Surface Design
CraftSanity Episode 12: Melanie Testa Crafts for the Better
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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Today she’s an up-and-coming artist living in Norwalk, Conn. Her freezer paper resist project is featured in the spring issue of Quilting Arts magazine. She also is sharing project instructions for the Wonder Under & foil surface design technique. Below are some of Melanie examples of this surface design technique.


Below is an interesting 4" x 6" piece of art that Melanie let me see in person. We discuss it during the interview. In case you're wondering about the interesting border Melanie said she sewed a 1/8" seam along the edge, then zigzagged and finally whip stitched around the whole piece for a very nice effect.

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Contest wrapup

Thank you to all who entered to win a copy of Leigh Radford’s new book “One Skein: 30 Quick Projects to Knit and Crochet.” You guys sent in some fabulous left-over yarn ideas that I’m posting. I’ll keep that idea list going, so if you have something fun to add send me and e-mail and I’ll add it to the inspiring list. The lucky winner is Nancy Born of Yakima, Washington!

To my fellow crafty podcasters...

Hello, my name is Jennifer and I'm ready to venture out of my craft closet of podcasting isolation to interact with you. Please send me your 30 second show promos, and you can play one of mine. Send me an email with your promo and I'll help you get the word out about your show. Thanks!

This week’s musical selection is from the Podsafe Music Network is Adrina Thorpe, who sings "Fly Fly Fly."

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