Feb 27, 2008

new diy, how-to, and crafty nonfiction, 2.27.08

Anticraft: Knitting, Beading, and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister
AntiCraft takes an approach much sought after by the growing audience of hot publications like BUST, Ready Made and Craft: transforming traditional crafts into quirky wearable fashion. Featuring a variety of knitting, stitching and beading projects the book instructs, inspires and entertains.

How to Photograph Absolutely Everything, Tom Ang

Journal Revolution: Rise Up and Create Art Journals, Personal Manifestos and Other Artistic Insurrections, Linda Woods
The authors' honest humor and enthusiastic encouragement lead readers to create vibrant, edgy, urban journaled art, with easy projects.

The Cute Book, Aranzi Aronzo
The world of craftsters is full of things Japanese Cute - kawaii, and the look created by Aranzi Aronzo. Finally these priceless books of mascots, accessories, clothing and well, just about everything, come in ready-to-read English!

Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a t-shirt
In 108 unexpected, easy-to-follow projects, this pied piper of DIY shows first how to tee off with the basic materials plus add-ons (ribbons, lace,safety pins) and techniques (stitching, hemming, gathering). Then come recipes: 13 projects for customizing a T-shirt (i.e., doing everything to it you possibly can and still be able to call it a T-shirt); 21 projects for tank tops (less shirt, more style); and 14 projects for tube tops and halters (even less shirt and more style). There's the Two-Tiered Peasant Skirt, the Bow-Tie Beanie, the Sweet Dreams pillow. Plus gauntlets, pot holders and tablecloths, pillows and braided rugs. Not a DIY expert? No problem. More than one third of the projects are "no sew," so anyone who can wield a pair of scissors can put a personal stamp on her wardrobe.

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