Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Craft Book Review: Beasties

Beasties by Diana Schoenbrun

I was recently sent of the book Beasties by Diana Schoenbrun. Diana is a stuffed animal artist and children's book illustrator. You can find more of her work on her site, Diana Schoenbrun.

Beasties is a book compiled with 22 softie monster patterns. But they're not just any monsters, they're legendary mystical monsters from around the world. Some of the creatures include, Adaro from the Solomon Islands, Ccoa from Peru, and Chonchon from Chile. You'll also find a chapter dedicated to sewing basics which includes sewing terminology and illustrations for sewing stitches. All the patterns are rated easy, medium and advanced. However, I would recommend this book to intermediate sewers simply because the directions are in written form opposed to photos/illustrations.

What I like about this book is that the softies can appeal to all ages, boy and girl. When my seven year old son saw the cover his exact word was, "cool!".

Some Beasties you will find in the book.

My personal favorite beastie, Baku, the Japanese monster that consumes your nightmares so you don't remember them.

3 comments:

Christy said...

The projects look amazing! Love the beastie stuffies!

Connie said...

i think i'm going to make a beastie for my sister. they would personally scare me to have in my house, but she's kind of quirky like that :)

Sita Gilly, Madre Artesana said...

LOL, I can't believe the chonchon is in the cover. The legend said is a flying head who anounces dead. Kisses from Concepcion, Chile.