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Founded May 2000
Headquarters El Segundo, CA
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Craftster is an online community for crafting and do it yourself 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 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.[citation needed]

The site has been called be one of the forces behind the renaissance of crafting among a new, young, contemporary demographic.[8]


The site was started in August 2003 by crafter and computer programmer Leah Kramer.,[9][10][11] The term "Craftster" is a blend of "crafty hipster" and a nod to pioneering peer-to-peer sites Napster and Friendster.[12] 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.[citation needed]


  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. ^ Associated Press. "'Alternative' crafters bring new eye to crafts". 
  9. ^ SFList. "Interview with Craftser Founder". 
  10. ^ Boston Globe (July 26, 2006). "Calling all craftsters". The Boston Globe. 
  11. ^ Boston Globe (June 22, 2006). "She and Kitsch Go Way Back". The Boston Globe. 
  12. ^ "What is Craftster?". Retrieved 28 January 2015.