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Sample Projects

Happy Hemper Necklace

Happy Hemper Necklace

Once you knot you can’t stop!

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Button Up Badge Necklace

Button Up Badge Necklace

Eye-catching piece of badge jewellery.

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Brazen Barbie Bling

Brazen Barbie Bling

These accessories are sure to get you noticed.

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Papier Mâché Jewellery

Papier Mâché Jewellery

Mashing up paper bits in water!

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Knitted Floral Fancy

Knitted Floral Fancy

Get into a hippy clique with a knitted flower clip or brooch.

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Ballsy Necklace

Ballsy Necklace

A trip to Accessorize will never be quite the same.

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Blow Your Own Trumpet Tiara

Blow Your Own Trumpet Tiara

Perfect for weddings, christmas parties and everyday wear!

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Beady Eyed Lizard

Beady Eyed Lizard

This beading will give your hands a bit of a work out...

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Vinyl Cuff

Vinyl Cuff

This is a way more interesting way to state your position than slogan tees!

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Papercut Necklace

Papercut Necklace

Cut it out and wear it to that glitzy premiere, safe in the knowledge that it’s strictly limited edition!

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Cake Stand

Cake Stand

cheap and cheerful for summer parties!

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Versions from our members

Cake Stand

Cake Stand

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Publisher's Description

In today's consumer culture, virtually every possible need is catered for, and every style of clothing, accessory, and homeware is available at the local mall. It's all just a little bit too easy. The idea behind Making Stuff is to create a craft book for the twenty-first century. Rather than aiming at retired grannies with time on their hands, this book is for hip urbanites who are moving away from the wasteful ready-made mentality of Walmart, and are looking for something a bit more unique, a bit more responsible... something homemade.

The type of craft detailed in Making Stuff is a far cry from the usual macramŽd pot holders and crocheted baby booties. It is an eclectic mix of useful, funky, beautiful and outright weird things ranging from bread lampshades to denim skirts.

The first section of the book will explain the basics: how to knit, how to sew, how to do woodwork, how to make paper machŽ, how to embroider and cross-stitch and how to bake. The rest of the book will be a series of instructions and ideas that anyone can realize in their own home. Some of the ideas are: make a pinhole camera; knit a wrap; make a covered bead necklace; turn a pair of jeans into a denim skirt; knit a bikini; bake a lampshade; cross-stitched braces; make a sock monkey; make cool costumes; make dollhouse furniture.

These recipes and projects will be subdivided into sections according to the type of craft they fit into: knitting and needlework; for and with children; weird and wonderful; and creative recycling.

Using a combination of photography and illustration, alongside funky typefaces in a clean, accessible layout, the design of Making Stuff references the vaguely anarchic aesthetic of craft books of the 1970s without any sense of irony, finding an entirely new voice for a new generation of young people, who find inspiration in making something out of nothing.

Making Stuff brings a fresh, exciting approach to a sorely neglected genre. In the same way that cooking was brought into the public eye in the mid 90s by Delia Smith and Marco Pierre White, Making Stuff will be the book that brings craft back into the realm of cool

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