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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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 CooperCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved