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I dig Making Stuff, An Alternative Craft Book. The book is a substantial reference that starts out with the basics — how to knit, crochet, felt, applique, and measure somebody for clothing alterations. The book contains a heap of projects which are explained clearly with cheerful colorful photographs and illustrated diagrams where needed.

The projects cover the spectrum from things I’ve done long enough ago that I need to relearn (using your toe to anchor a braided bracelet) to things I’m looking forward to trying out (creating your own starlight lantern, and origami flower twinkle light shades). There is plenty of clothing options for you including a unicorn embroidery by Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching, and toy options for kids including a cute stuffed monkey made from sweater scraps by Clarity Miller of Blackbird Fasion.

Other things which caught my eye include a papercut necklace that makes me think of Tord Boontje, a bathmat made from knitting strips of t-shirt jersey, and a kite made from reusing plastic shopping bags or bubble wrap. Other projects include making cozies for your electronic gadgets, hardcore soap making and cute plush mobiles.

The projects in this book are all things I would make and use, and it’s presented in an appealing way. This is something I’m going to pull out and get some ideas from the next time I have an afternoon and a need to do something creative and new.

· comments [4] · 03-21-2007 · categories:books · craft ·

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  • 1 Miss Sassy // Mar 21, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Wow – Sublime Stitching is awesome!!! I just ordered my first pattern. I had to hold back as I wanted to order 10 but I have to make sure I’ll follow-through. Thanks again, Megan, for another great link. Sarah

  • 2 miranda // Mar 31, 2007 at 9:30 pm

    Library doesn’t have this book yet, but I saw it in the bookstore a few months back. “Craftivity” is OK, but I think this one is better – it just doesn’t have the same kind of promotional push behind it, alas.

  • 3 making services » making stuff // Apr 2, 2007 at 7:27 am

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  • 4 camilla // Apr 15, 2007 at 9:45 am

    I’ve just come across this review, while searching for a decent link to this book for my blog. Pleased that you liked the book, and super pleased you liked the bathmat as that was one of my projects!

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