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The Crafter’s Guide To Papercutting
Search Press
Emily Hogarth

Search Press
14 September 2012/ ISBN 9781844488957
How-To Books/Papercraft
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Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

The type of crafts I love best are the ones that give the crafter the opportunity to do a lot with a little, and preferably to recycle something that might otherwise be thrown away. Papercutting fits the bill here: all you need is paper, scissors and a craft knife to create magical works of art.

Papercutting hooked me into its web at an early age and has lately been neglected in favor of the type of papercrafts that involve spending a considerable amount of money. This book shows you how to be your own die cutter, from a brief chapter about its history around the world to what you need to get started. This is not much, and it includes tips on handling your tools and the best way to begin, including choosing papers, using templates, finishing off your work, etc. Then it is on with the projects, which constitute most of this book, but with a difference. Instead of tracing, photocopying or scanning and printing (although you can also do all of this) this is a book with the actual printed sheets at the back, ready to use. There are fifty sheets of good quality card to cut out and use complete with colored fronts and backs (some of them patterned) and ranging from simple beginners pieces to the more complex. The projects tell you what you need to obtain and include some illustrated stages as well as a photo of the finished piece. I particularly liked the way it highlighted the most difficult places to cut and why. This is so useful and not always obvious at first glance. There are cards, a shadow puppet theater, mobile, cupcake cases, bunting, window decorations, silhouettes and more. Most are general purpose but a couple are for Christmas, although sadly none of them are cards. Styles vary to the layered variety reminiscent of Poland to the Swiss and German types associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch traditions and classic silhouettes. This is the sort of book that is a lot of fun and takes some time to get through so an excellent value for your money, especially as the end results are creations that are inexpensive to make but show off your skill. Who needs a die cutting machine anyway.
UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts
Reviewed 2013