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AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister Paperback – November 30, 2007

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An avid seamstress, Renee has been designing knitwear for eight years. Her work has been published in Stitch 'n Bitch Nation and she has been teaching knitting, crochet and beading classes for the last two years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600610307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600610301
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #205,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'd pre-ordered this book after seeing the authors at the 2007 New York Book Expo -- how two human beings could be filled with so much awesome I'm not sure. I'm not a beader, or a stitcher, but I know plenty of slightly sinister people and thought this would be a perfect gift. Well, it arrived today and the result was far better than I could have imagined. Not only are there instructions for knitting slightly sinister pirate hats, constructing corsets out of black duct tape, sewing wiccan dresses, crocheting stuffed rats, and the like, but there are absolutely stunning photographs with each -- not Sears catalog photos but truly sumptuous (and slightly sinister) fashion shots by the extremely talented al parish, AND the authors are ... magically hysterical. The book design is engaging and gorgeous and includes a section in the back with step-by-step instructions on how to knit, crochet, bead, and, most importantly -- make chain mail. Plenty of people on my friends list will be getting copies of this from me, but I'm keeping this copy for myself.
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I've been disappointed with craft books that claim to be quirky, different, or non-traditional; often, the patterns are downright silly, or are for items I can't see myself needing (like a knitted paperweight, or a crocheted beer cozy). Anticraft delivers exactly what it promises! Finally, an "alternative" crafting book with patterns I'll actually make (and want to keep more than give away!).

It would be impossible to review this title without commenting on the book's format. Anticraft is almost as much fun to read as it is to make the projects within - the gothic themes are expressed with a dark and irreverent design that at first might seem as though it detracts from the patterns. It's important to remember that Anticraft is more than a book of projects; it's a way of life, in a way. Each project includes "mood enhancers," which include anything from classic poems to theme-appropriate songs. Designer biographies and little bits of expository writing (on anything from pagan holidays to pirates to throwing an anticraft party to recipes for sinister gatherings) add color to the book, and don't at all feel like filler material.

But the patterns! My wardrobe contains little in the way of black, but I found a lot to love in Anticraft's projects. Personal favorites include the Snake Dance Thigh Highs (super cute for work or play), Skyla (a squid-shaped menstrual cup cozy for those off weeks), the Apothecary Tote (a crochet bag with poisonous intentions), the gorgeous Tree of Life and Death beaded bag, and the cross-stitch graffiti project (where you tag one of those hideous cross-stitch wall hangings with some stitiched graffiti). Proper goths will love the duct tape corset, the chainmail chandelier earrings, the crocheted flogger, and the two-headed amigurumi rat.
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I have tons of craft books and this one probably has the wittiest style of any. In fact, I think the sidebar commentary is the book's greatest feature for me.

The authors also did a good job of introducing the reader to a variety of crafts; I think it would be a good resource for beginning crafters (of a certain sensibility) who are looking to try out some new skills.

I'm not sure if I want to make a crocheted bull whip or two-headed fetal rat thing, but I'm sure somebody out there does.
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I just received my pre ordered copy and words really can not do this book justice but I will try. Before I even started looking at the patterns, I was immediately reading and although I do not know these two personally I would like to, they are full of character and fun. Now on to the patterns, skulls, earrings, corset, hat, wheel of the year, and more. I am actually thrilled with the layout of this book and again the sense of humor contained in these pages is well worth the read. Grab yourself a copy, you won't be sorry and the first thing I want to make is the wheel of the year skirt. Oh I almost forgot, there are thanks to the academy (this really cracked me up).
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By Cikk on January 23, 2008
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I ordered this on the off-chance, and thought it would probably be yet another tome full of quirky stuff I would never make - or worse, more of the grungey badly made stuff that fills so many alt craft books. Totally totally wrong. This is such a cool and beautiful book. There are a bunch of things I want to make here, and I am not a teenager... Yes, there are things I will never make - but perhaps I will actually make them for some other use! I love the arm warmers, and all the different jewellery - this is actually the first time I like crochet jewellery, and the first time I am tempted to get into beading or other ways of making jewellery. Some absolutely gorgeous designs which look like the really expensive designer costume jewellery I spend way too much on... and a cute (not corny) wheel of the year skirt. Some cute bags and other acessories, and a rather tempting duct tape top.... Good buy!
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I had this on my wish list for months but was hesitant to buy it. I finally got a look at the book in a store and bought it right away! There are a lot of knitting patterns and I don't knit, but many of them have charts that can be used for one of my other loves: cross-stitch. Lots and lots of skully charts = love. There is only one crochet pattern (for a choker) that I might try, but the duct tape corset, Wheel of the Year skirt, and chainmail earrings are all calling my name. The authors also suggest making the Wheel of the Year skirt as a Phases of the Moon skirt, which is more my speed. The commentary throughout is amusing enough for me to pull the book off my shelf and read it when I just want some crafty inspiration.
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