Rashida Coleman-Hale, 34, has been making things ever since she can remember.
Currently a licensed designer with Cloud9 Fabrics, she studied Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Not sure if fashion was her calling, she traded in her sewing machine for a computer and worked as a freelance graphic designer. Her passion for sewing was rekindled in 2006 after the arrival of her first child and she began the blog I Heart Linen, to document her re-born creative life and life as a stay-at-home mommy.
Rashida spent much of her youth in Tokyo, Japan where her great love for linen began. Her experiences there have completely influenced her work and its style. Her work has been featured in Sew News, Stitch, SewHip!, ReadyMade, Burda Style and Quilting Arts magazines and also on popular blogs such as Ohdeedoh, Design Sponge, Decor8, and Craftzine, Sew, Mama, Sew and True Up.
Her first book, I Love Patchwork was published by Interweave press in Fall 2009 and was awarded the 2010 PubWest Book Design Bronze Medal in the How-To/Crafts category. Her second book Zakka Style was published by C&T Publishing in Fall 2011 and is an Award-Winner in the Crafts/Hobbies/How-To category of the 2012 International Book Awards.
Rashida lives in Atlanta with her husband and their 3 children. Read more about her crafty life at iheartlinen.typepad.com.