Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater

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Second-Time Cool shows how easy it can be to recycle knitted sweaters and strike a dazzling look. Simply grab an old wool sweater, wash in the hot cycle, pick up the scissors, and follow the instructions outlined in this book.

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Overview

Create unique fashion styles using old sweaters!

Here's a book for anyone interested in designing a wardrobe that expresses individuality in fun and creative ways.

Second-Time Cool shows how easy it can be to recycle knitted sweaters and strike a dazzling look. Simply grab an old wool sweater, wash in the hot cycle, pick up the scissors, and follow the instructions outlined in this book.

Ideas include appliqués, slippers, vests, wrist and leg warmers, stylish tops, bags and purses, and much more. The book helps readers think creatively about what can become what: a sleeve can become a mitten, the center of a sweater a skirt, and a turtleneck a hat.

The authors remind readers to look for interesting fashions from the past in secondhand stores. Retro is in: it's all about learning to customize, cut up, and change used clothes with confidence.

Also included are:

  • the basics of knitting and crocheting
  • line drawings to guide readers step-by-step
  • instructions on the how-to's of cutting up a sweater to produce a unique style.

Instruction pages are replete with full-color photography, while images displaying the end results offer inspiration.

The authors are a collective of Swedish designers, expert knitters, and fashion journalists.

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Editorial Reviews

Raleigh News and Observer
A sweater book for non-knitters, this Euro-cool book shows how to turn thrift-store sweaters into totes, ties, skirts, wrist warmers and more. Great for teens or other ultra-hip humans.

— Marcy Smith Rice

Booklist
Filled with inspirational color photographs and directions for different kinds of knitting, crocheting, and embroidery... lots of new design paths for the adventurous crafter.

— Ilene Cooper

Kansas City Star
Ideas you might have picked up if you had gone to fashion design school. They show you how to make new from old or create originals, all on a budget with tried-and-true crafts.

— Jackie White

Rocky Mountain News
Cool chicks with a penchant for DIY will love this guide.

— Lesley Kennedy

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
A defense of thrift-store shopping and brief historical lessons on recycling old garments... the authors reveal techniques for refashioning and embellishing used wool sweaters.
Girls' Life
The wardrobe possibilities are endless in Second-Time Cool.
Kansas City Star - Jackie White
Ideas you might have picked up if you had gone to fashion design school. They show you how to make new from old or create originals, all on a budget with tried-and-true crafts.
Rocky Mountain News - Lesley Kennedy
Cool chicks with a penchant for DIY will love this guide.
Raleigh News and Observer - Marcy Smith Rice
A sweater book for non-knitters, this Euro-cool book shows how to turn thrift-store sweaters into totes, ties, skirts, wrist warmers and more. Great for teens or other ultra-hip humans.
Booklist - Ilene Cooper
Filled with inspirational color photographs and directions for different kinds of knitting, crocheting, and embroidery... lots of new design paths for the adventurous crafter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781550379112
  • Publisher: Annick Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 92
  • Age range: 10 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Anna-Stina Lindén Ivarsson works as a fashion reporter for several major Swedish newspapers and magazines, and has a degree in art criticism.

Katarina Brieditis is an industrial and fashion designer, whose practice is driven by the "pleasure of the eye."

Katarina Evans is a handicraft specialist with an embroidery focus, who works in the textile industry.

Maria Lundin has translated a number of children's books from Swedish, including the young adult novel God and I Broke Up (Groundwood, 2005). Maria grew up in Stockholm and now lives in Toronto.

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Read an Excerpt

Foreword

Clothes announce your personality, your identity. Clothes allow us to play, change styles, and become someone different. With Second-Time Cool, you'll see how easy it is to make things with your own hands: how you can make new from old with craft techniques people have used through the ages, and how you can be sure no one else has clothing exactly like yours.

Just take an old wool sweater, put it in the wash on the hot cycle, and make something new. Don't be inhibited by rules and convention—let your hands lead the way and inspiration will follow. Get those scissors chopping! That old sweater will be transformed, even if the result is not what you imagined at the beginning. Ideas are everywhere: on TV, on the street, in the stores, in old books and magazines... even in museums. The way people used to do things is a great way to ignite your imagination.

Working with your hands is fun. And it's good for your soul. New ideas are often born when your hands are busy. You don't have to work fast. Be sure to enjoy the process, and forget about any pressure to perform—there are no rules. You're in charge!

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Reuse and Recycle
Wool Is Unbeatable
The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater
Project Ideas
Embroidery

Materials and Stitches
Knitting
How to Knit Knitting and Recycling
Crocheting
How to Crochet
Detailing

Recommended Reading
Index
Photo Credits
About the Authors


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Preface

Foreword

Clothes announce your personality, your identity. Clothes allow us to play, change styles, and become someone different. With Second-Time Cool, you'll see how easy it is to make things with your own hands: how you can make new from old with craft techniques people have used through the ages, and how you can be sure no one else has clothing exactly like yours.

Just take an old wool sweater, put it in the wash on the hot cycle, and make something new. Don't be inhibited by rules and convention -- let your hands lead the way and inspiration will follow. Get those scissors chopping! That old sweater will be transformed, even if the result is not what you imagined at the beginning. Ideas are everywhere: on TV, on the street, in the stores, in old books and magazines... even in museums. The way people used to do things is a great way to ignite your imagination.

Working with your hands is fun. And it's good for your soul. New ideas are often born when your hands are busy. You don't have to work fast. Be sure to enjoy the process, and forget about any pressure to perform -- there are no rules. You're in charge!

Read More Show Less

Foreword

Foreword

Clothes announce your personality, your identity. Clothes allow us to play, change styles, and become someone different. With Second-Time Cool, you'll see how easy it is to make things with your own hands: how you can make new from old with craft techniques people have used through the ages, and how you can be sure no one else has clothing exactly like yours.

Just take an old wool sweater, put it in the wash on the hot cycle, and make something new. Don't be inhibited by rules and convention -- let your hands lead the way and inspiration will follow. Get those scissors chopping! That old sweater will be transformed, even if the result is not what you imagined at the beginning. Ideas are everywhere: on TV, on the street, in the stores, in old books and magazines... even in museums. The way people used to do things is a great way to ignite your imagination.

Working with your hands is fun. And it's good for your soul. New ideas are often born when your hands are busy. You don't have to work fast. Be sure to enjoy the process, and forget about any pressure to perform -- there are no rules. You're in charge!

Read More Show Less

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Good overview for beginners

    This book has nice visuals and is slim on text. Focuses on felting wool sweaters and turning them in to accessories. A nice quick read on the subject; would be good for teens especially. Includes basic instructions for knit, crochet and thread stitches for embellishing.

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