In my studio (photo by Andie Powers of Assemble Shop)
I am Blair Stocker, writer, creator, and maker behind wise craft handmade. I live in Seattle, Washington, with my husband Peter, daughter Emma, son Ian, and cat Gracie. I have been a maker of things my whole life, from age 4 when my maternal Grandmother "Mom" taught me how to knit. I began this blog back in 2005 to journal and share all that I make. I was navigating the world of parenting two small children at that point and my creative time was very limited back then. Having this space was a way to collect and share all the things I did manage to make. Somehow seeing it all together in one place made me realize that I was, in fact, still creating, all the time, every day. Maybe not always at the sewing machine, or with craft materials, but I was still making and making with intention. And developing my own style. It has been the closest I have ever come to keeping any kind of journal, and all these years later, I am still at.
These days my kids are older, my time is more my own, yet I still make with intention and passion. My first love will always be quilt making, and I am constantly experimenting with quilting techniques, designing quilt patterns, and selling original quilts. In addition, I create in all kinds of mediums... painting, crocheting, knitting... In addition to that, I create and post simple diy projects, things that inspire me, work in progress, artist interviews, and the occasional cocktail. You can access my archives by category on this page.
At my drawing desk
In early Spring 2014, my first book, Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Scraps of Fabric, and Bits of Nature into Stuff You Love, will be published by Running Press. It is filled with 60 seasonal DIY projects meant to decorate and freshen your home. We all want our home to reflect us, and these projects are easily adaptable to tell your own family's story. When I make or remake something for our home, be it sewing up curtains, repainting a piece of furniture, displaying a collection of heart-shaped rocks we've collected, or making sure everyone is under a handmade quilt at night when we watch a movie together, a handmade tale has been created in the process. One of making, using, and living with things by our own hands. All of these stories are what make up our home, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Our home is truly made by our own hands. Its fun to share it all here.
I can't wait to share it with you! I hope you like it!
These days, my own creative goals are to work with materials that inspire me, to learn something new, whether it be a new technique, process, or way of thinking creatively. I am always challenging myself to learn something new, just to try it out if nothing else. It keeps life interesting for a restless handmaker like me, and it often inspires other parts of life for me. For example, after being a knitter only for 15 years, In 2010 I learned to crochet. I fell hard, and in the summer of 2012, my readers and I crocheted a Granny Square Sampler project, which you can do too. I decided to take a painting class in 2012 and it turns out I love it! (I've never painting a picture in my life, but it was something I wanted to try, so why not?) I've done paintings of quilts I've made and I'm pretty excited this new way of looking at something I love, quiltmaking.
One creative pursuit... leads to another.... and so on.
I truly enjoy reading your comments and knowing you're out there. I try to answer and connect whenever I can. Feel free to say hello at email@example.com
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A sincere thank you to all who read,