Fabric Giveaway from 44th Street Fabric

February 24th, 2010 by merigreenleaf

From team member Bev of 44thStreetFabric:

44th Street fabric has on on-going Blog Giveaway for FREE fabric and other goodies. Just play the “Find Jaso” game and you are entered to win! You will look for our owner, Jason, in one of our listings (with many hints-it isn’t hard to find him)! The current Blog Giveaway is for 4.5 yards of Love U fabric from Moda (9 half yard cuts). http://tinyurl.com/yegjcz5

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Two EtsyFASTers featured in a blog!

February 13th, 2010 by jenn

Two of our members, Gloria Kirk and Kara of Crewel Whorled were recently featured at Robin’s Nest: Divine Depth of The Ordinary, or, Art’s Cool!.

Gloria’s amazing threadwork and scarves are featured in the story, and Kara’s unique shrines are featured.

Go read the blog post here.

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Hat and scarves needed for a good cause!

December 2nd, 2009 by merigreenleaf

FAST member Sheri (shabbysheepwool.etsy.com) is looking for scarves and hats and things for cancer patients at her hospital’s Cancer Center. You can find more information about this on her blog here.

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FAST Member Interview- Helen of Empress Barrettes

November 14th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
Helen Reich

What is your Etsy shop?
Empress Barrettes

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
I am currently selling at 2 bricks and mortar stores in the Milwaukee area: The Sparrow Collective, and the gift shop at the Boerner Botanical Garden.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I have been making art very sporadically throughout my life, and my most recent project (my etsy shop) is the first time that I really worked at it and developed. I made my first barrette only about a year ago, my first bobby pin flower probably 8 months ago, my first headband a few weeks ago. The first thing I remember making as an adult, though, was a fabric collage Carnival mask.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I make formal and whimsical barrettes, hair clips, bridal headpieces, headbands. Most of the hair clips are flowers, but I’m starting to do some birds. They all use fabric, and many use beads or ribbon.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I think my favorite thing to make is flower hair clips that have been modeled after existing flowers. I have a botanical fixation, left over from my Master Gardener training.

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FAST Member Interview- Stephanie of Strings and Things

November 7th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
Stephanie A Smith

What is your Etsy shop?
Strings and Things http://www.StephanieASmith.etsy.com

Does your shop name have a meaning?
Not really. I just really liked it. The name sounded fun and I like to think that everyone is having fun with their Art.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else?
I, also, have a small shop on Artfire. I’ve been working on my Etsy shop so much that I haven’t had a chance to really kick it off there, yet. I sell in person, as well, and love to barter when I can afford it.

Do you have a website or blog?
My blog is: http://stephanieasmith.wordpress.com

How long have you been making art/crafting?
Oh, since I was a little girl. My family has always been creative.

What was the first thing you remember making?
Besides natural little kid crayon scribbles (which, I think are really cool), I remember when I was about 7 sitting on the hearth at my grandmothers’ house as she taught me to embroider little flowers. She is no longer around, but I’ll always treasure my memories of her.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
Everything! And, if I haven’t tried it, I am going to! I tend to work in phases. Right now, I’m really into spinning and working from raw fibers up through the process. I’m absolutely in love with the experience and it consumes every waking spare minute. Often, up to 14 hours a day. Eventually, I’ll slow down. I’ll bring out my beads, my silk threads and my sewing machine and dissolvable fabric. Or, I’ll take out lengths of undyed silk or cotton yardage and make dyed backgrounds for my Art quilts. Currently, I have just started playing with needlefelting on the side.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
My favorite thing to make would be whatever I am working on at the time. I totally get fixated by the process.

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FAST Member Interview- Amy of Peacebird Studio

October 24th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
My name is Amy Harbison.

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
My Etsy shop is Peacebird Studio. The name evolved from a nickname “windbird” and a quote by Sadako Suzuki “I will write ‘peace’ on your wings and you will fly all over the world.”

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
My blog http://peacebirdstudio.blogspot.com documents and highlights my dyeing adventures.

How long have you been making art/crafting?
I have been crafting in one form or another since early childhood.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? What’s your favorite thing to make?
I hand dye hemp blend fabrics. I love low water immersion dyeing fabrics and creating unique clothing and accessories.

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FAST Member Interview- Melody of Oh Baby dotcom

October 16th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
Melody Tuli

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Oh Baby dotcom
Generally “Oh” is the first thing I say when I see something adorably cute on a baby, toddler or child. “Oh…that’s cute, or Oh how sweet!”

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
http://ohbabydotcom.bravehost.com
Yes. I have a website which I created myself having a background in computer graphics and web development, before I began selling on Etsy. My website isn’t really set up for sales yet. So I’m currently selling on Etsy.

How long have you been making art/crafting?
I’ve been artistic in some form or another since I was a child. My father was also very artistic. He taught me from an early age to make things rather than buying them.

What was the first thing you remember making?
Probably a handmade mother’s day card which my father helped me produce.

What kind of fiber arts do you do?
I design and create hand knit and crocheted items for baby, toddler and children.
Sizes from newborn to children.

If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
I believe when I was a child, I crocheted rug for my mother using recycled plastic grocery bags.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Designing my own patterns and creating cute Tunisian crochet knit jester hats.
I found a love of this Tunisian (Aka: Afgan Stitch) this year.

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FAST Member Interview- Leisa of Richmade

October 4th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
Leisa Rich

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning
richmade- It’s pretty simple – made by leisa rich – but also “rich” as quality, abundance of valuable resources, full of good ideas and creativity!

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I am a professional artist and art educator. I exhibit around the world, have been featured on a PBS t.v. special on artists and have been published in books, magazines, etc. My art website is at www.monaleisa.com.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I started sewing at age 11. I still prefer the Bernina Minimatic I still have that was the machine I learned to sew on! I don’t remember the first thing I made, but I do remember the point at which my Mom refused to teach me anymore… when I started sewing tubes onto a bat wing coat! I am 49 years old, have been a designer for an international clothing company, did hats and woven sweaters for famous t.v. shows in the 80′s and 90′s, have been teaching since I was 15 and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts, a Bachelor of Education in Art and a Master of Fine Arts. I’ve raised kids and worked while getting the last two degrees!

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
My main preference is free motion stitching, but I have done everything associated with fiber arts. I love it all!The first non-functional thing I made was a massive woven sculptural piece.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
Right now I am working with vinyls a lot in both my art and in my items I sell in my etsy shop.

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FAST Member Interview- Sarabeth of Sarabee Designs

September 27th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
Sarabeth Parido

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Sarabee Designs. I was always called Sarabee or SB growing up, so when it came to picking a name for my shop, it was pretty easy!

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I sell at local art shows, or as of Labor Day weekend I will have officially. I do have a blog, http://www.sarabee.wordpress.com

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I learned to knit when I was 8, but I’ve always had my hand in something crafty as far back as I can remember. The first thing I can remember knitting was a baby scarf… I don’t think I actually gave it to a baby… it was just skinny and short and I was a little too ADD to continue with that project! I learned to spin just this last year and cannot stop! My father built me a kick spindle and I spin on it exclusively. I would love to learn the actual spinning wheel… but I really love learning new techniques on my kick spindle and making it my own “thing”.

What kind of fibre arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fibre art thing you made?
I knit, spin and dye my own yarns as well as make point protectors for your knitting needles called “Poke-Me-Knots” (the idea for these came after I literally pulled a needle out of a friend’s backside after she sat on her project… not fun… she wasn’t badly hurt, but it broke skin!). I also build and paint my own drop spindles.

What’s your favourite thing to make?
I really enjoy spinning, but I also enjoy making the “Poke-Me-Knots” because each are so unique.

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FAST Member Interview- Linda of Lil Bit of Heaven Fibers

September 11th, 2009 by merigreenleaf

If you’re a member of FAST and would like to be featured in the weekly interview, visit this thread in the yahoo group to get the questions, then send your answers (and a picture or two if you’d like) to me at merigreenleaf[at]yahoo.com (or a convo to merigreenleaf). These will be posted in the order I receive them.

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What is your name?
Linda Wunce

What is your Etsy shop? Does your shop name have a meaning?
Lil Bit of Heaven Fiber- The name of my farm is Lil Bit of Heaven, and I use the letters LBOH when I would register my baby llamas and shetland sheep. The name is already know in the llama world, so naming the store was just a given.

Besides your Etsy shop, do you sell anywhere else? Do you have a website or blog?
I do sell my fibers at Greenberry House in Meadows of Dan, VA., my fibers are also on Leslie’s website of her store. I do have a blog, just started it a couple of weeks ago. It is http://lbohfibers.blogspot.com.

How long have you been making art/crafting? What was the first thing you remember making?
I have been doing crochet most of my life. My grandmother taught me how as a child. The spinning, knitting and dying yarns I have been doing for over 15 years.

What kind of fiber arts do you do? If different from the previous question, what was the first fiber art thing you made?
As I mentioned I do spin, knit and crochet. I am learning how to weave now. Also I do make custom hand carded batts. The first fiber thing that I made was a crochet scarf.

What’s your favorite thing to make?
I love making socks. They are easy to carry around so I can knit while I wait. Making a sock is fun and you get something really great in a few days.

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