Countryside Softies: 28 Handmade Wool Creatures to Stitch by Amy Adams

By Amy Adams

A tweet, a grunt, a squeak, and a hoot!

A little time, a number of offers, and a touch of creativity are all you must carry those lovely critters to existence. no matter if it's a fuzzy rabbit custom-made as a present, or a captivating kin of birds to show at your residence, this playful advisor positive aspects easy-to-follow styles, transparent directions, and spell binding images of the creatures of their average habitats.

Best of all, each one venture is graded based on trouble (easy, average, and a little bit difficult) so either skilled and newbie sewers can percentage within the enjoyable.

• 28 particular textile softies that may be sewn through hand or machine
• find out how to customize your construction with numerous whimsical gildings
• With those forgiving styles, imperfect stitches make those cuties even cuter!
• Makes a pleasant reward, yet you'll need a few for your self!

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You can cut aluminum from drink cans and bottle tops or purchase it in sheet or wire form from select suppliers. c CHAPTER 3 a b d e Steel Steel is an alloy of iron and (usually) carbon. It is very hard and rusts when left untreated. Stainless steel (b) contains chromium, which inhibits rust. You can purchase stainlesssteel wire and findings from select jewelry suppliers. Galvanized steel (c) is coated with a thin layer of zinc, which also inhibits rust. You can find galvanized wire at hardware stores, but it has a dull sheen and a utilitarian appearance.

Designate a separate container for scraps of each type of metal that you have. You can use some scraps in future projects and send most others away to be recycled (see the tip “Save Your Metal Scraps” on page 71). ● Label your metal sheet and wire by type, gauge, and temper. The labels shown in the photo are masking tape, which is easy to remove. PROTECT YOURSELF Although metal work is not inherently dangerous, you still should protect yourself from possible injury. Here are some important safety rules to follow: ● Wear safety glasses whenever you drill, cut, hammer, or otherwise manipulate metal in a way that could cause a piece of the metal—or a piece of a broken tool—to fly into the air.

26 Make and Use Jump Rings . . . . . . . . 27 Form Wire Links and Wraps . . . . . . . . 30 String Beads . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 Cut Wire M ost wirework projects require that you cut wire to a specified length and trim off excess wire after completing a task. CUT WIRE WITH SIDE CUTTERS When you use side cutters to cut wire, always position the straight sides of the blades toward the wire that you’re cutting or the component that you’re working on. This creates a flush cut (a), which is nearly straight.

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