Midwest Craft Con surveyed their members and have some great suggestions! Here's their list: Sew Mama Sew has a slew of gift guides! Not only for sewers and stitchers, but also for kids, cactus lovers and cooks and foodies! Find them all here: And this ...

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Gift Guides for the Crafty People in Your Life!

Midwest Craft Con surveyed their members and have some great suggestions! Here’s their list: https://midwestcraftcon.com

Sew Mama Sew has a slew of gift guides! Not only for sewers and stitchers, but also for kids, cactus lovers and cooks and foodies! Find them all here: https://www.sewmamasew.com

And this round up of handmade ornaments is terrific, I’ve got my eye on those adorable ribbon candy ornaments, those look quite do-able!


What do the metal clay people in your life want? Probably a Silhouette or a Cricut Maker, if they don’t have one already, and a class with Cindy Pope from Craftcast!

And did you see that Pam East has released a new “and a half” sized slat for her slat sets?

Available from Pam and many more retailers!

What else? If there’s a new tool you’re excited about, please post a comment!


New Book: ECO Jewelry Handbook by Christine Dhein

Brynmorgan Press announces the publication of a book that the jewelry world really needs, written by the perfect person to write it.

Christine has been blogging at GreenJewelryNews.com since 2008 and was a speaker at the 2017 Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference, where her commitment to dramatically reducing the impact of jewelry making on the earth was in evidence.

She also developed the curriculum for the first “green” jewelry class taught at the Revere Academy in San Francisco in 2008.

I attended the Chicago Responsible Jewelry Conference in October 2017 and while the information was really top notch, it was also clear that there was no handbook for trying to work this way, for either new metalsmiths or experienced metalsmiths wanting to change their practices.

It’s so terrific that there’s now a manual, and kudos to Brynmorgen Press for making it a reality!

See the book here, and view sample pages. Available in paperback or Kindle.


Penland School of Craft’s Champions, the Bringle Sisters

Twin sisters Cythnia and Edwina Bringle have a long history of supporting Penland School of Crafts, here’s a lovely article about their work there and their craft work.

I love how the open nature of Penland that led Edwina to weaving. I had a similar experience at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, where I was able to wander into the textiles room and learned about felt making.

Here’s the article:


Review: A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women)

A Big Important Art Book (Now with Women) by Danielle Krysa
Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists — and Projects to Help You Become One

Like me, the author had the experience in a college art history class of looking through her textbook and wondering, “where are all the women?” This book is in part, her answer to that and it’s a delightful combination of things. (This book was already on my amazon wish list, so I was delighted when the publisher sent me an advance copy.)

The book profiles 45 living women artists, manageably grouped in threes, on a theme and with lots of color photos.

Each chapter begins with an art/creativity exercise for you to do. And each living artist is linked to an historic woman artist, who has a paragraph or two about her work and career. Those historic descriptions do not include any images of their art! I hope that everyone who reads the book will be moved to look them up online and learn more about their art!

The exercises are do-able, I’ve already done one of them. Here too, I wish there were more pictures and instructions, but then, it would be a different book, wouldn’t it?

I know about a lot of women artists, but I was still introduced to many new ones in this book. It’s a delightful book and one every art history fan and supporter of women artists will want to own.

Although the book is heavy on painters, also included are one jeweler, an artist who does cross stitch on found metal objects and another artist who uses metal in her assemblage sculptures.

The creativity exercises work for jewelry artists, they’re open-ended and do not require drawing skill.

If you find she didn’t include one of your favorite artists, fear not, she’s working on volume 2!

Find the book on amazon here, pre-order today, regular ordering starts tomorrow!.

Don’t recognize the name Danielle Krysa? Maybe you know her as The Jealous Curator and author of the book Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk.

A version of this blog post first appeared on ElaineLutherArt.com on October 1, 2018.


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