The beauty of the visual patterns of mathematics is highlighted in this engaging book. The mathematics is carefully laid out, but following every detail of the mathematics is not necessary to create the patterns of the crafts projects presented. … Excellent photographs throughout amply illustrate the use of mathematics … I highly recommend this book to teachers looking for beautiful projects for their students or to anyone who loves or is curious about circles, spirals, helixes, cross-caps, fractals, diaper patterns, symmetry groups, squaring the rectangle, and tiling spheres or the plane.
—Marcia Weller Weinhold, Mathematics Teacher, November 2012
There is something in this book for everyone from crafters to mathematicians to educators and students. … This book has a lot to offer for mathematicians and non-mathematicians, presented in a beautifully illustrated and well-organized volume.
—L’Enseignement Mathematique (2) 57, 2011
If Crafting by Concepts does nothing else, it should help non-math-geek knitters to understand there’s nothing to fear in the typical math of a knitting pattern. It also illustrates that a little mystery can be a lot of fun.
For knitters who are into mathematical knitting, this book offers a lot of interesting things to think about. … Crafty math teachers will enjoy the teaching suggestions that will allow them to use these projects and concepts in the classroom, hopefully bringing up the next generation of crafty mathematicians. And these projects take geek craft to a whole new level, which is pretty cool.
—Sarah E. White, About.com Knitting
I stumbled over this book and simply had to buy it … The authors’ interest is in linking mathematics and craft …
—Cally Booker, chairman of the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, on her blog, August 2011
The editors have collected nine projects from various authors and have presented them attractively in this beautiful book. … The book is wide-ranging, covering many mathematical topics and many craft ideas. … This book would be a great present for a mathematician interested in craft or a craft enthusiast open to thinking about mathematics.
—Vicky Neale, Plus magazine, August 2011
Fiberarts and mathematics in a marvelous union to not just create but to understand applications in Temari, Quilting, Knitting and ever cross stitch.
—Lacis Tools & Materials
From the Author
Gentle reader, we and the authors have endeavored to maintain a level of accessibility that will allow any reader to enjoy portions of the book. We do encourage you to stretch yourself by trying a new craft and learning some mathematics that is new to you (or new to the world). As you read and experiment more, you will appreciate the connections between the doing and learning of mathematics as and through craft. Crafting by Concepts
has been edited, indeed curated, to address many different audiences. We hope you find some part of this book that seems like it was written just for you.