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Craft Activism is more than just a collection of how-tos. The 17 projects in this book have the added dimension of being connected to a cause: Pass along a worthy message with the Easy-Piecey Peace Quilt; recycle plastic bags to make a skirt; update your grandmother’s crafts with a feminist – and modern – touch; knit a politically charged “sharrow” cardigan (bikers have rights too!). The book is a fun read, with interviews and profiles of smart-minded crafters interspersed between projects.
The following PDF project, the On the Quad Scarf, was created for The Red Scarf Project, a program that sends close to 2,500 red scarves every February to the Orphan Foundation of America so that its recipients – college students who have been through the foster care system – know that someone out there cares for them. Knit it for yourself, for a friend, or for a stranger in need!
Project: On the Quad Scarf
Enjoy the project PDF from the pages of Craft Activism!

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Book Giveaway Time!
Three lucky CRAFT readers will each receive a copy of the book, CRAFT Activism: People, Ideas, and Projects From the New Community of Handmade and How You Can Join In. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments. All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Tuesday, November 1, 2011. The randomly chosen winners will be announced later on the site. Good luck!


  • Jennifer Aten

    I would love this book to share with like-minded crafters in my neighborhood. Maybe we can get inspired and make projects for others in need.

  • Peter Leih

    I am enamored with projects that carry a heavier significance than what’s on the surface. If I can use what skills I have to work towards the betterment of all, then I should be compelled to do so. One of Tapper’s other books, “Shear Spirit” holds a prominent place of my crafting bookshelf.

  • amy

    Knitting for the greater good? Count me in!

  • amy

    Knitting for the greater good? Count me in!

  • Mackenzie

    I think this book would be a great tool in helping me find a larger purpose for what are now just my hobbies. Looking for some inspiration.

  • April

    I love the idea of crafters doing good. I try with my crafting online community – we make cards for Operation Write Home – and I would love some ideas on other ways to help.

  • Karan

    Great give-away! I am a big believer in sharing and gorilla art. This book lends itself well to either.

  • sophia giordano

    i teach at a small progressive boarding school. my students are avid crafters and serious activists. we have a knitting club and an activism group. i would totally share this with my students and spend hours crafting with them!

  • Janelle

    So awesome! We involve all of our children with us in community service ventures & I’ve been including them in crafts since they were tiny. What a wonderful way to get them using the practices together.

  • Janelle

    We involve out children in community outreach and I’ve been crafting with them since they were tiny (even my boys do fiber-arts) – this book would hopefully provide more ways to do both!

  • shawn timm

    I love to craft and I love to help. Guess that means I need this book!

  • Manel

    I would love to win this book. It looks very inspiring; the title by itself caught my attention. I would love to find ideas to mix craft and activism.

  • Toni

    This looks like a great book from which to draw inspiration. I’d love to share this with friends and students who are looking for reasons to make a difference.

  • manelcrie

    I would love to win this book. It looks very inspiring and thoughtful. The title caught my attention. It is a great idea to mix craft and activism!

  • Leny Latifah

    This book looks great for making new projects. Count me in!

  • Amanda

    I lovevred yarn

  • Alicia

    Love, love, love crafts! I want this book this ………….much!

  • Alicia

    Love love love crafts! My activism is making quilts for sick kids. Would love this book.

  • Lindsay

    This book would be perfect for helping my quilt guild to reach out into the community in new ways

  • jennie

    I am involved with an art therapy program for adults with mental illness, and we’ve been brainstorming ways that we can give to others. Seems like this book would have some great inspiration!

  • Eleanor (undeadgoat)

    I think this book would be a lot of fun to share with my History of Textiles class, or at least my professor, Beverly Gordon.

  • jennie

    I am involved with an art therapy program for adults with mental illness, and we’ve been brainstorming ways that we can give to others. Seems like this book would have some great inspiration!

  • jennie

    I am involved with an art therapy program for adults with mental illness, and we’ve been brainstorming ways that we can give to others. Seems like this book would have some great inspiration!

  • crystal

    I live in the city and i bet this has many ideas for children and adults to get together and craft. I would read this and then donate it to my local library..thanks!!

  • Debbie

    This book looks amazing – I have always wanted to try loads of these projects, im very excited just reading the intro on amazon !!

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