Book review: Craftivity, 40 projects for the DIY lifestyle

by kath_red on 16/11/2006

in Books

By Tsia Carson of Supernaturale
Published by HarperCollins (and sent over by Jeff from 52Projects)

When I first flicked through this book, my first thoughts were that it looked pretty cool, great images but it seemed a bit discordant. So I went back to the beginning, where they had obviously anticipated this, and found the ‘how to use this book’ section where it was all explained, and then I thought it was not just cool but really quite exciting.

So here it is, the book is broken up into several chapters based on materials such as yarn, fabric, paper, wood and best of all lost and found. Then within each chapter the projects are listed as craft lite (easy), craft master (expert) and craft luxe (funky projects), there are also craftshop (techniques explained) and showcase (inspirational art projects).

The craft lite projects are fun simple easy projects for the beginner wanting to try out a new craft and the craft master are trickier projects that require skill and time and dexterity. But what sets this book apart are the craft luxe projects and the showcase sections as well as daring to delve into wood and paper, and in giving found objects a whole section all to themselves.

To give you an idea of the sorts of projects in this book and how different they are from the usual suspects, here are some of my faves that I really dug: the crochet skull (luxe), and the t-shirt underwear (luxe), embroidered screen door (master), wheelbarrow fireplace (lite), the chandy (luxe) (see cover)and the moth embroidered sweater (lite). Lots more to discover for yourself, this is a fun book excellent as a gift for (yourself) or best friend.

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1 kstyle November 16, 2006 at 12:29 pm

Just found your blog via imedagoze. Love it. Will be back to isit often. k


2 Chelle December 23, 2006 at 4:32 am

Cool! I just got my book and it skimmed through it last night..pretty interesting….:)


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