It’s our final week paying tribute to all the wonderful people behind Craft Hope and all their many contributions to charities around the world. To make the projects by these talented designers, and for more information on crafting for a good cause, be sure to pick up a copy of Craft Hope, and visit crafthope.com.
Amanda Blake Soule lives in coastal Maine with her four young children and husband. She shares her family’s creative adventures on her daily blog, www.SouleMama.com. Amanda is the author of The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections, and Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials into New Family Treasures.
Blair Stocker has been making things since she was a child in North Carolina, where she spent afternoons with her grandmother learning to sew and knit. Although she lives with her husband and two kids, Blair carves out time to sew, knit, quilt, cook, and create things that make her Seattle, Washington, house feel like home. She contributes regularly to craft books and publications. Blair writes about what she makes—as well as what she hopes to make—on her blog, Wise Craft. Visit her online at www.blairpeter.typepad.com.
Mom by day and seamstress by night, Amanda Swan juggles a hectic household that includes four young children with the help of her husband, Christopher. At night, Amanda’s laundry room is transformed into a workstation, where she designs and creates colorful travel accessories, blankets, and more. Read her “Many Roles of Mom” blog at www.sygnetcreations.blogspot.com, or visit her store at www.sygnetcreations.etsy.com.
Susan Wasinger learned to sew from her couture-trained Swiss grandmother at the age of four. She’s sewn for everything from trade shows to modern dance performances and is undaunted by the prospect of stitching unusual projects on her home machine. In addition to clothing and decor, Wasinger designs houses and a variety of products. A regular contributor to craft books and magazines, she’s been featured in Metropolitan Home, Stitch, Natural Home, and Piecework. She has also appeared on HGTV. Susan is the author of Eco Craft (Lark Books, 2009) and The Feisty Stitcher (Lark Books, 2010). She also served as photographer and designer for Fa la la la Felt (Lark Books, 2010). Wasinger lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her Grammy Award-winning husband, two feisty children, and a 120-pound dog.
When Dana Willard’s children go to sleep at night, the countdown begins. Sewing projects, refashioning ideas, blogging, photo tweaking, hairclip stitching, and late-night cookie baking often keep Dana up till the early hours of the morning. Thanks to the presence of her children—two adorable, live-in models—Dana often creates sewing projects for youngsters. In addition to sewing, she enjoys working on photo shoots because they provide exciting ways to showcase creative ideas. Visit her online at www.dana-made-it.com.
Rebekah Williams‘ obsession with sewing and crafting began harmlessly enough as a fabric fixation. These days, many of the drawers, bags, suitcases, and dressers in her house are brimming—no, bursting (at the seams!)—with fabric. In the daytime, Rebekah enjoys the adventure of raising two preschoolers and hanging out with her husband, Nathan. In the wee hours, she can be found at her sewing machine, eagerly transforming fabrics into original creations. Read more about her crafting, parenting, and photography pursuits at www.yeebird.blogspot.com.
An artist, illustrator, and graphic designer, Geninne D. Zlatkis lives above a mountain forest near Mexico City with her husband, Manolo, their two creative boys, and a Border Collie named Turbo. Born in New York, Geninne moved around often as a child, living in seven different countries in South America. She studied architecture in Chile before earning a degree as a graphic artist in Mexico. Today she works in a variety of media, including watercolor, ink, and pencil. Geninne loves to sew, embroider, and carve stamps by hand. She sells prints of her watercolors at her online Etsy Shop, www.geninne.etsy.com. Her blog is www.geninne.com.