Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share

Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share

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by Margaret Mcguire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz
     
 

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It is a small world, after all!

Here are step-by-step instructions for making tiny teddy bears, little ladybugs, petite porcupines, itsy-bitsy bikinis, and much, much more! Microcrafts shows crafters how to create dozens of miniature treasures, each no larger than a spool of thread. No previous crafting experience or pricey materials are necessary

Overview

It is a small world, after all!

Here are step-by-step instructions for making tiny teddy bears, little ladybugs, petite porcupines, itsy-bitsy bikinis, and much, much more! Microcrafts shows crafters how to create dozens of miniature treasures, each no larger than a spool of thread. No previous crafting experience or pricey materials are necessary—just a love of all things small!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594747038
Publisher:
Quirk Publishing
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
31 MB
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction 1
How to Use This Book 3
Supplies and Techniques 81
Ideas for Modifying Microcrafts 84
Resources 85
About the Authors 86
Boats 5
Books 7
Bottle-Cap Frames 11
Bunting 13
Candy Charms 15
Cats 19
Deer Heads 21
Dogs 25
Fabric Buttons 31
Flower Pocket Pendants 33
Greeting Cards 37
Houseplants and Terrariums 43
Ladybugs, Bumblebees, and
Butterflies 47
Monster Babies 49
Owls 53
Party Hats 55
Planets 59
Porcupine and Friends 61
Ribbon Bows 63
Speech Bubbles 65
Spool Dolls 67
Teddy Bears 69
Temporary Tattoos 73
Thistle Birdfeeders 75
Yellow Polka Dot Bikini 77

Meet 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.

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Microcrafts 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
reawakenedbynancy More than 1 year ago
I am anti-anti-clutter and this book delights me. You could create tiny charming things and include them as quick cheer ups, little decorations and yes...collectibles! Love this and all her articles and books.
Of_Books_and_Birds More than 1 year ago
I really was excited to get this book and start making teenie tiny cute little crafts. It has some very adorable stuff in it. I am glad I got it. But, some of the directions are worded oddly and this can make some of the instructions difficult to understand.
Lilac_Wolf More than 1 year ago
I'm still enthralled by all the tiny crafts in this book. There are pictures, traceable patterns and step-by-step instructions to walk you through whichever craft you'd like to attempt. There weren't too many that were my style, but I saw many that I want to try or that I think friends would make. There are candy charms made with clay, tiny felted cats and dogs, boats, microtaxidermy (little deer heads, bears, birds, etc), fabric buttons, tiny flower pots with a tiny plant, greeting cards and even books. I could go on and on, but you get the idea. Things we all love making, with a tiny makeover. I want to try making the cats and dogs and teddy bears...in fact I think that would be a great Christmas gift for the kids in husbands family. If I can find the tiny pots, I think the little plants would be cute for adults. The tiny cat next to the spool of thread on the cover really gives you a clear idea on what this book is all about. It's ironic that its a fairly large hardcover book. Not thick but tall. Each project has a small tag on the page sized picture with the actual size and who designed it. Considering that this is a "compiled by", it is interesting to see who is involved in each craft. So the question is, do you like exploring your crafting skills? This book will challenge even the most talented crafter - and it's a fantastic way to use up all your odds and ends!
CuteEverything More than 1 year ago
Opening the book is the sentiment "Small is Beautiful", to which I heartily agree (and it's cute, too!). Microcrafts includes complete instructions for twenty five miniature crafts that are contributed by several talented designers, which adds a lot of variety to the types of projects in the book. One obvious benefit in making microcrafts is that it's a great way to recycle and repurpose your scraps of fabric and other tiny things. Some of the projects are: Empty nut shells use leaves on toothpicks as a mast and actually float! A tiny bunting attached to a card, present or cake is a festive way to celebrate a loved one's birthday! Tiny clay treats are easy to make and wear. I loved the gorgeous micro cards based on popular fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel. Teeny monsters, owls and teddy bears also make their appearance, all perfectly adorable! Ingenious Thistle Feeders are the tiniest bird feeders ever! What about making some of the spool dolls or monster babies and keeping them on hand to give to friends or strangers as a way to brighten their day! Of course, Microcrafts are perfect on their own, but there's also directions for turning these minis into useful things like magnets, pins and other accessories. Plus, Microcrafts is a great starting point for coming up with your own micro cuties!