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 […]


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 […]


Strange Material has a cover!

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by Leanne on May 31, 2014 · 6 comments

in Book Tour, Books, Events

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 […]


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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Image from The Active Fiction Project The Active Fiction Project brings active narratives into city streets. Very short stories are written by local authors about specific city streets so that the public can experience their narratives on the very city blocks where the stories take place. Begun by a group of local residents living in the Riley Park […]

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Image Credits: Creative Commons Mykl Rovertine I’m one of those people. I live and work in the bubble of an urban centre. It is beautiful – Vancouver proper is a city that’s mostly cement and glass punctuated by tree-lined streets and little boutiques. Our signage is, for the most part, very simple. Sometimes it is […]

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Last Spring, amid working of drafts of my upcoming book  Strange Material: Storytelling Through Textiles, I managed to squeeze in a few other writing projects, including a personal essay on embroidery and community called Stitching It Together for Betsy Greer‘s new anthology Craftivism: The Art of Craft and Activism. Without giving away too much, the […]

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This weekend I’ll be in West Vancouver  at the West Vancouver Memorial Library to talk about the origins of yarn bombing and teach eager yarn bombing newbies how to make ‘pom pom bombs’. It will be a fun couple hours of looking at different knit graffiti projects from around the world and sharing stories. Here […]

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A Traveller & A Tourist

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by Leanne on August 2, 2013

in Books, Writing Life

“Do you want to know what the difference is between a traveller and a tourist?”  asked the guy working behind the counter at Zabar’s, the famous deli on New York City’s Upper West Side. I  stopped taking pictures of their enormous cheese counter to nod at him. “The difference,” he said, “is that a tourist […]

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Tomorrow night, join me and a fabulous group of female authors at Vancouver’s People’s Co-Op Bookstore for a night of reading and knitting. Authors Cathy Ace, Stella Harvey, Gillian Campbell and Nicole Dixon will read from their work: Cathy Ace is the author of the Cait Morgan mystery series, which includes The Corpse with the […]

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