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But at a certain point I sort of realized that these needlecrafts were in general sort of stigmatized in our culture, looked down on a little bit. And as far as I could tell, the only reason they really had this bad image was because it was something that had traditionally been done by women. And as a feminist I wanted to try to change that. Because I thought all of these needlecrafts really deserved to get some credit and some value.

So now you can see how my editing a feminist magazine, getting this Ph.D. in psychology of women, and writing a book about crochet all go together. It’s all sort of part of the same thing.

In fact, we started running crafts in Bust, in a feminist magazine, back in 1999. And the very first craft we ran was a crochet project, which sort of been the gateway craft that got me back into all of the needlework in a huge way, for me. – Debbie Stoller

HI THERE everyone! *waves and bounces*
I am feeling pretty darn high-energy, because – as reported in yesterday’s blog post – big things are happening here. Big, good things that will build even more community!
But this post is mostly about the Community itself… the people who inspire me, support me, awe me, and make me want to tell you all about what they’re creating. So without further ado, let’s dive into Community Thursday!

Make a Valentine's Day puppet with a tutorial from puppetpie.com! [image: staceyrebecca/PuppetPie]

Make a Valentine’s Day puppet with a tutorial from puppetpie.com! [image: staceyrebecca/PuppetPie]

If you have kids or you have the kind of joyful heart that giggles at Valentine’s Day puppets, this is the tutorial for you. Easy, fun, clever, silly – everything awesome! While you’re there, check out the amazing talent of Stacey, who recently made a bowl of cornflakes puppet that blew me away. [My ex has a lettuce finger puppet from her, I was so impressed with the work on it!]
http://puppetpie.blogspot.com/2013/02/valentine-puppet-tutorial.html
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This is a clever solution for a difficult-to-follow pattern! [photo: Primitive Spirit Goods]

This is a clever solution for a difficult-to-follow pattern! [photo: Primitive Spirit Goods]


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This is one of those solutions that is so simple, it’s brilliant. I often get “lost” on complex patterns when knitting, and this would help me keep focused and remind me where I am in that repeat. The entire blog is really lovely, too!
http://primitivespirit.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/hint-for-knitting-a-repeated-pattern/
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Photo from http://www.artinfo.com/ by Benjamin Sutton

Photo from http://www.artinfo.com/ by Benjamin Sutton

You know how inspired I am by street art, and this top 20 from NYC has some very strong images and inspiration in it. Love it, hate it – you can’t ignore it. I find myself drawing colors and texture from the works that are freely given to the public. I also learned that there’s a Graffiti Hall of Fame in Harlem!
http://www.artinfo.com/photo-galleries/slideshow-nycs-top-20-street-art-spots
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THIS IS SUCH A COOL TECHNIQUE!!



Suzy Brown from Wool Wench is one of the most creative and inspirational people that I know. She graciously shared this new spinning technique that she developed while working on Shelob, a yarn in her Hobbit-inspired series. Perfectly named and conceptualized, this will have you pulling out all those silk hankies you stashed and forgot about!
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Look at the tailspun boa. That's the important part of this photo. ;)

Look at the tailspun boa. That’s the important part of this photo. ;)

Oh yeah, this chick who keeps taking all the attention on this blog had an interview in an online magazine this week. Check it out and marvel in the excellent questions that CM Gorey asked. He’s the bomb. I had a really good time doing this interview, if it wasn’t obvious.
http://www.thalo.com/articles/view/607/spinning_yarns_threeravens_christiane_knight
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The Valentine’s Day issue of the Indie Lovely Holiday Shopping [and Making] Guide is out! Lots of helpful gift guides, crafting ideas, and a giveaway too. I look forward to these and can’t recomment Indie Lovely highly enough.
http://www.indielovely.com/2013/01/indie-lovely-winter-valentine-2013.html
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Free Valentine’s Day printables from Love Vs. Design! If you like classic/classy designs, these are the Valentines and loooove coupons for you. I love printables – and I really like the clean and soft designs of Love Vs. Design. Check out all their offerings while you’re there!
http://www.lovevsdesign.com/_blog/Love_vs_Design/post/Valentines_Day_Printables/
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crochet heart pattern on etsy from VendulkaM


crochet heart pattern on etsy from VendulkaM

Cutie-cute crocheted pattern for Valetine’s giving-away or keeping. I love the other colorful patterns in her shop, too!
http://www.etsy.com/listing/91407353/crochet-heart-from-my-patchwork-world
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Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnd… that’s it for this week! I feel like I missed some things, so if there’s anything you’d like to see me include, let me know, and I might have to have a Comm Thurs coda post. :D

If you’re in the path of the Big Snow, please stay safe! This is at least a good opportunity to stay home and make pretty things. Thanks for reading, everyone!


About Xiane

I am totally in love with what I do, which is blend amazing fibers, colors, and textures into a tactile rainbow of awesome. I feel lucky that I get to do what I love as a way to make a living, and I celebrate it every day.


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