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What Inspires Marcy Harriell – The Jazzy Sewer

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Oonaballoona.com) Actress, singer, sewer and all around Renaissance woman, Marcy Harriell is the magic behind Oonaballona.com.  Part sewing blog, part online party, Oonaballoona began when Marcy and her husband (known as Ruggy on the blog) moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2008. Advised to get a hobby when she moved to West Hollywood, Marcy picked up sewing and hasn’t looked back.  Now back in New York City, Marcy continues sewing and keeping her followers [Read More...]

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What Inspires Lucy Collin – The Tiny Toy Crocheter

Posted by Marcea
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(Photos courtesy of Lucy Collin)Lucy Collin designs and creates amigurumi figures.  A wife and mom of two sons, ages 12 and 15, Lucy lives in West Sussex in the south of England and has found that crocheting small figures is her passion.  Learn more about Lucy, what amigurumi is and how her characters attracted the attention of the creators of Star Wars. When did you start crocheting?  I learned when I was a little girl. My grandmother taught me.  I did some when I was younger but not very [Read More...]

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What Inspires Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby - The Shibaguyz

Posted by Marcea
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(Photos courtesy of Shibguyz)Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby are the founders of Shibaguyz, a multi-faceted company based in Seattle.  Shannon is the crochet and knitting designer whose books have the unusual aspect of offering patterns in multiple size ranges while Jason is the photographer and graphic designer of the duo (he takes all the photos for all of their books). Together for 21 years, Shannon and Jason work together daily and often finish each other's sentences. In our interview we [Read More...]

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What Inspires Kyle Kunnecke – The Charitable Knitter

Posted by Marcea
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(Photos courtesy of KyleWilliam.com) Kyle Kunnecke started knitting as an adult and has found that it gives him many creative outlets.  Kyle’s love of knitting developed into the company KyleWilliam and also allowed him to help others through charitable works.  Find out more about Kyle below, why he doesn’t believe in skill levels and how be believes that creativity has the power to heal.What got you started knitting?  I learned to knit from my roommate.  She was knitting one day and I asked her [Read More...]

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What Inspires Maddie Flanigan – The Lingerie Artist

Posted by Marcea
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(Images courtesy of Madalynne.com) Maddie Flanigan, creator of Madalynne.com, began sewing at the age of 18 after finding her mother’s sewing machine in the closet. Having lost her mother to breast cancer, Maddie knew that she only wanted to surround herself with people and things that matter and decided to get someone to teach her how to sew. After interning with a local tailor and attending The Savannah College of Art and Design and Johnson and Wales University, Maddie begin working for Urban [Read More...]

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What Inspires Tamara Kelly – Moogly Creator

Posted by Marcea
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(Photo courtesy of Craftsy.com)Tamara Kelly, creator of the blog Moogly, came to her passion in a roundabout way. After starting a parenting blog she deciding it wasn’t for her. She kept her site active though because she had a crochet pattern she’d written posted on the blog and didn’t want to lose it. A few years later Tamara decided to start a business where she created crochet work on commission but quickly discovered she really loved creating patterns and the website transformed from [Read More...]

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What Inspires Ed Roth - The Stencil Artist

Posted by Marcea
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Creating stencils has been a passion for Ed Roth since he was a teenager and started using stencils to customize furniture. The owner of the stencil company, Stencil1, Ed has created stencils that have been used in hotel rooms, shown on Martha Stewart’s television show and used to customize Converse sneakers. Read our interview with Ed to learn more about stenciling and how living in New York City defines his artwork.Why did you select stenciling as the medium to use for your art? I picked it up [Read More...]

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What Inspires Marjie Kemper - The Tag Artist

Posted by Marcea
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Using ink and paper, Marjie Kemper creates layered and textured works of art. Art journaling and stamping since 1999, Marjie, who describes her style as ‘shabby chic’, uses her creativity to make a variety of mixed media pieces. Read our interview with Marjie to learn more about tag art, what color palette she loves and why she’s game to try anything new.How long have you been stamping and how did you get started?  When my first son was born, a friend showed me a scrapbook she had. I had no idea [Read More...]

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What Inspires Debrah Block Krol - the Wearable Art Designer?

Posted by Chaya C
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Colors, textures, nature… These are just a few of the things that Debrah Block Krol loves. We were lucky enough to take a peek into the life of this amazing fabric artist and learn about the beautiful wearable art that she creates. How did you get into creating wearable art?With my training in painting and love of sewing and embroidery, combining textiles and paint was just a natural progression. I use the finest silks and softest hand painted wool for my felting work and each piece comes out [Read More...]

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What Inspires Lindsay English - The Yarn Dyer?

Posted by Chaya C
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With “a hank of wool and a couple of Kool-Aid® packets”, Lindsay began dyeing yarn back in 2012. Three years later, she’s graduated to environmentally friendly dyes, her own special blend of wool, has custom blended over 100 different colors and continues to dye alongside her husband, Jordan and their toddler, Reece. We were lucky enough to visit Lindsay and Jordan’s business, The Fiber Seed, and get a behind-the-scenes look at what inspires them. How does the dying process work?There’s a lot of [Read More...]

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