Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book


Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book


28.5 × 21 cm | 8 × 11 in
212 ills | 144 pages

Editors: Ziggy Hanaor, Victoria Woodcock
Contributors: Jenny Hart, Rob Ryan, Made by Milla, Portland Supercrafty, Knitta Please

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Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book is an eclectic craft book for the new millennium. It is a testament to a trend that is only going to get bigger. Whether you are a seasoned crafter looking for new ideas or a novice who still doesn’t know how to cast on, this book is for you.

The twenty-first century has seen an explosion in all kinds of crafting. The rise of knitting as a cool pastime has led to circles and clubs springing up everywhere from New York to Notting Hill. Alternative craft fairs are fast becoming a weekend institution as ever more people are reclaiming these age-old hobbies and asserting their individuality by ‘making stuff’.

Using both traditional craft materials and thrifty finds, Making Stuff gathers together over 50 projects from established members of the craft scene that will undoubtedly inspire you to get your craft on. One section lays out the basic skills you need to make something out of nothing: knitting, sewing, crochet, felting and appliqué. The book both embraces and subverts these traditionally old-fashioned activities. Whilst the skills remain the same, the results have a modern edge—an eclectic mix of the useful, the hip, the beautiful and the downright weird. 

This book features step-by-step guides to learn how to knit an iPod cover, fashion a purse from your old school tie, stitch a piece of fabric into a stylish smock dress and fold beautiful origami fairy lights; alongside a plethora of ingenious ways to customise your clothes, make your own jewellery, decorate your home, recycle your old possessions and fashion baby clothes and toys for the children in your life.