Craft Corps – Celebrating the Crafty Community

Have you seen Vickie Howell’s new book yet?

New book out (Photo by iHanna - Hanna Andersson)

It came out in May 2010 and it is called Craft Corps – Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time. Great title and nice book cover & logotype (plus I’m in it!):

Craft corps
Yummy reading!

It is jam packed (288 pages) with interviews and profiles of interesting crafty people making money from their creations!

The longer interviews that Vickie Howell has made are fun reads. She has talked to 30 influential artists, designers and business people, also known as our own “crafty celebrity.” There are favorite crafters most of us know something about, like fabric and pattern designer Amy Butler and crafty chica Kathy Cano-Murillo for example. And some I’ve never heard of but will now know more about.

I'm next to Claudine Hellmuth!

I got the book in my mailbox last week and could finally see that my own profile was indeed printed in the book (just as promised by the publisher Lark), just below Odette and next to the lovely collage artist Claudine Hellmuth on page 240! It is just a small blurb with a crafty story that I submitted, but it is still fun to be published. Actually; fun fun fun!

Crafts to live by (Photo by iHanna - Hanna Andersson)

The book includes little blurbs like the one above about me for 60 Everyday Crafters telling the tales of making a creative life real. They are called “extraordinary people” by Vickie and “amateurs” in the Amazon product description. I like Vickie’s description better! We are said to be living “the new American Dream”… I don’t know that thats what we’re doing, but we sure have dreams, right? This is what Amazon writes:

    A celebration of the great?and growing?crafting community by everyone?s favorite crafty grrrl: the fabulous VICKIE HOWELL

    Bestselling author and stitchery dynamo Vickie Howell puts down her needles to pay tribute to her fellow crafters! Her extraordinary new collection features interviews with 30 successful professional craftspeople as well as profiles of a diverse group of approximately 60 amateurs. And every interview includes a photo of the subject, plus a peek at their work or their studio.

    This project?a true labor of love?also documents how social networking sites, groups like Stitch ?n? Bitch, and alternative sales outlets such as Etsy have helped create a close community of crafters passionate about their work and each other.

I ♥ Jenny
I ♥ Jenny’s artful embroidery. Visit Jenny Hart.

I ♥ Traci!
I ♥ Traci Bautista’s very cool mixed media art projects too. So visit Traci Bautista too.

Right now I have only read through a few of the first profiles but I am enjoying the reading so far. And I’m looking forward to read more about embroiderer Jenny Hart and mixed media artist Traci Bautista that are in the book.

Here’s the promo video too, if you are curious:

Join the Community

Get Craft Corps at Amazon, I think it will be a great summer read.

Also visit the Craft Corps Site where you can find more “everyday crafters” and register your own profile. I think that Vickie Howell’s site is impressive and her youtube channel is full of humor and knitting – and there you will also find her blog! Check it out.

Please help Vickie spread the word about her book by sharing the news with your own twitter followers… Thanks!

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14 Responses to Craft Corps – Celebrating the Crafty Community

  1. malin says:

    Det r ju fantastiskt, grattis! Skulle nska att jag var en av dom som kunde leva p mitt skapande – just nu kostar det bara, men drar inte in ngot. Men en dag, s…

  2. Susan says:

    Kudos to you! How exciting to be included.

  3. aimee says:

    hanna, that book looks terrific! congrats on being featured in it. i can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

  4. Baye says:

    Congratulations! How cool that you were included. Of course, with your talent, you absolutely should be in there. I’ve put the book on my Amazon wish list.

  5. odette says:

    hello hanna, i am so happy and absolutely thrilled to be in the same page as you are, and many many thanks for the mention here in your fabulous blog! will definitely blog about your post! ♥

    cheers from dublin,

  6. Kate McFaul says:

    I’m enjoying reading it! The interviews are so inspiring – and I’m on page 160! :) Great blog post!

  7. congrats on being included!

    looks like a lovely book — beautiful design, which is always a buy button for me.


  8. iHanna says:

    Thanks for your comments girls! I’m not one of those who can live from her craft, not at all, I don’t know if that came across in the post, but I’m honored to be in the book. Thanks for your support!

    Odette, thanks for your visit! I really enjoyed my stay at your blog, it looks lovely! I think I forgot to comment but glad you found me!

  9. iHanna says:

    How cool that you are in the book too, thanks for commenting here! I’m going to keep reading today and during the weekend, coz it is raining here and I don’t want to go outside for my walk today… hehe. Take care! PS: Your stuff/site looks fab! Well done!

    thanks for your comment too! I so agree, the design of the book is very important for me too. I love books that look good and are well designed!

  10. katilady says:

    this book seems super cool! congrats on being featured!

  11. Chris says:

    Hanna, I have seen this book and it is AMAZING. It is definitely on my To Get list! (I was on a birthday-gift shopping jaunt and the birthday wasn’t mine!!)

  12. congratulations! you’re certainly an “extraordinary person”.
    and lucky Claudine to have you next to her. ;)

  13. iHanna says:

    Druga, haha, you’re too kind, but I dig! :-)

    Thanks girls for commenting!

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