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CraftSanity Podcast Episode 135: A Conversation with SAORI weaving instructor, Chiaki O’Brien

When Chiaki O’Brien rolls into Allegan County and sets up her SAORI weaving looms at the Michigan Fiber Festival this week, her students will learn right away that they are part of one of the happiest growing fiber art movements. I have not studied SAORI in any official capacity, but I ran to my loom […]

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 […]

Let’s Weave Together at the Fulton Street Artisans Market

Tomorrow (6/10) is a big day. It’s my sister’s birthday and the Fulton Street Artisans Market (FSAM) will for the season at 11 a.m. under the lovely new farmers market pavilion at 1147 E. Fulton, in Grand Rapids. I’ll be at the market until 3 p.m. with my family to get people pumped up about our latest collaborative […]

Weaving in the Ends And Moving on to the Next Project

Hello. Hello. It’s been a little nuts around here as I let myself get completely carried away by April’s Earth Day inspired weaving extravaganza at my daughters’ elementary school. I finished connecting all the woven fabric to create four pieces of varying sizes on Thursday and installed them in the cozy reading area on the library floor […]

My Instagram Addiction Is One I Have No Plans To Kick

This was one of those lucky shots. It’s not a great photo, but it’s one of those funny photos that is all about timing. I happened to have my iPhone nearby when my cat, Justine, decided to start poking her paw through the giant weaving project I’ve been working to remove from my looms. At […]

Video Highlights of Woven House Earth Day Project

Hello! Here’s the edited video slide show we played for the elementary students who worked on the woven house project at their school assembly last Friday. Enjoy!

Let’s weave together: I’m teaching a new class in Grand Rapids!

Hello! I hope you all had a lovely Easter weekend. I may have eaten a few too many Starburst jelly beans (love those!), but I didn’t completely lose control. Today I’m coming to terms with the fact that spring break is over and looking ahead to spring projects on the horizon. I want to let you […]

New organic cotton yarn inspires lovely possibilities

When the lovely folks at Galler Yarns sent along a free sample of their Inca-Eco 100% Organic Cotton Yarn for me try, I opened a package from them a short time later and found myself in that happy place where my craft world is full of possibility. This yarn is aqua (my fav!) and can […]

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 […]

Role Reversal: This Time I’m the Interviewee (Detroit News Homestyle Feature)

Usually I’m the one rounding up crafty folks to feature in my weekly art & craft column, but recently I got a chance to but down my notebook and share a bit about my crafty life and business. Yesterday, I was featured on p. 7 in The Detroit News Homestyle section. You can read the […]

We Are Makers. This Is What We Do.

It’s way after midnight and I just sat down after a long day of loom building. I’m sleepy and happy that there will be quite a few CraftSanity Looms under trees around the globe this holiday season. While I have barely begun my own holiday preparations, I’ve been shipping out looms as fast as I […]

Look What My Sister Made…

I’ve been making CraftSanity wooden peg looms for more than two years and I’m thrilled that my little sisters have both recently gotten into weaving. Yippee!!! I just love it when they get into a craft I absolutely love. My youngest sister, Julie, whipped up the bright pot holders above on her 17-peg CraftSanity Loom. Check […]

CraftSanity On TV: Valentine’s Day Woven Felt Heart Video Tutorial

My daughters love to decorate for the holidays and Valentine’s Day is no different. My mom showed me how to weave paper heart baskets years ago, and I’ve been wanting to weave some out of felt ever since. Yesterday I pulled out my stash of craft felt and got to work. Here’s what you need […]

Next Week’s Column: Pine Needle Weaving!

Happy Monday! This is what I’m writing about today. Check back later this week to for the details. What are you working on?

CraftSanity On TV: Making Weaving Looms Out of Old Books

Hi folks. I’m operating in an ArtPrize induced fog, so it’s not surprising that today’s live TV craft segment turned out to be one for the blooper reel. (See the clip below.) The “Take Five” segment features a bit of laughter and a demo on how to make a weaving loom out of an old […]