Susan Beal is well-known in the craft world, and is the author of five books. She is active at craft events and online, writer of the popular blog West Coast Crafty.
Beal has also created a blog for this book specifically — the World of Geekcraft includes photographs of people making her designs, including what appear to be actual teenagers!
Adult/High School–Beal’s introduction declares, “We’ve come a long way since ‘geek’ meant a carnival sideshow freak,” which sets the playful tone of this book. To celebrate the geek in all of us, the author has pulled together 25 projects from a variety of crafters organized by difficulty starting with “Not a Jedi Yet” (easy) to “Warp Speed” (advanced). Each contributor includes a “best geeky memory” that often highlights a video game, Star Wars or Star Trek, or an early computer memory. Each project lists the necessary items and includes clear, detailed instructions. Accompanying photos add to the fun. Many techniques are used in the projects, including beading, appliqué, and felting. An extensive list of books, resources, and websites along with easily copied templates are included. Teens may be interested in using this book to make gifts, including a pendant made of watch parts (intermediate) or the “Secret Message Quilt”, which has Morse Code hidden in the block layout (advanced). It could also provide the impetus for a geek crafting party. Just geeky enough for plenty of smiles.–Jane Ritter, Mill Valley School District, CA