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Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater Paperback – October 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 15 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 12
  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550379100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550379105
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,526,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–This unusual craft book presents an amazing array of ideas that can be made from a wool sweater that has been washed in the hot cycle and dried until it becomes like felt. When the fibers bind together, it can be cut without fraying. The finished products range from Northern-European trendy teen-style clothing to more conservative mittens, purses, hats, and scarves. All of the suggested items are accompanied by color photographs. In addition to the craft ideas, there is a lengthy discussion of recycled fashions complete with pictures of avant-garde designs. Beginners might be frustrated by the lack of step-by-step instructions, and the author uses terms like applique and rosette without any added explanation. There are also cursory introductions to knitting, crocheting, and embroidery but no real patterns. For newcomers, Judy Ann Sadler's Making Fleece Crafts (Kids Can, 2000) is a better place to start. However, Cool is ideal for those teens experienced in handwork and willing to try some of the stylish creations.–Donna Cardon, Provo City Library, UT
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From Booklist

Gr. 7-10. This book isn't for the fainthearted. The idea is to rip up existing knitwear and create a new garment. Ivarsson begins with a short history of recycling clothing and an environmental message. She then explains how to throw a sweater into a washing machine (so the material felts together) and begin cutting. There are no real patterns. The idea is to free one's creativity and to show how a sweater can become leg or wrist warmers, mittens, bags, scarves, even skirts and slippers. Mostly, this is filled with inspirational color photographs and directions for different kinds of knitting, crocheting, and embroidery. First published in Sweden, the book features models that are an attractive if somewhat motley crew; many of the outfits they wear are beyond hippie-style. Still, this provides lots of new design paths for the adventurous crafter. Ilene Cooper
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By cd on August 31, 2005
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I ordered this book because it looked interesting....well, it is! It is a wonderful idea book. It gives minimal instructions for creating garments out of found clothing (sweaters), but it is jam-packed with the neatest ideas and everything is doable with minimum skills. What is especially nice is that the photographs, writers, models are not from the U.S. It is always nice to really get a look into the style of people from different countries. Excellent book and "search" offered by amazon does not highlight the best parts. Do not go by the minimal pages that are offered as a sneak peek.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By griffinormom on December 27, 2006
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I agree with all the other reviewers: I was disappointed that there weren't patterns, but I also think the book provides really great design inspiration. The other two books on remaking clothing that I've looked at in the past three days (Generation T and Sew Subversive) were both quite basic and not that inspiring, design-wise... this book is much more design-conscious and exciting. For someone like me who has some confidence about messing around with materials, sewing, knitting, etc., this is a great book to get ideas bouncing around. But you'll have to work out the how-tos yourself, for the most part. Definitely a keeper, and well worth a look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doodle marie mayhem on January 16, 2009
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i LOVE this book. received it yesterday & spent the evening enjoying the text & photos inside. it's well-written & exciting for those (like me) who love thrift shopping for items that are unique. and what could be better than taking those found objects & converting them into something even MORE interesting? this book is not for those who prefer to dress like their aunties. this book is for those who don't want to dress off-the-rack. the projects offered cannot be exactly duplicated because materials will, of course, vary. but that's the fun of it! i will use this book as a jumping-off point for my own imaginative play with fabric & design. congrats to the authors for a truly fun look at fashion variety. i look forward to their next offering!!
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Okie in Alaska on October 26, 2007
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I was very disappointed in this book. It tries to be cool (like it says in the title) but honestly I expected a certain level of sophistication and directions for projects. It lacks both although the book does show you how to knit and crochet, how to make pom poms and how to make fringe (all of which I already know how to do) and gives you a little history lesson all at the same time.

If this was still the 80's this book would have been perfect. If you like Cyndi Lauper (and that was the first concert I ever went to) or maybe Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, you might like this book for inspiration. As for me, I am returning the book.

I recommend both "Heartfelt" and "Felt it! Stitch it! Fabulous!" They get 5 stars from me!
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By K. Myers on October 15, 2005
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A decent book. Very short. But if your looking for details on how to take a sweater apart, that is not what this book is about. This book is about how to use recycled material to make new, but goes into very little detail on how to take apart a sweater.

But dont get me wrong. It definetly is good at inspiring you on how to recycle previously used items.
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18 of 25 people found the following review helpful By crafty on December 20, 2005
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I was disappointed with this book. Part of the problem may be that I didn't realize that the book only applies to felted wool sweaters; none of the ideas presented in the book can be used for another other type of sweater. Additionally, there are very few patterns or specifics in the book; it consists mainly of photographs of projects that others have done.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Selina on June 26, 2007
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This book has lots of creative ideas that you can expand on.
Good for beginners.
It shows you the basics of how to knit, crochet, embroider, felt, and more.
I personally loved it.
Its very good for a resourceful person who loves to recycle old items.
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