handmade column

Philadelphia hat designer shows work at Detroit Fiber Works

Philadelphia hat designer Ella Isaac will be in town Saturday and Sunday with a collection of her unique L.I.P.S. (Living in Perfect Style) hats for sale at Detroit Fiber Works. Originally from England, Isaac began her hat making career in London, working under Gabriela Ligenza, prior to making her mark on the industry while living … Continue Reading →

Michigan International Women's Show just days away!

Why not plan a day of fun and excitement by attending the 18th annual Michigan International Women’s Show at Suburban Collection Showplace May 2-5? Meet Sean Lowe from ABC’s romance reality series “The Bachelor,” and then spend hours shopping, seeing a variety of demonstrations from new makeup trends for Spring 2013 to cooking with fresh ingredients. Look … Continue Reading →

You could be featured in the Handmade column

…Hmmm Are you, or someone you know, a local crafter who would like to possibly be featured in The Handmade Column? If so, just email me at jbrown@detroitnews.com with information about your crafting skills, along with photos of recent works. Remember, it’s a how-to column, so we would need to publish your step-by-step instructions. Please put the … Continue Reading →

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood weaves a mini potholder purse

In last Friday’s Handmade column, Kentwood resident Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood talks about how she fell in love with weaving and turned the craft into a successful business venture. Learn how easy it is to make a hand-woven mini purse using a simple wooden potholder loom, available from Ackerman-Haywood at Craftsanity.etsy.com.