Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love

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Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home?and yours . The book is divided into four ...

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Overview

Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain.

Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror frames—perfect for a teenager’s room—plus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of men’s shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/17/2014
Stocker, a blogger who had a career in apparel and textile design before staying home to raise children, offers 60 projects in four seasonal chapters, with holiday nods going out from May Day (sheet music and paper bag floral cones) to Halloween (naked zombie Barbies, painted delightfully white). Most undertakings require only an open mind as a skill set, though a bit of sewing (patchwork jeans from thrift store shirts or the picnic blanket fashioned from men’s apparel) or crochet (glass fishing bobbers as casual décor or tree ornaments) skills will help. Even the most gifted repurposer should find inspiration in the woven chair back, crafted from yarn and a lucky side-of-the-road find (a set of mid-century modern dining chairs). “Sometimes,” says Stocker, “what seems blah at first glance just needs an open mind and a little love to be completely transformed.” A keeper for thrift-store divas and dumpster divers. (Mar.)
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“A keeper for thrift-store divas and dumpster divers.”
--Publishers Weekly

Library Journal
03/01/2014
Stocker, author of the popular Wise Craft blog, specializes in easy-to-make crafts using repurposed materials. This collection features 60 new projects employing a variety of techniques, from hand quilting and weaving to papercraft and collage, intended to bring new life to worn-out objects. Stocker divides her projects by season, and each of the seasons includes holiday arrangements (Halloween, Christmas) as well as entries capturing the color palette and feel of a season (bold brights for summer, subdued and muted tones for fall). Few of the projects require specialized skills or knowledge, and those that do are beginner-friendly. Like most craft titles featuring upcycled or repurposed objects, the ventures can be hit or miss—taking the covers off a thrifted[?] book and using it as a trivet doesn't require much skill or creativity—but the majority of the ideas in this book are a lot of fun. VERDICT Crafting via repurposed materials is an ever-popular topic, and Stocker includes plenty of thoughtful, useful, and stylish projects in this collection.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762449699
  • Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 319,468
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Blair Stocker has been a modern crafter and prolific "creative" her whole life. After a career in apparel and textile design, she began Wise Craft in 2005 as a way to stay connected to her own creative passion while raising two small children. Putting her skills to work on thrift store pieces, inventive DIY projects, and clever handmade items for her home, Blair formed a loyal online following. Her original work and her home have been featured on Apartment Therapy, Design Mom, Café Mom / The Stir, and Design Sponge. Her work has been featured in Parents Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Ladies Home Journal, and more. Blair lives with her husband, two children, and fat kitty in Seattle, Washington.

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