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AntiCraft: Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister Paperback – November 30, 2007
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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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lots of fun ideas here!
Oddly- since I am a knitter- the crochet patterns are more appealing to me than the knitted ones- though I do love the Skylla cozy that is a... Read more
The shipping was much faster than I was expecting and the book itself came in perfect condition other than a little squish on the spine, which could have been done in the mail. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Tiffany M.
I honestly haven't made anything out of this book yet but I have looked it over and it looks like the patterns are very strightford and are cutePublished 18 months ago by Megare
Great craft book for anyone that wants to learn or have more patterns on hand. It had awesome pictures to show you how to do everything.Published 20 months ago by Andy
Ah, my black little heart loves this delicious little craft book. Adorable and creepy projects along with humorous writing. Craft books don't get any better than this.Published 20 months ago by Rebecca W.
Very cool jollyroger hat pattern. Helped me step out of my knitting comfort zone; double knit stranded reversible pattern...OMG! so delighted when I mastered that. Read morePublished on February 4, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I love this book! It's dark and funny, quirky and non-traditional. It's just like I like my crafts. Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Andrea Ferber
this book it witty and fun. also easy to read with lots of great crafts...its a need to have for crafters everywhere!!!Published on December 4, 2013 by Tiffanie Reese