Dreams do come true ó just ask longtime fiber artist Sheila M. Palmer, owner of Quetarshe Textiles Boutique & Studio.
Fourteen years ago, a broken necklace and an adult education brochure prompted Claireta Thomas to pursue jewelry-making as a hobby, but shortly thereafter, it became a small business venture.
Kelly Darke is an art therapist by day and a fiber artist by night. The busy Westland resident creates one-of-a-kind wearable and decorative art made with scraps of fabric, yarn, embroidery thread and pieces of metal.
Some rhinestone-studded shoes in childhood leads to a Grosse Pointe store run by mother and daughter, plus a star-studded jewelry business on the side.
They call themselves the Woolgatherers Knitting Guild, but they knit with a range of fibers every third Thursday. Learn more about the group and make Judy's Seamless Slipper for yourself.
The members of the St. Joan of Arc Knitting/Crochet Ministry do some very serious work ó helping those in need by knitting and crocheting winter accessories for charities throughout Metro Detroit.
Do I need a serger? It's a question I've asked myself over and over, wondering if the amount of sewing I do warrants such an investment.
Social worker Heather Merritt of Goodrich started making jewelry using zippers as a way to relax following a long, hard day on the job.
While colors like candy apple red and lemon yellow are yummy to look at, they're not the best choices when knitting for charity, especially if there's any chance the items will be offered to adults who don't want that pop of color.
Jocelynn Brown, a native Detroiter, is a graduate of Wayne State University and has worked at The Detroit News for some 20 years. Jocelynn has always loved to make things and is lucky enough to be able to incorporate her hobby into her work in the Features department.
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"Ever since I can remember, Iíve always enjoyed some form of crafting. I think it must have started at a very young age when I first discovered how much fun it could be to make things out small items my mother and paternal grandmother no longer wanted. That would lead to crocheting, knitting, doll making, beading, sewing, and, believe it or not, the list may still be growing.
"When I was asked to write a craft column, it was a welcomed opportunity. I could actually write about my favorite pastimes and meet others who shared my passion for making things by hand. In addition to the column, I also write the craft blog and a Yarn Over item that appears almost every Saturday in the My Weekend section of the paper and online.
Jocelynn's Favorite Things
- Crafts: Crocheting, because my mother taught me. Growing up, we often spent long hours crocheting together while watching TV and sitting on the back porch. I also find much enjoyment in knitting, beading and simple sewing projects.
- Yarns: wool and silk blends, and 100 percent cotton
- Fabrics: mud cloth, batiks, boiled wool and heavy linen
- Place to shop: anywhere that has at least a 50 percent-off sale
- Movies: anything by Tyler Perry
- TV Show: "Americaís Next Top Model"
- Color: purple (worn with olive green)
- Art/craft projects Iím most proud of: Four mud-cloth vests I made last year to add to my wardrobe; and a 4-foot tall needle-sculpted Victorian lady doll, complete with a black and burgundy outfit, including a hand-crocheted shawl and tapestry boots with matching hat.
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