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Kirsty Neale

David and Charles (distributed in the UK by Search Press)
25 July 2016/ ISBN 9781446304273
How-To Books/Papercraft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


This book encourages you to “celebrate your love of paper” and has a hundred ideas on how to do it. There are even some tear out sheets of patterned paper to get you started…

At the front of the book there is an index showing how the book is divided into themed sections. Choose from stationery, cards, wearables, recycling, at home, parties and more. There is even a final section entitled “instant fix” where you can find the patterned paper. Some of these projects you can make up straight away, but as the papers are double sided, you need to decide which side to copy and which side to use instantly. There are also pages where what you need is listed; many of the items you will already have in the house for other purposes (basic office materials, wallpaper paste, wire etc). Others will be owned by most keen papercrafters. None are likely to cost too much as this is not that type of book; the emphasis here is on having fun with paper and recycling as much as possible. A lot of the ideas are quick and simple; all are contemporary looking, Make bunting by cutting out letters or bows, party hats, planters, favor envelopes, bags, jewellery, paper sequins for decorating baubles, bowls and cards. Have a go at doing papier mache, silhouette cutting, collage, using paperclay, decoupage, stitching on paper and various other new and old paper craft methods. These are all explained simply at the back in quite small print and with not many photographs, but succinctly and clearly. Each project takes a page and features a photograph of the finished piece and instructions. which are, again, brief but well written. In many cases there are also diagrams and patterns, some of which are at the back of the book. I don’t think you need a lot of paper crafting experience to make any or all of these projects, which is a plus. I can imagine this book being a good introduction to the wonderful world of paper crafting for many people.

If you cannot find a good range of paper crafting materials locally try for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
Reviewed 2016