Sunday, July 31, 2011

Book Review: Upcycled Accessories by Tracie Lampe

Upcycled Accessories: 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic by Tracie Lampe

Overview from the publisher:
Fused and Re-used
Whether you’re a sewing enthusiast or an eco-superhero, Upcycled Accessoriesshows you how to upcycle disposable products into fashionable must-haves! Learn the basics of fusing plastic, then sew together colorful wallets, personalized journals and collaged tote bags. Finally, incorporate creative embellishing techniques to whip up one-of-a-kind plastic projects!
Upcycled Accessories features:

  • · 25 funky fused-plastic projects for all experience levels that use inexpensive, readily available materials
  • · Embellishing techniques for incorporating crayon shavings, permanent markers, fabric appliqué and much more
  • · Tips for incorporating more than just left-over shopping bags—everything from food packages to tablecloths can be upcycled!
  • Fuse. Sew. Help save the planet!

Lots of people use recyclables to make stuff, but Tracie thinks outside the recycling box and kicks it up a notch. The projects this book not only uses recyclable plastic but also all those plastic bags and wrappers that can't be recycled! Using things like frozen food bags, candy wrappers and plastic tablecloths, Tracie fuses and embellishes them into fun and funky bags, totes and even hats!!!
The first part of the book talk about the materials and tools you need to get started. Then there is a section on the techniques used for the 25 projects in the book. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow with great photos to show you how its done.
I really like this book and plan on making myself some cool shopping bags using the techniques in the book.  My favorite project in this book is the cowboy hat! I can see it made in bright candy wrappers for a Gothic Lolita or in black trash bags for a Death Rock Cowboy. The projects in the book are kid friendly as well, if an adult does the fusing and sewing. This would also be a great book for the eco conscience teen as well
I have a copy of this book to give away as well!!! I'll include a pair of earrings or necklace made from recycled materials with the book.
To win a copy of this great book and a piece of jewelry, please leave a comment below. I'll pick the winner by random number generator on Tuesday Aug 8th. You can get an extra chance to win by posting this contest on your Facebook, Twitter or blog.  This contest is open to international winners.

About the Author: Tracie Lampe is a self-taught mixed-media artist and fiber artist/vendor. Her work has been featured in Artist Trading Card Workshop as well as Interactive Art Workshop. Tracie has been teaching at art retreats across the country and sells at various boutiques and on her Etsy shop


Kristi said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Thank you for the chance to win it!

carlanda brown williamson said...

thank you for this opportunity! xo

Anonymous said...

Looks like a great read, thank you for the chance to win it!

Crazy Art Girl said...

Sounds like a great book. I'll be sure to FB about it! Can't wait to try the projects. Belinda

TesoriTrovati said...

I have been looking at this book. It is actually on my Amazon wish list. I love the idea of using something that would otherwise be discarded and turning it into beauty. Thank you for the review and the chance!
Enjoy the day!

Hope Clinchot said...

this looks fun! I love to recycle. thanks Barbe for the chance to win :)

Charlene said...

I've always wanted to do something with recycled items but never knew quite what to do. This book sounds like just what I need.

Joyce van der Lely said...

Oh, this sounds just like something I'd treasure ♥♥ Please can I be in as well ? Thanks for the opportunity :-)