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By Vickie Howell

A party of the great—and growing—crafting neighborhood by way of everyone’s favourite artful grrrl the magnificent VICKIE HOWELL
Bestselling writer and stitchery dynamo Vickie Howell places down her needles to pay tribute to her fellow crafters! Her notable new assortment positive aspects interviews with 30 winning specialist craftspeople in addition to profiles of a various staff of roughly 60 amateurs. and each interview features a picture of the topic, plus a peek at their paintings or their studio.
This project—a real hard work of love—also files how social networking websites, teams like sew ’n’ complain, and substitute revenues retailers equivalent to Etsy have helped create an in depth group of crafters keen about their paintings and every other.
Includes interviews with such influential crafters, designers, and company humans as
Renowned quilter Denyse Schmidt
The artful Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo
Artist and fashion designer Mary Engelbreit
Emmy-nominated host of artistic Juice, Cathie Filian
Indie craft documentarian Faythe Levine
Scrapbooking legend Sandi Genovese
Project Runway winner and upholstery dressmaker Jay McCarroll
TV Host and writer Mark Montano
Craft pioneer Carol Duvall
Famed cloth clothier Amy Butler

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All of those myths I had in my mind vanished into thin air. I wanted to get other people to enjoy it as much as I did. I wanted people to stop overlooking embroidery. It was a really simple idea that I couldn't believe wasn't already being put to practice: re-introducing embroidery for a new generation with contemporary, updated designs. In other words, steering clear of motifs like teddy bears and bunnies, which had earned embroidery the reputation of being out of date, out of touch, and not something that a modern woman or man would do.

VH: Now, as a professional designericrafter, is there an equally important moment for you? CD: I never thought of myself as being a designer, much less a professional designer. I remember being asked to speak at Hobby Industries Association (HIA) one time-as a designer, to the designers. I didn't know where I fit in. I didn't realize that what I was making up and doing on the air made me a designer. VH: Is there a memory that stays with you? CD: I suppose it's more of a group memory of the many things that went wrong Because I was doing everything live and learning as I went, there were a lot of goofy things that happened-like trying to demonstrate how easy and clever this new wraparound quick-sew dress was, and not being able to get out of it while we were still on the air.

ER: VH: What is it? I'm not sure if it's a male/ female thing, or if it's that art has always been more respected than craf( but something's going on. My brother, who obviously was raised by my mom and me (two crafters), avoids that word at all costs. But he bought your book, 45 and he's a 31-year-old firefighter. He refuses to believe that he's crafty, although he totally is. I think there's just something about the word. Do you think in the male community (not to make you speak for all of mankind) but, in this sort of hipster male community, is there a reluctance to use the word craft?

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