Mixing It Up in 2015

Bang by Ai Wei Wei at the Vancouver Art Gallery, December 2014. A photo posted by Leanne Prain (@leanneprain) on

I gave up making New Years Resolutions a few years ago. Instead, I’ve adopted a theme word for each year – last year’s word was JOY (and amid the ups and downs of life, there was a lot of it) and this year’s word is STRETCH. For me this means trying new things, taking on projects that I haven’t done before, and expanding the limits of my comfort zone.

Over the next few months, I’ll be filling my time with some exciting projects, including:

  1. Changing my e-newsletters to come out every two weeks. Not on the list? You can sign up here. I started to publish to my list monthly this past fall but lost momentum over the holidays. With blogging and e-newsletter writing, my biggest hurdle is not keeping up the habit. This year I really want to prove to myself that I can do this. 35 newsletters – here we come! (the next one comes out tomorrow – January 4th!)
  2. A website redesign – my current site is not reflecting my goals and interests. I’ll be doing gradual updates over the next month. Keep your eye out for changes. While my focus has been primarily on textiles and street art, I intend to start blogging more about design, making, and the intersection of culture with all of these things that we touch and make by hand.
  3. My first e-course! Launching February 1, I’ll be sending out a weekly prompt via STITCHED STORIES to inspire stories for textiles, or textile stories (as you wish). The course will run for 12 weeks and this first session will be free. Let’s write together, it will be fun. I’m limiting this run to 50 people tops, so sign up early.
  4. An ideation class  – I’m taking a night class at a local design program on brainstorming ideas, and I’ll share what I learn as I go. I’m looking at getting a fresh perspective on how to generate new ideas. Plus, I’m super-excited to be around young graphic designers again.
  5. Sewing clothes and trying to figure out my new Serger. I may need your help figuring this one out.

It seemed like 2014 was a mixed bag for many people I know, and there is a feeling of optimism about the coming year. 2015 – I think you are going to be a good one.

Did you receive Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles as a holiday gift? Drop me a comment on this post and let me know what you think of it!

And, thanks to the Surface Design Association for naming Strange Material a must-have book for 2014. I’m honoured!


  1. Kathryn Vercillo January 7, 2015 at 6:05 am

    Happy New Year! Stretch is a great word of the year. Mine is intentionality with a specific focus around conscious health, time, consumption and production. Congrats on the new class that’s planned. I look forward to seeing your year unfold!

    1. Leanne - Site Author January 7, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Thanks Kathryn! Good luck on meeting all of your new years goals – and I look forward to seeing what is next for Crochet Concupiscence.

  2. arlee January 13, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Looking forward to the “Stitched Stories” e-course!

    1. Leanne - Site Author January 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Arlee! I’m looking forward to sending out the first lesson on February 1st!

  3. Mary Alice January 27, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I love the idea of a word instead of a resolution. How very attractive. And your choice seems bang-on, as always.

    1. Leanne - Site Author February 1, 2015 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Mary Alice – did you pick a word for 2015?