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Craft Activism

Have you seen Craft Activism yet? Joan Tapper & Gale Zucker have created a wonderful collection of photos and essays featuring talented folks who craft with a purpose. They cover a large range of projects from yarn bombing to whimsical skirts crafted from plastic shopping bags to hand-knit animal skins that meticulously recreate the intricate patterns of individual ocelots. Every page is filled with inspiration and information all delightfully illustrated with Gale's beautiful, yet playful photos. It is no surprise that Craft Activism deservedly earned a spot in Amazon's Best Craft Books of 2011.


I am happy to have played a small part in the book by contributing the  Craftitude Vest. Ever patient TTL model Sofie even did the honors of modeling the vest for the book. Sofie and I met Gale at the High Line on a hot summer day for the photo-shoot. Sofs was a trooper modeling wool in sweltering heat. She has learned well how to suffer for her mother's crafty adventures.

Gale Sofs


For Craftitude I wanted to create a feminine vest that combined the simplicity of stockinette with an interesting cable. The vest features a scooped neck, waist shaping, and a long lean silhouette. It works well over dresses and skirts or with your favorite pair of jeans.

Craftitude Vest 1

Craftitude Vest 2

Craftitude Vest 3

Craftitude Vest 4

For more details on the vest and to see Gales wonderful photos go to the Raverly Pattern page.


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Gorgeous vest! Interesting looking book too...I am off to add it to my wish list...

Great looking vest! It looks super in all the photos, but I especially like it belted; I doubt I would have thought of that on my own, so thanks for the inspiration!

I have a fascination for vests and love the description of a long lean silhouette. Off to favorite on Ravelry. Thanks!

Thanks Kirsten, I have to say I am very proud of this book but its strength and quality comes from all the fabulous subjects- crafters, artists, makers- and designers who joined in. I LOVE this vest, btw. Of course it's on my list to knit, altho I don't think I can carry it off with Sofie's style and panache!

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