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Archive for 'Embroidery'

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 149: A conversation with Megan Eckman

With deliberate lines and tiny stitches, Megan Eckman is a fine artist and a creative writer who became an embroidery designer soon after realizing craft stores were still selling the same patterns she stitched¬†with her grandmother as a small child. This revelation lead her to create fresh and whimsical Studio MME designs including “Happy Jackalopes” […]

CraftSanity Podcast 148: A chat with artist and book lover, Lisa Occhipinti

Lisa Occhipinti loves books of the printed variety. She reads them, collects them and creates art inspired by them. In her new book, “Novel Living: Collecting, Decorating and Crafting with Books,” Lisa once again pays homage to the printed word. As you may recall, Lisa wrote and illustrated “The Repurposed Library,” which was published in […]

CraftSanity Shop Update: Day of the Dead Skull Prints to Embroider

As I mentioned in my most recent newspaper column, I took the year off from making handmade Halloween costumes this year, but I didn’t stop crafting. I stayed up late, but not too late, Thursday night embroidering a Day of the Dead skull print. I drew the design, then carved it into linoleum and printed […]

Resurfacing

It’s been far too long since my last update, but I’ve had some important work to do for my family and the college students I advise. It would take me a long time to recap the events of the last couple months, so I’m just going to skip ahead and tell you that I’m working […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Preview Sale

The CraftSanity Magazine Issue 8 Preorder Sale is on! Preorder your copy by Wednesday (11/14/12) and save a dollar off the cover price! You can also sign up for a CraftSanity Magazine subscription and have the next 4 issues automatically mailed to your home. Here’s a preview of the fun projects, stories and recipes featured […]

CraftSanity Magazine Issue 6: Pre-Order Preview

We’ve been hard at work on issue 6 of the magazine and very happy to report that we’ll be picking it up from the printer March 23. You can reserve your copy here. This issue is packed with people and projects that I hope will inspire hours of creative time this spring. We’re covering everything […]

CraftSanity Podcast Episode 124: A conversation with Aimee Ray

After a short hiatus, the CraftSanity Podcast is back with an interview with Aimee Ray, a graphic designer, crafter and embroidery book author. You may know Aimee from her blog and you may have shopped for crafty wares at her Etsy shop, too. Aimee is the author of “Doodle Stitching” and “Doodle Stitching: The Motif […]

CraftSanity On TV: Fun spring break ideas for the kids and a friendship bracelet maker giveaway

Happy spring break! Snow is in the forecast for Michigan, so chances are good that my family won’t be frolicking on the West Michigan sun during Spring Break 2011. But no worries, I’m a crafty mama with a plan. This past Sunday the weekly column I write for The Grand Rapids Press offered spring break […]

Special Occasion Cat Embroidery: Happy Unbirthday Justine!

Today is the 1-year anniversary of the arrival of our Siamese cat, Justine. I never considered myself a cat person until I took my girls to meet her a little more than a year ago. She didn’t hide from us and seemed to like us right from the start.

Sew Petite: Sewing in circles tutorial to try with the kids

The latest issue of Petite Purls is up and ready to inspire you. My daughters and I collaborated on the Sew Petite feature, a beginning stitching project for you to try with the budding crafters in your life. Ameila, 4, stitched the flower in the hoop above. Abby, 6, decided to go her own way […]

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage and Then Everything Gets Stinky

"The Myth of the Man Who Didn’t Fart", by Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, 10×10" art quilt, cotton fabric, hand embroidery, applique and machine quilting Here’s my latest art quilt. Read my artist statement over at “Posted Stitches” if you’re curious about what it’s all about. :¬† )

Stitching With Rocky Hardcore, An Impressive Daredevil Who Knows How to Use a Needle & Thread

I’ve stitched with a lot of people, but only recently did I get an opportunity to craft with a daredevil. Today my GR Press column is about Rocky Hauri, aka Rocky Hardcore. He’s a 53-year-old stunt man from Owosso, Mich. who embroiders the uniforms he wears to crash cars. I met Rocky at the Thriller! […]

Voodoolls, Furry Monsters and Embroidered Hearts, Bugs & Brains

Today my weekly Grand Rapids Press art & craft column is about fiber artist Heather Weathers, 25, of Grand Rapids. Her booth was one of the highlights of the Eastown Street Fair back in September. She makes the cutest hand-painted voodoo dolls she calls voodoolls, stuffed monsters and impressive hand-embroidered pillows and wall art. A […]

Posted Stitches Art Quilt Update

Bev and I are still making art quilts and writing about them every month over at Posted Stitches. I invite you to check it out and tell us what you think . The quilt above is Side A of my August “Dreams” quilt. You can read more about it here and see Side B here. […]

Apron Pocket Decisions, Plastic Tattoos, Pinafores, Prints & Pin (Button) Collecting

I’m making progress on the embroidered CraftSanity logo that I had planned to sew into a pocket for this apron. But the more I stitch the less enthused I become about the thought of sewing a black pocket over these colorful prints. I’m afraid a pocket will ruin it. Any thoughts? I swapped buttons with […]