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AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People
     

AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People

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by Allison Hoffman
 
Make a miniature version of you, your friends, and celebrities too! You'll absolutely love this comprehensive guide to creating amigurumi people. Media favorite Allison Hoffman—whose delightful creations have graced the sets of Conan, Martha StewartJimmy Kimmel Live!, and more—explains how to craft and customize these Japanese

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Make a miniature version of you, your friends, and celebrities too! You'll absolutely love this comprehensive guide to creating amigurumi people. Media favorite Allison Hoffman—whose delightful creations have graced the sets of Conan, Martha StewartJimmy Kimmel Live!, and more—explains how to craft and customize these Japanese dolls at every stage. You'll learn everything from depicting the face of the person you're designing to getting the clothing, hair, and accessories just right. The possibilities are infinite . . . and infinitely fun! 

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/19/2013
Amigurumi are adorable, tiny, crocheted and stuffed toys. AmiguruME, as blogger Hoffman explains, are adorable, tiny, crocheted and stuffed dolls made to resemble whomever the crafter would like to capture in yarn. Her detailed guide to doing so makes up the bulk of the book, with a parade of options for shaping the dolls: long and narrow male head or short and wide female head? Wearing a windbreaker or a cardigan? Afro or mohawk? Instructions for all of these, and many more, are provided, along with basic instructions for crocheting, and lots of color photos. However, while it’s fun to spot the unidentified crocheted celebrities included—Mr. T, Little Orphan Annie, Willie Nelson, PeeWee Herman—it’s very disappointing that all of the photos are of the finished dolls. The patterns do not employ complex stitches, but still wind on for several columns per body part or piece of apparel, so it would have been very helpful to see how the dolls are constructed, in addition to reading about it. For experienced crafters who are up for a challenge, though, this book maps out how to AmiguruYOU. Full-color photos. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
Praise for Allison Hoffman and AmiguruME:
 
"When Allison made a crocheted doll with my likeness, I knew that I had truly made it. She is to crochet what Tupac is to rap."—Conan O'Brien
"Allison is a crafting genius. Of all the gifts that have been bestowed on me, I have to say the doll she made to look like me is my favorite." —Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
"Allison is the queen of crocheted characters." —Vickie Howell, designer, craft book author, and TV personality

Library Journal
09/15/2013
You don't have to be famous to have a doll made in your likeness—all you need is a crochet hook and some yarn, and you can do it yourself. Designer Hoffman made a name for herself by creating crocheted likenesses of pop culture personalities (her most famous was Conan O'Brien) in the amigurumi style, or the Japanese art of knitting small dolls or animals. Here, she presents a road map for crocheters who want to make their own custom dolls. Choose from a variety of head shapes, facial characteristics, hairstyles, and fashions, using yarn in the appropriate colors. Photos of a number of Hoffman's celebrity creations are interspersed throughout. The directions are basic enough for confident beginners, and an introduction to the crochet stitches commonly employed in amigurumi is provided. VERDICT This is a fun new twist on the amigurumi trend, and crocheters will enjoy creating yarn-based likenesses of their favorite celebrities or their families and friends.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781454703976
Publisher:
Lark Crafts
Publication date:
10/01/2013
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
79,052
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.34(d)

Meet the Author

Allison Hoffman designs amigurumi patterns from her studio in Austin, TX since and her work has since been seen everywhere from The Martha Stewart Show to Conan, as well as in art exhibits around the United States. She is frequently featured in both pop-culture and craft publications, such as Crochet Today, Interweave Crochet, BoingBoing.net, PerezHilton.com, and more. She blogs at CraftyisCool.com and designs patterns for several yarn companies. She teaches amigurumi classes in Austin, where she lives with her husband, three little boys, and two Labs.

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AmiguruME: Make Cute Crochet People 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really fun book for making gifts. It has different sections for different parts of the body that you can customize to make pretty much anyone you can think of. I've made some family members and even my husband's favorite characters from The Walking Dead. I learned a lot of techniques and can't wait to make more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I ordered a copy for our daughter and myself. She was rechecking it out at the library everytime it was due.
BrendaRau More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic book to begin amigurumi. Directions are super clear & patterns are very easy to use. I highly recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago