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Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at by Vickie Howell

By Vickie Howell

A social gathering of the great—and growing—crafting neighborhood by way of everyone’s favourite artful grrrl: the really good VICKIE HOWELL


Bestselling writer and stitchery dynamo Vickie Howell places down her needles to pay tribute to her fellow crafters! Her impressive new assortment gains interviews with 30 winning expert craftspeople in addition to profiles of a various team of roughly 60 amateurs. and each interview features a photograph of the topic, plus a peek at their paintings or their studio.

This project—a real exertions of love—also files how social networking websites, teams like sew ’n’ whinge, and replacement revenues shops resembling Etsy have helped create a detailed group of crafters captivated with their paintings and every other.


Includes interviews with such influential crafters, designers, and company humans as:

Renowned quilter Denyse Schmidt

The artful Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo

Artist and dressmaker Mary Engelbreit

Emmy-nominated host of Creative Juice, Cathie Filian

Indie craft documentarian Faythe Levine

Scrapbooking legend Sandi Genovese

Project Runway winner and upholstery fashion designer Jay McCarroll

TV Host and writer Mark Montano

Craft pioneer Carol Duvall

Famed textile fashion designer Amy Butler

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Jenny worked in the university's art department, but had already started Sublime Stitching. It happened for all of us, randomly, at the same time. It has all worked out. I'm not saying that it's not scary--but I haven't had to go back and answer phones or flip burgers. VH: Although we've come far over the past decade, society still seems to frown on handicrafts, as related to a career. Please share how you turned your passion for being creative into a livelihood. JP: You know, it was luck more than anything, but it wasn't just luck.

But why did I have no desire to craft? I'm not sure . Occasionally, I'd find myself in a craft or hardware store, and that tingly sensation of standing in awe of possibility would overwhelm me. " I finally embraced my crafty side when my mom gave me a sewing machine a few years ago. org (see page 77). My life changed. Connecting with a craft community completely inspired me to make things and to connect with other creative people. No more denying it. I am so very crafty. The warm, fun, generous crafting community feeds my soul and makes me want to keep creating.

VH: You should bring that back and spray-paint stencils over them for a modern touch. That would actually be really cool. ER: I bet I can remember how to do it all too, because, you know, when that's all you do for a year. . I also made latch hook rugs, anything like that. So I guess it just continues. It's why I'm a designer now. VH: Do you have a memory as a professional artist that will always stick with you? ER: For a year, I ran an art gallery here in Brooklyn with a friend. Patrick and I had a storefront that we rented as a design office, and we wondered what else we could do with the space.

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