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Type of site
"Craft "Content / "Online community
Founded May 2000; 18 years ago (2000-05)
Headquarters "El Segundo, "California, "U.S.
Website http://www.craftster.org/
"Advertising Yes

Craftster is an "online community for "crafting and "do it yourself (DIY) enthusiasts.[1] Users post pictures of craft projects they have made and others comment and ask questions about how it was made.[2]

The site's tagline, "No "tea cozies without irony", refers to the fact that many of the projects posted are irreverent, off-beat, humorous, clever, etc. While projects posted on the site tend to be made using traditional techniques such as "knitting, "crochet, "cross stitch and "sewing they often convey modern sentiments such as images of a favorite rock band, or motifs from a favorite 1980s video game.[3]

The site has over 190,000 registered members.[4] It has been written up in publications such as "TIME Magazine, the "New York Times, "The Guardian, and "The Washington Post.[5] [6] [7] The membership is over 190,000, and readership is over 1,000,000 unique visitors per month and over 10,000,000-page views per month.[8]

The site has been called be one of the forces behind the "renaissance of crafting among a new, young, contemporary demographic.[9]


The site was started on June 27, 2003[10] by crafter and computer "programmer "Leah Kramer.[11][12][13] The term "Craftster" is a "portmanteau of "crafty hipster" and a nod to pioneering peer-to-peer sites "Napster and "Friendster.[14] Prior to starting the site, Kramer was one of the organizers of the "Boston Bazaar Bizarre, a yearly "punk rock craft fair," begun in 2001.[15]


  1. ^ MSNBC. "Designer combines the nerdy with the crafty". 
  2. ^ TIME (March 1, 2005). "Pretty Crafty". Time. 
  3. ^ The Daily Record. "It's Sew Easy To Make & Mend". 
  4. ^ Associated Press. "Get crafty for holiday gifts". 
  5. ^ Washington Post (February 5, 2009). "Feeling Crafty? Inspiration Abounds on These 5 Sites". The Washington Post. 
  6. ^ New York Times (July 2, 2006). "Crafster Founder Interview". The New York Times. 
  7. ^ SeattlePI (January 9, 2008). "Sewing Hip". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  8. ^ "Statistics Center". Craftster.org. Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Associated Press. "'Alternative' crafters bring new eye to crafts". 
  10. ^ "Craftster.org WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". "WHOIS. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 
  11. ^ SFList. "Interview with Craftser Founder". Archived from the original on January 22, 2010. 
  12. ^ Boston Globe (July 26, 2006). "Calling all craftsters". The Boston Globe. 
  13. ^ Boston Globe (June 22, 2006). "She and Kitsch Go Way Back". The Boston Globe. 
  14. ^ "About Craftster". Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
  15. ^ "Crafting gets attitude". Boston Globe (December 7, 2005). Retrieved 14 October 2016. 
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