But first, NPR makes a case for “art for arts sake.” Listen or read to learn how making art at any level of skill is good for your health.

House of Thread

Give your house a makeover with this new book from textile artist Theresa Lawson of The Monsters Lounge. Hand-Stitched House teaches you the techniques to design and embroider a portrait of your home. Inside the 70-page book, find step-by-step instructions, tips and tricks and guidance on achieving dramatic dimensions. Make a portrait of your home or create a most epic house warming gift. The book is available in soft cover or e-book option.

Auction For Australia

Textile artist Betz White is hosting an online auction to benefit Australian wildfire relief efforts. The designer has bags, toys, pillows, quilts, and even place mats – all handmade by her, of course – available for bidding on her Instagram page through Tuesday, January 14th. Place your bid in the comment section of the item you want and if you’re the winner, you will be asked to donate your bid directly to one of the Australian organizations listed. New items continue to be added to her auction, so keep a careful eye on her page to ensure you win the items you want!

TNNA Call For Proposals

Even though industry members are getting ready for The National Needle Art’s (TNNA) Winter Market at Creativation this week, it’s time to start thinking about TNNA’s 2020 Summer show. Now through January 24, TNNA members are invited to submit seminar proposals focused on effectively managing business data, expanding business expertise, leveraging new tools and technology, or improving customer service. All the requirements for proposal submission is available at tnna.org.

CAST ON: Tove Cardigan by Gregoria Fibers

This less than cold January (at least here in the South) has thrown us for a loop. While we’re still craving cozy layering pieces, we need them to be light weight. Enter Tove Cardigan by Gregoria Fibers, a new, relaxed-fit cardigan that is knit with three stands of lace weight mohair held together and a size US 8 needle. With a fisherman rib’s stitch, t he resulting fabric is lightweight and drapey with a modern look and fit.