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Type of site
Craft Content / Online community
FoundedMay 2000; 19 years ago (2000-05)

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". Retrieved October 14, 2016.
  9. ^ Associated Press. "'Alternative' crafters bring new eye to crafts".
  10. ^ " WHOIS, DNS, & Domain Info - DomainTools". WHOIS. Retrieved July 5, 2016.
  11. ^ SFList. "Interview with Craftser Founder". Archived from the original on January 22, 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  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 October 14, 2016.
  15. ^ "Crafting gets attitude". Boston Globe (December 7, 2005). Retrieved October 14, 2016.