Edward’s Menagerie – Birds: Book Review
This book review is written by me on behalf of Interweave/F+W. I was given a complimentary copy of this book to complete my review but was not financially compensated. All opinions expressed are my own.
Title: Edward’s Menagerie – Birds: Over 40 Soft Toy Patterns for Crochet Birds
Author: Kerry Lord
Published by: David & Charles/F+W
Edward’s Menagerie-Birds: Over 40 Soft Toy Patterns for Crochet Birds by Kerry Lord, published by Interweave/F+W, has some of the most adorable toy birds that I have ever seen! There are 40 different types of birds, each with their own personality! The author put a tremendous amount of detail into each bird pattern, which makes them all adorable in their own way.Edward’s Menagerie-Birds is broken down into 3 levels. Level 1 patterns are great for beginners and use basic stitches with basic color change techniques. Level 2 patterns are a little more technical. They require the use if more advanced stitches but use basic stitches as well. The patterns in Level 3 are more complex than the previous patterns. They require more complex color changes and more complex crochet techniques and stitches. The great thing about the way this book is set up is that you can begin with the patterns from Level 1 and build up your techniques as you go along. Here are the different patterns for each level:
- Level 1:
- Celine the Dove, p24
- Dora the Wood Pigeon, p26
- Ernest the Canary, p28
- Henry the Raven, p 30
- Vince the Blue-footed Booby, p32
- Alan the Magpie, p34
- Ina the Stork, p36
- Duke the Mallard, p38
- Ethel the Kiwi, p40
- Dave the Seagull, p42
- Sophia the Flamingo, p44
- Huck the Pelican, p46
- Level 2:
- Hazel the Hen, p50
- Barney the Owl, p52
- Elizabeth the Dodo, p54
- Mateo the Cock of the Rock, p56
- Emily the Vulture, p58
- Florian the Ostrich, p60
- Ross the Turkey, p62
- Kevin the Cassowary, p64
- Tricia the Silky Chicken, p66
- Abraham the Bald Eagle, p68
- Kit the Rooster, p70
- Margot the Swan, p72
- Level 3:
- Elvis the Cockatoo, p76
- Scott the Woodpecker, p78
- Gianni the Lovebird, p80
- Meghan the Toucan, p82
- Robin the Robin, p84
- Gareth the Puffin, p86
- Rohit the Peacock, p88
- Caeser the Emporer Penguin, p90
- Enid the Long-eared Owl, p92
- Jack the Macaw, p94
- Petra the Rockhopper Penguin, p96
- Ben the Kingfisher, p98
- Anik the Snowy Owl, p100
- Gilbert the Pheasant, p102
- Oscar the Penguin, p104
- Jorge the Hay, p106
Here’s a little peek of my favorite birds from Edward’s Menagerie-Birds:
Sophia the Flamingo, p44
This adorable flamingo is one of the easier patterns from Level 1. I love her realistic features!
Ross the Turkey, p62
You can find Ross in the Level 2 patterns. I love his feathers and wings! He would be perfect to make this time of year!
Jack the Macaw, p94
Jack is a Level 3 pattern and is definitely my most favorite. I love his intricate color changes and all of his detailed characteristics.
In addition to the patterns, the author of Edward’s Menagerie-Birds has also provided some great tips and resources. She tells you how to use the book, gives a list of the materials that will be needed, provides sizing information, and gives standard forms for different body parts. There is also a fabulous section called “Technicals” that give the most amazing tools for a beginner to create the menagerie of animals. She provides some very useful information and techniques to help you complete these projects successfully.
Edward’s Menagerie-Birds: Over 40 Soft Toy Patterns for Crochet Birds by Kerry Lord from the Interweave Store for just $22.99
Already own it? Let me know what you think! Also, if you’ve made one of these beautiful creations, share it on your social media sites using #edsanimals! The author would love to see what you’ve made!
This book is first on my wish list. I love the looks of these birds and I love making birds, animals, etc.
What a fun book! I would love to try the Macaw. I’ll be adding it to my Amazon wish list.
It is a really wonderful book filled with lots of gorgeous patterns. If you like this one, you should also check out the first Edward’s Menagerie book 🙂
I really have been wanting to buy this book. This review makes me want it even more.
Thanks for great review! Like knowing something about a book before getting it…..or just to read what a book is about. 🙂
I have the first Menagerie book and recently made the horse. I can’t wait to get this one! I love birds!! Looks like I will have to modify one to get a quail though. The long gangly legs are perfect! Thanks for the review!
Lovely bird book. Perfect gifts for friends and family.
Will have to tey this!
I would love to have this book. I can’t believe how cute these are.
I would love this book- all the birds!
I love amigurumi and reading the review really helped me with deciding, this book’s going on my Christmas list! 🙂
I have her first book, now I need to add this one to my wish list!
I love the Edwards Menagerie books! I need this one! Thanks for the review!
I love this book! Love birds designs published in this book are simply beautiful
Thanks for the review– looks like a great book!!
Love all the patterns but Edwards Menagerie would be so much fun. Love the snimals. Thank you for all the lovely patterns and also the chance to win the hooks and for the nice giveaway!
I LOVE these birds! My mother has a large informal book collection that these would look great randomly placed sitting on the shelves!
Fantastic and beautiful animals, so much work 😉
Adorable and quirky! 🙂
Thanks for the the review!!
You’re very welcome Karen!
luv this book
Me too Barbara! I think the birds are so lovely and would make great gifts for kids or bird lovers!
I like it when book reviews are done. Thank you!
Thank you Ginger! I always like reading a review before I buy a new book 🙂