It’s week three in our Month of Hope, and we’d like to shine the spotlight on seven very talented designers, crafters, and artists who contributed their designs to the book Craft Hope as well as to charities around the world. Drumroll please…… Ladies and Gentlemen! May I present:
Beki lives with her husband and three children on the outskirts of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She inherited her love of sewing from her mother and grandmother. She enjoys creating bags, purses, quilts, and sweet little dresses for her daughters. Although she put crafting on hold during her first years as a mother, Beki is back at it thanks in part to the discovery of craft blogs. The daily feedback and sharing of ideas through blogging keeps her inspired. Beki has contributed to Lark Books’ Pretty Little series, with projects featured in Pretty Little Potholders (Lark Books, 2008), Pretty Little Patchwork (Lark Books, 2008), and Pretty Little Purses and Pouches (Lark Books, 2008). Visit her online at www.artsycraftybabe.typepad.com and www.artsycraftybabe.etsy.com.
Kathy lives on Bainbridge Island, Washington, with two beautiful daughters and a husband who encourages her wacky ideas. Kathy has been sewing since she was six, when her grandmother taught her the basics. Inspired by the chaotic pace of family life, she enjoys designing accessories, handbags, and quilts that bring color, joy, function, and beauty to everyday living. Kathy splits her day between caring for her kids, running her sewing pattern business, www.PinkChalkStudio.com, and tending her online fabric store, www.PinkChalkFabrics.com. In her spare time she writes about her crafty adventures at www.pinkchalkstudio.com/blog.
Following an unusual career path that included running away with the circus, training as a carpenter, and working as a bank manager, Manda McGrory discovered her true passion for all things textile in 2005, when she was expecting her first daughter. Within a year, Manda started her own company, TreeFall Designs, and gained a large readership for her craft blog of the same name. Her career has continued to grow, and Manda now publishes her sewing patterns worldwide. You can find out more about her at www.treefalldesign.typepad.com.
Kaari is the owner of French General, a small home interior shop in Hollywood, California. The shop specializes in 18th-century French hemp sheets and offers vintage craft classes. The author of The French-Inspired Home (Lark Books, 2006) and Home Sewn, Kaari spends her summers in France shopping for vintage wares. She and her Basque husband have a beautiful little girl.
Jhoanna lives in Melbourne, Australia, with her two daughters. She produces a variety of craft projects, soft toys, and accessories under the label One Red Robin. Jhoanna has participated in a number of plush art exhibitions, including a solo show in Hong Kong, and her creations have found new homes with customers around the world. In November 2008, Jhoanna launched her own line of soft-toy sewing patterns in partnership with Pattern Press. By day, she works as an IT analyst and at night, she works in her small home studio. Jhoanna’s sewing projects have been published in Australia’s premiere craft magazines. Her website is www.oneredrobin.com.
Aimee has been making things from paper, fabric, and clay for as long as she can remember. She is the author of the bestselling book Doodle-Stitching (Lark Books, 2007), a collection of contemporary embroidery designs, and its sequel, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection (Lark Books, 2010). She has contributed to many Lark titles. To see more of her work, visit www.dreamfollow.com and her blog, www.littledeartracks.blogspot.com.
Jade, author of Craft Hope and founder of the Craft Hope collective movement, created these pillowcase dresses as the first project on the Craft Hope website. Jade lives just outside Austin, Texas, with her husband and three rambunctious children. She spends her days playing hide-n-seek, finger painting, cleaning up glitter, and changing diapers. She blogs about her life at www.chikaustin.com.
Learn more about additional designers featured in Lark’s Month of Hope: