September 2013 Craft Social: Making Matters – Crafting Skills as Life Skills

September 2013 Craft Social: Making Matters - Crafting Skills Crafting Skills as Life Skills | Craft Social

Hello, Socialites! The next Craft Social Twitter chat is on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-3PM EST, and we’re so excited to be back in action after a lovely summer vacation. (We even gave the Craft Social website a little makeover to celebrate! What do you guys think?)

Since fall is upon us and students everywhere are heading back to class, now seems like the perfect time to talk about skills. More specifically, how crafting skills intersect with and complement your daily life.

Whether it’s mending a tent while on a camping trip, using those embroidery-honed fine motor skills to manipulate items under a microscope, or employing years of tutorial-editing experience to track down a bad piece of code in the computer lab, when it comes to creativity and flexibility in both the professional and personal realms (not to mention STEM—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), it turns out that crafting skills really are life skills.

Did your favorite math teacher use quilting to explain geometry or cross-stitch to show you how to map coordinates on a grid? Did your daughter’s chemistry teacher tackle the complex art of fabric dyeing to illustrate chemical reactions? Or maybe a skill you learned in crafting keeps popping up unexpectedly in the office? We want to hear about the ways that crafting has helped you either professionally, in school, or in your daily routine!

Join your fellow Socialites, along with hosts Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking), on Tuesday, September 17th from 2-3PM EST to talk about why making matters.


When: TUESDAY, September 17th, 2-3PM EST
Topic: Making Matters – Crafting Skills as Life Skills
Hashtag: #CraftSocial

Join the conversation using Twubs, or look for the #CraftSocial hashtag on Twitter.

See you there, crafty pals!

May 2013 Craft Social: Craft Lit: DIY Faves in Books, Novels, Movies, & Magazines

Photo care of The Zen of Making.

Photo care of The Zen of Making.

Is a new craft magazine fueling your DIY decor obsession? Or maybe listening to knitting romances is making your studio time a little more steamy? Are you crazy about the latest Lotta Jansdotter sewing book? Or are you getting your amateur sleuth on with a tricky needlework mystery? And what about that TV show you’re watching just to ogle the knitting? From craft-genre chick lit to The Great British Sewing Bee, there’s just no denying it: handmade is hot when it comes to books, novels, movies, and magazines!

With so much making, crafting, and design in the media, there’s something out there for just about everyone. Are you in love with a stitching show or smitten with international crafting magazines? Did you design your own Lebowski sweater or knit something straight out of Downton Abbey? We want to hear about it! Join your hosts Barbara (@penguintrax) and Haley (@thezenofmaking) on Tuesday, May 21st from 2-3PM EST to talk about your crafty lit and media favorites.

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Transcript from the April 23, 2013 CraftSocial


On April 23 in honor of Earth Day, we had a fantastic chat about green crafting, recycling and upcycling. Click the link below to download a copy of the chat transcript.

April 23 2013 CraftSocial Transcript

Don’t forget to check out the wonderful craft ideas that were submitted to our Link Party and Giveaway. Fantastic ideas all around. Congratulations to Amanda Formaro of Crafts by Amanda – she was our big winner last month!

A big thank you to Random House and Potter Craft for providing books for the giveaway! Make sure you follow them on Twitter at @crafternews for even more crafty goodness!

Save the Date!

The next Craft Social will be Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Topic will be announced soon.