By Vickie Howell

A party of the great—and growing—crafting group through everyone’s favourite artful grrrl: the fantastic VICKIE HOWELL Bestselling writer and stitchery dynamo Vickie Howell places down her needles to pay tribute to her fellow crafters! Her impressive new assortment beneficial properties interviews with 30 profitable expert craftspeople in addition to profiles of a various workforce of roughly 60 amateurs. and each interview encompasses a photograph of the topic, plus a peek at their paintings or their studio. This project—a actual exertions of love—also files how social networking websites, teams like sew ’n’ complain, and substitute revenues shops reminiscent of Etsy have helped create an in depth group of crafters captivated with their paintings and every different. contains interviews with such influential crafters, designers, and company humans as: popular quilter Denyse Schmidt The artful Chica, Kathy Cano-Murillo Artist and fashion designer Mary Engelbreit Emmy-nominated host of inventive Juice, Cathie Filian Indie craft documentarian Faythe Levine Scrapbooking legend Sandi Genovese venture Runway winner and upholstery fashion designer Jay McCarroll television Host and writer Mark Montano Craft pioneer Carol Duvall Famed cloth clothier Amy Butler

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I had the advantage of being in this brand new medium that fascinated people. I could have read the phone book and they would have watched, but I think a good part of what kept them with me over the years was that I was enthusiastic about what I was doing. I wanted to share whatever it was with them. Qyality mattered, and my staff used to tease me because I kept insisting that neatness counts, no matter how simple and basic a project might be. This carried over into the guests we presented as well.

VH: Was there a defining moment when you thought, "Hey, I can make a career out of my passion"? ER: Probably when I started getting press. It was nice that somebody wanted to write about my work. Right away, the New York Times wrote about my book, and I thought it was cool that they considered it to be worth a story. Then, we were on Martha Stewart, which was a nice pat on the back, and it was interesting to watch Martha Stewart make a skull T-shirt-kind of crazy. VH: Did she choose that? She didn't go for one of your nature ones?

I love that, because I never would have thought of it, you know? VH: What is the biggest challenge you've faced trying to make a living through your craft? ER: I guess, because I have the designer brain, learning the notfun stuff, as I call it, is a challenge-billing people and learning business formulas. Now I have a distributor, a manufacturer, and a shipping place. It's challenging to put all the pieces together, and I have to realize that a lot of it is trial and error. I do all this myself, so when I try something that doesn't work, I kill it and try another thing.

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