Who would you induct? A drawing & conversation on the SM Blog.
Lark Books and Lark Crafts just published a new book, Craft Corps, Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time. Lark Crafts team member Kathleen, who I met through the Belt Buckle project last year, emailed to see if I wanted to give away the new book on my blog, so of course I said yes!
The book was written by one of my favorite handmade gals Vickie Howell. She is quite the crafty celebrity. She hosts the show Knitty Gritty and , is part of Austin Craft Mafia, once had her own yarn line, and writes a column for PBS Parents called Craft Apparent. I've followed Vickie since before I started Stitch Machine- I used to check her blog daily while I was working in an office and dreaming about being a crafter full time.
Keeping up with her along with Jenny Hart, Jennifer Perkins, and Kathy Murillo around 2005-2006 is what really got me excited about the modern handmade movement and starting a crafty business. What I loved about these ladies was that they were very successful, while still being independent and extremely accessible. They coded their own websites (at first), they spoke often at conferences, did their own video updates on their blogs, and manned their own booths at craft fairs. I thought this was the bees knees! But, I digress...
Vickie's new book Craft Corps is a series of in-depth interviews with the most interesting people. If Handmade Nation was Handmade 101: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design , then Craft Corps is Handmade 202: The Steady Steering of an Ongoing Movement. Thirty of the superstar Makers are there, like fabric designer Amy Butler, stencil artist Ed Roth, Big Ass Book of Crafts writer Mark Montano, and TV icon Carol Duvall. I love that this book also includes lesser known quietly successful business owners and people who craft for fun.
See an interview excerpt: Travis Nichols Interview
Watch Vickie's video trailer for the book:
And now, without further ado, enter Stitch Machine's book giveaway drawing!
Anyone in the world who visits the Stitch Machine Blog can enter the drawing and possibly win a free Craft Corps Book- it may as well be you! You can enter the contest a maximum of 3 times, once in each of the ways listed below.
1. COMMENT ON THIS BLOG POST
Only one entry will be accepted via commenting on my blog. Include the following information:
a. Tell me who your favorite crafter or maker is and why. Someone you know? A relative? A character from a movie or book? A celebrity? (Induct them into our Mock Craft Corps list below by leaving your comment! :) )
b. Your email address. I don't need this if you have a profile that links to an email, but just remember- if I can't contact you, you can't win.
Your name will be entered into the contest once if you become a fan of Stitch Machine on Facebook AND tell your friends about this contest using @stitchmachine in your status update somewhere (so I can track it).
Your name will be entered into the contest once if you Tweet one of these sentences, or something like it, being sure to put @stitchmachine somewhere in the update:
Who's your favorite crafter or maker? Tell @stitchmachine for the chance to win a free copy of the book Craft Corps. http://bit.ly/aVfev3
Induct ur fav. crafter 2 the Mock Craft Corps at @stitchmachine blog & U might win a Craft Corps book by Vickie Howell! http://bit.ly/aVfev3
Entry period begins July 23, 2010 and ends on July 30, 2010 at midnight. One winner will be chosen randomly using Random.org. I will announce the winner on this blog, my Facebook page and my Twitter page as soon as I get a response from the winner.
Alright, good luck everyone and I can't wait to see who you will induct into my Mock Craft Corps below! (And you can always join the REAL Craft Corps on Vickie Howell's website, which is not directly connected with this particular contest.)
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