Interview with Joan McGowan-Michael of White Lies Designs

This post contains affiliate links. About a month ago, I had the pleasure of checking out Vogue Knitting Live with a press pass.  I actually recorded three different interviews at the event, and I’m pleased to share one today. Joan McGowan-Michael is the designer behind White Lies Designs.  In addition to her extensive collection of … Read more

Vintage Needlecrafts Pick of the Week: Quilts & Afghans from McCall’s Needlework & Crafts

This post includes affiliate links.   This week’s pick: Quilts and Afghans From McCall’s Needlework & Crafts Source: PaperBackSwap.com Publication date: 1984 Status: Out of print, but widely available online Condition: Acceptable Craft(s): Crochet, knitting, and quilting This is a collection of patterns that originally appeared in McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine. The book includes … Read more

Book review and giveaway: Firefly’s Step-By-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft

This post contains affiliate links. I’m pleased to review Firefly’s Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft today.  I’ll also be hosting a giveaway of the review copy I received from Firefly Books, so read on for details! Book review As the name implies, Firefly’s Step-by-Step Encyclopedia of Needlecraft is a comprehensive needlecraft guide with tons of “over the shoulder” … Read more

Blurring the distinctions: An interview with LUKE, quilt artist

I recently discovered the work of LUKE Haynes through this post in Katharine Watson‘s blog, The Printing Press.  I contacted LUKE after reading Katharine’s post and checking out his website, and he graciously agreed to an interview. For those of you who aren’t already familiar with LUKE’s work, he is an architect turned quilter.  LUKE’s … Read more

Credentials, or do I really need that certification? (Part 2: Getting started as a local needlecrafts teacher)

Now you’ve asked yourself some basic questions and you’ve decided you want to teach needlecrafts.  You may be wondering if you should get some sort of certification. Update: This series is a great introduction to teaching, but since I originally wrote it in 2011, it has become outdated. If you’re looking for a more robust … Read more