Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Review - Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share

Disclosure: After being approached by Quirk Books to do a review of their new publication "Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share", I received a free copy of the book. All opinions stated below are my own.

Tiny books designed by Melissa Jacobson

What is Microcrafts?
  • Microcrafts is a craft book containing the instructions to create 25 tiny projects from available "odds and ends". Published © 2011 by Quirk Books, the book was compiled by Margaret McGuire, Alicia Kachmar, Katie Hatz and friends. The photography is by Steve Blekowitz.
Monster babies designed by Holly Keller

What do I like about the book, you might ask inquisitively?
  • I don't know if it's obvious yet but I like to bounce happily between types of crafting. I get bored easy. That's how I am. This book, with its variety of crafts in an array of materials and techniques appeals to that fickle side of me.
  • In this book, there's something for you and there's something for me. Microcrafts is accessible to all levels of crafters from beginner to experienced.
  • From the outset, the authors state that most of these projects, because of their mini-stature, can be made in very little time with stuff you already have. That, I love!
  • The layout of this book is ideal. You see the full-colour full-page photo of the finished craft, and then immediately next to it are the actual-size templates and easy-to-follow instructions to make the project happen.
  • There are some really pretty crafts in the book by a number of talented contributors. A few of my favourites include the tiny greeting cards by Larissa Holland, the miniature books by Melissa Jacobson, and the monster babies by Holly Keller (all pictured in this post, by the way.)
Greeting card designed by Larissa Holland

If this were my book how would I change it, you might well wonder?
  • With a world of tiny possibilities at their fingertips and knowing that the authors were unconstrained by the type of crafting, I would have liked the book to contain a few really unusual projects, something to make me sit up and exclaim: "Well isn't that clever!"
But overall, my opinion of the book is this: Microcrafts: Tiny Treasures to Make and Share is a beautifully photographed, very well-constructed book, showcasing an assortment of attractive and teeny-tiny projects.

You have a great day now. I'll be back on Friday with a sweet and simple craft inspired by Microcrafts!


  1. Wow! This sounds exciting Michele! I love the Red riding hood extract! Can't wait to see what you are going to make!

  2. Miniature anything is generally tops with me. I look forward to seeing what you have made!

  3. Fun stuff. Larissa Holland is one of my favorite designers. :)

  4. Oh My God..the lovely tiny books are so cute..being a student, the books attract me more(which mostly scares me in real student life..hahaha)
    waiting for your great efforts about this treasure..
    Love ~

  5. ça a l'air tout plein d 'idées mimi, pour remplir les chaussettes du calendrier de l'avent , par exemple :)

  6. Now that sounds like a book for me!

  7. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Oct 09:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  8. Mini=cute in my book. I come from a long line of lovers of mini things :) This book sounds right up my alley.

  9. This book looks great from what I can see!! Can't wait to see what you have made!!!

  10. I think I've found my week-end project. I love miniatures. Those wee monsters are way too cute, and what a great way to use up little bits of fabric.


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