Project Contributors

Susan Beal I’m a crafty girl with a lot of frequent flyer miles! I love to travel, and my husband, Andrew, and I split our time between Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon. I’m a freelance writer and nonstop crafter. I sell a line of hand- made jewelry and A-line skirt kits under the name susanstars. I cowrote Super Crafty with the ladies of the Portland Super Crafty collective, and I’ve con- tributed how-to projects to a number of books. I also write for Venus, Adorn, Craft, Cutting Edge, ReadyMade, BUST, and In my spare time, I love to sew dresses from vintage patterns, knit, embroider, make collages, hang out on flickr, read, drink coffee, and go to the Rose Bowl flea market! My big ambition is to make a crazy quilt with all my vintage fabric bits and scraps from projects past. ~See Page 80~

Rachel Beyer Native of Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA in graphic design in 2007 from the Art Institute of Seattle and has worked for various design companies in both the Portland and Seattle areas. Her love of crafts was originally inspired by her mother and grandmother, both of whom taught her to sew, crochet, and make jewelry at a very young age. In 2009, she started her own company, Camp Smartypants, selling handmade women’s clothing and accessories inspired by her childhood memories of sum- mer camp adventures. Today she works as both a freelance graphic designer and avid crafter in Portland. ~See page 204~ &

Deb Cory's business, Mama’s Collection, is the cul- mination of sewing projects created from repurposed, collected items. Revitalizing old things into new, serving a new generation with collected vintage things, brings her great joy. Deb is old enough to remember the dawn of the word ecology and recycle in the ’70s and is excited about the new movement of young craft- ers, eager to maintain sustain- able resources. Deb has been married to the same tolerant man for 38 years, is a mother of four, mother-in-law to three, and grandma to two little girls. She has had the pleasure of knowing the author of this book since Kristin was six months old. ~See pages 9 & 32~ SoNowIKnow Blog

Carina Envoldsen-Harris 30-something Dane living just outside London, England, with her English husband. She designs colorful, free-form embroidery designs under the name Polka & Bloom. Her grandmother (a crafty rock star) taught her to cross-stitch when she was very young and Carina likes to think that Grandma would be happy to see her continue the crafty tradition. Carina writes a blog about her crafty adventures in embroidery, crochet, and sewing. ~See page Embroidery designs on

Crispina Ffrench is a community activist, artist, mother, wife, and friend, my passions lie in environmental steward- ship, alchemy initiation, and empowering people to be their best. In 1987, while at college, I started Crispina Designs, Inc. All the materials were from used clothing, production was domestic, and many of my employees worked at home. In 2008, I stopped running my wholesale company and transitioned into authoring my first book and teaching workshops to students from all over the country in my studio in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Alchemy Initiative, an urban model of community and sus- tainability, began as an idea in January 2009 and by June of that year became a bona-fide five-person partnership. It has long been my preference to use what I have rather than to consume new things. ~See page 78~

Jennifer Forest with a professional background as a curator and teacher, Jennifer’s love of history inspires her handmade crafts. Her passion for historical design and crafts led to her recent book, Jane Austen’s Sewing Box. This book celebrates the Regency era with sewing, embroidery, knitting, and paper projects from that time. Each project includes quotes from Jane Austen’s novels, historical notes, photo- graphs, and instructions to make your own Regency pro- jects. Jennifer has experience in a wide range of crafts but particularly enjoys working in sewing, embroidery, and felting. ~See page 105~ &

Diane Gilleland is a writer and teacher who makes her home in Portland, Oregon. She also makes podcasts, videos, and blogs about crafting. She can always find a good excuse to craft instead of doing house- hold chores. ~See page 132~

Pam Harris describes herself as a “happy dabbler” and her wide range of interests are reflected in her seasonally based crafty blog. Her favorite memories are of making stuff with her two children, now grown. While weaving, tin work, embroidery, gourd art, and wheat weav- ing have been the focus of her personal craft endeavors, she also enjoys quilting, paper craft, knitting, and felting. Pam and her husband are wedding and event photographers. When she isn’t shooting or editing, Pam can be found in her kitchen or her garden. ~See page 68~

Marisa lynch gave herself a yearlong challenge of spending 365 days creating 365 items of clothing on a 365-dollar budget. Her blog New Dress A Day is a chronicle of her yearlong journey that began when she got laid off from her job and saw Julie & Julia the same weekend. Having a background in styling, fashion writing and editing as well as a penchant for quickly skim- ming through monthly issues of Vogue and Lucky, her fashion and sewing prowess truly came to fruition when the paychecks stopped coming in. Who says fashion can’t be chic and fabu- lous for pennies? Definitely not Marisa. ~See page 116~


Francesca Mueller I live with my husband and our three children in an ancient rural village in northern Italy, where we’ve learned about life in a small farming com- munity, including hand crafts, gardening, self-reliance, and frugal living. My journey with my husband has covered a lot of road, from work in the city of London to months of backpacking throughout South America, to academic life in Rome where I became an anthropologist, to becom- ing parents in Milan, and now raising our three bilingual children in the country. On my blog, Fuoriborgo, I capture some of this family journey. ~See page 144~


Cal Patch has been a maker since she was a Girl Scout in the ’70s. She sews, crochets, spins, embroiders, knits, prints, makes patterns, dyes — hence the name of her label: hodge podge. Cal has taught all of these subjects for the past 10 years, and loves show- ing people new skills. After 17 years of being a New York City dweller, Cal recently relo- cated to the Catskills where she plans to be a crafty farmer. Her first book, Design-It- Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified, is available from Potter Craft. ~See page 128~ 

Stacie Wick grew up the youngest of 12 children in a home where, on any given day, you might see candles being made, concrete being poured, a sister being measured for a new dress, or hear the sounds of a woodworking project in progress.  She credits her parents, Herman and Jane, for instilling in her a can-do attitude and a lifelong love of learning and creating. Stacie and her husband live in Wyoming with their six inspiring kids, who have taught them that home education is best when everyone is learning.

Find Stacie online at or on Twitter as @StacieMakeDo.

Sherri lynn Wood -- Devoted with a rebellious heart, and with master’s degrees in fine arts (sculpture) from Bard College and theological stud- ies from Emory University, Sherri Lynn is an artist, quilt maker, and healer based in San Francisco. Sherri combines her interests in craft, sculpture, and human systems theory to reacquaint people with per- sonal agency, community, love, and the basic skills of living. She has been making quilts since 1988. ~See page 201~

Additional Contributors of Inspirational Mending Ideas

Caitlin Stevens andrews
See page 183.

Maja Blomqvist
See page 165 and 186.

Cathie Jo
See page 51.

Ágnes Palkó
See page 83.

Eirlys Penn
See page 26.

Megan Pederson
See page 199.

Leah Peterson
See page 64.

Jamie Smith
See page 65.
Kudos to Kristin Roach and her contributors for making mending cool. This book offers just the right mix of practical instruction and creative inspiration to motivate readers to repair their well-worn, favorite garments.
- Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, CraftSanity