CraftSanity Episode 116: A Conversation with West Michigan Fiber Artist Beth Ann Williams

On this episode of CraftSanity you’ll meet West Michigan fiber artist Beth Ann Williams, an accomplished quilter, teacher and author who never ceases to inspire the people around her. Tune in to hear the story of how Beth Ann turned to quilting after serious health problems forced her to edit her life plan.

Beth Ann, of Grand Rapids, is very skilled when it comes to making art and helping others set out on their own creative journeys. And she excels at figuring out ways to get around life’s biggest obstacles with humor and grace. With the deck stacked against her Beth Ann has continued to make art, teach and work as the creative director for Lakeshore Sewing.

If you’re struggling with a road block in your life, don’t miss this episode and the chance to be inspired by a woman who turned her wheelchair into a fashion accessory and reminds us all to hold our dreams lightly.Want to learn more from Beth Ann? She teaches regularly at Lakeshore Sewing and will be teaching at Fabrications at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo, Mich. at the end of the summer. She will present Fiber Collage & Three-Dimensional Embellishment on Aug. 30 & 31 and Machine Quilting and Thread Painting on Sept. 1, 2 & 3. She will also be co-hosting a “Storytelling in Fabric” retreat in November. Read more workshop details here.

And check out Beth Ann’s  three quilting books: “Celtic Quilts: A New Look for Ancient Designs,” “Colorwash Bargello Quilts,” and “A World of Quilts: 10 Projects Using Ethnic Fabric” all published by Martingale & Co. under the imprint That Patchwork Place.

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• Check out Mindy Tsonas’ wishstudio, a unique, exciting online art studio and supportive community where you can create, connect, and dive deeper into your creative life!

Visit the workshops page for wonderful class offerings, to teach your own workshop or use the virtual studio space to launch a creative dream or idea, sip life in the wishstudio virtual cafe, join a group project, read the collaborative blog, and get inspired to share your stories and creativity. There is always something new happening over at the wishstudio… stop by today, and give your wishes wings!

• Check out Jennifer Forest’s confidentcrafts.com, featuring wet felting with merino wool tops and nuno felting with fabric and wool tops kits and projects.

You can also learn more about Forest’s book, Jane Austen’s Sewing Box, at jennifer-forest.com It explores the craft that Jane Austen’s characters, friends and family did during the 1770s-1830s. Forest is a trained history teacher and curator, which is where this interest in historic crafts all started.

• Libby Dibby stuff and style is all about being inspired by the joy of color and pattern – and things that are both vintage and new. Check out skirts, hand-stamped charms, baby slings and bags at libertyworth.com, and one-of-a-kind items at the Etsy store. Be sure to follow the Libby Dibby blog for inspiration and fun giveaways.

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