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Archive for July, 2008

Little Stitches

This has been a very hectic week and I’m expecting the early part of next week to be crazy busy as well. Because of this fact, it was ultimately important that the girls and I spend some creative time outside today. I worked on a new art quilt while Amelia colored and Abby continued work […]

Today I Celebrate This Giant Yarn Ball

I’ve been winding this giant yarn ball of hand-dyed cotton for at least four days (not continuously, of course) and I’m so very happy to report that I’m finally done. The tangle is out and the yarn is ready to be stitched into something fantastic. (I’m thinking another crochet apron might be in order.) I […]

A New Apron and an Apology

Sadly, today is the last day of my vacation from work. I have so much more to do before I head back to the office, but I thought I’d post a picture of the “tubeapron top” I finished last night. The pattern is from “Doublestitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista,” by Erika and Monika Simmons. […]

Printmaking At Long Last!

When I met local printmaker, Alynn Guerra last summer, I got inspired to try my hand at the art form. I bought supplies right after I interviewed Alynn for CraftSanity episode 65, but kept the inks, blocks and blades packed neatly away for about year. I can’t really explain why I didn’t dive into this […]

Get Your Scrap Fix This Weekend in Grand Rapids, Mich.

Hey, local scrapbookers, this is your weekend. The 5th Annual Great American Scrapbook Convention kicked off today with a pre-show cropping party at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. NW. Shop a variety of paper craft vendors and Friday and Saturday. Admission is $7 if you register online and $8 at the door. A two-day pass […]

Vintage Loot: The Craft Devil Made Me Buy It

I’m trying to abstain from garage sales because I’m afraid I’ll find something really great. I’m talking about a deal so great it makes me dizzy and unable to use sound judgment and think: Is this really worth the the precious real estate it will take up in my home? You see, I’ve been trying […]

A New Apron

This is the latest addition to my apron in my collection. I bought it from Lisa Price of Artgoodies fame at Saturday’s sample sale. It’s made out of a block printed tea towel and features vintage fabric on the band and ties. Here are a couple detail photos…

32

About a month ago I told a friend that I thought I was in pretty good shape compared to most 32-year-olds. I realized my gaffe immediately, but it was too late. He was laughing and completely agreeing with me. What was so funny? I was only 31 at the time. The whole scenario was pretty […]

A Celebration of Quilts and Their Makers

Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Clark, the fascinating Grand Haven, Mich. quilter I profiled in today’s art and column. When she told me the story of the quilt she’s holding in the photo above, I knew I was going to love it long before she led me upstairs to see it. […]

CraftSanity Episode 82: A Conversation with Knitty’s Amy Singer

Download the show (you may need to right-click the link) Listen to show in browser Subscribe to CraftSanity on iTunes RSS feed for podcast When Amy Singer first asked knitters to submit patterns to Knitty, the online knitting publication she launched in 2002, she never imagined it would bloom into the popular resource it is […]

Knit A Pair For Charity And A Pair For You

Hello, fellow knitters! I have good news. Melanie Falick, the famous STC Craft editor I interviewed for CraftSanity episode 30, is offering this lovely Alternating Current mitten pattern from “Knitting New Mittens & Gloves” by Robin Melanson as a free download on her blog. Giving away this great pattern is a very nice thing for […]

A Sample Sale For You Lovely Locals!

If you’re looking to pick up some excellent artsy goods at sample sale prices, be sure to check out tomorrow’s joint sale featuring products by Lisa over at Artgoodies and Shelly at K Studio. The sale is from noon to 6 p.m. tomorrow (July 19) at K Studio, 2004 Oakwood NE. This sounds really cool, […]

Creative Distractions

Do you ever wish you could drop everything and embroider your favorite song lyrics all over a skirt or something? Okay, maybe it’s just me. : ) I’m on a newspaper deadline until tomorrow and seriously itching to embroider text on something. It’s like a fever. This always happens when I’m supposed to concentrating on […]

Paper Piecing & More Quilt Love

I’ve been interviewing a lot of quilters lately which has given me a wonderful opportunity to see some fantastic quilts. I’ve always loved quilts and seem to deepen my appreciation for them every time I lay eyes on another tattered beauty that has been treasured for decades. Even more beautiful than the quilts are the […]

‘Doublestitch’ = Sexy, Fun Crochet

In their book, “Doublestitch: Designs for the Crochet Fashionista,” twin sisters, Erika and Monika Simmons, make a serious case that crochet is sexy. And thanks to these talented Chicago designers a wider audience will hopefully grow to appreciate the hip possibilities of the hook. With more than 20 head-turning designs – many too hot for […]