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Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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“For fun and giggles.”—Associated Press
“Small-minded is not a bad thing when it comes to crafting.”— OregonLive.com
“How do you make cute crafts even cuter? By shrinking them, of course! But cuteness is only part of the appeal—these crafts also use up the random odds and ends that most crafters accumulate as part of their creative process. From tiny stuffed cats and dogs to two-inch tall greeting cards to an impossibly cute mini-solar system mobile, there's inspiration here for crafters of all types. Of course, it takes a lot of talent to work with tiny pieces of fabric, felt, clay, and paper, but with results this sweet, it's worth a try.”—Library Journal
“Fun guide to making all sorts of wee crafts.”—Austin American Statesman
About the Author
A big fan of all things miniature, Margaret McGuire is an editor at Quirk Books. She lives in South Philadelphia.
If you're fast enough to pin down Alicia Kachmar, you'll find her crocheting up a storm on Etsy (eternalsunshine.etsy.com), teaching classes, or stocking the Craft-O-Tron machine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A designer, seamstress, and all-around handywoman, Katie Hatz wears many hats—and has a remarkable tolerance for hat puns. Check out her work at katiehatz.com and buy her wares at katiehatz.etsy.com. She lives in Philadelphia.
See a sample project from Microcrafts. [PDF]
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The book has twenty five different project, ranging from making miniature books and boats, to sewing projects, even to making those posh bottle caps with little pictures in them. All instructions (save the miniature book, but maybe I'm just a putz) are straightforward. It may take you a couple tries to get something as smooth and professional as it looks in the book, but by golly, they do give you the tools to do so!
They also included quite a few websites in the back of the book, for supplies and inspiration. VERY useful if you don't want to waste gas driving to the next county for a specialty store.
I highly recommend this book. It makes great gifts, plus lovely little treasures to keep around the house.
I would recommend this book for anyone who keeps a treasury, a bookshelf, of inspirational books for creative minds. I'm giving it 5 stars because it is well made, on heavy stock paper, the binding is secure so I think that it would do well in a school environment as well as a personal bookshelf or studio shelf.
Most of the objects in the book, the photographs, made me smile. I would recommend the book to any crafts person but also to artists. It is a beautifully made book, quality construction as I said, and I will probably buy a few more copies to gift to my artistic friends who love to make "littles" like I do.