We’re no Nick Offerman-level woodworkers, but if his NBC show Making It
has taught us anything, it’s that there’s no need to take ourselves too seriously, especially when it comes to crafting. So we were game to try a few of the projects in the show’s new book,
The Making It Guide to Crafting ($25;
Written in a cheeky voice that sounds a lot like the show’s hosts, comedians Amy Poehler and Offerman, the book was as much fun to read as it was to work from.
“In general, I’m kind of a nervous crafter, and my husband usually has to finish projects for me. But I felt like this table runner was simple enough for me to manage. At first I wanted to use a ruler and for it to be perfect, but I had to remind myself that the painterly quality gives it charm. Using forks as a pattern-stamping tool was a cool idea because everyone has access to them. I really liked making the tassels too: String work may be more my crafting level.”
“I’ve never dyed fabric before (only my hair), and I was surprised at how trouble-free it was. This shibori technique—I’ve seen other approaches— involves folding and binding fabric to create geometric shapes. Like the TV show, the book is divided into ‘Faster Crafts’ and ‘Master
Crafts.’ It also includes helpful primers on working with textiles, paper, wood, paint, and dyes, which I browsed before starting this project. I was going to skip the yarn tassels, but they give the pillow a more finished look. Plus, my cat loves them.”
“I’ve wanted to challenge myself to do a macramé project for a while now, so this was a great excuse to try it. The hardest part was teaching myself how to make the double half hitch knot used in macramé. I’m a visual learner, but the book doesn’t have step-by-step images, so I watched videos. Once I mastered that, the making was almost mindless. The project turned out bigger than I expected and took about 15 hours over a few days. I hung the dowel on a wall so I could sit comfortably while I worked on what will be my new headboard. I’m so happy with how