Cool Craft Sites


Photo Credit: Craftzine

Craftzine carries the subtitle transforming traditional crafts” Many of the projects described on this site are self-described nerd or geek crafts marrying handmade materials with technology or plastics. Learn how to crochet a birdcage necklace to carry an LED light or combine spray paint and electrical tape with soft toys and knitted mittens to decorate a bicycle helmet. Sci-fi nerds with a craft bent might want to follow the instructions for cross-stitch solar system coasters or crochet a robot.

A similar cross-pollination of tech with soft crafts takes place over at Make. Becky Stern, sums her personal philosophy of crafting in a way that is fairly emblematic of this site as a whole: I love any activity that promotes creativity and discovery. To me, tinkering with electronics is the same as stitching.”

For ideas on craft projects with a younger attitude and urban flair, check out ThreadBanger. Their online library of videos includes tutorials on: making a halter dress out of old T-shirts, making a Lady Gaga-style telephone bra, crafting a necklace out of zippers, silhouette pillows and punctured paper lampshades. Threadbanger consists of different shows. I Spy DIY provides inspiration via indie craft fairs, fashion shows and interviews with designers. ThreadBanger Projects focuses on clothing ideas while Decor It Yourself offers inexpensive, fun ways to dress up your home. ThreadHeads offers viewer-submitted projects and humor pieces like Worst Halloween Costumes. The newest program, Secret Life of a Bio Nerd, details projects for hip young fashionistas like making a bib necklace and transforming an old dress into a romper. The hosts of the shows are NYC-based, and young enough not to be part of the Martha Stewart school of crafting.

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