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Crafting by Concepts: Fiber Arts and Mathematics Hardcover – Mar 24 2011

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  • Hardcover: 264 pages
  • Publisher: A K Peters/CRC Press (March 24 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568814356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568814353
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 1.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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The beauty of the visual patterns of mathematics is highlighted in this engaging book. The mathematics is carefully laid out, but following every detail of the mathematics is not necessary to create the patterns of the crafts projects presented. … Excellent photographs throughout amply illustrate the use of mathematics … I highly recommend this book to teachers looking for beautiful projects for their students or to anyone who loves or is curious about circles, spirals, helixes, cross-caps, fractals, diaper patterns, symmetry groups, squaring the rectangle, and tiling spheres or the plane.
―Marcia Weller Weinhold, Mathematics Teacher, November 2012

There is something in this book for everyone from crafters to mathematicians to educators and students. … This book has a lot to offer for mathematicians and non-mathematicians, presented in a beautifully illustrated and well-organized volume.
L’Enseignement Mathematique (2) 57, 2011

If Crafting by Concepts does nothing else, it should help non-math-geek knitters to understand there’s nothing to fear in the typical math of a knitting pattern. It also illustrates that a little mystery can be a lot of fun.
For knitters who are into mathematical knitting, this book offers a lot of interesting things to think about. … Crafty math teachers will enjoy the teaching suggestions that will allow them to use these projects and concepts in the classroom, hopefully bringing up the next generation of crafty mathematicians. And these projects take geek craft to a whole new level, which is pretty cool.
―Sarah E. White, Knitting

I stumbled over this book and simply had to buy it … The authors’ interest is in linking mathematics and craft …
―Cally Booker, chairman of the Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, on her blog, August 2011

The editors have collected nine projects from various authors and have presented them attractively in this beautiful book. … The book is wide-ranging, covering many mathematical topics and many craft ideas. … This book would be a great present for a mathematician interested in craft or a craft enthusiast open to thinking about mathematics.
―Vicky Neale, Plus magazine, August 2011

Fiberarts and mathematics in a marvelous union to not just create but to understand applications in Temari, Quilting, Knitting and ever cross stitch.
―Lacis Tools & Materials

About the Author

sarah-marie belcastro and Carolyn Yackel earned their Ph.D.s in mathematics from the University of Michigan. Carolyn Yackel is an Associate Professor in the mathematics department at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, specializing in connections between mathematics and art. sarah-marie belcastro is a Research Associate at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.

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Format: Hardcover
Geometric shapes can appear in many venues, one of the most interesting is when they are created by needles, thread and yarn being subjected to the careful manipulations of the talented human hand. In this book, some of basic geometric shapes are created via needlework. The mathematics used to explain and design the shapes is described, but whether you understand them or not, you cannot help but be impressed by the finished products.
Calculus of surfaces, fractals, elementary number theory, group theory, platonic solids and continued fractions are some of the mathematical topics used to explain the creations. Colorful caps, balls, cross-stitch patterns, and quilts are the useful and decorative items that are the final result of the needlework.
You don't have to understand a great deal of mathematics in order to appreciate the talent that goes into making these items. If you know how to do the required stitches, then you will be able to follow the patterns used to create them. Applied mathematics has many forms, I am sure even the legendary G. H. Hardy would have approved of what was done here.

Published in Journal of Recreational Mathematics, reprinted with permission
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HASH(0xa68aaf78) out of 5 stars Crafting by Concepts June 7 2011
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Crafting by Concepts was purchased as a gift for my wife. One of her hobbies is knitting & crocheting. Upon receiving this book, she has thanked me several times for the gift. She knits a lot of different items and likes to experiment with different techniques and this book appears to have broaden that window of creativity. She likes math and enjoys its applications.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa6552f90) out of 5 stars Perfect for my geeky girl crafter May 28 2013
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I got this book and Making Mathematics with Needlework for my daughter's college graduation gift. She adores both mathematics and crafting and squealed with joy when she opened the box. Even if she never actually does any of the projects in the book, she is translating the concepts into what she *does* craft: knitted lace. I'd recommend this book for people who love crafts and mathematics and who have the background in reading technical papers.