Hillary and then some.  The dolls are brimming with character and they all have that Wee Wonderfuls signature style.  They are cute, but not fussy and range from a trolley to bears with all kinds of little people in between.  Jane and Kate immediately took the book away from me and then put in requests for about a half dozen creatures each.  I took their comments into consideration and then made what I wanted to make anyhow:  Doxie and Margot.

Doxie!

Doxie is a little stuffed dachsund sewn entirely by hand.  This was the perfect project to sit with in front of Project Runway and it took just a bit longer than the 1.5 hours of the show for me to finish it.  I have never attempted such a small, handsewn project and was really surprised to find that I liked doing pretty much every bit of it.  And I love how she turned out!

Margot

A topsy turvy doll like Margot was my secret desire as a little girl, but I never had one to call my own.  I was always amazed at how you could flip it over and see an entirely different doll.  When I saw this project in the book, I knew I would be making two.  One for each girl.

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I love how they came together.  They did take a significant amount of time because each one is essentially two dolls and there is a fair amount of handwork, but they were not hard to sew.  I used a doll needle for the first time while embroidering the yarn hair and it was worth the trip to JoAnn's and the $3.79 because it made it so much easier.  I also painted the cheeks - scary! But really, not a big deal.  I psyched myself up and had that done in about 10 minutes. Easy peasy.

I asked Hillary some questions about her approach to the book and making dolls because I'm nosey like that.  Thankfully, she was willing to reply.

Erin:  There is such a wide range of toys in your book.  I swear there is something for everyone.  And by that, I mean, something for any kid you can imagine AND something for sewers of all levels, with machine or without.  Which projects would you recommend for someone just starting out making toys? And which one for those who like a challenge?

Hillary: Thanks! I really tried to mix it up. My favorite craft books have projects that are totally in my comfort zone and have me making right away as well as some dream projects that I know I'll get to when I have the time. I don't want to discourage anyone, because I did design with beginners in mind, but there are some projects that are definitely less involved than others. Good projects to get a quick success under your belt would be Mermaiden, Koji, Bonneted Baby, Evelyn Inchworm. Projects that are more involved and time consuming would be Patchwork Penny, Margot, Panda Buns, Betsy and all her outfits. And I love Tag-a-long and Sleepover Pals as projects that are a lot of bang for your buck so to speak. They're not overly complicated but look like they are which is great for gift giving.

Erin:  Ooh, good to know.  The Sleepover Pals is on Kate's wish list.

I've made a lot of soft toys from your patterns and they never disappoint.  But I know from experience that pattern writing is not easy stuff.  Do you have a certain process you follow?  Do you sketch and then sew? Or just go for it?

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Hillary: No, it's not easy is it. It would be easier if everyone's brains worked the same way. I'm very visual and need short to the point instructions but I know many people like very detailed written instructions. You need to try to write patterns with everyone in mind. But yes, from the beginning... I start with a sketch. I made notecards with project ideas on them for the book (see photo) and those first sketches were what I worked from throughout the process. Then I just start cutting and sewing. There's a right way - make paper copies of every pattern piece you cut, keep detailed notes, take in-progress photos along the way and a wrong way - just go go go, make the whole thing, edit, rework and then when you finally have it the way you want go back and try to figure out how you got there. Want to guess which way I use?

Erin:  Um, I bet it's the same one I use. Ahem.

Let's talk about doll hair.  There are so many different types in your book - yarn, wigs, ribbons, fur, felt!  Which is your favorite technique?  And if you had to choose, buns or braids?

Hillary: I love doll hair. That was the first list I made when I knew I was going for the book. A very long list of all the hair-dos I've ever wanted to make. I have so many favorites in the book. I really love Pixie's fluffy curls. And Storybook's ribbon hair - I've been wanting to try that forever and I really liked how it turned out. Very sturdy! And Mermaiden's hair - I've been playing around with quilted wigs like that for years now and so happy to finally get it out of the draft stage. That was going to be the hair for the topsy turvy doll but in the end I thought she needed yarn hair. I still have a few other dolls in my sketchbook with that same hair that I'm dying to make. And the panda buns. I love those! I want to make all sorts of dolls with their spirit animals represented in their hair-dos. I think I could probably talk about doll hair for a really long time, which is pretty weird, so I'll just stop now. Braids :)

Erin: Jane loves the panda buns! That was the first thing she zero-ed in on when she saw the book.  And for the record, braids for me too.

Some of the other projects I like include

Bears

Melvin and Marian - made from wool felt, these cuties have clothes!

Betsy

Betsy - paper doll meets pillow.  There is even an elasticized pocket on the back for storing all her clothes.  This would be a great gift, I think!

Haus

Haus Sweet Haus - I can see this done up in Christmas colors and folky fabrics for a holiday gift and decoration. Sweet, indeed.

I could go on and on, but I think I'll stop.  Here's the gist:  Wee Wonderfuls is an incredible addition to any craft book library.  The projects are all adorable and will appeal to just about any kid or kid at heart.  The patterns are extremely well written and easy to follow.  If you think you want to make soft toys or dolls, do yourself a favor and get your hands on this book.  You will not regret it.

Now for the giveaway!

I have one copy of the book up for grabs.  The winner will also receive a kit that Hillary put together from her own supplies to make Koji the dinosaur.  Pretty awesome, huh?

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Koji

To be entered into the drawing, leave a comment on this post before Sunday, October 10 at 5:00 pm EST.   To make it more interesting, tell me your favorite doll hairdo - buns, braids, felt, fur, quilted, or something else.  I'll pick a winner using a random number generator and announce it here on the blog Monday morning.

You can also enter the giveaway that STC Craft is hosting.  Go tell them what your favorite childhood toy was for a chance to win a copy of Wee Wonderfuls.

Have a great weekend everyone.

Comments

Heather

I love braids and pigtails!!
This book would be great to use some creativity for my 3 kids.
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Heather Byrne

Love it...Braids look so cute!

Mari Monroe

I would love to win this book! I've been drooling over it! My favorite is definitely buns on doll's hairs.

Tong

This book is oozing cuteness!! I need to have it! I love braids, definitely my favourite doll hair do =)

Mandi

I want this book so badly. I keep hinting about it but the hubby has gotten the hint just yet. lol
I'm a sucker for braids. On dolls, on little girls, on grown up ladies. I love braids. :)

Kimberly

I'm loving the felt hair right now. What a wonderful book this seems to be.

Anita

Great give away, I love Hillary's work. A friend of mine made a doll for her daughter with a bee hive - which I totally love and want to make one for my daughter. So it would have to be a bee hive.

Erin

Oh I just love the yarn hair - especially dark brown just like me! What a great give-away (and your little dog is sooooo cute!).

Heather

Braids, all the way!

Bridget

I love braids on dolls... and on little girls and big girls too. And when I'm holding a doll I can't help myself from braiding its hair!!

amy

I've got this book on my wishlist! We braid a lot of doll hair in our house :)

JaimeM

LOVE this! I would have to say braids or pig tails. :)

Loving the dinosaur!

Samantha

Officially on cuteness overload! So adorable.

Jennie

Your dolls are so great, and I love little Doxie. I still can't find this book locally - grrr. I think my favorite hair is anything that isn't just straight hair, which always gets so tangled.

jsedna

I can't wait to take a closer look at that paperdoll pillow!

I don't have much experience with doll hair, but definitely love when "unnaturally" bright colors occur with the natural colors. My little one has her Elsa doll that I made her with brown yarn and pink highlights. It's covered with a bonnet now to keep it nicer until she matures.

Thanks for the giveaway!

nanann

Ahhh, a friend of my girls would just LOVE the dinosaur -- she's having a dinosaur party at the end of the month!

Anyway, doll hair. Since I always wanted to do things with my doll's hair growing up, I'd go with yarn hair, that I could then braid or put in buns or just hang loose or put in bows. Ahhh, the fun of playing with hair!

tara

I love braids on dolls, girls, women. Doesn't matter. I'm hoping I can grow my hair out long enough for braids. Nearing forty, I should be able to get away with it, right?

mjb

I think a braid around the top of the head - the hairstyle I wish I could wear every day.

Katie Prange

This looks like such a great book!! Love the dresses on the dolls! I would have to say buns would be my favorite hair. Thank you!

christine

yarn hair: two braids. felt hair: two ponies.

those bears remind me of the first home-ec project i ever made. but clothes!?! too too cute.

and i love that paperdoll meets pillow. ack!

Whispering Oaks

The book looks wonderful. I love making little animals like the one of the picture. I put a bell inside them when stuffing them. Children love the noise! As for dolls...braids for my favorite hairdo.

Mary

I love braided yarn hair- it seems so Little House on the Prairie. Thanks for the giveaway!

Donna

pig tail BRaids!!! I always put my dolls hair in pig tails then braided them (except that time when I, oops,

tried to cut the hair into a page boy ....we won't talk about that!!!

great book, would love to have it

liz

Braids. Two of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Aditi

As long as there was long hair, and LOTS of it, I was very happy. I loved putting it in French braids for some reason!

Chelsie

I had a doll when I was a little girl that I still can't part with. Someday I will make one for my little girls too.

Jennifer H.

I like braids, probably because I had a handmade Raggedy Ann doll with red yarn braids as a child! Great interview, thanks!

Imene

I picked up the book at the bookstore and was smitten. It's on my wishlist for October books. I know it sounds weird but I allow myself a couple of books each month. The other option would be to buy everything I like but then I haven't win the lottery yet :0)

Valerie

I love buns, and felt! Awesome giveaway!

Audrey

I love braids, but I might like quilted if I knew what it was. I love quilts! This book looks fantastic!

Gillian

Pigtail buns! Great interview.

Beth G.

I just love the ribbon hairstyle in the book! Hilary is amazing! I picked up the book recently and it is chock-full of ideas!

wintu nancy

I think I like the doll on the front cover of the book with the orange hair that looks like it is in two ponytails. Thanks so much for a chance to win a book. These dolls/toys would make neat additions to the Christmas boxes that we fill for the Samaritan's Purse children's Christmas project. I like the idea of small stuffed toys.

Susan Vila

This book looks so useful. Personally, I like dolls with felt hair.

Amy P

I have to go with the classic braids. So cute!

Kathy

So so cute!!

Marcia W.

Dolls need braids. We have two grandnieces due to be born later this year, and would enjoy winning this book and the kit to make the softie. Thanks for hosting the blog tour. Usually I visit your blog to read about your quilting endeavors.

Andrea

Would love to win this so I can make some little dolls for my little girl, and I'm a braid girl. My girl has finally decided to grow her hair, so I can start to braid it soon!

Kristin

oh boy, I have no idea on favorite doll hair-do! Though your dolls are pretty stinking cute with their little braids! :)

Cayt

Braids are my favourite for everything. Two for a little girl, one for a big girl.

Cathy

Braids, without a doubt. I have a handmade cloth doll with braids made out of flax.

Mandy

Oooohh If I don't win it I am going to have to buy it. We are doing an entirely handmade holiday this year and this book would come in handy! I think I would have to go with the doll buns since my oldest is dying to be a ballerina :)

Christa

I'd have to go with braids a la Princess Leia style!

Nandini

Oooh I love the book!! Will buy it soon if I don't win it that is :p
I love braids on dolls and my daughter :)

Sarah

But toy dinosaurs don't usually have hair ... ;) The only doll I had as a kid, and I didn't play with it much, was a Raggedy Anne doll with a red mop top style. But I have charming memories of my mom combing my long (down to my bum) hair free of painful tangles in the morning and braiding my hair for school. Despite that, I still wear braids .... go figure!

suesue

Such cute projects! My favorite hairstyle is french braided pigtails. I loved playing with my girls' hair when they were young. Sometimes, if I'm lucky, my granddaughter will consent to letting me fix her hair. She is definitely a doll lover!! thanks for the chance!

Gingercake

Me PLease! I like the curly hair she does by braiding on Chloe. My daughter loves that one!

Kristin

So much fun, thanks for the opportunity.

Julie

My favorite doll hairdo is braids.....with bangs. I'd love a copy of the book to make some dolls for my 4 granddaughters--ages 1-10.

Jackie

What a great giveaway! My littlest guy would love the dinosaur. In answer to your question, my favorite doll hairdo is braids.

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