I started CraftLeftovers.com back in 2006 as a way to keep myself accountable to using up my leftover craft supplies and ever growing stash. Now ten years later, it continues to inspire myself and others to look to their craft leftovers first.

The Blog

As projects come up, I add new patterns to the archive, post about being resourcefully creative, inspired books, and other diy topics. Think of it as an online journal of my creative attemps and finished projects and recipes.

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The Zine

Craft Leftovers Monthly a is great Handmade Craft Zine filled with projects, recipes, tips, stories, puzzles, and ridiculous illustrated nonsense just for the fun of it. 24 pages of crafty goodness in this great handmade craft zine! Printed on 100% recycled paper, all original art work, projects, and recipes.

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Learn more about how the Craft Leftovers zine came into being in this three part series of posts: One, Two, Three.

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Some other random facts about Kristin M Roach:

Living in Ames, IA USA

  • Author of Mend it Better (Storey Publishing, 2013)
  • Bachelor in Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University, Minor in Art History
  • Published works in Knit Scene, Interweave Knits, The Best of Knit Scene, Make Magazine, and Craft Magazine.
  • Guest designer Button it UP by Susan Beal 2009
  • Participant in Craftwerk 2.0: New Household Tactics for the Popular Crafts – Jönköpings läns museum, Sweden, 19 September 2009–16 January 2010
  • Co-owner of Little Woods: Herbs & Teas with her husband Jason Shaw

Hear Me ramble:

On Craft Sanity
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As Seen On:

The Quick List: Craftzine.com, Zine Wiki, CraftyPod.com, CraftSanitycom, One Pretty Thing, Craft Gossip, Whipup, more coming soon, I need to look it up and figure it out and make the lists and link up :)

 

The Long Story: How did Craft Leftovers get started and where did I learn to knit, crochet, and sew?

My grandma always let me use her sewing machine to make “creations” and had a huge stock of craft supplies that she let me use when I was growing up. As soon as I went to high school I dropped craft like a bad habit, it wasn’t “cool” enough for me. Being a painter, not a seamstress like my grandma, was my dream. But when my grandma passed away I hoarded her supplies, I felt it was my last connection to her. What to do with it? I hadn’t made anything with “craft” supplies in years. I started to teach myself to sew, then crochet. Knitting always alluded me. Enter Jason, my partner. He taught me to knit and that really got things rolling. I started Craft Leftovers shortly after that, I needed a way to keep mine and my grandma’s stash accountable.

My grandma’s influence on my life lasted long after she passed and continues to this day. Art and craft have combined in my life, just like her’s. I graduated with a BFA in Painting in 2008 and currently own a small artisan tea shop called Little Woods where I blend small batch teas, exhibit my art, and teach classes on herbalism and eco crafting. I have a knack for making packaging and shop fixtures out of leftovers from other projects. I am still working through my grandma’s stash, but with the help of Craft Leftovers, I’ve made much headway. My sister says that she knows our Grandma would be proud of me. I hope so, I think of her all the time, especially when I have a question that I know she would have an answer for!

I’ve found that though I haven’t gone on a craft shopping binge in several years, I still have loads of supplies. How long, if I refused to accept gifts of fabric and yarn from friends and no longer purchased anything other than necessities (like thread) would it take for me to whittle down my supply pile to just one shelf of stuff? How would that change my creative process? Because I started my crafting life with my Grandma’s stash. I do not even know what it is like to not have a pile of supplies to look to. So a decade later, I’m still stitching and blogging my way through our stashes.