Newest, Latest, & Greatest!
I am thrilled to be teaching video workshops over at Creative Bug! I have some sewing, kids crafts, and homemade apothecary classes—they are really fun! You can see all the workshops I teach in this page and watch a little video about me and my creative process. These classes are available as part of a subscription or ala cart option. Creative Bug has amazing teachers and wonderful content—I am so flattered to be in such good company.
The new Fall issue of Stitch magazine is out and is full of great sewing projects—complete with patterns and directions. I was flattered and so excited to be featured in the Sew Inspired column, which appears on the last page.
I have an interview up over at Sewmoblie about my sewing machines. Thanks Michelle!
I was flattered to be interviewed over at ohdeedoh for the Big Blog Family feature. Her questions got my mind percolating about blogging and how much has changed and what it was like when I started. It's all good. Thanks, Katie!
- I have an interview over at Progressive Pioneer, thanks for asking me, Amy!
I am super happy to announce the new book by the masterminds at Photojojo, Photojojo!: Insanely Great Photo Projects and DIY Ideas. This book is jam packed with really creative ideas. I was flattered to be asked to contribute a project to this book (and I did.)Here's my most recent interviews, book contributions, and whatnot. Please scroll down for reviews of my book, more interviews, and various other press related items.
I am thrilled to be included in such good company in this fine book, Blogging for Bliss: Crafting Your Own Online Journal: A Guide for Crafters, Artists & Creatives of all Kinds by Tara Frey. It's full of great tips for thoes who want to start blogging, have been blogging a long time, and everyone one in-between.
- I have a new podcast interview over at CraftCast with Alison Lee. Alison is an amazing person and it's always a pleasure to talk to her. Her show is an eclectic mix of reviews, music and interviews. My interview is in the middle of this great episode, right after the music piece.
- I was featured (in very good company) in the AOL article by Judith Ketteler, A Sewing Renaissance (July 2009)
- I have Designer Profile by Emma Ward over on the lovely British site, Crafts Beautiful. (June 2009)
I have a free-motion stitching pillow project in the Spring 2009 issue of Stitch magazine. Please check it along with other great items from a host of amazing craft talent. I'm in great company with this issue.
Button It Up: 80 Amazing Vintage Button Projects for Necklaces, Bracelets, Embellishments, Housewares & More is out and I am thrilled to have a project in this lovely book. This book is full of great projects and ideas on how to use your button creatively while helping you rationalize why you need to collect more—perfect for me. Check out Susan's, button it up blog, for more ideas!
I am interviewed by Jean Van't Hul in the newest issue of Mothering Magazine and was so happy to be included with the fine company of the mothers she talked to. It's a great piece— thanks, Jean. And yes, the shirt I am wearing in one of the photos of the magazine was recently made into underwear. I never thought I'd type that sentence.
I was super excited that Hallmark Magazine asked to use an Idea I had for making min-valentines using Shrinky Dinks. The feature a great version in this February/March 2009, complete with how-tos.
Books I have written:
Here's my second book, Bend the Rules with Fabric (Potter Craft 2009) and it's all about altering your fabric with stencils, paint, transfer, silk screen and more!
Here's what some super swell people are saying about my first sewing book, Bend-the-Rules Sewing!
“This book makes you want to quit what you are doing and just sew.” –The Arizona Republic
“Amy really wants you to love sewing. . .” –not martha
“For a virtual vacation from the everyday, take a trip to www.amykarol.com. . . and her blog Angry Chicken. . . novice and new sewers alike will love this new book by Portland Ore. crafter, Amy Karol.” -Country Living, October 2007
“I recently got a copy of Amy Karol’s new book, Bend-The-Rules Sewing, and was instantly captivated by the mix of helpful beginner-friendly sewing chat and the charming, customizable projects. “-Adorn Blog
“Amy's patterns, like her writing, get right to point with clear directions and good advice. Even the simple projects leave lots of room for improvisation.” -Purl Soho shop blog, The Purl Bee
“Fabulous vintage fabrics adorn the projects, making it the perfect eye candy that’s quite drool-worthy. You’ll learn the basics of sewing while also making up quick gifts, bags, baby clothes, and home décor.” -CRAFT Magazine Volume #4
“This book will help you achieve immediate sewing satisfaction with it’s clear instructions for modern projects” -Sew Simple Magazine, Volume 6
“The amazingly talented Amy Karol has written a must-have book for anyone who enjoys sewing. I love Amy’s Angry Chicken blog, so when I got my copy of the book last week, I dug right in. . . This is a terrific book if you’re just learning to sew. I think Amy has a way of writing that is almost like she’s channeling the wisdom of previous generations. She has the kind of confidence about what she’s doing that my grandmother had when she taught me to do needlework.” -Sew Mama Sew shop blog
“Aimed at beginner sewers, it's also great if you've been considering taking up sewing, but have been intimidated to take the plunge.” -Apartment Therapy
“Amy is an amazing crafter and it's great to see fellow blogger come out with such a great book. If you're looking to sew this summer, this book is filled with fun, easy-to-sew projects from aprons, pillows, tote bags, quilts, and more. I also loved all the vintage fabric she used for each project in the book. Just so inspiring!” -CRAFT blog
“Portland author Amy Karol’s Bend-the-Rules Sewing Karol, nominated for a Bloggy award for her craft blog, Angry Chicken, published Bend-the-Rules Sewing in June. The must-have guide offers handy tips for easy sewing.” -Willamette Week newspaper
“With 30 patterns to keep you busy all summer long and Karol’s expertise that will inspire and enlighten even advanced sewers, this book is a resource you’ll be glad to have on your shelf.” -Venus Zine
Don't forget to look at the BTR Flickr group here! Look at what everyone has made—amazing!
Here's some interviews, press & other publications:
Wow, someone shut me up! Here's a list of interviews where you can hear me talk about my book, aprons, blogging, crafting, being an artist and a mom, all that good stuff.
- Craft Sanity #27 with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
- Craft Sanity #55 with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood
- CraftyPod #55 with Sister Diane
- Craftcast with Alison Lee
- Long interview with Collector's Weekly all about vintage aprons, clothing and a bunch of other stuff.
- interviewed by Not Martha as guest blogger for design*sponge
- craft::boom with Lisa Lam
Featured, mentioned, or quoted in other publications:
- Publisher's Weekly (8/13/07), Sew What's New, by Sarah Robbins
- Her Times: Aprons—the tie that binds by Erica Heilmann 4/2008
Other books or magazines I have contributed to:
Here's other books I have had the pleasure of contributing to. It's so wonderful to be in such good company. Please check them out at your local book shop! I have included handy online links as well.
Handmade Hellos, Fresh Greeting Card Projects From First Rate Crafters, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle of Hello!Lucky. (Chronicle Books, Fall 2008) I have a sweet Holiday Card project featured in this book and am totally in awe of the other contributors. Such a cool book, I can't wait for it to come out!
The Crafters Companion, Tips, Tales and Patterns from a Community of Creative Minds,Edited by Anna Torborg. I contributed a modern quilt project to this fine book full of wonderful designs. Very cool book.
Simple Contemporary Quilts: Bold New Designs for the First-Time Quilter, By Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader. This modern quilt book has tips and techniques that everyone would dig. I have a modern abstract quilt project in here.
Pretty Little Pincushions, by Lark Books. There are many squeal worthy projects in here. I have a a few no sew pincushions using found vintage containers. Seriously wonderful hand sewing work is shown in this great book, perfect for small, quick projects.
The Crafters Culture Handbook, by Amy Spencer. This very cool book is has crafty-how to projects from a rock star roster of crofters and artists. I am honored to have my smock project included. Available at Amazon here, and Powell's, here.
In the October/November 2006 issue of BUST magazine, I have 2 apron projects. Illustrations and directions are included.
I have a little "make your deodorant" bit in this October/November 2008 issue of BUST magazine.