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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Happy Gloves by Miyako Kanamori. Colorful gloves become adorable creations? Whimsical and endearing, here are nineteen more softy sewing projects in the adorable, quirky aesthetic of Sock and Glove.
Because who doesn't have a few odd gloves lying around? Includes complete instructions to make a chipmunk, frog, duck Colorful gloves become adorable creations? Includes complete instructions to make a chipmunk, frog, duck, flower, car, donkey, tiger, and more!
Get A Copy. Paperback , 63 pages. More Details Original Title. Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Happy Gloves , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Dec 06, karen rated it liked it Shelves: crafties.
View all 8 comments. Apr 01, Kater Cheek rated it did not like it. I really wanted to like this book, because it would be a great project for my daughter's Girl Scout troop, and knit gloves are on sale for 50 cents a pair at Target this time of year.
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 t I really wanted to like this book, because it would be a great project for my daughter's Girl Scout troop, and knit gloves are on sale for 50 cents a pair at Target this time of year.
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.
Like some origami books I've looked at, pretty soon you get to a point where the illustration just doesn't look a thing like what's in your hand. Here's the direction that I disliked the most "Fold the back of the head in the following order: left, right, bottom, then top, like a caramel candy wrapper, and sew shut.
Caramel candy wrappers are square wrappers on a square base, not an oblong patch of stretchy knit that doesn't have a clear back or top or bottom. 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. I'm a pretty crafty person, as undaunted by sewing patterns as I am by etching metal or fusing glass or making pickles from scratch.
However, I found this book a failure as an instructional book. It only went halfway. The patterns were helpful, but because it lacks clear directions, you'll cut apart a glove only to have a table full of now-useless scraps. I wouldn't advise trying to do this project with children unless you have the patience to work it out on your own before teaching them. If you like to get books on crafts that you think you'll do but never get around to the cute pictures might be worth it.
If you're an excellent tailor and can sew anything from anything and if you have gloves lying around it might be okay for project ideas. Otherwise, I don't recommend this book. Nov 05, Amy rated it it was amazing. In case you didn't figure this out from the title, each project in this book is made from a set of gloves. Happy Gloves is different from most of the other craft books out there.
This book begins like a children's storybook with a photos of every project and a little story about a fat chipmunk the chipmunk is my favorite project, btw.
The use of buttons, hand embroidery, and ribbon as embellishment is genius! After a short story that includes photos of the various projects, there's a sewing over In case you didn't figure this out from the title, each project in this book is made from a set of gloves. After a short story that includes photos of the various projects, there's a sewing overview that explains the different stitches you'll need to know, what sort of gloves to use, how to stuff and knot, etc.
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. I'm loving the simplicity of both the book and the projects. 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. Speaking of children, I bet they'd enjoy making their own glove animals and the projects are simple enough that they could do it with a little help.
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! Nov 24, Astri rated it it was ok Shelves: crafts , non-fiction. I have this issue with being spoken to like I'm a small child, and this book is set up completely like an illustrated picture book aimed at 3 year olds, language and all.
Granted the second half of the book which contains the patterns and instructions for the projects is written like the typical craft book, it's almost not worth wa ok, so the little glove critters are really cute, but the format of the book was a complete turn-off. Granted the second half of the book which contains the patterns and instructions for the projects is written like the typical craft book, it's almost not worth wading through the first half.
Dec 06, Brandy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: everyone. Shelves: crafts. Just picked up the companion book. I hope my luck is better and my animals resemble I've to try- it's the crafter in me. My animals require imagination to enjoy. Perhaps I'll have better luck in the summer. Great book though with darling projects. Would be fun do with kids. Mar 02, Rebecca marked it as to-read. These projects are adorable! The only bad thing is that I am tempted to 1.
Feb 03, Mary McDonough rated it it was ok. Seems like a good intro to making stuffed creatures from gloves. Cute, but not a compelling craft.
Great photos and design, along the lines of the Japanese craft books that normally aren't translated into English. Nov 16, Bobby rated it really liked it Shelves: crafty , favorites-of Another volume of amazing animal creations from the author of Sock and Glove.
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