Tag Archive: Fostering Your Creativity

5 Fantastic Craft Books from 2017

I will always love craft books. No matter how much time I spend online watching YouTube videos and reading blogs, there’s nothing like holding a really beautiful craft book in your hands. Books are a great value. For $15-25 you get over a dozen patterns. Think about that! Plus, a book is a peek into… 

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5 Fantastic Craft Books from 2017

I will always love craft books. No matter how much time I spend online watching YouTube videos and reading blogs, there’s nothing like holding a really beautiful craft book in your hands. Books are a great value. For $15-25 you get over a dozen patterns. Think about that! Plus, a book is a peek into… 

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5 Crafty Facebook Live Shows to Watch

When Facebook introduced the ability to livestream in March of 2016 it was hard to predict how crafters would make use of it. The opportunity to engage with fans in real time opened up a whole world of creative potential. Demonstrate techniques, go behind-the-scenes at trade shows and conferences, conduct live interviews – the options… 

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Learning to Make Puppets

I’ve started making puppets. I’m learning to make the muppet kind of puppet with the wide open mouth and I’m slowly making progress. A few weeks ago I had a sort of creative turning point. Although my love for three-dimensional design in fabric hasn’t wavered over the last 13 years, it’s been important to let… 

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10 Sewing YouTubers to Watch

I don’t watch much television mostly because I don’t have much free time, but I do love short videos. I recently downloaded the YouTube app on my phone and I’ve found myself increasingly turning to it for entertaining informative videos about sewing. Like watching the Food Network, YouTube sewing videos are edutainment and I find… 

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Snapshot Mini Quilt

In January I had a conversation with Thomas Knauer on the podcast. Thomas is a deep thinker and he’s got some pretty radical things to say about quilting and the industry that’s grown up around it. One of his big ideas is that we should step away from the constant consumerism of quilting – more… 

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The Story of Penny Gold’s Quilt “Self-Portrait, Year 2”

Last spring I wrote an article about Penny Gold’s quilt, “Self-Portrait, Year 2” for GenerationQ magazine. I continue to be so struck by this quilt and the story behind it that I’m republishing the piece here with the magazine’s and Penny’s permission. “Self-Portrait, Year 2:  Beneath the Surface” was one of the most memorable quilts… 

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Craft as Escape and Affirmation

Shotgun shacks in Greenwood, Mississippi. In 1997 I moved from my college apartment in Baltimore to Itta Bena, Mississippi, a town of just over 2,000 people in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. I was there to teach French and social studies at Threadgill Junior High in Greenwood, twenty minutes down the highway. In the… 

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Art and Craft and a Handmade Spoon

Roxanne made me a spoon. In sixth grade here in Wellesley you take Industrial Technology (don’t call it “wood shop” or you’ll be sternly corrected, trust me). The culmination of the class is carving a spoon from a block of wood. I put the spoon to use immediately. The day it came home I stirred… 

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Why I Teach Sewing

On a Monday evening I was teaching a class at a local sewing studio. My students were all local moms and they’d come to learn to use their sewing machines. I’ve taught this class twice a month for four years now and I always begin by asking each person to tell the story of their… 

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Crafty Subscriptions for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is May 10. That’s just two weeks away! Over the past year or so I’ve become a big fan of subscription boxes as gifts. I received a subscription to BirchBox for the holidays which was lovely and for my birthday last summer I got a gift certificate for StitchFix, which I love! A… 

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