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I had an epic fail at the Craft Hobby + Stitch International show today when my Powerpoint presentation for my seminar (“The Write Stuff”. Geddit?!) didn’t work (darn Mac/PC issues). Fortunately everyone was rather nice about it. As they didn’t jeer too much, I promised the audience I’d type up a list of awesome craft blogs. Here’s a few links to the people who’ve already made lists:
• ukcraftblog.uk: a massive list of sewing bloggers
• channel4.com/4homes: a few of Channel 4 Homes’ favourite blogs
• V&A.ac.uk: the V&A recommend knitting blogs
And a few (of the many) I love…
Please do leave recommendations for other brilliant blogs in the comments section (or whack in a link to your own blog too).
Writing that book took it out of me last year, so I’m spending my evenings drinking cider, eating shortbread and Mexican food, and generally chillaxing like this dude. I’ll be back blogging asap, promises.
There’s some pretty hot and heavy stuff being crafted out there, and in Material World I speak to three ladies about why they craft this kind of X-rated stuff.
Why? Among the traditional quilts in Ferret’s collection you’ll find a handful of impressive nudes, painstakingly created in patchwork. The fact she mastered her craft before she tackled the more explicit designs means that her quilting technique is stitch perfect.
Where can I see more? ferfab.co.uk has a gallery of her patchwork nudes, as well as details of the workshops she runs and the longarm quilting service she offers.
Who? Bee Franck
Why? This stitcher mashes classic (meaning ‘boring’) cross-stitch patterns with everyone’s favourite sarcastic, explicit, and offensive phrases.
Who? Alaina Varrone
Why? Alaina is just as happy stitching pictures of alien abductions and Converse trainers as she is graphic scenes of erotic sex (yes, there are vaginas).
Where can I see more? Buy Alaina’s work from her Etsy shop, or see the full range on alainavarrone.com or on her Flickr page. Alternatively, head over to Mr X Stitch’s NSFW Saturdays series where you can see more of her stuff.
You know I’m a bit of a guerrilla knitter (yep, that’s me over there on knitthecity.com). But I’ve got nothing on three of the world’s most prolific graffiti crafters, who I’ve interviewed for the book about their exploits. Over on Pinterest I’ve collected a few of my favourite images of guerrilla knitting from across the world.
My awesome dad, Phil Lewis, did all the black and white illustrations in this book. (I discovered he wanted to be a book illustrator when he left school after he’d finished them, which was a little teary moment for me – I like that I’ve been able to help him fulfill a little dream). He’s uber talented, which you can see from the pictures below: these were sometimes all I gave him to go on …
This is meant to be a Louis chair
It’s ‘how to sew beads on’, I promise …
And cutting a t-shirt.
See? These became …
He’s a legend, isn’t he?
There were a hell of a lot of people interviewed for Material World (as you might have guessed from the last few posts). Here are the guys who offered their wisdom about making a bit of cash from your crafting.
Who? Lisa Stickley
Why? She built her textile design company from nothing to make it a household name, so she knows a few things about taking your craft business up a notch. No longer part of the Lisa Stickley brand (this post by Ellie Tenant explains more), she’s building a new company from scratch again, and we have every faith that she’ll boss it.
Who? Georgina Blain
Why? She’s the head honcho of Etsy UK’s marketing, the world’s largest handmade marketplace. Nuff said really.
Who? Carrie Tucker
Why? As the Head of Product at Not On The Highstreet, she knows a thing or two about what makes an uber successful online shop.
Where can I see more? When you’re feeling low on inspiration for present ideas, notonthehighstreet.com is always a cracking place to head.
Who? Victoria Woodcock
Why? As one of the head honchos of London’s Bust Craftacular fair in Bethnal Green, she’s seen exactly what makes some stalls sell out, and others sell nothing. Plus, as well as her ‘real job’ on the FT, she’s published some beautiful craft books.
Who? Jennifer Pirtle
Why? The American magazine journalist left the States and founded The Make Lounge, the UK’s first contemporary craft workshop studio. With classes on everything from candle making to embroidery, she knows what combination of talent, skill, experience and grit is needed to make it as a craft tutor.
Where can I see more? TheMakeLounge.com has everything you need to know about the craft workshops, or if you’re in Islington, drop by the studio because it now has a beautiful little shop in the front.
Who? Lisa Lam
Why? She’s an uber craft blogger at U Handbag (aka she blogs about awesome stuff, and unlike most she ACTUALLY makes a bit of moolah from it). If you want to know anything about making your own bags, she’s the lady to go to.
Where can I see more? Whether you want to buy bag-making supplies or patterns, or take a look at her blog, U-Handbag.com is the place. Or, buy one of her bag books, The Bag Making Bible and A Bag For All Reasons.
Who? Louise Hall
Why? Co-founder of the Papered Parlour, Louise took the craft workshop format that has become so big, and made it her own. Alongside more traditional lessons, they do everything from photography to wallpaper-printing.
Where can I see more? Book classes, take up residence in their studio or organise your own party at ThePaperedParlour.co.uk.