It’s tough not to squeal with delight at these itsy bitsy Etsy animals. With the help of embroidery thread and a crochet hook — and, we presume, incredible patience and keen vision — a family of five from Vietnam called Su Ami create miniature animals small enough to fit in the palm of your hand — or even on the tip of your finger.
But don’t try these tiny guys at home until you’ve mastered the art of large-animal crocheting. When you’re ready to stitch up some miniatures, it’s important to select your hook and thread wisely. Your crochet pattern needn’t be micro-crochet specific, rather, the size of the hook and thread that you choose will determine the smallness of your final product. For rookies, opt for a pattern requiring simple shaping and little joining. Add a pinch of good lighting, a little bit of patience, and you’re just about there.
Our conclusion: the only thing cuter than your average tiny animal is a tiny animal of the microscopic and delicately hand-crafted variety. For inspiration, here are some of our favorite Su Ami creations.