Crafty Superstar

Justina Blakeney

Craft book author & Venus Zine craft editor

Justina Blakeney
Brooklyn, NY, USA
Craftypreneur, Designer, Editor and Author (Owner & Designer at Compai-- Editor at Venus Zine--Author of 99 Ways)

What are your hobbies?

Sewing, painting, singing, travel, writing, playing the guitar, visual communications, learning new languages, visiting museums, going to the cinema, web deign, swimming, playing with my nieces, dancing, knitting.

What are your favorite crafts and what's your craft space like?

Making clothing, accessories and design pieces from recycled materials.

What do you craft along to?

TV: Threadheads on the Thread Banger Channel, Project Runway, Top Chef,
Music: The Lady Tigra, NPR, Zap Mama, Sam Cooke, Missy Elliot, The Roots, Paul Simon, Serge Gainsbourg, Andrew Bird, Feist, Koop

What was the first project you ever made?

I got a sewing machine for my 6th birthday (thanks mom!) The first thing that I made with it was a scrunchy for my afro. I would use old shirts as fabric and re-use the elastic from old panties for the scrunch! For me, recycling has always been the most fun and most accessible way to craft.

What are your favorite items to make?

Right now, I love making dresses. I also love to make food. Okay... I like to make anything with pom-poms, or a floral mod pattern - Actually I'm going through a whole re-upholstery phase right now... gosh... I totally can't decide. I love it all!

Which other craft blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?


Make sure to check out Justina's books - 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim and Tie Your T-shirt into Something Special, 99 Ways to Cut, Sew and Deck out Your Denim, and 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Tie and Rock your Scarf at

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Sex in the City
Oh that's tuff-how about a top 7? (In no particular order...) Florence Italy, Brooklyn NY, Bern Switzerland, Los Angeles CA, Berkeley CA, Vancouver BC, Paris France
Being John Malkovich (My favorite film out now is Persepolis)
99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Tie and Rock your Scarf ;-)
Sheesh- that's tough too! Let's just say my life would be a lot sadder without Japanese food and Italian.
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