On today’s episode of the Craft Industry Alliance podcast we’re talking about building a sewing community with my guest, Shea Henderson.

A former middle school math teacher, Shea Henderson now owns Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, a sewing and quilt pattern company. She is the author of the award winning book School of Sewing: Learn it. Teach it. Sew Together and her work has been featured in several books and magazines. She is one of founding members and a former president of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Shea lives in Kansas City, MO with her husband and three young children.


In this conversation we discuss:

  • Transitioning careers from education to the sewing industry
  • Getting started as a quilter and discovering modern quilting
  • Founding a modern quilt guild
  • Teaching people to sew
  • The ins and outs of publishing print patterns and outsourcing
  • Pitching a craft book, fleshing out a book proposal, and how to know when your book idea is a good one

Shea is now working as a tech editor for quilt designers and publishers.

Stocking Pattern by Shea Henderson

Stocking Pattern by Shea Henderson

And, of course, I ask Shea to recommend great stuff she’s enjoying right now. Shea recommends:

Follow along with Shea’s creative work at emptybobbinsewing.com and on Instagram at @emptybobbin


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