C&T's krafttex product is a washable, sewable, paper-based substitute for leather or vinyl. It's ecofriendly, easy to clean, and very durable, making it suitable for a variety of uses, such as handbags, household accessories (e.g., place mats or coasters), and jewelry. This collection of projects, compiled by Stash editor Cerda and featuring numerous designers who have written books or contributed projects to other Stash publications, serves as a commercial for the product. There's no denying that krafttex is versatile - the projects showcase painted, sewn, embroidered, distressed, and dyed variations - and the leatherlike appearance and durability without the need for specialty leather-cutting and -sewing tools is a selling point. Many of the designs are clever and will appeal to Stash's typical readership of young, hip, modern crafters, and the book will likely accomplish what it sets out to do, which is promote and sell krafttex. _VERDICT _ Crafters who enjoy sewing projects with a variety of interesting embellishments (and who don't mind a little marketing with their projects) may enjoy this collection.
kraft-tex Combines the Best of Leather & Fabric - Sew 27 Projects
Compiled by Roxane Cerda ––
• Discover endless creative techniques for working with kraft-tex®, including stitching, embossing, painting, dyeing, embellishing, inkjet printing, washing, distressing, weaving, burning, die-cutting - combine methods for stunning results
• Projects include home decor, bags, and accessories from 18 well-known contributors, including Jen Carlton Bailly, Carrie Bloomston (SUCH Designs), Rachel Gander (Imagine Gnats), Michelle Jensen (Mixi Heart), Maryellen Kim (Twist Style), Cheryl Kuczek (Paradiso Designs), Karen LePage (One Girl Circus), Nicole Mallalieu (YOU SEW GIRL!), Caro Sheridan (Splityarn), Alyssa Thomas (Penguin & Fish), and Annabel Wrigley (Little Pincushion Studio)
• Filled with imaginative ideas to kick-start your kraft-tex creativity; you’ll want to make every project in the book
Learn how to create with kraft-tex, the rugged paper that looks, feels, and wears like leather; sews, cuts, and washes just like fabric. Today’s top designers come together to show you how to work with this exciting new material in this how-to book. Packed with inventive techniques anyone can master!
8 x 10
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