*Comments are now closed! Thank you!*
Do words like 'mini' and 'teeny teeny tiny' get your attention? Do you have a fascination with doll house furniture? Does pocket-sized anything make you happy? Did you ever wish the Littles were real? Do you secretly play with your kids' Polly Pockets? Are miniature scissors, toothpicks and tweezers in your craft box? This might be just the craft book for you. And it's a giveaway!
It was pretty thrilling for me to hear from Margaret Mcguire at Quirk last year about this book they were putting together, Microcrafts. The idea was to showcase crafts that were all smaller than a spool of thread. I've always loved miniature things and the particular challenge that making tiny objects brings, so contributing two projects to this book was really pretty dreamy. I had more ideas than I could execute and it was wonderful working with Margaret and Alicia. They're swell.
Quirk Books, "Seekers of all things Awesome", are known for publishing titles that are refreshingly off the beaten path. These are the same folks that brought you classics like The Worst-Case Scenario series and now are enjoying the success of bestselling Mrs. Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children, which is on my list to buy. If you browse their selection of current titles you'll be sure to see something that intrigues you.
I recently received my copies of Microcrafts and was so excited to see the attention to detail in the layout and the photography. It's a beautifully designed book and chock full of so many tiny treasures to make, and of course I must highlight my own two projects! I'm very excited about them, made with the two materials most dear to my heart: wool felt and paper.
First up, a felt pendant with itsy bitsy flowers on the front and a pocket in back to stash a diminutive photo of your loved ones or teeny love note. Here are some closeups:
That's my mom and uncle up there in the black and white photo. Don't they have sweet little cherubic faces? Mom says they were both absolute rascals.
And my other project, miniature papercut notecards and envelopes with three folktale themes, Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, and Tom Thumb:
They also would double as miniature framed artwork instead of notecards. And there are many other projects in the book that are now on my must-try list. Here are some highlights:
Miniature bound books by Melissa Jacobson.
Tiny deer heads to complete any micro decor by Katie Hatz.
Crazy cute thistle bird feeders for your bonsai trees and terrariums by Len and Alicia Kachmar.
and this is one of my favorites, this tiny adorable dog and all its itty bitty accessories by Holly Keller.
There's also a great spread at the end with short bios of each author and contributor and their websites. There I am at the top left of the righthand page!
If you would like a random chance to be the proud owner of this copy of Microcrafts, leave a single comment here and I'll come back with the winner on Tues, Oct 11th. Good luck!