CraftSanity Episode 35
Stitchin' with Melinda Barta
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"First Decade," detail shot of a work in progress by Melinda Barta. The piece is a postcard-sized documentary of the first 10 years of her relationship with her husband. This is the camping scene.

Tune in for this week's chat with Melinda Barta, 26, of Fort Collins, Colo.The author of "Hip to Stitch: 20 Contemporary Projects Embellished with Thread," Melinda will share the story of how she landed her crafty gig as an assistant managing editor at Beadwork and Stringing magazines published by Interweave Press.

You may want to have your embroidery supplies nearby because after you hear from Melinda you just might find yourself itchin' to get stitchin'.

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Above is a picture of a table runner Melinda stitched for Piece Work's March/April 2006 issue. Photo by Joe Coca, used courtesy of Interweave Press.

Pasted Graphic 3Melinda made this embroidered knitted hat that will be pictured in Interweave Knit's Holiday Gifts on newsstands Oct. 17.

Pasted Graphic 2Melinda loves the outdoors and often retreats to the mountains. Here Melinda is pictured in front of Mt. Evans, the where she once led nature walks at 14,000 feet.

WIN MELINDA'S BOOK!!! Two lucky stitchers will win an autographed copy of Melinda's "Hip to Stitch" book courtesy of Interweave Press. E-mail me a photo of your favorite embroidery project and get in the random drawing. Never embroidered before? No problem. Give the project below (or another design of your choice) a try. Snap a photo and The deadline for submissions is Monday Oct. 2. Please include your name and address with your entry. Project photos will be posted on CraftSanity.

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This Week's Project: Here's a sneak peek inside Melinda's book. The folks at Interweave Press are letting us post her velvet ribbon embroidery project. This is a simple way to add a special touch to a homemade gift. Enjoy! Here is the pdf to download.

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