To say that the projects in this book are to-die-for cute and gorgeous and surprising SO WELL crafted is an understatement. Jill’s talents are immense and we are so excited to share this new release from StashBooks with you!
We asked Jill a few (notion!!) specific questions in anticipation of this post and know you will enjoy her responses as much as we did!
Details about the giveaways are towards the end of the post!
SB: What kind of stuffing do you use?
JH: I always use clean, carded eco-wool from achildsdream.com. I prefer natural fibers and the warmth and weight of a toy stuffed with wool.
SB: Do you have a favorite notion? (please don’t pick a seam ripper!)
JH: My hemostats and stuffing forks! A proper stuffing job can be quite time-consuming – but can truly make the difference in the final appearance of a toy or doll. I use my hemostats to turn doll and toy parts and for placing stuffing in hard-to-reach areas. I use my stuffing forks to really pack the stuffing and bind the wool fibers to each other.
SB: Do you let your children ‘play’ with the toys or are you using them as home decor?
JH: Absolutely for play! I wouldn’t be making their toys if they didn’t play with them! At this point in time, my oldest daughter (now 9 years old) mainly uses her dolls to dress and sew doll clothes for. But my other two daughters (4 and 7 years old) heavily play with their handmade toys. I’ve had to re-attach an arm or two, but otherwise, despite the obvious signs of “love”, their toys have held up well.
SB: Do you work with mainly felts or cottons or both?
JH: I use both cotton fabrics and 100% wool felt – it depends on the project And for yarn, I often choose wool. It’s durable and easy to work with.
SB: What is your favorite project from the book?
JH: Believe it or not, my favorite project is Cottontail (a bunny) – one of the easiest projects in the book! I had a very clear image of the other projects, but the bunny design took me months to choose! I contemplated a doll-like “dress-able” bunny, with long arms and legs. I also sketched several rabbit toys with a more mid-century look and playful expression. Finally, I decided on a simple, classic look with the bunny sitting up on its haunches, not only reminiscent of a “velveteen rabbit”, but also my own beloved pet rabbit from years ago – she used to sit on her haunches next to my chair, ears down, front legs up, begging for attention, a snack, or a scratch on her soft head. I am happy with the final toy design!
The giveaway – To enter to win a copy of Storybook Toys, leave a comment here telling us if you have ever made a child’s’ toy and if not; do you want to now?! All winners will be announced on 11/14/12. The winner will be drawn at random from the comments section and will be notified by email. Our winner’s name will also be listed here as an update to this post. *Note: Only entrants with U.S addresses are eligible to win the actual book. Winners with addresses outside the U.S. will win the e-book version.
11/16/12 UPDATE: our winner is Ros McKee – Congratulations!