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The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties

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You won't find die-cut teddy bears, cross-stitched friendship plaques, or ducks painted with bonnets in this hipster collection of crafts from Craftster.org founder, Leah Kramer. You will find forty easy-to-make,fun-to-wear, and stylish-to-display projects pulled straight from the pages of vintage craft books—plus ten all-new retro-inspired crafts-including: Cigar-Box Purse, Coffee Urn Lamp, Doll Face Fridgies, Glovely Lovely Coin Purse, Sweater Teapot Cozy, Novel Necktie Apron, Slip-On Toothbrush Bracelet, ...

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You won't find die-cut teddy bears, cross-stitched friendship plaques, or ducks painted with bonnets in this hipster collection of crafts from Craftster.org founder, Leah Kramer. You will find forty easy-to-make,fun-to-wear, and stylish-to-display projects pulled straight from the pages of vintage craft books—plus ten all-new retro-inspired crafts-including: Cigar-Box Purse, Coffee Urn Lamp, Doll Face Fridgies, Glovely Lovely Coin Purse, Sweater Teapot Cozy, Novel Necktie Apron, Slip-On Toothbrush Bracelet, Painted Glass Martini Set, Powder Room Poodle, Space-Age Party Accessories, and much more!An unabashedly tacky craft compendium for lovers of gold-painted macaroni, toilet paper cozies, and everything terry cloth, THE CRAFTSTER GUIDE features full-color and vintage photographs, descriptions of tools and techniques-and enough irony to fill a popsicle-stick purse.Reviews"It's time to get in on the latest social craze-crafting! In this clever book by Leah Kramer, you'll find a world of ideas. . . each with easy-to-follow instructions for even the most amateur craftsters."-Justine Magazine". . . an irreverent combination of recycling and innovation."-Decorating Digest Craft & Home Projects"Craft royalty Leah Kramer has rescued and resuscitated scores of great and so-bad-theyre-great projects from half a century of crafting history. Thanks to her discerning eye and clever wit, everything from the cinchy Cigar-Box Purse to the terrifying Terry Loincloth has been given a new lease on life. Whether you make them or mock them, this unforgettable collection of improbable projects is guaranteed to keep you crafting-and cringing-for years to come." -Debbie Stoller, editor-in-chief of BUST Magazine and author of the Stitch '¬´n Bitch books"Leah Kramer's collection of vintage craft books has served her well! She's come up with a kitschy collection of clever crafts that remind us of the days before the ubiquitous hot glue gun. THE CRAFSTER GUIDE is sure to be required reading for anyone interested in mid-century crafting culture." -Brini Maxwell, host of the Style Networks The Brini Maxwell Show"Leah Kramer has helped advance crafting into the twenty-first century with Craftster.org . . . but she knows the real way to our DIY hearts is with retro projects from the fifties and sixties. Who hasn't pined for a collection of these almost-forgotten classics? Essential for your craft corner library." —Jenny Hart, founder of SublimeStitching.com and author of Stitch-It Kit

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KLIATT - Shirley Reis
"Everything old is new again." According to fashion magazines, there has been a resurgence of interest in ‘60s style apparel. This book is sure to appeal to a wide variety of people who enjoy unique items for the home or personal use. Fifty different craft ideas are pictured in full-color photos. Each craft item includes detailed lists of the required materials and clear instructions to complete each project. A wide variety of items have been included: purses, jewelry, and household items. Some of my personal favorites are toothbrush bracelets, charm bracelets, LP records molded into dishes, a vinyl record clock, etched glassware, throw pillows, and a locker caddie. Leah Kramer is the creator of the popular website Craftster.org. This book is sure to inspire recyclers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580087476
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2006
  • Pages: 184
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Leah Kramer has been a self-proclaimed craft junkie since she could hold a pair of safety scissors. In her spare time, Leah combs the aisles of thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets looking for items to add to her collection of everything weird, old, and eye-catching, including 1950s craft and cookbooks, kitschy plastic charms, cake decorations, and old records with beautiful covers. Combining her computer skills with her love of crafting, Leah started the popular web community Craftster.org, whose motto is “No Tea Cozies without Irony,” in 2003. Much to her surprise, the website is now visited by hundreds of thousands of like minded crafters. Part-owner of the Somerville, Massachusetts, boutique called Magpie, which sells hip crafts and goods by indie designers and artists, Leah is also an organizer of the popular punk rock craft fair, Bazaar Bizarre (bazaarbizarre.org). Leah lives and crafts in Boston, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2007

    Kitschy Krafting

    If the alt-craft universe had rock stars, one of them would be Leah Kramer. Not only is she founder of one of the most popular craft websites in the world, Craftster, but she is also part owner of Boston indie craft shop Magpie as well as organizer of the Bazaar Bizarre in Boston. Now with her The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts: Fifty Fabulous Projects from the Fifties and Sixties author can be added to the list as well. In her book Kramer includes actual craft patterns from the Fifties and Sixties with updated material lists, as well new projects with a vintage kitsch asthetic. Each project features full-color and vintage photos as well as a list of tools used. She also provides a resource guide where crafters who want to explore their kitschy side further can find vintage patterns, projects and fabrics. Several of the crafts may be familiar to readers who perhaps saw them in their own or relative¿s houses while growing up¿beaded fruit or crocheted poodle toilet paper cozies, anyone? Others like gold macaroni tissue boxes and piggy banks made from bleach bottles may be reminders of summer camp projects. Although recycling was not a buzzword during the time period the crafts come from, many of them use household items like foil, records, baby food jars, towels and old light bulbs. Kramer is obviously having fun, and it shows. Some projects are wonderfully cringe-worthy items like an egg-carton lantern, popsicle-stick purse and after-shower terry loincloths. So whether you buy the book to make fun of the projects or to actually make them, Nifty, Thrifty and Kitschy Crafts should be a fun addition to your crafting library. Difficulty Level: Newbie to Advanced Beginner.

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