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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)
Kind of disappointed in the contents, not my thing. I thought it would be something else, but should go well in the library book sale, where someone who can benefit will find it;Published 6 months ago by adnil
This book has a few interesting ideas that I will use but some are too simplistic or look like something a kid would do.Published on June 14, 2013 by Sheryl M
I have read several reviews on how 'useless' this book is and that would be true if you are looking for a craft book on how to make 'useful' items. Read morePublished on January 19, 2011 by K. Shiroma
This book was a complete waste for me. I like making USEFUL things from recycled items, and I like making realistic and funny critters from things in nature. Read morePublished on November 21, 2009 by Amazon Customer
Includes random projects that will never get made involving random household items lying around. Not very inspiring or attractive. blah.Published on August 2, 2009 by liana
I was given this book as a gift; I probably would never have thought to buy it myself, despite making my living as a hands-on designer. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by Doc Occula
I really wasn't sure if this book was going to be good or not- I thought that at the least it would have some good ideas and nice pictures. Read morePublished on July 30, 2007 by A. Johnston
If your idea of craft is a kit from Michaels, then this book may stretch your understanding of what craft can be. Read morePublished on June 3, 2007 by A. Hartley