Designer Q&A: Agnieszka Watts Agnieszka Watts is one of our 2017 Designers of the Year. Her Desert Rose Bracelet is featured in February/March 2017 Beadwork. This bracelet consists of a netted base that showcases simple, eye-catching components. We recently asked Agnieszka how she got started beading, how she selects colors for her designs, and what […]

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It’s National Library Month, crafters—time to celebrate reading and the community spaces that libraries provide for so many activities! Libraries collect all kinds of resources for the public to borrow, enjoy, and return for other patrons. They’re the ultimate symbol of neighborhood sharing. How can crafters use and support their local libraries? Borrowing This is […]

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Has the urban grind got you down? City-dwelling spinners often connect with nature only when playing with unwashed fleece. For many of us, the animals that provide our fiber are an endless source of fascination. We are enchanted not only by the creatures themselves but also by the people who raise them. We envision romantic […]

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#BusinessSaturday Glass bead artist, jewelry designer, and teacher Stephanie Sersich shares her thoughts on creating custom jewelry tags for your handmade jewelry designs. Q: Why did you decide to make custom tags for your jewelry? A: While I think my work looks uniquely my own, I wanted to assure buyers that they were purchasing a […]

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Vietnamese Silk Embroidery

Vietnamese silk embroidery took me completely by surprise. My friend Tara and I had jumped on a plane for a spontaneous, whirlwind two-week trip to Vietnam, with no preparation except the purchase of a Lonely Planet guide. We were giddy with the possibilities: We could choose our route and places to visit on the fly, […]

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My introduction to floor loom weaving was a week with Madelyn van der Hoogt at The Weaver’s School. It was a bit like drinking from a fire hose, as I was probably the only person in the class who had never touched a floor loom before. We learned a lot of weaves that week, and […]

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