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AlterNation: Transform. Embellish. Customize. Paperback – November 28, 2007

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About the Author

Shannon Okey is the author of the Knitgrrl book series for tweens (Watson-Guptill) and forthcoming titles, Spin to Knit (teaches knitters to spin their own yarn) and Felt Tips from Interweave Press. She has appeared on HGTV's Crafters Coast To Coast and DIY Network's Uncommon Threads and Knitty Gritty.

Alexandra (Xan) Underhill is a designer, artist and performer. She graduated with honors from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1993. Her extensive resume and photos of her work can be seen at artofxan.com ? she's worked with everyone from Cirque du Soleil to stiltwalking performance troupes and music video producers.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (November 28, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581809786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581809787
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,268,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shannon Okey is a designer and the author, co-author or editor of many fiber arts-related books, including Knitgrrl, Knitgrrl 2, The Knitgrrl Guide to Professional Knitwear Design, Spin to Knit, Felt Frenzy, Crochet Style, Just Socks, Just Gifts, AlterNation, The Pillow Book, How to Knit in the Woods, the second edition of Knitting For Dummies and Alt Fiber.

She is currently working on a number of new publishing projects with her company Cooperative Press, whose books are also available on Amazon!

Okey is the former editor of UK-based monthly knitting magazine Yarn Forward, the current editor of Knit Edge magazine, and also a former columnist for knit.1 magazine. She has appeared on several crafty TV shows, including Knitty Gritty, Uncommon Threads, Crafters Coast To Coast and Knitting Daily TV. She teaches all over the world.

For the latest news on Shannon and her books, check out her Knitgrrl website which includes her teaching and events schedule, as well as information on upcoming projects.

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Cheshire Blue on July 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I first stumbled across this book I got really excited. I'm always looking for inspiration and the pictures displayed on Amazon made me believe it'd be a great buy.
I called around and it wasn't available anywhere, so I went a head and ordered it really wanting to get my hands on the book. I never had a chance to good through the book before purchase and was relying on Amazon's pictures alone.
It arrived and I was greatly disappointed, the pictures on Amazon, in my opinion where the only good projects in the book.
It isn't worth the money.
The book gives you only a taste of creativity. Some of the ideas are good, but executed poorly. It was hard to follow and I wouldn't recommend for novice sewer. I'd call myself an intermediate sewer and though the book wasn't too difficult to follow I could see where a beginner might get confused.
I was so dissatisfied with the book that I returned because I'd rather spend my money on some other DIY book I'll actually use.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Dana on May 13, 2008
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There are a few good projects in this book - the neck tie skirt and the corset skirt are quite good but most of the projects aren't really that interesting at all - like the tie collar and the Queen Liz collar (nice if you want to look like a frill necked lizard). You need to have an overlocker to finish some of the projects as they are just overlocked on the edge. On the crazy simple shift dress the arm hole and neck are just folded over and sewed - great if you want it fray on your first wash. Some of the clothing construction needs a bit of work or refinement. Like I said - it's okay.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By D. Matlack VINE VOICE on January 10, 2009
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I was able to check this book out through the library which was a relief because there are not enough projects in this book worth doing to justify the price.

First off this is a beginner book and is useful only to those whose sewing skills are rudimentary at best. A great deal of the designs are simplistic and can be done with a glue gun. Also the designs are clearly for adolescents, which may explain their very basic skill level.

As one reviewer quite acurately noted, all of the "good" projects are featured here on the Amazon website. Which means the buyer is in for a very disapointing bait-and-switch when they fan through this book and judge the other projects to unseemly to waste their time on.

Check it out if you must but spend those pennies on a more substantial book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bunches McGuinty on July 2, 2009
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I was fooled by the pic on the front cover...thought it would be a bit punk. NO. its grandma stuff. Don't bother.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By B. Rubeck on March 13, 2009
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This book is ok, they do have a lot of unique projects but most of them are so unique I wouldn't want to be seen in them. I do like a few of the concepts but for everyone I like there is one I don't. This book is staying on my shelf for inspiration purposes only, I may utalize one or two of them but I doubt it. Save your money and just look at a few crafting forums instead.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Artsy Lady on September 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I came across this book at my local fabric store the other day and while flipping through concluded it had some "interesting" designs. Although I feel the author did come up with some very unique ideas... none are what I would put in my "practical" clothing category. Mind you, if you are the kind of gal that would strut about the town in a duct tape dress (yes I do have a friend that has one) this book is for you... however for the rest of us who prefer a more subtle approach to fashion, this book is better left on the shelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margarita on March 21, 2012
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If you are the crafty type who looks through books looking for inspiration, then this book will be helpful. If you want detailed step by step instructions with fabric and notions requirements spelled out for you so you can run to the store to buy them, then you will be disappointed. It's a good thing that I never judge a book by it's cover because I would have never opened up this book with the silly looking punk-girl on the cover with graffiti on the walls (sorry to offend any hip 16 year olds). No, corsets were never sexy or cool (they had straps and buckles and belts and ties and cut off your circulation and made it hard to breathe...discomfort and pain are rarely sexy). I'm way above the age where I think that models look great when they are posed next to defaced city walls that my tax dollars have to pay to have cleaned and painted. That being said, I did get a some good ideas from this book and that is worth the few dollars that it costs here on Amazon. Even the two really awful ideas in the book are worth paying for, even if only to let you know what NOT to make and wear. The one thing that I did find truly offensive in this book is that the author suggested that you tell people that your trendy new clothes were "custom made for you". To not take credit for making something fabulous with your own two hands is selling yourself short. Why give the credit to another artist when the artist is really you?!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazmin on December 20, 2011
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I'm a big fan of DIY books. I ordered this not expecting something super excellent and fantastic with amazing ideas. I was expecting something mediocre with unique ideas. But even so, I was disappointed. While some of the ideas are interesting, they're also impractical. The items featured in it look cheaply made, like they rushed through making the item. Out of all the DIY things featured I found I only really liked one (there's over 10 featured.)

Basically, I wouldn't buy this again, and would not recommend it to anyone unless you're excellent at conjuring up really cool things out of a bad tutorial.
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