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Alternacrafts: 20+ Hi-style Lo-budget Projects to Make [Spiral-bound]

Jessica Vitkus , Elizabeth Lee , Brian Kennedy
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Book Description

31 Mar 2006
"AlternaCrafts" is a hip and fun craft book with an "indie spirit." Its 20-plus quirky projects and funky, bold graphic design target teenagers and twenty-somethings (as well as older crafters open to newfangled ways) who want to make their own unique mark on the world. Among the projects are a Jean-ius Bag (made from a pair of old jeans); Vegan Print Pillowcases (pillowcases printed with simple shapes cut from potatoes and other veggies); Chain Mail Cuffs (knitted metallic cuffs); and Knot Again (the 21st-century version of a macrame choker, embellished with nuts from the hardware store instead of traditional beads). With an emphasis on recycling, making projects from scratch, and improvisation - as well as reliable, detailed, easy-to-understand instructions - "AlternaCrafts" gives the newest generation of crafters the skills they need to self-express by shaping their own environments, whether they're working on their bodies, their bedrooms, their lockers at school, or their first apartments.

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  • Spiral-bound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Stewart, Tabori & Chang Inc; Spi edition (31 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1584794569
  • ISBN-13: 978-1584794561
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 22.2 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 915,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Quirky projects for the experimental craftster
-- Guardian, February 3, 2007

About the Author

Jessica Vitkus is a writer and TV producer living in New York City. She writes craft stories for various Martha Stewart magazines and developed craft projects for Martha Stewart Living TV. She also helped create and produce "Craft Corner Deathmatch," a satirical craft game show on the Style Network. Jessica has worked as a writer/producer for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," "Pop-Up Video," and countless MTV news stories and documentaries.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lame craft projects with childlike results 3 Jan 2010
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I was pretty disapointed with this book - the projects just look so handmade and basic - there's nothing much inspiring in it at all. Projects include buttons stuck on a pot to make a lamp base, potato print pillow case and a denim skirt made out of jeans. I wasn't inspired to make any of the projects in here. There are way better books out there, so don't waste your money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Novel ideas 10 Jan 2010
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If you are young, and fairly new to crafting, this book will give you ideas and an introduction to techniques. It will also spark a few ideas of your own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Alternatively, buy a different book 14 July 2012
Great idea for a book, focusing on traditional craft techniques but using recycled stuff to make projects affordable and eco-friendly. Problem is, the DIY punk ethic really falls flat when you're sewing little hearts and flowers onto everything. A lot of the techniques used (stamping, rag rugging, collage) have the potential to create something really cool & innovative. I guess the projects are just a bit more light and airy, erring towards a more country-crafts style than I had anticipated from the cover. I'm all for the handmade ethic, but these examples just look amateur, not funky craftster.

This book might give some inspiration to a creative type who can use the ideas in more original ways; or it would be good for entertaining bored but creative teenagers. Overall, though, it just really fails to hit the mark. Buy 'Readymade' by Shoshana Berger, or 'DIY' by Ellen Lupton, instead.
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I originally purchased Alternacrafts hoping it was going to be as amazing as the front cover looked. I was intrigued to see what low cost ethical type projects would be found and in all honesty was seriously let down. It's as though in my opinion the author has taken a few projects from somewhere like Cut and Craft or Etsy and then bulked it up with some 80's inspired crafts. The altered denim projects were something that was done years ago. Well before the book was published.
My advice is take a peek before buying or save some money and visit some craft inspired websites prior. The only project i did enjoy was the t-shirt rug, but i had seen this done so many times over.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has provided me many hours of crafting goodness! 27 Aug 2006
By Spaced - Published on Amazon.com
The projects here are varied and so great (the curtains made from bandanas? Love!), there are color photos on practically every page, the directions are clear, and it is spiral-bound--this is such a plus with craft books.

All in all, this is probably my favorite craft book that I've seen.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and easy and pretty 30 April 2006
By Sluggie - Published on Amazon.com
Most craft books don't have enough pictures and illustrations for my liking. This one has a lot -- really breaks down the projects into steps that are easy to follow. Nothing is too hard. The photos are beautiful. The projects are quirky. I like all the recycling (flowers from sunday comics, old sweaters into new hats). You don't have to go out and buy much. Especially good for making gifts.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was amazing! 13 Nov 2006
By T. Tims - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're crafty, sometimes you get in a funk and can't think of things to make. This book will get you started on some new ideas. I had seen the shaggy dog rug in another book, but I liked this one even better. I didn't use it for my dog, but even better: a bath mat! It took a long time, but it was easy, and I get compliments on it all the time.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Crafts Book for Everyone 10 Aug 2006
By O. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are interested in expensive, creative, easy, explicitly intructed craft ideas, you'll love this book. I am not a "crafter", yet I could follow the instructions for these projects easily. Most important of all, the supplies are "found" objects, things you have around the house anyway, for the most part, and you don't need to spend a lot of money buying supplies.

This book would be great for all ages, especially teens and young adults. However, I am middle-aged and loved it! It is rather elementary, but I needed that. Great value!

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 30 May 2006
By cakeisdelicious - Published on Amazon.com
This book is great!!! I'm not very crafty, but when I saw this book, I though, why not? The projects are cool and the directions are clear and easy. Most craft books are either super dorky or super snotty, but this book rules. It's cool and really accessible to every level of crafter. A lot of people will get this book as a gift this year from me. Nice work :)
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