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2nd Annual STC Craft Handmade Holidays Giveaway

Last year's Handmade Holidays Giveaway was so much fun for us that we've been talking about hosting another one this year ever since. Here's the deal: Answer our questions below in the Comments section and automatically you will be entered to win the book of your choice; you will also be added to our e-mailing list (unless you tell us not to add you).

*What types of handmade gifts are you making this year?

*Are you trying any new crafts?

*What is the title of one STC Craft book that you'd like to receive as a gift this year?

On Wednesday, December 9, at about noon (EST), we'll pick five names in a random drawing from all eligible entries received and send them email notification. We will then send them the books they requested. To see all of our books, click here (and be sure to flip through all 6 pages). Thanks!

Limit one (1) entry per person; be sure to enter your email address on the comment form. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and Washington, DC, who are 18 or older as of date of entry. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59:59am on 12/9/09. Visit for full official rules. Void where prohibited.

(Sparkly Kiss Cap by Leslie Scanlon from Handknit Holidays; photo by Susan Pittard.)


Happy Thanksgiving

From Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross; photograph by John Gruen.


Our New STC Craft Catalog

We just sent our new STC Craft catalog to the printer. It includes five new books for spring 2010--Kaffe Fassett's Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts by Kaffe Fassett; Alabama Studio Style by Natalie Chanin, Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans by Norah Gaughan, Margery Winter, and the Berroco Design Team; Knitting 24/7 by Veronik Avery, and Knits Men Want by Bruce Weinstein; plus our beautiful backlist. For a sneak peak, click here.


Brooklyn Crafts: DIY Event Recap and Pie Bake Off Benefit!


 Thanks to everyone who attended the STC Craft and BurdaStyle Presents: DIY Design Day at 303 Grand's Perk Street Lounge (and to everyone who wished they could have attended!) this past Sunday in Brooklyn.

It was a great success! Thanks to online event promotion via the Daily News, Going, NY Post, Yelp, Time Out NY, 3rd Ward, New York Magazine, Etsy, and BurdaStyle, we had over 100 RSVPs, and about that many passing through the space throughout the day.


We also raised $100 for the local non-profits BARC, Brooklyn's no-kill animal shelter, and Bags For The People, which hosts fabric-recycling, bag-making workshops, through our raffle and sale items:

Here's the lovely Carol of BurdaStyle, and the lovely Ellie of STC Craft, working the sales and info tables!

The first craft of the day was bag-making with Katherine Bell of Quilting For Peace, and Deanne of Bags For the People and I Jamaica.

Here are two ladies very happy with their wine bags...


 ...and folks in the thick of making the 30-Minute Shopping Bag from Quilting For Peace.

Thanks to Purl Patchwork in Soho for their donation of such gorgeous fabric!

Second project of the day was the Potato Printing with Heather Ross of Weekend Sewing. Can you believe her amazing potato stamps??!!

And finally, the last project was the Coffee Cup Cozy and Coater from Kata Golda's Hand-Stitched Felt!

Look Ma, I made this!


Alicia Kachmar, who donated a bunch of her adorable crafts for the raffle (and who you will meet in my next post,  the start of a series called "Friends of STC Craft", worked on this adorable "Safety Cone" cozy (work in progress)!

 Check out the adventures of her little Safety Cones and Kata Golda's little finger puppet friends here!

Stay tuned for my interview with Alicia, and the results of our raffle! Winners are being contacted now!

Thanks for reading!

P.S. If you are in Brooklyn this weekend, come to the 1st Annual Brooklyn Pie Bake Off Benefit for Bags For The People!
Our judges are heavily involved within the New York food and craft worlds, including our own Heather Ross (read her hilarious post about it here), Tracy Candido of Sweet Tooth of the Tiger, Julie Schneider, director of Etsy Labs, Chysanthe Tenentes of Brooklyn Based, and Tara Laruffa, marketing director of the Union Square Greenmarket.
Winners receive a Bags for the People bag filled with prizes: including a copy of the best-selling Baked cookbook (Stewart, Tabori and Chang), a copy of our best-selling Weekend Sewing book (which also features recipes!), and more! 
Best Overall gets all that, plus a pie feature on Etsy, and these fun things from BurdaStyle and Alicia Kachmar:

So come bake or just eat and be merry! Rules and info here:


Design for a Living World

This video is part of the Design for a Living World exhibition on view at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City until January 4, 2010. Christien Meindertsma, featured in the video, is one of ten designers commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. I find the video and Meindertsma's work (see more here) captivating.