This is a great little craft book. The authors Nicola Tedman and Sarah Skeate have a very original idea with Steampunk Softies. The instructions are clear and anyone familiar with basic sewing and crafting can do the projects. All the dolls in the book are cute and I enjoyed their characters. I recommend this book for anyone interested in Steampunk and who wants to take up a hobby that's an easily done craft. These little characters would make wonderful additions to a Steampunk costume as well. This book gets a nice solid 4.5 only because I was a little disappointed the dolls were not larger and more elaborate. I'd love to see what the authors could do with larger rag dolls. (Yes that's a hint.)
Sarah Skeate and Nicola Tedman offer crafters an array of charmingly raffish characters inside Steampunk Softies: 8 Scientifically Minded Dolls From a Past That Never Was. Even if you're unfamiliar with the term "steampunk," chances are you've already discovered it through the works of Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, Tim Burton, Mary Shelley, or Lemony Snicket. Steampunk is an artistic movement that includes stories involving steam-powered versions of modern technology in a fictionalized Victorian setting.
Staying true to steampunk style, Skeate and Tedman's inventive Steampunk Softies feature prominent science fiction and fantasy elements, as well as anachronistic inventions and props. In addition, many have dual roles that add practicality to their punk existence--the Lady makes an excellent paperweight, while the Illusionist's cloak doubles as a screen cleaner.
Despite their meticulous detailing, Steampunk Softies are simple enough for even a sewing novice to construct. A short biography accompanies each softie, providing a background story for each character. Also included are a complete list of supplies, illustrated step-by-step blueprints, and a handy, back-of-the-book reference section that provides tips on aging and distressing project materials.
Venture full steam ahead into your next crafting project with teampunk Softies.