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Stitched Safari is an English translation of a Japanese book. The translation is fairly good; there are a few places where the instructions are glossed a little and I don’t know if that was the original or the translation, but at any rate if you have the book I reviewed last week there shouldn’t be any problem interpreting this one.

Despite the number in the title, this book has more than eighteen patterns - there are adult and baby versions of several. There are two cats are in very different poses, and two different dog breeds (pug and Shiba). The full pattern list:

  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Gorilla
  • Zebra
  • Kangaroo
  • Rhinoceros
  • Panda
  • Goat
  • Sheep
  • Cow
  • Pig
  • Rabbit
  • Dog
  • Cat
  • Penguin
  • Polar Bear
  • Dolphin
  • Flamingo

None of these are jointed, though some have wired limbs so some limited posing can be done.

Felt rhino

I’m of mixed feelings about the patterns. The ones that are good are very, very good, and that’s most of them. The rhino is by far my favorite; the patchwork coloration puts it over the top. In other cases, the animals are not quite right, for instance the giraffe whose stance is wider than it is long. The impression I have is that the author is very good at drafting accurate patterns, but who hasn’t quite done all the research. (I will admit that it’s much harder to find reference pictures for giraffes that are something other than a side view.)

Wide giraffe

I don’t know what is even going on with the cat, though. It’s not just the bug eyes, either (all of the eyes are a bead on a circle of felt). I just sewed up a test head from the pattern, and it is a very carefully done baseball-with-a-point.

Scary cat face

The eyes work well on the pug, though.

Cute pug

The photographs are very well done, so if you get a chance to flip through the book you’ll be able to tell whether a particular pattern you’re interested in is one of the good or bad ones.

The patterns are all in a large tear-out sheet in the back, which I’m never a fan of for things that have far-smaller-than-a-page pieces. It’s possible to carefully tear the sheet to leave one fold attached to the spine, which I did. If you tear it entirely out, use archival tape or glue to attach an envelope to the inside cover so the pattern doesn’t go missing.

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