Vickie Howell is a cultivator of craft and community. She’s a broadcast personality, producer, author, designer, and instructor in the D.I.Y. world with a penchant for motivational speaking, and social media marketing.
Her 2018 Webby Award Honoree and ground-breaking series, “The Knit Show with Vickie Howell.” (YouTube) is the first studio funded, community funded, internationally accessible knitting and crochet streaming series. With the help of over 1200 individual and company backers, Vickie successfully raised 83k in 30 days on Kickstarter towards funding the project. As of December 2017, there have been over a quarter million views by people in at least 19 accounted for countries.
Vickie is well-known as the Host of TV shows such as DIY Network’s Knitty Gritty and Stylelicious, her best selling knitting, crochet, and craft books, and her accessible, inclusive approach to nurturing the creative community via print, video and social media.
Vickie’s designs and projects have been included in hundreds of publications worldwide including her celebrity column for Knit.1 Magazine (in which she interviewed the likes of Actress Tori Spelling, Singer Lisa Loeb, Designer Isaac Mizrahi, etc), the Eco-Craft column she wrote for 3 years for Kiwi Magazine, the 2009 Lands’ End Feel Good Campaign (of which she was the spokesperson for), her blog column Craft Apparent for PBS Parents and weekly articles for iLovetoCreate.com, and regular columns in both Knit Simple and Interweave Crochet Magazines.
Over the course of her career, she’s continued to rally the crafty troops as an internationally recognized blogger & magazine columnist; a Spokesperson and Ambassador for major brands like Patons, Bernat, Caron, Land’s End, and Clover Needlecrafts; host of video campaigns for companies such as HGTV, JoAnn, Ragu, Cannon, Inkjoy, and Tuesday Morning; and as the Host and Co-Executive Producer of PBS’ Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell.
Vickie strives to motivate and inspire people to both live creatively and make a living being creative — most recently reaching out to people via her Facebook Live series (the first and longest-running of it’s kind in the genre), Ask Me Monday, her online courses for CreativeLive and Brit+Co., and her podcast, Craft*ish. Coming in Spring 2018, Vickie will launch her Subscription Box business (in partnership with CrateJoy), YarnYAY!
Follow all of Vickie’s projects on social media. You can find her @vickiehowell everywhere except Pinterest, where she’s @iamvickiehowell.
3 Fun Facts About Vickie
— Don’t let that elfin face fool you, Vickie’s actually half Hispanic. She regrets not using her maiden name, Montoya professionally, on pretty much a daily basis.
— She can’t play a note, but owns a Fender Strat and Jaguar Bass — just to stare at, and an Orange amp. Oddly, and unrelated (except for maybe the love of music), she’s had several musician-related adventures all in the name of knitting!
— In her early 20’s, to supplement her income as an assistant in the entertainment industry, she went to massage school. It took her, maybe 2 months, to realize that because of her sensitivity to peoples’ energies she kind of hated touching strangers. Alas.
The Knit Show with Vickie Howell, (Host & Executive Producer) YouTube, Season 1 October 2017
Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell, (Host & Co-Executive Producer) PBS, 2014-2015
Knitty Gritty, DIY Network & HGTV, 2004-2009
Knitty Gritty Knitsters, 1-hour special –DIY Network
Giftnanza, 1-hour special –DIY Network
For the Holidays, 1-hour special –DIY Network
Inside CHA, 1-hour special –DIY Network
Styleicious, 2005-2006 –DIY Network
Television Guest Appearances
Home & Family, Hallmark Channel (4 Episodes)
Daily Buzz, Syndicated (Lands End Feel Good Campaign Spokesperson)
She’s Crafty, HGTV Canada, Create Channel (U.S.)
Today Show, NBC
Singled Out!, E!
DIY Jewelry, DIY Network
Uncommon Threads, DIY Network/HGTV
Morning Local News shows across the nation.
Webisodes Hosting & Design
Ask Me Monday (Weekly Facebook Live Stream), 2015-current
Vickie Howell for JOANN Facebook Live, 2017-current
Vickie Howell for Yarnspirations (formerly Bernat & Caron) 2009-2016
Learn with JOANN, 2013
Interview Corespondent, SmellsLikeScreenSpirit.com, 2012-
Momversation (for Paper Mate Inkjoy), 2012
Freeze, Print, Craft (6 webisodes for Canon Printers), Momversation.com, 2011
Moms the Word on Dinnertime (Ragú®) 2011
Crafted (6 webisodes), MyLifetime.com
Woolpaca Chunky by Vickie Howell for Deramores (U.K.)
Mod Wool by Vickie Howell for Deramores (U.K.)
Yarncraft by Vckie Howell Kits for Interweave
Lunch Hour Knit Kits for Kitterly
Bernat Sheep(ish) Stripes by Vickie Howell
Bernat Cotton-ish by Vickie Howell
Bernat Sheep(ish) by Vickie Howell
Vickie Howell Collection for SWTC
2018 Webby Award Official Honoree, The Knit Show with Vickie Howell
AllFreeKnitting.com 2017 Top Blogger
Feedburner 2016 Top 100 Crochet Blogs
Telly Award, Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell (Bronze Winner, Film/Video Education)
AllFreeCrochetAfghan.com 2013 Top Blogger
AllFreeKnitting.com 2013 Top Blogger
Nominee, About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Favorite Knitwear Designer
Finalist, Craft Trends Award (New Knits on the Block)
Speaker, Craftcation, 2018
Mentor/Speaker, SXSW Interactive, 2015, 2016 & 2018
Keynote, Midwest Craft Con, 2018
Keynote, Hill Country Weavers Retreat, 2017
Content Committee Member, TNNA, 2017
Judge, The Craftys Awards, 2015 & 2016
Wee Garter Stitch, Sixth & Spring Books, April 2016
Finger Knitting Fun, Quatros Publishing, April 2015
Vickie Howell’s Top 10 Crochet Cowl, Soho Publishing, January 2014
Vickie Howell’s Top 10 Crochet Hats for Kids, Soho Publishing, January 2014
Vickie Howell’s Top 10 Crochet Hats, Soho Publishing, January 2013
Step It Up Knits, Chronicle Books, October 2012
Craft Corps, Lark Books, May 2010
AwareKnits (co-written with Adrienne Armstrong), Lark Books, October 2009
Pop Goes Crochet, Lark Books, May 2009
Knit Aid, Sterling Books, May 2008
Not Another Teen Knitting Book, Sterling Books, June 2006
Knitty Gritty Knits, 2006
New Knits on the Block, Sterling Books, October 2005
Live & Virtual Teaching Engagements
Midwest Craft Con, 2018
Brit + Co, 2017
Rhode Island School of Design, Workshop, 2013
Crafts & Hobbies Assoc. Convention (CHA), 2005-2016
Vickie has travelled, taught and spoken at retail shops and shows across the U.S.
Crochet Red, by Laura Zander
Clever Crocheted Accessories, Brett Bara
Craft Tree Crocheted Amigurumi
Stencil 201, by Ed Roth
Knitter’s Life List, by Gwen Steege
Where Women Create Book of Inspiration, Jo Packham & Jenny Doh
Craft Hope, Jade Sims
Luxury Knits One-Skein Wonders, Judith Durant
Vogue on the Go: Crocheted Bags, Trisha Malcolm
Tease, by Sarah Sockitt
Knitting Lessons, by Lela Nargi
Print & Web Contributor
CrochetSCENE Magazine (Guest Editor) 2017 Issue
Knit Simple Magazine (Columnist) 2011-2016
Interweave Crochet (Columnnist) 2011-2016
PBSParents.com (Craft Columnist)
ILovetoCreate.com (Craft Columnist)
CraftGossip.com (Knitting Blogger)
Kiwi Magazine (Craft Columnist)
LarkBooks.com (Needle Arts Columnist)
Knit.1 Magazine (Columnist, Celebrity Interviews)
Vickie has contributed to hundreds of additional print, web and audio publications ranging from Real Simple and Southern Woman Magazines, to many podcasts and BBC Scotland Radio.