Jan became interested in namdas during a research project on declining crafts while getting her master’s degree at the Craft Development Institute in Srinagar, Kashmir’s summer capital.
Thirteen years ago, mother of two Laura Kelly stood in the doorway of a kindergarten class and watched as a group of three-, four- and five-year-olds baked bread and hand-sewed little animals.
“At one point I just decided to quit saying ‘that’s a good idea, maybe I’ll do it some day and I just said, ‘okay lets do it.’”
He saw a community with a passion but no way to feed that passion.
Woodard, 56, said it began at a Lia Sophia jewelry event about a year and a half ago.
But she didn’t find it.
“I got bored with what they were doing, so I just started making my own stuff,” Saunders said.
Sitting on the cream carpet of her Lee Street home, just a stone’s throw from the Brookline Reservoir, Megan Woods doesn’t look like the kind of mom who spends her afternoons sifting through ugly sweaters in the back of a thrift store.
Doretta Busbey started creating felted wool handbags as a way to pay for the plane ticket to Ethiopia to pick up the daughter she adopted with her husband.
For some, decorating and shopping for the holidays is a chore, and for others the Christmas season is time to go all out.
Shoppers Rule opened in 1999 with the goal of being the place to shop for sewing, quilting and embroidery supplies.
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