For all you multiple crafts lovers, you’ll go ga-ga over this new book The Crafter Culture Handbook by Amy Spencer. The book is chock full of projects from a wide range of craft topics such as needlearts, electronic crafts, homemade beauty, recycling projects, paper crafts, and more. Finally a book that covers it all! Peppered also throughout the book are guides to important events and resources for us crafters such as a listing of top craft fairs, craftivism, special events related to crafting like Stitch N’ Pitch, and more. The projects featured in the book are like a who’s who of the crafting world, including some of our CRAFT contributers! The electronic crafts section particularly appeals to me as this new mergence of tech crafts is just gaining some important exposure. In this section, Alison Lewis of Switch shows you how to sew up some Lovie Circuits and Syuzi Pakhchayan of SparkLab has a tutorial on how to make her LED Bracelet. Both of which were featured at our Maker Faire last year. Other projects also include Julie Jackson of Subversive Cross Stitch stitching “Is That All There Is?”, Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty sews up a Vintage Slip Camisole and Travel Bag set, and Shannon Okey of Knitgrrl knits up a Red Light District Peekaboo Scarf. I mean there’s just too many projects for me to list and name them all! You can check out the full project list and go to the sneak preview for sample pages/free patterns from the site such as the cute Sofia Loren Cross-Stitch and recycled plastic crochet bag pictured above. The end of the book has handy craft resources from conversion charts, book lists, and all the websites you’ll ever need related to crafting. With all the great color photos and juicy content, you will not want to put this book down. It’s definitely a must have handbook for the new wave of crafters!
Book Review: The Crafter Culture Handbook by Amy Spencer