“The Star Trek Craft Book” is still one of our favorites


If you’ve always wanted to create your own Tribble, Spock Monkey, Khan Finger Puppet or whatever Star Trek craft, well, you have no more excuses not to do it, especially with the scam season in full swing! Veteran craftsman, author and Star Trek fan Angie Pedersen writes The Star Trek Craft Book, a fun and authoritative how-to book for creating these and 22 other themed crafts.

The Star Trek Crafting Book is available from Simon & Schuster, and StarTrek.com sewn up a conversation with Pedersen, who walked us through his journey and revealed what fans can expect from his book.

StarTrek.com: First off, can you tell us your story as an author and maker?

Angie Pedersen: I am “multi-craft” which means I do a variety of different trades. My first job was crochet, which my grandmother taught me in 6th grade. Fast forward to 1998, when I started scrapbooking, and that’s where I found my passion. I wrote my first book on scrapbooking in 2002, titled The Book of Me: A Guide to Scrapbooking About Yourself. My second book, Growing Up ME: A Guide to Childhood Story Scrapbooking, was released in 2004. My third book, The Book of US: A Scrapbooking Guide to Relationships, was released in 2005. During these years I also wrote articles for various scrapbooking magazines, and contributed a story to Chicken soup for the soul of the scrapbooker. Scrapbooking also paved the way for other professions such as altered art, mixed media, and art journals. I also do knitting and sewing.

How big is a Star Trek fan are you?

PA: We are a family of Trekkers in the greatest of ways. My husband and I grew up watching CGU, and watched every episode of every new series. Our groom’s cake at our wedding had a Star Trek badge on it. We named our son James T., after Captain Kirk, although the T. stands for “Thomas” rather than “Tiberius”. “Thomas” is actually a nod to Will Riker’s middle name. We also attend the midnight screening of each novelty Star Trek family movie. We visited the Star Trek Experience in Las Vegas a few times and really enjoyed the timeline and the “historical” memories.

How did the opportunity to write the book come about?

PA: I write a weekly article for GeekCrafts.com and my book editor noticed that I mentioned a love of Star Trek in my biography. She emailed me and asked if I would be interested in working on a book project on Star Trek Arts and crafts. I thought that was a trick question, because how could my answer be anything other than “Yes?” “

There are probably hundreds of Trek– related crafts that people could do. How did you narrow the options down to 25 for the book? And how did you go about making the crafting options viable for beginners and experts alike?

PA: My editor and I did a lot of research on the Internet, looking for an assortment of Trek-Inspired by crafting and narrows down projects to include in the book based on variety of crafting techniques and difficulty. We wanted to make sure there were enough different projects for people to try out a range of crafting techniques, while still making it accessible enough for people of all crafting abilities to find something interesting to do. to try.

What do you think the illustrations add?

PA: Step-by-step illustrations help craftspeople have confidence that they are following instructions correctly and that their project will go as planned. They’re especially useful when you’re trying out a new type of crafting and aren’t sure exactly what things are supposed to look like every step of the way.

How much fun did you have designing the different projects and then writing the book?

PA: I had fun thinking and working on the variety of projects; for several months I was able to immerse myself by doing only Star Trek crafts – a geek craftsman’s dream come true. It was so much fun doing the research for the written introductions. Being able to dig deep into the characters and storylines that I already loved so much to connect them to the professions of the book made the project even more fun for me.

How much fun do you hope readers will have by doing the Trek trades described in the book?

PA: I hope the readers have as much fun creating the projects as I do, and that they also enjoy reading the stories of the characters and the episodes. I also hope they enjoy trying new craft techniques that they have never tried before, like decoupage on The animated series coasters or stencilled butcher paper on the tricorder purse.

If you were to follow up on this book, what are some of the things you would like to include in it?

PA: I really wanted to include a Bajoran earring project and something from Borg, like an eyepiece or a miniature cube. I also wanted to make a scarf incorporating Vulcan symbols!

This interview, which originally aired in 2013, has been edited and condensed. The Star Trek Crafting Book is a 176-page paperback that sells for $ 19.99. Click HERE to buy.

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