CraftSanity Episode 55
She's Back! Amy Karol is back
to chat about her new sewing book
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The wonderfully inspiring Amy Karol is back to star in another episode of CraftSanity. (She made her debut on episode 27, so be sure to check that out if you missed it.) Amy is still as artistic and crafty as ever, but there have been some major developments since we last heard from her. She just had another baby girl and published her first book, "Bend-the-Rules Sewing: The Essential Guide to a Whole New Way to Sew." Congrats, Amy!

We taped the interview before Amy went into labor, so you'll have to visit her blog for the latest news from the homefront. We kept our talk pretty craft focused, so don't be surprised if you're inspired to try five new projects by the end of the show. (I've been on a big sewing binge lately and Amy's book is partly to blame for fueling my need to floor my Singer and sew like mad. It's seems I can't wait to get on to the next project.)

Amy is 35 and lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband, Pete, and three daughters. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in interior architecture and landed an impressive job as a commercial interior designer and got to work. But she’s wasn’t feeling it. She was the new girl with purple hair in the office full of corporate types with mustaches. After dying her hair back to a more natural shade, she quickly realized that wasn’t going to change the fact that she would never enjoy meaningless water-cooler small talk. At her core, she could not conform to the norms of the corporate world. It took a few years, but Amy eventually reclaimed an artistic life for herself. She started making art again – jewelry, mono prints, and quilts – and let go of the job that didn’t suit her. (Did I mention that she tells her story very well in episode 27?)

Today she is a 35-year-old artist, wife and mother of three daughters. She showcases her art quilts, prints, paper goods and paintings on her King Pod site and documents her creative life in her "Angry Chicken" craft weblog. Amy also runs Mailorder, a subscription-based, craft activity club that has involved ID cards, merit badges, fake money, secret passwords and decoder rings. She also created Tie One On, that great website that serves as a fantastic gallery of homemade aprons made by enthusiasts all over the globe. Every month she cooks up a new theme and invites participants to make aprons to showcase on the site.

Here are some of Amy's small quilts, followed by her aprons.


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If you want to know more, check out CraftSanity episode 27 and read her FAQ.


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This week's project (again): Amy's a little busy getting to know the newest little member of her family, so I didn't try to shake a new project out of her. Instead, I want to remind you to try out the redwork embroidery pattern we posted with episode 27. If you want more of her designs, check out her book. Download the PDF and here is a larger photo of the finished piece.

And we have a winner!: Karen, of Bateau Bay, Australia won the free copy of "Knitting Nell" by Julie Jersild Roth (a guest on show #54). Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Houghton Mifflin for donating the book.

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Win a copy of Amy's book: This week I'm thrilled to be giving away a copy of Amy's Karol's "Bend the Rules Sewing" book. It's fabulous and rapidly becoming a favorite of mine. I've tried out several patterns and enjoying it immensely. So post a comment about this episode on the blog and copy it into an e-mail to Jennifer@craftsanity.com along with your mailing address and I'll get you entered in our random drawing. Share a sewing story or comment about something Amy and I discussed. It's up to you. The deadline to enter is Saturday, June 30. Good luck everyone!

And after the show: This week's CraftSanity aftershow (the part where I ramble on after the show is technically over) is a special tribute to the 13 ladies who worked at my local Hancock Fabrics store that closed earlier this month. My little audio story barely does them justice, but it's something. Keep listening after the CraftSanity theme song plays at the end of the show to hear what went on the day my favorite fabric store went out of business. Somehow I ended up crashing their employee party. This one's for you, ladies.


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