CraftSanity Episode 37:
Natalie Zee Introduces MAKE magazine's
CRAFTty little sister
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Believe the hype. CRAFT magazine will rock your craft room.

First, they brought us
MAKE, the quarterly DIY magazine for people who can't stop tinkering around with the technology in their lives. Now the creative minds at O'Reilly Media, Inc. have answered our crafty call with a sister, publication called CRAFT that's all about "transforming traditional crafts."

The CRAFT staff successfully created a crafty buzz for the new publication billed as the first projects-based publication of it's kind, and it's likely to satisfy the growing legions of DIYers caught up the alternative craft movement.

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From knitted robots to embroidered skateboards and a programmable LED tank top, this magazine aims to push readers to craft way outside the box. One of my favorites is a knitting project that involves drilling holes into a pair of high heels to create these deceptively comfy-looking "Groovy Boots" (left) stitched onto a pair of old high heels.

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.

CRAFT magazine is headed to a newsstand near you Oct. 17. The only bad news is it's quarterly, so we're going to have to wait a little while for Issue 2.

Learn how to make a cell phone charm in this tutorial Natalie wrote for the MAKE blog. A similar project appears in the premier issue of CRAFT.

"HIP TO STITCH" WINNER'S: Two lucky stitchers won autographed copy of Melinda's "Hip to Stitch" book courtesy of Interweave Press. Abby, CraftSanity's 2-year-old vice president of fun, randomly selected the names of two lucky stitchers from entries we mixed up in her jack-o-lantern pail. Tune in to this week's show to see if you won. Visit the gallery of entries here.

CRAFTY ANNOUNCEMENT: The West Michigan Bead Expo III is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 14 at DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids. Admission is $3. Maybe I'll see you there!

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