As our celebration of Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose Scarves continues, we wanted to feature some of the fantastic, creative folks who contributed to the book. Below, enjoy hearing a little bit about some of the designers…and if you like what you see, click on over to their Etsy stores or websites!
Alice Pino-Marina (Vintage Marmalade on Etsy): I am a busy wife and mother. My store features handmade items from vintage textiles as well as vintage items from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. In my spare time I enjoy being with the family and going to the gym.
Rachel Le Grand (Nest Full of Eggs): I am a wife, stay-at-home mumma of 3, sewist, knitter, paper crafter, girl behind a camera, gluten-free, and a craft book contributor. I enjoy sewing (mostly clothing for my young daughter), knitting (I recently knitted & wet felted my new purse), paper crafting (mostly cards), photography, trying gluten-free recipes (my oldest son & I are gluten-free), and vintage shopping.
Judit Wild (Vadjukta on Etsy): I studied photojournalism and sociology in Hungary before jumping into the world of jewelry making in 2002. Now I primarily design mixed media jewelry. Life gave me the chance to turn my passion into a part-time job, and to go back to school: Until 2012 I am studying silversmithing. Besides designing jewelry I edit a blog about Hungarian artists and crafters: www.designbazar.hu. You can also visit my website: http://vadjutka.hu/eng/
Lisa Schiffleger (Simple Dream 2 on Etsy): For my 8th grade graduation I gave my mother very specific instructions of how I wanted her to sew my graduation dress, she then turned to me and said, “well then, do it yourself” and I did. Thus began my love of fabrics and sewing which lead me to buy my first new sewing machine while I was still in high school and began sewing for others as well as my own family after getting married. Now my projects are made in the true spirit of quilts from earlier times as I recycle most of the fabrics I use from thrifted clothing or home decor items and have even saved scraps from items I’ve made for my children who are all now grown. I’ve even had the privilege of making memory quilts for several customers incorporating their own fabrics such as jeans, shirts and blouses to bring them treasured memories of grown children or long past loved ones.
Marilyn Saqqal (Hand Craft USA on Etsy): Since 2008 when I started my Etsy shop, I have evolved as a craftswoman. Beginning with silk scarf necklaces, I added hand-felted handbags and grew from there to what you can see today. I now have a wide variety of items in my shop including zipper art creations, silk beaded bracelets and necklaces, fabric rose brooches (I actually found directions for these additions from the book that I am in!), comic strip necklaces, crocheted necklaces that are beaded and cotton crocheted, felt Kindle sleeves, felt brooches, and felt cuff bracelets. Once given the opportunity to create for my customers, I found that I enjoyed making a wide variety of items. I found every one a challenge and still enjoy the variety of a challenging new craft!
Beth Walker (Ask a Marmot): I have made things ever since I can remember, and I don’t seem to have a choice about it. Ideas are bossy things that won’t leave me alone until they are put into action. The project in this book grew out of my love of fabric, my scarf addiction, and the challenge of putting vintage scarves to an alternate use while still showing them off.