African Bead Festival at MBAD/ABA African Bead Museum Saturday

Bead collectors and jewelry makers won’t want to miss the 10th annual African Bead Festival presented by MBAD/ABA African Bead Museum Saturday from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. This year’s event features an exhibit of Kuba textiles from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, live entertainment with a drum performance by Efe of the Bambuti, vendors, tours of … Continue Reading →

'Festival of Gourds' set for Saturday and Sunday

Local gourd artists Ron and Deb Stallings will host the fourth annual Michigan Festival of Gourds at Eastern Michigan Fairgrounds. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.  Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. This event celebrates gourds, wood carvings, gourd art, food, music and community. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation. Admission is $5 … Continue Reading →

20th annual American Sewing Expo set for Sept. 27-29

Once again, the American Sewing Expo will be held at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The 20th anniversary event will be held Sept. 27-29. Featured will be “accessories, embellishments, one-of-a-kind fabrics and supplies, fashion sewing, fitting, home decorating, machine embroidery, needle arts, quilting, sergers and wearable art. Showgoers will see over 20 exhibits, fashion style shows … Continue Reading →

Knitting book helps you prepare for cold months ahead

A collection of fashion-forward scarves are featured in Ann Budd’s “Scarf Style 2, Innovative to Traditional, 26 Fresh Designs to Knit,” (Interweave/$24.95). From straight to circular, you’re sure to find a scarf, shawl or cowl that suits your taste. Designs range from textured and casual to lacy with a more dressy appeal for evenings out on the … Continue Reading →

Register online for Michaels' fall classes

Customers are invited to register online for craft clases at Michaels, North America’s largest arts & crafts specialty retailer, at A “Classes Open House” event will be held Sept. 21. Highlights include an instructor meet and greet, 50 percent off all classes and a $10 Wilton Cake Decorating Basics Class. A Kids Club Fall Crafts … Continue Reading →

Buttons available from collector's stash!

Carol of Northville, who’s been cleaning out her drawers, says she has “an old tin of many, many buttons” and is looking for someone who can use them. If you happen to be that person, please email me at and I’ll forward your email address to her. Please put the word “BUTTONS” in the subject … Continue Reading →

Need help cleaning off desk, again!

O.K., once again, I’m in the process of cleaning off my desk. If you happen to be a crafter who’s interested in pottery, Tunisian crochet, metal jewelry-making, chain maille, spinning, bead crochet, cross-stitch or tie-dye — well, I may have a book for you! Just email me at and tell me which book(s) you’re interested in … Continue Reading →

Get creative with 'Polymer Clay Global Perspectives'

Cynthia Tinapple, founder of the blog Polymer Clay Daily and lifetime member of the International Polymer Clay Guild, has put together an informative book on the popular modeling medium. The book is titled “Polymer Clay Global Perspectives, Emerging Ideas and Techniques from 125 International Artists” (Potter Craft/$22.99). She takes the reader on a fascinating journey into … Continue Reading →

Make 'Flip Dolls & Other Toys'

There’s lots of fun to be had with all the wonderful ideas and patterns found in “Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go” (Lark/$19.95) by designer Laura Wilson. What better way to use your scrap fabric than to make something exciting for a small child? Wilson takes you on an … Continue Reading →

Learn to 'Journal Your Way' with new book

No matter what your reason is for wanting to journal, you can find a number of wonderful techniques for creating your own custom-made book in Gwen Diehn’s “Journal Your Way, A Design-It-Yourself Guide” (Lark Crafts/$17.95). Diehn shows readers how to use things like leaves, leather, old book covers, string, coins, beads, watercolor paper and more for … Continue Reading →