alibi online
Free Will AstrologyAlibi's Personals
 V.23 No.33 | August 14 - 20, 2014 

Book Review


Wise Craft

Blair StockerRunning Press

What’s old is repurposed, what’s repurposed is new and what’s new is pretty darn adorable in Blair Stocker’s new craft book, Wise Craft. An outgrowth of her blog of the same name, Stocker’s beautifully detailed book contains 60 craft ideas, helpfully divided into seasons, all gorgeously photographed and with step-by-step instructions.

Craft books usually fall into two categories, both of which are infinitely annoying to the casual crafter. The first is the pseudo-simple but secretly high-end book, which promises easy, breezy, lovely items for gifting or home décor, but which cost absurd amounts of time and money as you scurry between craft stores searching for the impossible-to-locate, ridiculously expensive items on the supply list. Wait, you don’t have a dedicated kiln room in your house? Then where will you fire the Saharan clay pot tinted with dyes derived from roots found only in Nepal, chewed by artisanal yaks and sieved through silk from your own silkworms?

The second is the book written by deeply self-deluded crafters who want to convince you that an item cobbled together with bits of twigs and string and a glue gun, with pebbles from the inside of your kids’ shoes for decoration, is something that anyone over 6 would want in their home or as a gift.

Play Youtube Video

What Stocker does so well is guide the crafter toward the creation of useful, lovely, sometimes cheeky items, all using reimagined elements of objects easily found in the home or in a thrift shop. The projects are at the skill level of nearly any crafter, with no special knowledge required beyond some stitching, gluing and crocheting.

In her book you’ll find repurposed oxford shirts, gloriously transformed into cozy, chic quilts; bracelets made with ribbons and buttons and assorted pieces of gorgeousness hiding in the bottom of your jewelry box; along with witty ideas for the holidays, like upcycled gift jars adorned with mini felt scarves or old Barbies reborn as zombie dolls (something I absolutely must make this Halloween).

While her instructions are easy to follow for the novice, they are fluid enough to allow for further embellishment or a bump in difficulty level for the more experienced crafter. All in all, it’s a wonderful resource for those who want to create without accumulating.

Blair Stocker presents Wise Craft and crafting demo

Friday, Aug. 15, 7pm

4022 Rio Grande NW

Today's Events

Eat, Drink and Be Charitable at Sidetrack Brewery

Raise money for the New Mexico Cancer Center Foundation while enjoying live music, brews and food.

Flamenco Fan Dance Classes at Conservatory of Flamenco Arts

Petroglyph Plática: Mark MacKenzie at Oñate Monument and Visitors Center

More Recommended Events ››

  • Select sidebar boxes to add below. You can also click and drag to rearrange the boxes; close using the little X icons on each box. To re-add a box you closed, return to this menu.
  • Because you are not logged in, any changes you make to these boxes will vanish as soon as you click to another page. If you log in, the boxes will stick.
  • Latest Posts
  • Web Exclusives
  • Recent Classifieds
  • Latest User Posts
  • Most Active Users
  • Most Active Stories
  • Calendar Comments
  • Upcoming Alibi Picks
  • Albuquerque
  • Duke City Fix
  • Albuquerque Beer Scene
  • What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Reddit Albuquerque
  • ABQ Journal Metro
  • ABQrising
  • ABQ Journal Latest News
  • Albuquerque
  • NM and the West
  • New Mexico FBIHOP
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • Only in New Mexico
  • Mario Burgos
  • Democracy for New Mexico
  • High Country News
  • El Grito
  • NM Politics with Joe Monahan
  • Stephen W. Terrell's Web Log
  • The Net Is Vast and Infinite
  • Slashdot
  • Freedom to Tinker
  • Is there a feed that should be on this list? Tell us about it.
    Outdoor Cats & Birds
    Outdoor Cats & Birds4.6.2017