September 13, 2007
Looking for some inspiration? Why not try this new book, by Terry of Softies Central fame! There are SO many fun patterns it's hard to know where to start, and all the directions are very carefully explained.
For example, I finally learned why my corners are never properly rounded - I need to clip the seams! Each pattern tells you what kind of skills you need and there are plenty of embroidered softies to be found. You'll see many beginner-level projects to start out with and there are also some wonderful, challenging patterns for more "advanced" crafters.
So, having made a total of 10 softies in my life, I decided I must be advanced and took on the Portuguese Plaid pattern for this little doggie:
The pattern directions were so clear and helpful that it was actually almost perfect, even though this was my first 3-d softie! The legs, or "bottom view" are less than perfect because it was 2 in the morning, I was sleepy and cranky and stopped following the instructions. Don't be like me - follow the instructions, and do try this book out for some amazing softie inspiration!
Also be sure to check the Softies Tour dates - that's right some of the actual softies are going on tour - signing books might be a problem, but I'm sure they wouldn't mind a little papparazzi! :)