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Kathy Cano-Murillo - Miss Scarlett's School of Patternless Sewing
Airdate: April 22, 2012

About the Author

Kathy Cano-Murillo has made a name for herself both as an artist and as an author. She has authored seven books on arts and crafts in addition to having her own line of arts supplies, Crafty Chica. Her crafts help showcase her love for Mexican-American culture. She endeavors to inspire women of all backgrounds to find joy in crafts. Cano-Murillo has also branched out into fiction with her Crafty Chica novel series.



About this Book

Scarlet Santana faces pressure from her family after straying from a traditional career path to pursue fashion design. Seeking to silence their criticisms with overwhelming success, she secures the opportunity to study under a prominent New York designer. To raise money for this venture, she opens a sewing school out of a record shop. As she meets the new people this involves, she comes to question what her happiness truly means.




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Host's Impressions

Kathy Cano-Murillo was such an ebullient, positive personality that it was hard not to draw comparisons to her main character in the novel. Her earnest sense of wanting to portray Latinas in what I would call the “middle”—that is, not in trouble on the one end and not having won the lottery on the other—is an admirable, and in so many ways much more difficult, direction. Her vibrant obsession with sewing and crafting does, finally, work as a solid metaphor.


More Resources

Crafty Chica website

Select Bibliography:
"Miss Scarlet's School of Patternless Sewing" (2011)
"Waking Up in the Land of Glitter: A Crafty Chica Novel" (2010)
"Crafty Chica's Guide to Artful Sewing: Fabu-Low-Sew Projects for the Everyday Crafter" (2009)
"The Crafty Chica Collection: Beautiful Ideas for Crafts, Home Decorations and Shrines from the Queen of Latina Style" (2006)
"The Crafty Diva's Lifestyle Makeover: Awesome Ideas to Spice Up Your Life!" (2005)
"The Crafty Diva's D.I.Y. Stylebook: A Grrrl's Guide to Cool Creations You Can Make, Show Off, and Share" (2004)
"La Casa Loca: Latino Style Comes Home 45 Funky Craft Projects for Decorating and Entertaining" (2003)
"Making Shadow Boxes and Shrines" (2002)