I was lucky enough to receive this book from my aunt last week; it's an ex-library book and someone had passed it onto her. Little did she know that it has been on my eBay watch list for quite some time!
What I find fascinating about books like this is knowing that Beatrix Potter herself was such a clever lady, that seeing the success of The Tale of Peter Rabbit it was her own idea to make merchandise to accompany it, and her other stories that came later. It's an interesting thought when you see Beatrix Potter themed goods wherever you go, and tut at the commercialisation of literature.
|Beatrix and Benjamin.|
Here is the first Peter that Beatrix made with her own fair hands. He was registered at the Patent Office in 1903.
So this book appeals to my crafty and Beatrix Potter-loving nature. It's quite dated now, having been published in 1992, but when I think about how much commercial fabrics - especially plush and velour - have improved in the last twenty years, I get excited about how much better these projects could look today than they do in these images!
So here are some of the projects in the book:
|Plush fur fabric is much nicer than this now|
|Think of these in today's velour fabrics! Squidgy!|
|Anyone else have one of these cloth animals in a bag? |
I had completely forgotten about mine until I saw this.
Probably another weird nineties thing.
|I also had a dressing gown a bit like that, also blue, but with Noddy on it.|
A disturbing thought now!
If you fancy a copy of this book so you can make your very own Beatrix Potter goodies copies still quite regularly wash up on eBay, and there are currently a number on Amazon Marketplace.
Beatrix Potter merchandise, while always around, does seem to come in waves. As a child I remember it being everywhere, with seemingly every other nursery being done out with a Beatrix Potter frieze, Beatrix Potter baby toys, and Beatrix Potter christening gifts. So it's funny that I should receive this book now, while we seem to be at the peak of another wave of popularity.
|My own childhood Beatrix Potter mug. |
I have a cheap copy too which I now use as my water pot for button painting.
Did you have Beatrix Potter items in your home when you were growing up? Or perhaps, like me, you have more now!