DOLLS, BEARS & SOFT TOYS
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Trends in Soft Toys
Over the last few years, there has been an explosion in the number of wonderful books for making soft toys. Overall, the popularity of soft toys can be attributed to the timeless appeal, the satisfaction of DIY crafting and the joy of creating personalized and meaningful items. Such handmade creations embody thoughtfulness and care, making them a cherished present for many occasions and not just for children!
The combination of soft, plush fabric and delicate clothing creates a whimsical and nostalgic feel that resonates with many people.
Sewists are drawn to Luna Lapin, for instance, who embodies a timeless charm with her simple yet endearing appearance. Her wardrobe in miniature is the stuff of dreams for all fashion-conscious sewers! And who can resist the classic charm of Kenneth Grahame’s tale and the creatures from The Wind in the Willows Felt Friends.
For knitters, memories of a childhood classic probably drew knitters to Knitting Peter Rabbit and for crocheters, the charm of A Partridge in a Pear Tree from the talented Kerry Lord proved to be the ideal way to remember Christmas traditions.
Crafters enjoy the satisfaction of creating something with their own hands and the creativity involved in selecting a pattern, fabrics and embellishments, and yarns and colours is all part of the soft toy craze.
Crocheters were certainly attracted to the phenomenon of Pica Pau and friends with Animal Friends of Pica Pau 3 being added to this successful series. Knitters were able to choose from the latest colourful and cuddly creations including Knitted Wild Animal Friends. Sewists of course, were spoiled for choice with the whimsical Hedgerow dolls with all their outfits and accessories a standout and the wide range of Tilda characters and more from Tone Finnanger widely popular.
Whether crafted for a child's playmate or as a decorative item for an adult, wonderful soft toy creations make them a cherished present for many occasions. There is something to choose from for every crafter to create including the delightful characters in Amigurumi Treasures 2 and Magical Amigurumi Toys, a host of knitted creatures from Sarah Keen and of course My Knitted Doll from the talented Louise Crowther and for cross stitch enthusiasts, My Cross Stitch Doll.
Relaxation and Mindfulness
Many people find joy and relaxation in the process of creating something beautiful and the process itself can be a calming and meditative activity, providing a break from the stresses of daily life. There are more than 180 soft toy, doll and bear creations to choose from, so relax and enjoy the moment!