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Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle: 40 Projects for the Maverick Crafter [Paperback]

Tsia Carson
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Book Description

2 Nov 2006

From the creators of the hugely popular craft site, Supernaturale.com, comes a hip and funky compendium of new DIY projects that reshape, reuse, and redefine the concept of "handmade," moving away from country–cutesy, granny craft into utilitarian craft art for the 21st century.

Got a pile of extra buttons and don't know what to do with them? Make a cool bracelet. Need some pillows for your new couch, and have a bunch of old wool sweaters? Turn those sweaters into felt! Knitting, felting, leather tooling, glass and metal work––it's all here. CRAFTIVITY is filled with 60 amazing DIY projects that make the most of what you have by taking old stuff and turning it into functional, breathtaking art.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (2 Nov 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060841303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060841300
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 20.1 x 25.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,316 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Sophisticated, imaginative and broad in scope…offers a fresh perspective of what crafts can encompass.” (Julie Jackson, founder of subversivecrossstitch.com and author of Subversive Cross Stitch)

“A must-have for any crafter who dares to walk on the wild side of the measuring tape.” (Kathy Cano Murillo, national craft columnist, founder of CraftyChica.com and author of Crafty Chica's Art de la Soul)

“Anyone who loves to make, modify, and invent their own stuff will want to read Craftivity from cover to cover.” (Lupton, author of D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself)

“The 40 offbeat, engaging projects will lead to a heightened sense and enlightened view of the creative flair within you.” (Jeffrey Yamaguchi, author of 52 Projects: Random Acts of Everyday Creativity and publisher of 52projects.com)

“With its fabulous ideas and gorgeous projects, this will be a well-used source of inspiration on my (recycled) bookshelf .” (Danny Seo, author of Simply Green Parties & Simply Green Giving)

“A welcome, thoughtful addition to the expanding universe of DIY books...recipes for beautiful, unusual objects.” (Bust Magazine)

“Unusually elegant compared with most crafting books...a wistful and inspiring read.” (Nylon Magazine)

About the Author

Tsia Carson is the founder and editor in chief of SuperNaturale.com, an alternative crafts Web site, as well as a partner at Flat, a multidisciplinary design firm. She teaches design at Yale University and Rhode Island School of Design.

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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated 20 May 2012
By Paula
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was a bit shocked by the language used in this book, when refering to someone being pregnant as being "knocked up!" The projects are very dated. I wouldnt really recommend to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Form and Function 8 Nov 2006
By M. K. Carroll - Published on Amazon.com
It's not just pretty, it's useful. The first thing I noticed about the book was how pretty it is - the layouts are elegantly clean and simple, the photos are beautiful, and it's a pleasing book to hold and flip through. After enjoying the eye candy, I went through the book again and was impressed by how well the individual projects are presented - there's a lot of freedom to improvise if you want to, but you can also follow a project from start to finish and not get lost.

The projects range in scope; there great gift ideas, home decor (love the embroidered screen door!), and projects that dance on the art/craft line (like designing moss patterns). There are projects for beginners and projects for the more ambitious, making this a nice book for a wide range of crafty folk, especially those who are fans of magazines like Make, Craft, and ReadyMade. Some of the projects are ones that I've seen before, but the presentation here is so well done that I don't feel cheated.

I like keeping this book on the nightstand. It's good for dreaming.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars creative beauty 19 Dec 2006
By Allison Blevins - Published on Amazon.com
I really, really love Craftivity. It's the kind of book that is more and more inspirational with every page turn. And the kind of book that makes me wish I was creative like THAT.

I'd definitely recommend the book for anyone who is remotely crafty or wanting to be. It's one of those books that just makes you happy to revel in the art and beauty contained in it's pages.
33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crafting can be chic and cheap, thanks to Tsia! 8 Nov 2006
By M. Pushnik - Published on Amazon.com
I was so excited to finally recieve my book, and let me tell you it has gone above and beyond my expectations. Craftivity is not only beautifully designed but the projects cater to a wide variety of crafters, creators, and thrifters. She offers creative solutions in material use and more importantly, reuse.

Well done!
58 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good I had to buy it! 2 Nov 2006
By Luci McKean - Published on Amazon.com
I have very high standards for craft books, and so I tend to preview a lot of craft books at my library rather than buying them outright. I even ask the librarians to order new books and am delighted when they purchase my recommendations, as they did with Craftivity. So 99.9% of the time, I look at the books and occasionally make notes about a particular project or two that I might enjoy making ... but this book won me over within the first few projects. I liked it so much that I placed an order to buy it, and that's very unusual for me. Very. Of the 40 project "recipes" in the book, I expect to make my own versions of more than half of them, and that's an amazing ratio.

Tsia Carson has selected some astoundingly creative folks to contribute to this book, and it shows. Even when the projects *sound* as though they might be old-hat, the actual project directions and illustrations show something fresh and unique -- by now, for example, it seems like everyone and their sister have been making felt flower broaches, but the one in Tsia's book, designed by Desiree Haigh, is a fun 3-D design I haven't seen elsewhere. Similarly, there are loads of patterns and designs for "softies" online, but Pearce Williams' Soft Octopus is a fun variation that looks really complex and professional when finished, but the instructions and pattern are clear and really quite simple to follow.

And then there's Jenny Hart's (SublimeStitcher.com) submission of an embroidered Screen Door ... and Jennifer Kabat's unique suggestion of what to do with a moth-eaten sweater (no, it's not felted) ... and the very craft that brought me years ago to Glitter (the crafty discussion board hosted at Supernaturale.com): a crochet skull! I mean, hey, This Is NOT Your Mother's Crochet! This book is literally filled with contemporary, hip twists on the DIY lifestyle.

The book design, as would be expected from an author who's co-founded a successful NYC Design firm, is clean, supremely functional, and elegant. The photos are luscious, and the instructional photos (step by step knitting, crochet, and embroidery stitches, for example) are clear, precise, and absolutely helpful. And the artists showcased are inspiring on their own -- I mean, hey, Noney Money? I *love* that!

So thank you Tsia, for not only hosting the world's best crafty community, but for gathering such fabulous artisans to offer us all wonderful, unique projects that are entirely do-able.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic Inspiration for the DIY-er 9 Jan 2007
By B. L. Byrd - Published on Amazon.com
Craftivity is among the better DIY books now on the market (and there are many of them these days). The projects cover a wide variety of crafting disciplines and are all fairly well explained (although the novice crafter would likely need additional instruction or another reference to get started). There's probably nothing in the book you couldn't live without, and quite a few things that might take more effort than they are worth (the knitted lampshade and hammock come to mind). There are, however, a satisfying number of "Why didn't I think of that?" projects (bleach-printed T-shirts! a wooden rice play table!) that would certainly make life much cooler. Worth it for the projects . . . still worth it for inspirational value alone.
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