Kim, Betsy, and I wrapped up the West Coast portion of our Make Your Voice Heard tri-author book tour on Tuesday night. I’ve been resting, repacking, and recalibrating every since. It was my intention to write about Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver separately but we didn’t have many moments of rest in the last two cities […]


Greetings from Oakland!

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by Leanne on October 3, 2014 · 0 comments

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It’s day three of our Make Your Voice heard tour, and Kim Werker and I are working away at a Peet’s Coffee Shop in Oakland, California. Yesterday we had a fabulous day of touring San Francisco with artist Sonya Philip who gave a true tour with stops at Scrap San Francisco (@scrapsf), a non-profit urban recycling […]


California, here we come!

Yarn Bombing of Union Square by Ish Knits, 2012

by Leanne on September 30, 2014 · 0 comments

in Book Tour, Books, Events, Textiles, Writing Life

A yarn bombing of Union Square by IshKnits, 2013 In less than 24 hours, Betsy Greer, Kim Werker and I will be in San Francisco! We’re so pleased to be starting our multi-city author tour Make Your Voice Heard: The Intersection of Craft, Creativity, and Activism of North America to celebrate our three new books. I hope that […]


Silvie Kilgallon’s Stitched Illiad

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by Leanne on September 7, 2014 · 1 comment

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Now THIS is a feat. Classics student and artist Silvie Kilgallon is attempting to stitch all twenty-four books of Homer’s Illiad. She’s chronicling her daily process here: Silvie has published a wonderful artist statement about her work, including this statement on how a great classic work can translate to the act of stitching: “Here, I attempt […]

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Vancouver’s Our Social Fabric Needs Your Help

Two bolts of fabric from OSF

by Leanne on August 10, 2014

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Yesterday I finally got a chance to check out Our Social Fabric.  A non-profit organization based in Vancouver, Our Social Fabric takes donations of any fabric that can be repurposed through crafting and sewing. This fabric is then sold at bi-weekly sales at extremely reasonable prices. The 2-meter bundles pictures in this post (the blue one is silk!) […]

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On Starting Small: Six Word Short Stories

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by Leanne on August 5, 2014

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The city that I live in has a mild climate – we live in a rainforest. Each summer we get a couple of weeks of rain that washes down the city, returning it to cleanliness and coolness. I expect this.  As a pale skinned, sweater-loving person, I long for it. This year however, our summer […]

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I’m thrilled to announce the details of my fall book tour with fellow authors Betsy Greer and Kim Werker. Our brilliant publishers Arsenal Pulp Press & Sasquatch Books have partnered to send us on an incredible fall tour where we’ll visit 12 venues in eight different cities across the US & Canada. We’ll be participating in […]

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Tell me about your art. I love knitting, I love being creative with yarn. I knit with yarn that is donated to me and I cover various objects with fiber. Objects that I use are recycled and saved from the landfill. It all started with a mishap of my daughter’s bike. Thinking that bike was […]

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Strange Material has a cover!

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by Leanne on May 31, 2014 · 6 comments

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A month ago, I debuted a cover design for my forthcoming book Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles on my Facebook page. Here’s what it looked like: My publisher, the book designer, and I thought we were ready to go (they even put up an Amazon sales page with cover #1) but then feedback came in […]

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Jealousy, Curation, and Fear

The Jealous Curator

by Leanne on May 15, 2014

in Books, Creativity, Inspiration

Tonight I had the pleasure of going to see a talk by Danielle Krysa, aka the Jealous Curator, who has recently published a book for blocked creatives, aptly titled The Creative Block. I’ve never met Danielle, but I’ve enjoyed her blog throughout the years. I even included it as a recommended creative resource in my […]

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