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, at the moment, socks.

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!

MontaukKerry McMahon lives in East Harlem but hails from Ohio—and is a diehard Ohio State Buckeye football fan! When she’s not crafting hats for her cats, she enjoys strolling the streets of NYC with her boyfriend, watching Fashion Police on E!, and reading of course! She also collects cute owl knick-knacks.

Author of the Month

This month we sit down for a Q&A with expert sewing machine embroiderer Liz Keegan, author of The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible. Liz launched, compiled, and edits Flair, the U.K.'s only machine embroidery magazine. She also teaches and lectures about machine embroidery. With expert advice about what to look for when buying a new machine and a troubleshooting section for solving common mistakes and problems, Liz's new book will help you get the most of out of your modern sewing machine.

The Sewing Machine Embroiderer's Bible

Project of the Month

Pencil Case

Happy September! It’s officially that time of the year again. It’s back-to-school week here in New York City and we’re reminiscing about all those ‘first days’ of school. A new year means all new supplies, clothes and accessories. So, our Project of the Month is in honor of those who want something different from their pencil cases. We pulled this Pencil Case pattern from Sweet & Simple Patchwork Gifts by Hisako Arai and Yoko Sanjo because it offers not one but two methods of making the case--one with a zipper and one with a spring clasp!

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