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Craft Resolutions- Elizabeth Seward

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To welcome this New Year, we thought it might be fun to talk to some of our Living Crafts friends- present and past contributors, all very creative people, and see what goals, visions and dreams inspire their craft resolutions for 2012!

Please join us in celebrating this new year, filled with potential, craft and creativity, by reading our craft resolutions and sharing your own, in our comments section!

Elizabeth Seward’s Craft Resolutions for 2012:

  New Year, New Beginnings!

After a challenging year in 2011, I am resolved to move forward consistently this year into work I love, and that also nourishes me.

  I am calendaring in two hours of writing time five days per week, and my resolution is to stick to this 80% of the time. My dearest hope is to complete (and publish) a book that has been simmering on the back burner for a while: Teaching through Stories: Jane and Jeremy Learn to Knit. I love to write, and to tell stories, and to teach, and to knit, so this project brings together several pieces of myself.

 At the same time, I am launching my website, newly designed by a young man who was my knitting student when he was in 1st grade. More than handwork, even more than teaching handwork skills, I love to teach how to teach them.

Stepping into the grandmother role, nurturing the joy of teaching in others and visiting and mentoring handwork teachers in their classrooms, the warp and weft of my life is coming together to make a fine and serviceable fabric. It feels like a tartan mohair blanket: light, warm and lustrous!




Elizabeth Seward is a regular contributor to Living Crafts Magazine’s Evolving through Craft feature. She teaches spinning, knitting and other textile arts to community groups, and shares her enthusiasm for Waldorf Education with parents of young children, home-schooling parents and graduate students. You can read more about Elizabeth and her work at

Posted by Living Crafts on Jan 8, 2012 02:05 PM | 3 Comments

3 Responses to “Craft Resolutions- Elizabeth Seward”

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  2. June says:

    What a nice post Elizabeth… I would love to know how to teach others to knit, especially young children or challenged teens/adults or even just people who are sure they can’t! When my young ones are grown and I find myself with more time, I’d love to teach others how to knit and change lives. Knitting really is awesome! ~ Thank you!

  3. Mary says:

    This is my 10th year of teaching handwork and I would love to integrate more storytelling into my classes. I have created some stories that I use in 1st grade and they truly create magic. It would be helpful to know stories to tell older grades children. Usually up through third grade I share funny stories about my pets and the children love them and ask for them repeatedly. I look forward to reading your book when it is published. Please let us know when your website is up. I have enjoyed all of your articles in Living Crafts. Thank you for sharing your gifts with us.

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