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kraft-tex ... a different sort of crafty ... with a giveaway

Squeee!  I somehow made my way into another book. 

Well, I shouldn't say "somehow".  I know exactly how it happened ... I asked for an invitation.  :) 

I was chatting with one of the editors at C&T Publishing last Spring and asked her to keep me in mind if they were putting together a compilation - much like Stitch Zakka that I'd done the year before.  She said there was one in the works but that it wasn't really "up my alley".  I replied that I was kinda crafty so ... you never know .... I might be able to come up with something.

Next thing I knew I had supplies and a brief and I was off to the races.

Before I go any further, I need to describe the subject matter of this book.  It's a little unusual.  It's called Kraft-tex and it is seriously cool stuff.  Click here to read a good description about it and then come back here.  I'll wait for you. :)


Ok.  You get it?  Neat stuff, eh?

So.  I'd never heard of Kraft-tex before and I certainly hadn't used it.  But I inspected it, tested it - and yes, you CAN put it in the washing machine AND the dryer ... you can iron it, cut it, tear it, glue it, paint it, ink it, emboss it, sew with it, stitch through it ...

I've shown it to you before.  Remember the Christmas tags I made last year? 

I made them all with Kraft-tex.  I used fusible web to "glue" fabric onto the Kraft-tex. 

I also use it for my labels.

Back to the book. 

Now I didn't invent decorative flatware trays, but I'd been wanting to make myself some for a long time.  I thought they were a fun little party/home accessory.  So when I started playing around with the Kraft-tex, it didn't take me long to figure out how to make boxes.  (Which just so happen to be on the front cover!  Yay!) 

The latest Flower Sugar collection had just come out and I was itching to use it on something. 

I played around with different sizes and uses for these open boxes.  They're also shown in the book.

So there you have it.

I hope you get yourself some Kraft-tex.  This book has a whopping 27 projects inside to get you going and keep you inspired.

Would you like a chance to win a signed copy of kraft-tex Style from me?  Just leave a comment here saying what kind of crafting is your favourite thing to do.  This giveaway closes Sept. 27th and is open to all. :)

(I also have a few copies available in my shop.)


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Reader Comments (134)

Congratulations on making it into the book. They won't underestimated you anymore. Personally I don't like to be called "crafty" but I love to sew anything (from clothes to quilts to bags), and any kind of needlework. I think it's because I just love fabric and thread.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColleen M
I bought some of this when if first appeared in our LQS. Now I see it comes in different colors - SWOON! But I do need to get some ideas on how best to use this awesome material, so the book would be perfect. Thanks for sharing.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRamona
Awesome! Congratulations!! I just bought my first roll of Kraft-tex about 6 months ago, I haven't touched it. Now maybe I can get some great ideas!! My favorite hobby right now is embroidery which, you guessed it, your other book inspired. So, thanks for the inspiration!!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTracey S.
Congratulations you crafty girl!!!! I need to get some of this stuff!!! My fav thing to do besides quilting is knitting and embroidery. Would love to win a copy.

September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKerry
This book looks really fun. I really like needle work, embroidery, knitting, sewing, etc.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnita
Congratulations on being in the book! Looks like some super projects to try. I'm usually found sewing various items or doing embroidery. Thank you for the giveaway.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterUmaesew
Congrats! And you made the cover, to boot.
As much as I love quilting, I'm still a cardmaker at heart, particularly when it involves stamping. Comes in handy when packaging the homemade quilts as gifts, you see :)
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather(mtl)
Hope this book makes its way to Brazil, I love patchwork it´s may favorite!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFernanda Watts
This is awesome! Of course they picked you! My favorite craft, at the moment, is quilting and embroidery.
When you did your little tutorial on making labels I bought some kraft-tex and love it for that, but now I need the brown. So many darling possibilites.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjenni
Congrats for being in and on another book, yeah! I've never heard from kraft-tex and it's often hard to find these things in Germany because they have sometimes other names. My favorite crafty arts are patchwork and cross-stitching and sometimes I can use both in one project:-)
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHildy
Wow a cover girl!
I have never used Kraft-Tex--it looks fun!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGlyn
My favorite crafting is anything with fabric and some embroidery. I never would have said that before I found your wonderful blog. It would have been just anything fabric. BTW, I purchased some Kraft-Tex after reading about it on your Christmas tags blog. I haven't done anything with it so I would love to win this book! Thanks! Dawn
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDH
What a cool looking book! I want to make more labels for quilted things and I think this would be perfect!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKelly
seriously COOL! We are going to be moving house in approx 8 weeks, so I'm all about storage and organization right now! I love the boxes you made on the front cover!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDana
That looks so cool. Are those handles on the purse even made out of it??? I love putting patterns together. Fabrics especially, but my littles are keeping me busy (as they are supposed to) so usually it ends up being paper in the form of thank yous and gifts for teachers. Some day I shall return to real quilting!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNicole H.
What a great use of that product! I had heard of it, but never thought of boxes. I would love to make embossed labels with it - I'd have to figure that out. But to answer your question -, embroidery, quilting, cross stitch, crochet - the list goes on!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Congratulations for being published again! That looks like a great product--never heard of it so I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the chance to win the book!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
I have never heard of this before. I like to cross stitch and sew.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLisa C.
Congratulations on being a contributor to this book. It looks very interesting with lots of new ideas for us to play with. Hmmm . . . my favorite kind of cratsy. . . I think it has to be stitching. Crosstitch and embroidery. I love all the different kinds of stitches to make a project come to life. I've been itching to make some of those tags. This is the perfect excuse to try some of this new product. Glad you're back.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteredith
Ooh lovely a new craft to try. I'd love to win and make some of these cute projects
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie Andrew
I have been eyeing Kraft-tex and also the book, and now I am sold! My strongest creative passion is sewing and quilting these days along with hand embroidery, but I do have a papercrafting business as well. Kraft-tex sounds like the perfect marriage of the two. :-)
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Seitz
I would LOVE this book! My favorite crafty hobby is seeing - by hand and machine!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatie
As long as it involves fabric, I love it!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuz
My favorite way of being crafty is to quilt...but I have lots of sweet little cross-stitch bits and pieces tucked away, and this looks like a wonderful answer to, "What am I going to do with these?" Your labels are darliing, and would also be cute ornaments.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBeth T.
Thanks for this give away! And for showing me some ideas for how to use Kraft-tex. I bought some when I saw a write up about it but I haven't found a project to inspire me to cut into it yet- so I need to win the book :-) Generally I sew or quilt but I like to embellish with embroidery, paint, bead work, yarn, whatever. I even draw and paint a little. I craft. And I love hand crafted things.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRickie
This book looks really neat. I would love to get my hands on this book! Thanks for pointing out a new material to try also. My favorite kinds of crafting would probably be sewing, knitting and then embroidery with my focus mainly being on things for children. Thanks so much for the giveaway, and I would love to see you write another book full of just your projects!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikhaila
Congratulation Kristine, i like to knit and do some crochet, and of corse I do quilting too. For some reason we shere the same color taste, I for exemple love light colors with beautiful flowers and my all time favorite color is pink.
Bless from Iceland
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEdda Soffia
Congratulations!!! And on the front cover...you are something indeed! How wonderful! I LOVE the lined boxes and I wonder if I could find a way to create a bag with Kraftex. Bags, knitting project bags, are my passion! I love your labels and tags, too! What a great Holiday idea! Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaria Beuttenmuller
Congratulations! You are so talented and I've enjoyed visiting your blog since early this year. Thank you for sharing your talents and inspiring others. I guess my first love is scrapbooking. Although I rarely have time for it now, there's something about creating a keepsake of memories that makes me happy.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Neat book! Can't wait to get mine as I already have a roll Kraft-Tex in white. Now I want the natural but can't remember where I got it from. Love all kinds of needlework but thanks to Kristyne I now have a love of Sugar fFlower fabric and Japanese fabric.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
congratulations to you Thanks for the information and I willbe getting the book I like to quilt knit embroider
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkeen
I make cards, do cross stitch and quilt. Right now quilting is my favorite. But ask me again tomorrow. I love love love your tags and have tried hard to copy them. Did not know about Kraft-Tex before. That might help me!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda W.
Congratulations for having a new project in a new book!! My favorite kind of crafting is sewing but I embroider, knit, crochet and dabble in others. I love trying new crafts. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSuper Mom - No Cape!
Congrats on the new book, Kristyne! You are very creative and I'm glad you're being published again. My favorite crafty thing to do is undoubtedly-quilting. But I have a grandbaby on the way (we find out if it's a boy or girl tomorrow!), so I've taken up apparel sewing again. And just tonight I picked up my scrapbooking stuff for the first time in I-don't-know-how-long. But quilting is my fav.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret
very cool stuff! i do most anything but usually sewing/quilting. i am trying to do a project, a scissor keeper and i think this is the "element" ive been missing! i need this book and some paper to try. i really like how you stamped the hand made into it!!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentersusan
Yes, yes, yes, I'd love to win a copy of this book. Looks like a super fun book with oodles of great ideas.

While I'm an avid quilting, sewing, embroidery enthusiasts, I also enjoy scrapbooking, cardmaking, and mixed media arts. But I have so much to learn. And really new some good sources for inspiration and tutorials. Truly this book looks like a great resource. I love all the project insights you shared.


ps I hope it is ok as I also shared the link to your giveaway on a page I set up on my blog to share insights on giveaways and contests: http://sewcalgal.blogspot.com/p/giveaways-and-contests.html
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSewCalGal
I like so many crafts, but I like quilting best. I've never seen that Kraft-tex in a store but it looks interesting.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJackie
Wow! This is so cool. I sure would like to win this book. I would like to make labels for Christmas.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Woodlee
I have looked for Kraft-Tex since I saw it on your blog. I love to sew all kinds of crafts for the home and children! The book looks like it has some great projects.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTammy mcTammy
Congratulations on being in the book. I'm a quilter mostly, but I like to make other crafty things and I love your boxes. This book looks interesting and I really want to try using Kraft-tex.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCecilia
Congratulations! My favorite "crafty" thing to is organize and this looks like I could really make my space look awesome while organizing! Thanks!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarie
I never met a craft that I didn't like! I do more quiltmaking than anything else these days; but am always ready to try something new. This book sounds like just the thing to get my creative juices flowing!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Halcomb
My fav is sewing! I have a ton of things planned for Christmas....just not enough time :).
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervictoria
I have a serious love affair with Kraft-Tex. I am currently using it to make shingles for a dollhouse, and in some Cinderella-inspired cardboard carriages to go with the cardboard castle/kingdom I've been making for my niece (this is an on-going project; we keep adding to it!). We also used it for teacher gift boxes at the end of last school year, and I've been experimenting with it for bookbinding. I seriously think it's one of the best, most usable, and ingenious craft products that's come out in the past decade.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterliz n.
Congratulations! How exciting! I would love to win a copy! My favorite crafting is quilting- just not enough time to do all that I want!:) Thanks so much!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCindy
Sewing is the crafty thing I do, I guess any hand work too. Right now I am making Cristmas gifts. Last year we took the parents of our 5 grandchildren (and the grandchildren) to Disneyland for Christmas . This year I've decided to make their Christmas gifts....from very commercial to hopefully meaningful . So this book would be great for me right now. I live in C & T "country" I drive by their offices and warehouse on the way to visit my 5 grandchildren at least once a week, sometimes more. I've never heard of this product. I guess I need to stop by the Cotton Patch and ask!!!
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterColleen
Congratulations! Those boxes are so sweet. I love pretty ways to stay organized!

Sewing is by far my favourite craft but I also embroider, crochet, knit and do a bit of paper crafting amongst other things. I've always enjoyed being crafty and will now look to try out Kraft-Tex. :o)
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine
i love to embroider along with knitting and some sewing. linda gerig
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlinda gerig
Quilting is my favorite, but I would be happy to do some crafts from this book.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Sparks
Your boxes are so cute! No wonder they made the cover :) my favorite type of crafting, is sewing. I don't really know if that's considered a craft, but that's what I love.
September 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCynthia
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