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  1. Jewelry designer shining example of entrepreneurship

    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.

  2. 'Woolgatherers' guild promotes joy of knitting

    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.

  3. St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church helps needy ó stitch by stitch

    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.

  4. Serger a handy tool for those who sew

    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.

  5. Recycled zippers a business success

    Social worker Heather Merritt of Goodrich started making jewelry using zippers as a way to relax following a long, hard day on the job.

  6. Yarn color matters when you knit for charities

    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.

  7. Retired trucker driven to crochet for less fortunate

    Since retiring five years ago at age 70, he finds himself hooked once again and able to spend several hours a day crocheting lap throws, scarves, afghans and other useful items that he donates to those in need.

  8. Interlacements' Rick Rack perfect for shawl

    I knew somewhere, somehow there had to be a quality yarn that offers tons of yardage at an affordable price.

  9. 86-year-old turns her creative outlet into Etsy sales

    It's never too late to start your own business ó just ask 86-year-old Helen Wachler, a Bloomfield Hills resident who recently started selling the jewelry she makes on Etsy under the name 'Neck Art by Helen.'

Crafting Columnist

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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