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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!

Download PDF Download the Red Scarf PDF
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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!


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  1. Jennifer Aten says:

    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.

  2. Peter Leih says:

    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.

  3. amy says:

    Knitting for the greater good? Count me in!

  4. amy says:

    Knitting for the greater good? Count me in!

  5. Mackenzie says:

    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.

  6. April says:

    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.

  7. Karan says:

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

  8. sophia giordano says:

    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!

  9. Janelle says:

    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.

  10. Janelle says:

    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!

  11. shawn timm says:

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

  12. Manel says:

    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.

  13. Toni says:

    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.

  14. manelcrie says:

    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!

  15. Leny Latifah says:

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

  16. Amanda says:

    I lovevred yarn

  17. Alicia says:

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

  18. Alicia says:

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

  19. Lindsay says:

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

  20. jennie says:

    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!

  21. Eleanor (undeadgoat) says:

    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.

  22. jennie says:

    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!

  23. jennie says:

    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!

  24. crystal says:

    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!!

  25. Debbie says:

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

  26. Seanna Lea says:

    I’ve been doing the Red Scarf project for years, but my first knitting charity project was the Dulaan project. I like that the Red Scarf project has such specific guidelines, because it helps prevent a knitting charity from becoming a dumping ground for the knits that nobody wanted.

  27. Seanna Lea says:

    I’ve been doing the Red Scarf project for years, but my first knitting charity project was the Dulaan project. I like that the Red Scarf project has such specific guidelines, because it helps prevent a knitting charity from becoming a dumping ground for the knits that nobody wanted.

  28. Kristy @ Hopeful Threads says:

    Love the idea of ones craft being linked to a cause!!! Using our talents to make a difference in this world is living a life full of purpose!

  29. Jen says:

    I keep hearing about crafty causes (penguin sweaters, anyone? too bad I was late on that boat!) and then accidentally burying them under reams of Chrome tabs and paper patterns. I’d like a copy in order to keep inspiration in sight!

  30. Nicole Jones says:

    Make a difference with my craft obsession? Sign me up!

  31. Danielle says:

    I love this idea behind this book. I’d love to do some of the projects, perhaps with some fellow crafters, and be able to donate some items.

  32. Destiny says:

    I am an activist and have been thinking about creating a feminist group, or incorporating more projects and communal activity within my residential volunteering job. This book would allow me to learn new skills and teach me how to build up a network between other like minded folk!

  33. Paula says:

    I decided to make most of the Christmas gifts and this book would be a wonderful inspiration. Thank you for the chance!

  34. dolores dewbury says:

    I love the idea of this book. I especially like the red scarf project – I’ve never heard of this and think it is a great idea!

  35. Morgan Wilson says:

    Want!

  36. dolores dewbury says:

    I love this book and I love the red scarf project – what a wonderful idea!

  37. Kat says:

    My two main hobbies are crafting and volunteering so this book seems perfect for me.

  38. Allison says:

    I would live this book because I’m an activist and a knitter and anything combining the two things is sheer bliss! The book would most definitely inspire me to integrate my passions more effectively. What a great giveaway! Thank you. -Allison

  39. Callie says:

    I would love to win this book! What a great way to do the two things I love: craft and help others!

  40. Nicole says:

    I’m curious about the handmade movement and what it says about our national identity. This book looks like it speaks to that.

  41. dolores dewbury says:

    I would love this book – interesting ideas and I love the red scarf project!

  42. Nicole says:

    I’m curious about the handmade movement and what it says about our national identity. This book looks like it speaks to that.

  43. Jo Frogger says:

    After eight years of knitting for Afghans for Afghans, a Mitered Square blanket for Japanese earthquake relief, and innumerable red scarves, you’d think I don’t need this book — but I still WANT it. And thanks for spreading the word about crafting for worthy causes! As Susan B. Anthony said, “The best cures for depression are hot baths and noble deeds.”

  44. Félix says:

    WOW!! here in Spain there isn´t too much visible crafty movement! so with this book i can have more ideas and gather around with my friends to make them!!!

  45. christy says:

    i would love this book because I love making things. i enjoy getting new ideas and being inspired by what others are making.

  46. christy says:

    I love making things and enjoy getting new ideas and being inspired by what others are making.

  47. Kristin H says:

    I’d love to have this book to share with my knitting group. We already make scarves for the special olympics, but it would be fun to branch out.

  48. Jane T says:

    Got an error message so I am trying again. I had said I would give this book to my mom if I win it because she is a knitter and belongs to a group who knit caps for premies.

  49. Paula says:

    This book would be great inspiration for the gifts I’m making for Christmas. Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  50. Angela LeBlanc says:

    great idea, and we have several retirement homes around my area.

  51. Amy Williams says:

    A haiku for why 1 book belongs to me:
    Why does my heart beat?
    For my love of sharing with
    Craft activism!!!
    Craft activism is my primary art in a city and state WV where it’s been non-existent! Help me please!!

  52. Amy Williams says:

    Why does my heart beat?
    For my love of sharing with
    Craft Activism!
    I make craft activist art in a city and state (charleston WV) where there’s minimal street, viral, craft activist art. This is my haiku of why 1 book to me would help me keep breathing creatively!!

  53. Sara Davis says:

    I work as a therapist with children who have experienced trauma and am always doing craft projects with my clients. It would be fantastic to see what others are doing, get some inspirations, and help get my clients involved in community projects. Thanks for featuring this!

  54. Sara Davis says:

    I work as a therapist with children who have experienced trauma and am always doing craft projects with my clients. It would be fantastic to see what others are doing, get some inspirations, and help get my clients involved in community projects. Thanks for featuring this!

  55. Amy G says:

    I just love to craft! And I can’t wait to get started on this year’s Christmas presents.

  56. Sarah says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I have Endometriosis and have been wanting to come up with a craft idea/project that I could share with other women who have Endo to support our cause. It’s a very frustrating illness and I would love to be able to connect with and help others through crafting. =)

  57. Sarah says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book! I have Endometriosis and have been wanting to come up with a craft idea/project that I could share with other women who have Endo to support our cause. It’s a very frustrating illness and I would love to be able to connect with and help others through crafting. =)

  58. Sarah says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book! I have Endometriosis and have been wanting to come up with a craft idea/project that I could share with other women who have Endo to support our cause. It’s a very frustrating illness and I would love to be able to connect with and help others through crafting. =)

  59. Tamara says:

    I love to craft! I’m an out of work art teacher. I’ve done some yarn bombing, volunteer at a women’s center, sing in an activist choir and would love to find more ways to be an activist and share those creative methods with others. Pick me! Pick me!

  60. Tamara says:

    I love to craft! I am an out of work art teacher. I have done yarn bombing, sing in an activist choir, volunteer at a women’s center, and would love to find more ways to do some creative activism and share those skills with others. Pick me! Pick me!

  61. Tamara says:

    I love to craft! I am an out of work art teacher. I have done yarn bombing, sing in an activist choir, volunteer at a women’s center, and would love to find more ways to do some creative activism and share those skills with others. Pick me! Pick me!

  62. Sarah says:

    Pick me please. I want to have some projects to do with my daughter when she comes to visit.
    Plus we have long winters. And my garden is under 6 ft. of snow.

  63. kayte says:

    I’d love to have this book, and put some of the fidgety crafting I do to a nobler use!

  64. kayte says:

    I’d love to have this book, and put some of the fidgety crafting I do to a nobler use!

  65. Blaize says:

    I am involved in a local Salvage and Textiles Workshop, which acts as a skillshare and tool library for sewing and other crafts. This book would be a nice addition to our book collection.

  66. Blaize says:

    I am involved in a local Salvage and Textiles Workshop, which acts as a skillshare and tool library for sewing and other crafts. This book would be a nice addition to our book collection.

  67. Stephanie Kuo says:

    I would love this book because after years of craftings, I am finally starting to become inspired to use my talents to help others. I would like more ideas!

  68. Stephanie Kuo says:

    I would love this book because after years of crafting, I am just now starting to use my talents to help others in need. I would love more ideas!

  69. Krista says:

    I host a monthly craft night and I have been looking to give it more of a purpose. This would be perfect!

  70. Jeanne says:

    I love anything and everything handmade. Most gifts I give are something I have made and are always received with pleasure. I also am involved in charitable causes. This book would be quite helpful to me I am sure.

  71. Joanne says:

    I love crafting, but love to do so with a purpose. Being able to make useful items and pass them along to those in need would be great. Would love to have this book for inspiration!

  72. Joanne says:

    Crafting with a purpose and making useful items to pass along to those in need would be great. I’d love to have this book for inspiration!

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