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Snowflakes, Sunbursts, and Stars
75 Exquisite Paper Designs to Fold, Cut, and Curl
Ayako Brodek and Shannon Voigt

Search Press
7 November 2013 / ISBN-13: 9781844489657
How-To Books/Papercraft
Amazon US - UK

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

The subtitle of this delightful and innovative book is 75 exquisite snowflakes, stars and sunbursts to make. This is, in a nutshell, what the book is all about. The two authors show you how to make these images using quilling, origami and kirigami.

The theme means this book is especially useful for making Christmas cards and decorations. And with the sunbursts, bringing a joyous touch to birthday and other less wintry occasions. As with many Search Press books there is a page on how to use the book. A selector is also included, showcasing all the projects with page numbers so you can dive in and choose your favorites. You can also learn how to do all three papercrafts, as well as finding out what you need to buy. There's even a page all about paper. I particularly like the section showing various bases for the origami and kirigami folds, which simplifies the processes while cutting down on pages, leaving room for more projects. These are all graded according to difficulty and each project comes with several photographed stages for a fairly foolproof result. At the back are a few ideas as to how to use them as well as a small number of UK websites that supply origami paper. More would have been good but this is a minor fault in what is an unusual, useful and most enjoyable book.

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