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Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle Paperback – October 10, 2006
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“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)
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 13 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 lady 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