The second week of Month of Hope takes a look at seven creative designers who contributed their time and talents both to Jade Sims’s wonderful book, Craft Hope, and to charitable causes worldwide. Join us in celebrating their work and the positive impact of the Craft Hope movement.
Céline is the designer of the Mlle Kou easy patterns. Well known for her innovative sewing ideas, she creates stylish designs that are frequently featured in the pages of Marie Claire Idées. Céline is the author of the books Make Your Own Handbags and Simple Sewing with a French Twist. Since the birth of her son, Edgar, she splits her time between Paris and Poitiers, France. Her websites are www.celinedupuy.com and www.mllekou.com.
Cathie is an Emmy-nominated television host, lifestyle expert, and designer. She is the creator, producer, and co-host of the HGTV and DIY lifestyle shows Creative Juice and Witch Crafts. Cathie has also appeared on the Discovery Channel and the Food Network. She is the author of 101 Snappy Fashions (Lark Books, 2010), Bow Wow WOW! (Lark Books, 2008), and Creative Juice—45 Re-Crafting Projects. Before stepping in front of the camera, Cathie worked behind the scenes in the movie industry, creating costumes for the films Rushmore, Twister, Heartbreakers, and Vanilla Sky. Cathie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Eddie, and their dog Max. Visit her online at www.cathiefilian.com.
Wendi lives with her family and her sewing machine in western North Carolina. In high school she skipped home ec in favor of wood and metal shop, and she didn’t learn to use a sewing machine until college. Now she makes fun clothes, funky dolls, and all kinds of quilts. Wendi is the author of Absolutely A-Line (Lark Books, 2009), and she’s published work in Simple Contemporary Quilts (Lark Books, 2010), Sweet Booties (Lark Books, 2009), You Lucky Dog (Lark Books, 2009), and many of the Pretty Little series (Lark Books). You can see her work at www.wendigratz.com.
Betsy writes about the intersection of craft and activism at www.craftivism.com. Her book, Knitting for Good!, was published by Shambhala Publications in November 2008. She crafts, writes, and drinks entirely too much coffee in North Carolina.
Jenny B Harris
Jenny has been making stuff since she was a wee thing. Whether she’s illustrating children’s books, designing patterns, or stitching toys, Jenny thinks that a day spent in the studio is a great day. She lives and works in a creatively decorated home in Dallas, Texas (which is heroically tolerated by her architect husband). Read about her craft adventures via her blog, www.allsorts.typepad.com.
Mother, designer, author, and crafty spokesperson, Vickie served as host and creative consultant for the television show Knitty Gritty for eight seasons. She has also served as co-host of the DIY Network’s Stylelicious and as needle arts host for myLifetime.com’s CRAFTED series. Vickie writes a celebrity column for Knit.1 Magazine, an online craft column for PBS Parents, and is a regular contributor to Craftzine.com. Vickie has produced several best-selling craft books, including her most recent, Craft Corps (Lark Books, 2010). For more information on Vickie and her projects, visit www.vickiehowell.com.
Rebecca was raised in California in a family that encouraged creativity. Instead of watching television, she and her siblings played with clay, drew, painted with watercolors, and generally made their own fun. An editor, photo-stylist, and craft enthusiast, Rebecca is the author of Soapmaking the Natural Way (Lark Books, 2010) and Candlemaking the Natural Way (Lark Books, 2010). To see more of Rebecca’s work, visit www.rebeccaittner.etsy.com or www.livelovecraft.com.
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