CraftSanity Episode 71
Meet Kathy Goldner founder of Knitting Out Loud
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Are you a multi-tasking knitter who loves to read? Great. So is Kathy Goldner.

Kathy is the founder of Knitting Out Loud, a new company that produces audio knitting books so you can listen to stories about your favorite craft while you click those point sticks.

Tune into this week's episode of CraftSanity to find out how Kathy started this crafty business nearly a year ago and how she finds the talented voices to read these knitting gems.

Also, Kathy was kind enough to let me play clips from five of her audio books during the show, so settle in with a project and let the audio book sampling begin.

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Win An Audio Book! Have a favorite knitting book that you'd like to listen to while knitting? Recommend a title for Kathy to make into an audio book and get in the random drawing for an audio copy of "A History of Hand Knitting" by Richard Rutt. To enter, simply copy your post into an e-mail to Jennifer@craftsanity.com. Please include your mailing address in your e-mail so I know where to send your prize if you win. The deadline is Saturday, March 8. Good luck everyone!

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CraftSanity Episode 70
Kristin knits and stitches and paints and....
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Kristin Nicholas is my kind of creative. Some people pick one art medium and stick to it, but not Kristin. She does it all.

She's a craft book author and illustrator who is into stitchery, knitting, painting, ceramics, interior design and gardening. So in addition to using color with wild abandon in her knitting and embroidery projects, Kristin enjoys splashing color throughout the 1751 farmhouse where she lives with her husband, Mark, and daughter, Julia. On this farm located on an abandoned apple orchard, Kristin and her family live and inspired life raising sheep, pigs and chickens.
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CraftSanity Episode 69
Samara O'Shea On Letter Writing
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Dearest Listeners,

It's bitter cold in Grand Rapids today where the mercury is hovering around 4 degrees. Even, Juna, our Alaskan Malamute who loves to nap outside on a snow pile, is hunkered down inside today. It's too cold to go out, so it's a great day to grab your favorite blanket and settle into to a cozy chair and listen to a podcast.

Today, I offer up a great conversation with Samara O'Shea, the wordsmith who writes custom letters for clients over at letterlover.net and the author of "For the Love of Letters: A 21st-Century Guide to the Art of Letter Writing." Samara's approach is wonderful in that she didn't write a straight how-to guide. Instead she mixes in her own letter-writing adventures with makes the book come to life. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 68
Betz White Returns
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Betz White is back with a recap of her adventures as an up-and-coming designer and crafter who used her original cupcake pin cushion design as a spring board to a book deal and appearance on The Martha Stewart Show.

Betz has been very busy since I I first interviewed her in the summer of 2006 for CraftSanity episode 24. She's published a book, "Warm Fuzzies, 30 Sweet Felted Projects" and writing a second one. And just last week she got to watch Martha on TV demonstrating her "Heart-felted Scarf" project on the show. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 67
A Conversation with Lily Chin
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Tune in this week for a lively chat with Lily Chin, an internationally famous crochet and knitwear designer and champion promoter of both these wonderful art forms.

On this episode of CraftSanity, Lily shares the story of how she got her crafty start and gives us an behind-the-scenes tour of her life as a pattern designer and fashion industry insider. She talks about her experiences crocheting runway pieces for the likes of Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren and Isaac Mizrahi, and even offers her solution for managing a big yarn stash in the Big Apple where abundant yarn storage space is hard to come by.

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CraftSanity Episode 66
Meet Felt Food Maker Hilary Seabolt
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This week I'd like to introduce Hilary Seabolt, an inspiring young woman who discovered her felt toy-making talents about two years ago and launched a homemade business called Lilly Bean Market from her home in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Recently I had the pleasure of visiting Hilary in the attic studio where she creates play food out of wool felt. (She was the subject my weekly craft column published today in The Grand Rapids Press.) Each piece is machine sewn, then embellished with hand-stitching. Hillary ships felt food to shops and customers across the country and abroad. From ham and cheese sandwiches to fish dinners, cookies, cakes and good ol'  PB&J, Hilary has created a collection of 60 items to keep you and your children entertained for hours. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 65
Alynn Guerra on Printmaking
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Tune in this week for a conversation with printmaker Alynn Guerra.

I met Alynn, 32, of Grand Rapids at a local street fair and really liked the prints she creates and sells under the name Red Hydrant Press. Not long after, I recorded an interviewed and wrote a
column about her for my newspaper.

As I recently wrote on my GR Press blog: I respect the social commentary and accessibility of Guerra's work. You don't have to make millions to own it, and you don't need to stand on your head and squint with one eye to try to understand it. Alynn speaks through her art, carving images and words into printing blocks and linoleum and "publishing" her work for a limited audience one print at a time.
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CraftSanity Episode 64
A Casual Conversation with Susan B. Anderson
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At long last, I'm back podcasting. Here's an interview I taped with one of my favorite knitters, Susan B. Anderson, when she made a return to trip to Grand Rapids in November.

Susan who hails from Madison, Wis., was in town to promote her latest book "Itty-Bitty Nursery." Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 63
Debbie Stoller On Crafting for Men
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The yarn is expensive and fabulous, the color is exquisite, and the cable pattern is divine. So what's the problem?

Him. He won't wear the damn sweater you spent hours stitching. Every now and then even the most gifted knitters and crocheters find themselves in this seemingly no-win situation.

Realizing this after creating a few items that bombed with her boyfriend, Debbie Stoller has just come out with a new book she hopes will reduce the frustration on both sides when crafty folks make gifts for men.
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CraftSanity Episode 62
Leftovers with Kristin Roach
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This week I'm bring you a chat with artist and crafter Kristin Roach, 24, of Moline, Illinois. Kristin is the creative force behind the website Craft Leftovers, where she posts free patterns weekly. Tune in to find out how this art major at Northern Illinois University manages to balance school, her job at a yarn shop and her crafty side businesses. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 61.5
Happy Halloween
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HANDMADE STORY No. 1: The Witch


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My next podcast isn't quite ready, so please enjoy this Handmade Story by Francesca Penchant, of Seattle, Wash.
I hope this is the first in a series of listener stories about the handmade items in your lives. Have a story to share? Email me.

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CraftSanity Episode 61
A Chat with "KnitKnit" Author Sabrina Gschwandtner
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This week's guest is Sabrina Gschwandtner, author of a "KnitKnit: Profiles + Projects From Knitting's New Wave," a fantastic book that just came out last month. It's a wonderful collection of profiles of 27 interesting knitters, some you've surely heard of and others you'll be glad to learn about.
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CraftSanity Episode 60
An Inspiring Chat with Amanda Blake Soule
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Many of you have requested her as a guest and now she's finally here. Settle in for a chat with Amanda Blake Soule, that 31-year-old crafter, blogger, photographer, writer, unschooling mama extraordinaire who documents her creative family life in Portland, Maine on her blog Soule Mama.

Come along on a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to be the "Soule Mama" and hear all about her exciting
book-writing adventure.
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CraftSanity Episode 59
The Mother's Day Project:
How One Woman Got Us All Stitching For Peace
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Frustrated by the growing list of soldiers dying in the war in Iraq, Anne Landre, 52, of Milwaukee, Wis., decided to pay tribute to growing list of female causalities by stitching each woman's name into a fiber art project.

As the list of fallen soldiers grew, Anne launched the Mother's Day Project and enlisted the help of volunteers, each stitching a single name on a swatch to be returned to her. Anne's plan is to take the names and incorporate them into a traveling tote bag that the stitchers will each get a chance to use as they go about their lives for a week or so. The response was so overwhelming that Anne got enough volunteers to make two tote bags. I got in on the second bag. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 58
'The Art of Crafts' at BlogHer
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CHICAGO - Women rocked the blogosphere at the BlogHer 2007 conference at Navy Pier and I was glad to be a part of it. There were mommy bloggers, food bloggers, exhibitionist bloggers, weight-loss bloggers, political bloggers and many other blogging enthusiasts numbering in excess of 750. While I find many blogs fascinating, I went to meet the art and craft bloggers, the people who make stuff and write about it. People, well, like me.

The BlogHer organizers gave me the green light to record a panel discussion called: "The Art of Crafts" on Saturday, so I turned it into a special BogHer edition of the CraftSanity podcast. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 57
All Hail Carol Duvall, the 'Queen of Crafting'
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Many others have crafted since, but Carol Duvall was among the very first to craft before a live television audience.

One of her hallmarks was her uncanny ability to teach television viewers how to whip up interesting projects using items they could find around the house. From finding creative purposes for the old plastic L'eggs pantyhose "egg" containers and milk cartons to other household goods, Carol never seemed to run out of ideas.

While crafting became Carol's claim to fame during a television career that lasted more than 50 years, that was not her intention.

Tune in this week to hear the story of how a working mom who never aspired to be the "Queen of Crafting" became just that.
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CraftSanity Episode 56
Adventures in Soapmaking with Dee Bellini
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This week we're going to visit the kitchen of soap-making, super mom, Dee Bellini, 44, of Wyoming, Mich. She is a married, mother of five boys who works full-time as a parts manager for a fork lift company. When she's off the clock, Dee is working hard to grow her soap business Bars by Bellini. Like many of us who rush home from our day jobs to work on projects, Dee is pursuing her crafty dream on the side and one day hopes to have a shop where she can sell her handmade soaps, lotions, scrubs, sprays and lip balms. Read More...
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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. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 54
A Conversation with children's book author,
artist and maker Julie Jersild Roth
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Julie Jersild Roth is a soft spoken woman with big talent. Like Nell, the lovable character she created for her book "Knitting Nell," Roth has a quiet voice.

But listen up, folks, because Julie, 48, of Minneapolis, Minn., has a wonderful story to share. This week Julie is going to tell us what it's like to be a children's book author and illustrator and even read her book to us.

And in the usual CraftSanity fashion, we talk about a bunch of other stuff, too. Take a little audio stroll with us and get inspired for your next creative project. (And find out how you can win a copy of "Knitting Nell.")
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CraftSanity Episode 53
Carol Souvion, the visionary behind
the documentary 'Craft in America'
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This week you'll meet Carol Sauvion, the executive director of the PBS series "Craft in America" that airs nationally Wednesday, May 30.

Carol, 59, of Los Angeles, got her start in the arts as a potter in the 1960s and has operated Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles for more than 25 years. Tune in to hear what inspired her to make this wonderful documentary about American craft tradition and how her creative business has enriched her life. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 52
Take Control of Your Knitting
with Help from The Domiknitrix
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Feel like your knitting sometimes gets the best of you and want to feel a little more in control? Then this is the show for you. Meet Jennifer Stafford, of San Francisco, a 37-year-old knitting powerhouse who knows what she wants from her craft. By day she works a regular job at an internet media company, but when she's knitting she takes on a much more powerful persona. She is the DomiKNITrix, the creative genius behind domiKNITrix.com. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 51
Crochet Diva Afya Ibomu
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Tune in this week for a chat with Afya Ibomu, the author of "Get Your Crochet On! Hip Hats & Cool Caps." This 30-something author, certified holistic health counselor, and crochet artist will talk about her book of fabulous patterns and give you the courage to do what yarn snobs define as the unthinkable: crochet with acrylic. Afya will share the story of how she got into crocheting hats and selling them to famous rap stars. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 50
Shoe Designer Annie Mohaupt
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Annie Mohaupt majored in architecture but found the office setting was not for her. When a friend asked her to share a table at the Renegade Craft Fair, she had a reason to execute that shoe idea she had been kicking around for a while. The shoes were hot sellers and the rest is history. Now, Annie, 31, of Chicago makes shoes full-time. To date she has turned out more than 1,000 pairs of cute and comfortable handmade shoes. (These shoes are so great -- I bought a pair myself). Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 49
Adventures in Cross Stitch
with Heather Holland-Daly
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Doing her part to get people stitching, Heather Holland-Daly is an up-and-coming cross stitch designer whose unique designs will make you want to grab a hoop and some colorful thread.

With a background in theater, Heather, 40, of Bellville, Ill., has taken an interesting career path from the stage to retail to becoming her own boss as the owner and creator of her very own cross stitch design business.
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CraftSanity Episode 48
Author Jessica Vitkus
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This week's guest is writer, crafter and TV producer, Jessica Vitkus. She is the author of "AlternaCrafts: 20+ Hi-Style Lo-Budget Projects to Make." She also worked for Sassy magazine and "Martha Stewart Living TV," "The Daily Show," "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" and "Craft Corner Deathmatch."





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CraftSanity Episode 47
Meet Book Artist Ellen Knudson of Crooked Letter Press
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Ellen Knudson appreciates the beauty of text on a page. She's a lover of letters and the words they add up to when she make her books the old fashion way with ink and type and a needle and thread.

As a book artist and operator of Crooked Letter Press in Starkville, Miss., Ellen spends quality time with each beautifully constructed book she prints on her beloved letterpress.

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CraftSanity Episode 46
Knit Designer and Author Susan B. Anderson
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This week’s guest is knitter Susan B. Anderson, the author of “Itty-Bitty Hats: Cute and Cuddly Caps to Knit for Babies and Toddlers.” I had the pleasure of meeting Susan when she came to West Michigan for her recent book tour. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 45
Explore Your "Craftivity" with Tsia Carson
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This week’s guest is Tsia Carson, the author of the great new book “Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle.” Tsia, 36, of Beacon, New York, is the founder of SuperNaturale, a fabulous independent website where the movers and shakers on the art/craft scene post articles and discuss all things DIY.

Tsia is a mother, artist, crafter and partner at Flat, a multidisciplinary design firm in New York City. She has taught at both Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design. So she has the street cred to tell us a thing or two about art, craft and DIY culture. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 44
"Knitting for Peace" with Betty Christiansen
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This week’s guest is Betty Christiansen, a 37-year-old freelance writer, editor and knitter living in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. She is the author of an inspiring new book called “Knitting For Peace: Make the World a Better Place Once Stitch at a Time.”
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CraftSanity Episode 43
Sew Cool: Meet the Ladies of Stitch Lounge
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This week CraftSanity features an interview with Melissa Alvarado and Hope Meng who, along with their friend Melissa Rannels, co-own Stitch Lounge, an urban sewing studio in San Francisco and co-authored the fabulous refashioning book "Sew Subversive: Down & Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista."

Tune in to hear the story of how these three crafty women stitched their way into business and the wonderful world of crafty book publishing.



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CraftSanity Episode 42
Hannah Rogge Takes Craft From
the Toolbox to the Jewelry Box
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Hannah Rogge, 28, of New York City, is a crafty woman with a unique style of her own. With blue hair and nail polish and jewelry fashioned from nuts and bolts from her local hardware store, Hannah isn't afraid to craft outside the box. Tune into this week's podcast for the story of how this Rhode Island School of Design graduate splits her life between her day job designing animated windows and her after-hours craft habit. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 41
A Chat with Quilter Weeks Ringle
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Weeks Ringle, 45, of Oak Park, Ill., shares the story of how she launched a home-based contemporary design studio called FunQuilts with her husband and business partner, Bill Kerr.
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CraftSanity Episode 40
Janice Taylor Tells Us How to Craft Ourselves Thin
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Diets and support meetings didn't work for Janice Taylor. So when she heard a wise voice in her head, she listened to it and turned her obsession with food into an art form. She began making delicious foods the focus of her art instead of her dinner plate. Today she refers to the voice as "Our Lady of Weight Loss," the muse that inspired her to creatively shed 50 pounds and invent a new profession for herself as a weight-loss artist.
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CraftSanity Episode 39
Meet Handbag Designer Laura Buzard
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Before Laura Buzard created her own line of Laura Bee Designs handbags and opened a fabulous store and working studio in Seattle, Washington, she was crafty woman with a dream. Now she's a successful business owner specializing in custom designs made from fabrics customers select from her stash.
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CraftSanity Episode 38:
The Making of a Glass Bead with Nancy Puffer
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This week the CraftSanity podcast visits the home studio of Grand Rapids, Michigan glass artist Nancy Puffer. She's a 49-year-old stay-at-home mom turned artist who makes the vibrant beads she uses to make fantastic one-of-a-kind jewelry. Tune in to hear how she fell in love with lampwork and how it's changed her life.

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CraftSanity Episode 37:
Natalie Zee Introduces MAKE magazine's
CRAFTty little sister
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This week's episode of CraftSanity features a conversation with Natalie Zee, the associate editor of CRAFT magazine and writer of the publication's blog. Zee, 33, of San Francisco, is a crafter, fashion trend spotter and tech expert. Check out her books, her personal blog and her her flickr gallery. We chat about CRAFT and crafting and how you can get your work into this fine publication. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 36:
The Story of Etsy
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Etsy's PR and marketing guru Matt Stinchcomb, former guitarist for the French Kicks, takes us behind the scenes of this rapidly growing, online craftopia. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 35
Stitchin' with Melinda Barta
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Melinda Barta, 26, of Fort Collins, Colo, is the author of "Hip to Stitch: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread." Melinda shares the story of how she landed her crafty gig as an assistant managing editor at Beadwork and Stringing magazines published by Interweave Press.
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CraftSanity Episode 34
Get your Knit Fix with Lisa Kartus
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When Lisa Kartus makes a knitting mistake, she revels in it. Tune in to this episode of CraftSanity to hear how this financial reporter turned knitting writer has emerged on the crafty scene with her debut kniitting book "Knit Fix: Problem Solving for Knitters" Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 33
Samplin' Crafty Goodness with Marie Kare
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Looking for an easy way to get the word out about your crafty creations? You're in luck! On this episode of CraftSanity we're going to meet the one and only Marie Kare, the brilliant creator of the Sampler, a marketing and promotional tool designed to help indie business folks get exposure.
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CraftSanity Episode 32
Collage Fun With Claudine Hellmuth
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Laughter comes easy for Claudine Hellmuth, 31, a mixed media collage artist and author living the ultimate creative life in Orlando, Fla. Her humorous and whimsical artwork is fantastic, with her latest pieces including collage scenes featuring back and white photos. (Above are some of her recent commissioned pieces.) She travels the country teaching art workshops and makes art, including several commissioned pieces, in her home studio.

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CrafSanity Episode 31
Rhonda Simmons Introduces Us to "Art in a Box"
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Rhonda Simmons is a 43-year-old artist living in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada where she documents life with plaster castings and empowers other women to celebrate themselves in their own artistic ways. And it's Rhonda's whimsical spirit that led her to convert feminine hygiene dispensers into colorful "Outsider Art in a Box" dispensers. Who would of thought those dispensers could ever be so fun? Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 30
Knitting Author Melanie Falick Tells Her Story
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Since her debut book “Knitting in America” captivated a new generation of knitters in the mid-'90s, legions of yarn loving fans have grown to recognize Melanie Falick’s name on the front of a book as a symbol of quality. Like so many others, I’ve collected and enjoyed her books over the years. Therefore, I'm especially pleased to feature a conversation with her on this week’s show. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 29
Three Weavers Converge
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Sometimes the craft gods smile upon us and we just have to soak it all up. That's exactly what I did when Convergence 2006, the Handweavers Guild of America international convention, made a stop in Grand Rapids, Mich. last month. I grabbed my recording equipment and headed downtown to tape some mini-interviews with weaving enthusiasts from around the globe.
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CraftSanity Episode 28
Stitch 'N Bitch with Debbie Stoller
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Tune in this week for a chat with Debbie Stoller, the co-creator of Bust magazine and author of the "Stitch 'N Bitch" books that have inspired thousands to pick up their needles and start knitting and crocheting. Many of you are probably familiar with her wildly popular knitting book "Stitch 'N Bitch Nation" that was joined recently in bookstores by her latest crafty publication, "Stitch 'N Bitch Crochet: The Happy Hooker." Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 27
"Tie One On" with Artist Amy Karol
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Amy Karol knows what it’s like to land a great job, only to go work and feel like something is seriously wrong. After graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in interior architecture, she landed an impressive job as a commercial interior designer and got to work. But she’s wasn’t feeling it.
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CraftSanity Episode 26
Adorn yourself with crafty editor Linda Permann
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Linda Permann is living the ultimate crafty girl's dream in the Big Apple. She's the 26-year-old craft and decorating editor for Adorn magazine, SOHO's latest craft publication that just hit newsstands this summer. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 25
Heidi Kenney Chats About Her World of Plush
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This week I’m going to bring you a chat with Heidi Kenney, the crafty woman behind the website and online shop My Paper Crane. She’s a hip 28-year-old, Baltimore-area artist making impressive plush creations. She’s a mother and maker who creates whatever she wants out of fabric.
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CraftSanity Episode 24:
Felt a Bit of Whimsy with Betz White
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Tune in for a chat with Betz White, 41, a fashion designer, artist and crafter living in Verona, Wisconsin. She’s going to give us an inside scoop on children’s apparel design and share the story of how she’s developing her own signature line of handmade goods that incorporate her skills as a knitter with her knack for working with recycled wool and cashmere sweaters. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 23:
Grow Your Own with Gayla Trail
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Tune in this week to hear a chat with Gayla Trail, designer, photographer and creator of YouGrowGirl.com, the fantastic everything-garden website. She's a crafty girl with a green thumb growing her own in Toronto.

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CraftSanity Episode 22:
It's Time to "Cast-On" with Brenda Dayne
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If you knit and you own an iPod, this week's guest needs no introduction. Pour yourself some tea and grab your knitting because you’re about to hear from Brenda Dayne, producer of "Cast-On, a podcast for knitters." Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 21:
Ted Anderson, Walking Stick Maker
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Countless artists and crafters make amazing creations in the privacy of their homes not for glory or fame, but just because they love it. Ted Anderson is one of those sort of people. He doesn't have a website or gallery space, but his artwork is no less fantastic. His sells his delightful walking sticks by word of mouth and when I heard about him, I wanted to share his work with all of you.
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CraftSanity Episode 20:
Artist Katherine Shaughnessy Has Crewel Intentions
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This week we’ll hear the story of an artist living a creative life on the outskirts of Marfa, Texas. Katherine Shaughnessy is the 36-year-old fine artist making a name for herself in the craft world and as the creator of the hip Wool & Hoop Crewel Embroidery Kits. She’s also the author of a fabulous embroidery book called: “The New Crewel, Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery." (Lark, 2005).

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CraftSanity Episode 19:
"Whip Up" Something Wonderful With Kathreen Ricketson
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From a purple house with a bright red door in Canberra Australia, Kathreen Ricketson, a 34-year-old working mom, has created a new crafty portal that highlights the latest and greatest in the artsy, crafty world. The site - whipup.net - is fabulously addictive and wonderfully inspiring. It's all about "handcraft in a hectic world." It's an place for artists and crafters to share ideas and pass along information about the wonderful world of handcraft. On any given day there's usually a post of two to inspire the creative mind and delight the crafty senses. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 18:
Get Connected With Fiber Artist Lindsay Obermeyer
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So have you heard about the Red Thread Project yet? On this episode you'll hear from Chicago fiber artist Lindsay Obermeyer, creator of the fantastic Red Thread Project Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 17:
Get Cozy With Alicia Paulson, Creator of Posie: Rosie Little Things
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In March 1998, Alicia Paulson was happy with her life. She was a 29-year-old newlywed settling into a new editing job in a new city. Then the unexpected happened. She got hit by a garbage truck. Restricted to bed rest between the multiple surgeries required to save her foot and ankle, Alicia stitched herself a distraction. She passed some of that difficult time decorating vintage pillow cases with silk ribbon embroidery, an act that signaled the beginning of her creative awakening.
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CraftSanity Episode 16:
Craftster Founder Leah Kramer Takes Us Behind the Scenes
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If you craft, you probably know all about Craftster.org, the fantastically addictive web forum that's like an online craft night that never ends. On this episode of CraftSanity, you're going to hear from the one and only Leah Kramer, the woman who launched Craftster in 2003 and has watched its member base grow to more than 60,000 crafty people around the globe.

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CraftSanity Episode 15:
Meet Drew Emborsky: The Crochet Dude
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Drew Emborsky, 38, is a shy dude who loves to crochet. He loves it so much that he crochets from morning till night, six days a week working very hard to build his reputation as a pattern designer. On this episode of CraftSanity, Drew will share the story of how he landed in Houston, Texas and began to make a name for himself as The Crochet Dude. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 14:
Crafting a Podcast with Sister Diane of CraftyPod Fame
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If you’ve ever considered launching your own podcast or you want to know more about what goes on behind the scenes, you’re in luck. This week CraftyPod producer Diane Gilleland, a.k.a. Sister Diane, and I chat about what goes into creating a crafty podcast. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 13:
Greg Der Ananian Crafts "Bazaar Bizarre"
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Don’t be fooled by Greg Der Ananian’s tattoos and body piercings, he knows how to get his craft on. A punk rocker of craft, Greg knits and cross stitches. And he does it his way. Sure, he’s stitched those dainty store-bought kits, but that got old. He'd much rather create the humorous and slightly off-color cross stitch designs that he sells under the name “Dirty Pillows.” Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 12:
Melanie Testa Crafts for the Better
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Life is a series of choices. Good and bad, the choices we make become experiences that shape our lives. This week’s show is about getting back on track the artistic way. Textile designer and fiber artist Melanie Testa struggled at first to find her true calling. But on this episode of CraftSanity she’s going to inspire us with the story of how she crafted her way out of a bad situation.
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CraftSanity Episode 11:
Leigh Radford Knits with "One Skein"
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Leigh Radford didn’t set out to be a knitwear designer. She's been knitting since age 13, but it wasn't until a layoff from a graphic design job that she found her bliss and realized she could make a living off of her knitting by coupling the crafty skills she had learned as a child with her professional design experience. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 10:
Knit Graffiti with the Knittas
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On this episode of CraftSanity, we’re going to hear from the women responsible for this latest street art trend. They’re working moms who moonlight as gangsta graffiti knitters. AKrylik, 35, and PolyCotN, 32, are the founders of Knitta, Please!, a 10-member crew of yarn and needle-toting graffiti artists who are tagging the streets of Houston, Texas with vibrant knitted art. They’ll tag just about anything from beer bottles and door handles to telephone poles, street lamps and super tall statutes. Read More...
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CraftSanity Episode 9:
Quilt Like You Mean It with Denyse Schmidt
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“Denyse Schmidt Quilts.” That’s the name of her new book and boy does she ever.

Denyse, 45, of Bridgeport, Conn., learned to sew as a child, but she didn’t set out to revolutionize the world of quilting. That's just the way it worked out.
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CraftSanity Episode 8:
Knit Babes with Claire Garland
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Move over Barbie. Plastic perfection is out and retro rag dolls are in. Thanks to English artist and author Claire Garland, we all can knit a super cute alternative to the mass produced, virtually unattainable stereotype of the female form. It’s time to meet a hip new crew of spectacular “Knitted Babes.” Read More...
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