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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial (October 10, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060841303
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060841300
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #934,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The force behind SuperNaturale.com ("an independent site dedicated to the Do It Yourself culture in all its glorious forms"), Carson teaches at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a partner at the design firm Flat, which counts Knoll and Urban Outfitters among its clients. Here, she offers up a compilation of craft projects sure to make your favorite DIY hipster happy this Christmas. Whether you've been looking for a how-to guide on making a crochet skull or instructions on how to knit your own hammock, Carson and her army of contributors (all have also weighed in on SuperNaturale) have it covered. The book is organized by medium into six chapters (including "Yarn & String"; "Glass & Ceramics" and "Lost & Found"), and the writing is as irreverent as the ideas themselves: "When my best friend got knocked up, I knew I wanted to be the one to make the baby blanket," writes contributor Callie Janoff. Projects range from the classic (etched glass pitchers) to the inspired, such as an embroidered screen door. And the contributors prove that practically everything can be repurposed, from a sweater with "embroidered" moth holes to underwear made from old T-shirts. Imaginative and inspiring, this is a fresh take on standard crafting.
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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)

More About the Author

Tsia Carson is the force behind SuperNaturale.com ("an independent site dedicated to the Do-It-Yourself culture in all its glorious forms"). Carson has taught at Yale and the Rhode Island School of Design, and is a partner at the design firm Flat, which counts Knoll, MoMA, and the American Red Cross among its clients. Her previous book, Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle (Collins, 2006), was reviewed in Nylon, Readymade, Bust, and Time Out. It was featured on Etsy and picked by the Amazon editors as one of the Ten Best Home and Garden books of 2006.

Customer Reviews

If you like having stupid, silly, useless items that collect dust in your house, then this book is for you.
Sherri Burrows
I even ask the librarians to order new books and am delighted when they purchase my recommendations, as they did with Craftivity.
Luci McKean
Not only are the photos in the book beautiful, the ideas presented are fresh and can be applied in a multitude of ways.
Denise C.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Carroll on November 8, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Allison Blevins on December 18, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Pushnik on November 8, 2006
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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!
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58 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Luci McKean on November 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
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!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By B. L. Byrd on January 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By California Crafter on February 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
I also got this book from my library and will definitely be purchasing it. Biggest strength is in the diversity of the projects and quality of the executions. I especially liked the "showcase" artists who take a technique and just riff on it to make their own presentation. Many craft books are too frilly for me - stuff that just does not inspire or challenge me. I've got power tools and I know how to use them. I love the hardware projects - can't wait to make my own bed! The Rice Box was adorable - I'm definitely filing that one away.

A few of the projects were things I had seen before or just was not interested in - those tended to be the stuff with yarn (ex the bag made of bags, the $200+ pom-pom rug) because yarn work is my expertise so I tend to need really advanced books for patternwork. This book is great for branching out from a crafty rut or expanding a crafty skill set.
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