CraftSanity Episode 125: A Conversation With Craft Book Author and TV Host Brett Bara

by jennifer

Hi folks! Today I’m bringing you a new episode of CraftSanity featuring a conversation with Brett Bara, crafter, author, TV host and jello mold enthusiast.

This podcast is part of Brett’s blog tour to promote her new book “Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick & Crafty Projects You Can Make By Simply Sewing Straight.”

I met Brett when she kindly interviewed me for an episode of the PBS show she hosts called “Knit & Crochet Today.” I had no idea then, but that interview turned out to be a pivotal part of my decision to quit my day job. When I watched it roughly a year after we recorded, I was struck by how happy I look talking about CraftSanity. After that, quitting my day job seemed like a no brainer.

At the time Brett was also the editor of “Crochet Today” magazine, but she ended up quitting her day job, too, to pursue her own crafty interests. Tune in to episode 125 to hear Brett tell the story of her creative roots growing up in rural Pennsylvania, moving to New York City and most recently hitting her stride as a Brooklyn-based craft expert. Brett also talks about what inspired her to write a sewing book.

“Sewing in a Straight Line” contains both basic and challenging projects, which makes it appealing to both experienced and rookie sewists. And Brett has gone the extra mile, working with friends to produce three instructional videos to show viewers how to sew a skirt, zippered pillow and a fabric bowl. (The fabric bowl is one of my favorite projects in the book.)

ENTER TO WIN a  copy of Brett’s new book! Leave a comment below about your first sewing experience to enter the random drawing for a copy of “Sewing In A Straight Line.” Was your first project a success or disaster? What did you make? Tell us all about it. The deadline to enter is Tuesday Aug. 9, 2011. Good luck!!

**** WINNER UPDATE*** : Julie is the randomly selected winner of a copy of Brett’s book. She posted this comment about her first sewing experience: “My first sewing machine project was a circle skirt for a belly dancing class I was taking. Can you imagine cutting out a giant circle of fabric more than half the length of your body? The sewing went on forever, and was most decidedly NOT in a straight line, and barely followed the curve I’d cut into the fabrick When I’d finished, I tried it on and it was longer on one side than the rest. Luckily, I was resourceful and put the too-long side over my bum, which was bountiful enough to take up the extra length so that the skirt was actuall the same length all the way around when I was actually wearing it. HA!”

Congrats, Julie!


And don’t miss out on the mega giveaway for a sewing machine and serger over on Brett’s blog.

You can find out more about her book here. And be sure to check out the other stops on her blog tour, too. Here’s the line-up:

Tuesday, July 19: Stitch Mag blog

Wednesday, July 20: Design Sponge

Thursday. July 21: Vickie Howell

Friday, July 22: Kristen Nicholas

Monday, July 25: Crochet By Faye

Tuesday, July 26: Prudent Baby

Wednesday, July 27: Craftsy

Thursday, July 28: Nicole Smith

Friday, July 29: The Crochet Dude

Monday, August 1: Coquette

Tuesday, August 2: CraftSanity

Thursday, August 4: CraftZine

Friday, August 5: Ellen Gormley

Monday, August 8: Etsy Craft Night

Tuesday, August 9: Linda Permann

Wednesday, August 10: Cal Patch

Thursday, August 11: TrueUp

Friday August 12: Tour finale, contest ends.

Episode Sponsor: Many thanks to episode 125 sponsor Tea Times Creations! Be sure to check out this shop that features cake stands fashioned from primarily vintage china as well as supplies and drilling services for those of you who want to make your own stands.

Podcast Sponsorship Opportunities: Spread the word about your independent crafty business or blog and help keep the CraftSanity alive. Ad rates and details can be found on our sponsorship page.

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