December 14, 1987 12:00 PM

Crushed velvet, plush fur and button eyes: that’s what jointed teddy bears are made of. And beneath that, cotter pins, polyester fill and Masonite disks. In 80 minutes, teddy-bear designer Frances Andrews of Media, Pa., cuts, bastes, stitches and stuffs a 17-inch traditional tan teddy. (A $15 kit that includes pre-printed fabric and other supplies, except the fiber fill, comes free with the tape during the month of December). (Learn By Video Library, 801-355-4230, $29.95)



The first of these 60-minute tapes presents an array of miniature do-it-yourself-if-you-have-the-patience Victorian-and country-style ornaments. We learn to tuck tiny sprigs of artificial holly into itty-bitty baskets, dress lilliputian boxes with bits of ruffled lace, loop teeny-weeny ribbons into bows that decorate mini-wreaths, and more. Linda Kortz, proprietor of Classic Crafts, in Nazareth, Pa., is a genial though redundant guide, using “tiny-little” as an adjective more than 10 times in the course of her instruction. Kortz moves quickly, wielding wire, glue gun and scissors to create cunning nosegay baskets, delicate lace fans and plump plaid bows accented with snowy rosebuds and pine sprays. In Christmas Crafts #2, instructor Kay Salisbury of Salt Lake City uses similar tools to mount larger productions. Under her tutelage we learn to transform a trio of straw fans into decorative bells, turn candy canes into reindeer (with pipe cleaner antlers and pom-pom noses) and fashion dumpling-shaped Santas (with blush-on cheeks and felt pen eyes) from patches of red stretch terry. “Cute little” are Kay’s adjectives of choice. Thus we have “cute little” patchwork ornaments, “cute little” stuffed stockings and lots of other “cute little ideas” for “cute little decorations.” Compliments to both women for their clever creations and fine manicures. And, to each, a thesaurus for Christmas. (Learn By Video Library, 800-526-7002, $29.95 each)



Candied orange peels, chocolate-covered sour cream pretzels, powdery bourbon balls—here is a chance to indulge in Christmas confections. Each of these approximately 30-minute, neatly produced tapes offers seven simple recipes, many of them brimming with butter and sugar. Ingredient lists precede each demonstration—all we see of the cook are her hands—and a quick review follows every recipe. Among them: brandied fruit cake, glazed stollen (on Holiday Gifts) and batches of coconut crisps, jewel bars, fudge nougats, royal walnut crowns and buttery yuletide cutouts (on Holiday Cookies)—any combination of which would be just the thing to leave on the mantel for Santa. (Kartes Video, 800-582-2000, $9.95 each)

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