SMP Craft
18 Apr

About Us

Welcome to SMP Craft, the home of the St. Martin’s Press crafts book group! As a premier publisher of beautifully designed books on a wide range of crafts, we hope to inspire crafters of every skill level.

We hope you’ll visit often to get the inside scoop not only on what projects we’re working on but also:
-   Interviews with our awesome “Authors of the Month”
-   Free projects from our best-selling craft books
-   Regular sweepstakes to win copies of hot-off-the-presses craft books
-   Cool ideas, tips, tricks and how-tos for knitting, crocheting, beading, jewelry-making, quilting, sewing, origami, felting, paper-crafts and much more! You can also connect with us on: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram.

SMP Craft is run by a group of craft-enthusiasts who are excited to try out, talk about and share photos of new craft projects (and who also just happen to work at St. Martin’s Press).  Drumroll please:

mitali 1Mitali Dave, a crochet-er at heart, hails from Mumbai, India and now lives in good ol’ New Jersey.  When she isn’t reading books or scouring through used bookstores, she can be found collecting first edition hardcovers and dabbling in photography. And, just in case you weren’t impressed before, she once managed to injure herself by dropping an iPhone on her own eyebrow – she sported a giant bump for a week afterwards!

CrownVicMarie Estrada lives in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on the edge of hipster alley. She’s currently craft-obsessed with fishing line, florescent twine, airplants, miniature light bulbs, iron-ons, and handwritten letters. She’s “making things” right now with miniature zippers and also having a great deal of fun sewing secret compartments into socks.

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Courtney Littler now lives in (the cool part of) Bushwick, Brooklyn after having grown up in (the really hot part of) Tempe, AZ.  Her crafting passion is repurposing old book pages into cool hand-made objects (poem-collaged journals, jewelery…)  A woman of many talents, she once won an acting award for “Best Disgruntled Teenager” in a video contest… when she was 27 years old!

karen bio picKaren Masnica moonlights as a Master’s student in Publishing at NYU while working as one of our marketing interns. She moved to NYC in July 2012 from Allentown, PA.  (Yes, the one Billy Joel’s song is about.) She’s fairly new to the crafting scene, but can’t wait to tackle that Pinterest board of crafts she’s been building for the last two years!

Michelle Cashman is a fan of tacos, cats in sweaters and peanut M&Ms.  Book lover and Associate Publicist at St. Martin’s Press. She’s a lifelong knitter and crafter. MichelleCashman

Author of the Month

This month we sit down with Helen Angharad Henley, mother of three, handbag designer, self-proclaimed “compulsive maker,” and author of newly published Tote-ally Amazing Bags: 30 quick and easy bags to make for all occasions. Helen lives and works in Wales where she designs, makes, and sells her sewing patterns and handbags. She blogs her stitching endeavours at angharadhandmade.blogspot.com and sells her bags online at angharad handmade.

Helen  Angharad Henley, author of Tote-ally Amazing Bags

Cookie Jewelry Box


They say there are two types of women in the world: those who love jewelry, and those who love cookies. What? You say you're both types of woman? Well then I sure have a treat for you, with this free pattern from our new book 50 Deliciously Decorative Cookies: Easy-t0-Make Cookie Creations by Fiona Pearce, you can have your jewelry box and eat it, too!

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