In today’s episode Vickie kicks things off with lifestyle blogger and Author of DIY Woven Art, Rachel Denbow. Rachel’s a creative skills teacher, weaver, and home decor expert. She’s been featured in HGTV Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Design Sponge, and writes regular features for A Beautiful Mess.
Vickie’d never met Rachel before this interview, but within minutes she felt like she was chatting with an old friend from the craft industry. They talked about her evolving aesthetic, her urge to create daily, what she does to feel connected with other makers, and what it’s like balancing a creative career with a family and home life.
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Rachel Denbow is a fiber artist and creative skills teacher with a background in teaching English as a second language and over ten years of experience as a lifestyle blogger and maker. She has written over a dozen project and skill based e-courses over the years with her most recent classes being “Sew With Us” and “Everyday Photography: 52 Weeks of Documenting Life”. She regularly contributes weaving, sewing, and home decor tutorials to A Beautiful Mess and has worked as a freelance contributor with Glidden Paint, Shutterfly, and Ace Hardware. Her work has been published both online and in print with HGTV magazine, Bob Vila, BUST, Design*Sponge, Apartment Therapy, NYLON, Babble, CRAFT, Curbly, Ladies’ Home Journal, and Handwoven.
Her recently published book, “DIY Woven Art:Inspiration and Instruction for Handmade Wall Hangings, Rugs, Pillows, and More!”, marries traditional frame loom weaving techniques with modern color stories to create bespoke home decor and has been a best seller on Amazon. She also teaches the class “Intro to Weaving” on Skillshare and is currently working on a video tutorial series for beginning and Intermediate weavers. You can find exclusively designed frame looms and tool kits as well as fiber packs and weaving kits in her shop as well as her own woven work.
Rachel will resume her popular weaving workshops across the country in 2017 while continuing to seek out that elusive work/life balance with her husband and three kids from her home studio in Springfield, Missouri.
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Produced by: Vickie Howell
Edited & Mixed by: Dave Campbell
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