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I’m Abby Glassenberg, the author of While She Naps. This is a blog about the home sewing industry and creative entrepreneurship with a focus on craft publishing, fabric manufacturing, feminism, and social justice. I’m a sewing pattern designer, craft book author, writer and teacher.
In 2005 I started While She Naps to record my work in the studio making dolls and toys. As my designs became more professional and grew in popularity, I turned my passion for designing and sewing stuffed animals into a thriving business. Today, I write craft books, license my designs to national companies, sell my sewing patterns and ebooks, have a podcast, and teach sewing and business practices.
Photo by Lisa Neighbors
I grew up in Potomac, Maryland and went to Johns Hopkins University undergrad where I got a degree in History. Then I joined Teach For America and taught middle school in the Mississippi Delta for two years.
I have a master’s degree in education from Harvard and taught middle school social studies in Newton, Massachusetts before becoming a textile artist and the mother of three girls.
My first book, The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends To Make and Sew was an ALA Booklist top ten craft book of 2011. My second book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, is about soft toy design. It was published by Lark Crafts in May of 2013 and named a Best Book of 2013 by Amazon. My third book, Sew & Play Puzzle Ball Animals, came out in 2015.
I’m the editor of Crafter’s Market: The DIY Resource for Creating a Successful and Profitable Craft Business. I regularly contribute projects to craft magazines and books and I license my toy designs to Simplicity. My kit, Felt Menagerie: Create Off-the-Wall Animal Art, was published by Quarto in 2017.
I’m also the co-founder of Craft Industry Alliance, a trade association for craft industry professionals serving makers, designers, suppliers, and pro bloggers. We publish a twice-monthly professionally written digital journal and our members have access to secure online forums, monthly webinars, and a resource library. We’d love for you to join us!
Would you like to get in touch with me? Email me at: abbyglassenberg at comcast dot net
Please note that I don’t do sponsored posts on my blog. This means that I can’t accept free products in exchange for a blog post, including free books to review. If you see a product reviewed on While She Naps I’ve purchased it myself. I also don’t accept guest pitches for my podcast. With only 24 episodes a year hand selecting the guests is important to me. Thank you for your understanding.
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