Work with Me

Public Speaking, Community Workshops & Special Projects

PublicTalks and WorkshopsI have been a guest speaker, workshop leader, and panelist at schools, museums, art galleries, conferences, and craft guilds. I am available to speak to groups and book clubs of all ages. Please email me at info (at) leanneprain (dot) com to inquire about my speaking fee and availability.

I enjoy speaking on the following topics:

  • subversive craft and thinking creatively with textiles
  • storytelling, textiles, and street art
  • unusual embroidery
  • yarn bombing and knit graffiti
  • the process of writing craft books
  • how textile artists can craft their own stories about their work
  • the publishing process from an author’s perspective
  • the role of handmade within the discipline of communication design
  • how my books can be used by librarians, community groups, and educators

For speaking engagements, workshops, or consultations, contact me at info (AT) leanneprain (DOT) com to discuss rates.

Online Course – Stitched Stories

(Beta, January – April 2015. Expected Launch: January 2016)

Stitched StoriesI am revising a online writing course that I developed last year with the help of fifty volunteer participants. Stitched Stories is a written exploration of textiles where users receive 12 weeks of lessons designed to make them write about textiles and visual art. While I am still revising the course, you can join the course alert mailing list via this link.



  • Reply Shilpa Rangnekar December 20, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Hello Leanne,

    I am Shilpa Rangnekar, a conceptual artist from India. I have recently finished a 3-month residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, and it was there that I came across your book- Strange Material: Storytelling through Textiles.
    Let me congratulate you on this amazing piece of writing. I really liked the idea of the merging of art and craft, for I deal with that often in my art practice. I am particularly interested in observations of everyday life and associated behaviors which either comes out in the form of utilitarian Art, food performances or very expressive and engaging community oriented projects. You can have a look at my works on my website.
    I have signed your newsletter and would love to know more about your projects.
    Best Regards,

    • Reply Leanne January 16, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Shilpa, thank you so much for your kind comments! How wonderful that an artist visiting from India would find my book in Omaha! I’m glad that it resonated with you – combining ideas and skills of art and craft with both art practise and everyday life has become a passion of mine.

      I just visited your website and your projects are remarkable! I’d love to follow up with you on them. I will send you an email.

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