We are halfway through our month’s worth of giveaways for National Craft Month. Lark Crafts generously offered several book titles to our readers with a new book giveaway each week.

This week Lark brings us Craft Corps: Celebrating the Creative Community One Story at a Time by Vickie Howell. In this book, Vickie not only interviews 30 professional crafters, but also speaks with several amateur craftspeople. This book documents how social networking sites, groups like Stitch ’n’ Bitch, and alternative sales outlets such as Etsy have helped create a close community of crafters passionate about their work and each other.

HOW TO ENTER
Simply leave a comment on this post and tell us how you network with other crafters and how it has helped you!  Tell us all about it before March 23rd at midnight CST!

ELIGIBILITY
As much as we would love to include our Canadian and international friends I’m afraid this giveaway is restricted to those with a U.S. mailing address. If you live outside of the U.S. but have an address within the U.S. that we can ship to then you’re in! Otherwise, we truly apologize. You must be 18 or older to enter. Winner will be randomly selected on March 30th and notified via email. Winner will have 72 hours to respond with their shipping address, otherwise an alternate winner will be drawn. Good luck!

Please note, all prizes will be shipped at the conclusion of our National Craft Month celebration. Winners should allow 4-6 weeks for delivery after April 1, 2011.

Keep your eyes peeled for more fun to celebrate National Craft Month!

By Amanda Formaro




Comments

41 Comments so far

  1. Sara Garland on March 16, 2011 10:39 pm

    I love craft gossip.com!

  2. heather on March 17, 2011 12:12 am

    Most of my networking is done online, via blogs and sites like Ravelry.

  3. Christina on March 17, 2011 1:20 am

    I network with other crafters mostly through blogging. but also with a few other sahms in my area.

  4. Lindsay on March 17, 2011 2:44 am

    This is so right up my alley! My craft community exists both online and in the real world, and the inspiration I get from both is invaluable.

  5. Michelle Murphy on March 17, 2011 2:50 am

    I network through facebook and blogs, it gives me inspiration for new projects

  6. Sylvia on March 17, 2011 3:15 am

    I started a blog, so am hoping to do more that way!

  7. Kelly on March 17, 2011 5:33 am

    I use facebook to network and taking classes with other artists helps out too :)

  8. Trisha on March 17, 2011 11:36 am

    Mostly through blogs or a few local crafters. It’d be great to get some new ideas!

  9. LisaT on March 17, 2011 12:01 pm

    I network through blogs and I’m also lucky enough to work with some hard-core crafters who keep me in the loop on bunches of craft stuff.

  10. Julie Ann Witt on March 17, 2011 12:07 pm

    I network through Twitter. I have met so many other crafters that I never would have had the opportunity to meet before, people from my own community and people from other countries! I get ideas for projects every day by looking at what other people are doing or what they are recommending. Twitter has opened up a huge world for crafters and I am honored to be a part of it!

  11. Caroline Goddard on March 17, 2011 12:07 pm

    I net work thought IC3 Ipswich craft chocolate and chat . we get together once a month and share our inspirations.

  12. sue on March 17, 2011 12:08 pm

    I go to my church for quilting and to the senior center for knitting and crochet and the library for knitting. I guess I am the old fashion network crafter, except for this blog!

  13. Lisa on March 17, 2011 1:19 pm

    I belong to several local groups that knit, crochet, craft, etc. Plus, I love blogging and reading about different ideas. Ravelry is also my friend!

  14. lixa on March 17, 2011 1:36 pm

    i read lots of blogs. it’s how i learned most of the sewing

  15. Mary Williams on March 17, 2011 1:37 pm

    I network through blogs. I love looking through the various craft linkies and posting my own! It has helped me come up with a million new ideas!
    maryw1981 at yahoo dot com

  16. Jaan on March 17, 2011 1:39 pm

    If I didn’t have other crafters to turn to then I would have a huge pile of unfinished projects. They have saved me many of times.

  17. Kelly W on March 17, 2011 2:00 pm

    I love to learn from other crafters. I take small, inexpensive craft classes at my local Jerry’s Artarama and always come away learning a ton of new stuff and enjoying my time with like-minded people.

  18. Sarah Fitzgerald on March 17, 2011 2:23 pm

    Ooh sounds like a good read. I constantly read craft websites. I am going to my first craft corner this morning, can’t wait.

  19. Karol B. on March 17, 2011 2:39 pm

    I belong to yahoo groups of people who do the same crafts I do . These groups help each other to learn the crafts do exchanges and swaps. They have groups for new commers to the crafts and groups for people who have done the crafts for a long time. I have l;earned a lot from them and made many friends.

  20. Jessica on March 17, 2011 3:38 pm

    I network on FB and craftster.org. KNITTY GRITTY and Vickie are the reason that I taught myself to knit.

  21. Kimberly R. on March 17, 2011 4:43 pm

    I network through the blogging world and yahoo groups, very easy to keep up with everything new!!
    Thanks :)

  22. Teresa on March 17, 2011 6:51 pm

    I network with knitters and tatters through ravelry and my blog. I do really love Craftgossip and craftbits for ideas and help tho!

  23. Charlene Anderson on March 17, 2011 7:42 pm

    I network via Facebook, Twitter, my own newsletter and blog, and well as posting on others.

  24. Katherine on March 17, 2011 2:54 pm

    I network on Facebook, Ning groups, and blogs. Facebook is a great way to reach a lot of people quickly – while joining (and participating!) in a Ning group means a closer atmosphere. Sometimes FB can feel like you have to shout to be heard – Nings are more like being at a quiet gathering.

    Thank you – and Vickie does GREAT work!!

  25. Tracy Nixon on March 17, 2011 9:13 pm

    This comp is right up my street! I seek advice and ideas both online and at the various local art groups and classes I attend, for example, currently I attend a pottery class, water colour class, a general art class (where we share ideas and try new things, and a knit and knatter group! I also follow several art and craft blogs, like this one! I also teach myself from online resources and library books and I also subscribe to several craft magazines! I spend a fortune on my hobby but it is worth it!

  26. K80 Haze on March 17, 2011 4:26 pm

    This book sounds fantastic! I have been following various craft blogs and keeping in touch with many crafters via Craftser, Facebook, Twitter, Etsy, and Swap Bot. Being active in a craft community has helped me grow as a crafter and given me constant inspiration.

  27. Deborah on March 17, 2011 7:19 pm

    I network both online and off with other crafters and glass artists. My husband and I even spent our honeymoon at a getaway for mosaic artists we had met online in Canada!

  28. Brigitta on March 17, 2011 10:19 pm

    I’m much better at networking with other crafters online than I am online–with the exception of FaceBook fan pages that is. I’m a member of The Soundry in Northern Virginia, which includes an open shared studio space in addition to a cafe, gift shop, and gallery. I go to the Soundry to work on projects because it enables me to interact with artists who work in different mediums than I do, and I find it inspiring.

  29. Dennis on March 18, 2011 4:39 am

    I network through blogs, forums, and places like this craft gossip. Facebook, twitter, and e-mails.

  30. Ruth Hill on March 18, 2011 3:58 am

    I basically network through blogs, e-mail, and facebook. I love crafts!

  31. Cathy Shore on March 18, 2011 9:51 am

    I read as many blogs in a day as my time will allow, also joined crafts groups on Flickr

  32. Kimberlee on March 19, 2011 7:35 pm

    This sounds very interesting! I have to admit, in my short time in the crafting blogosphere, people have been overwhelmingly kind and supportive, as well as helpful.

  33. Carol Douglass on March 20, 2011 10:33 am

    I use the power of technology most of the time, but I do have several friends that get together several times of year to craft, network and have fun.

  34. Lynn on March 20, 2011 4:49 pm

    great waiting to have more fun

  35. Bunnyfreak on March 20, 2011 5:51 pm

    I network with other crafters through blogs and forums.

  36. Emily Carter on March 21, 2011 5:03 pm

    My networking is mostly done through facebook and blogs. There are so many crafty people out there – I love to share my work with others and get great ideas from them!

  37. Sunni on March 22, 2011 2:42 am

    My blog, Etsy forums, FB and twitter. It seems like you don’t even need to look for it. I just stuble onto many forums searching on a topic I have a question about!

  38. Emily on March 23, 2011 4:33 am

    Online, through Facebook, blogs and yahoo groups.

  39. Courtney on March 25, 2011 12:30 am

    blogging and Junk Revolution!

  40. Pat on March 25, 2011 11:45 am

    I sometimes get CBFB (crafters brain freeze block) and then turn to a blog or a magazine for inspiration or spring board,

  41. Tilly A on March 30, 2011 5:01 pm

    Vickie is my Home Girl! I love her projects and have watche dher brilliance my whole life. I hope I win. <3

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