For this issue, we asked our contributors, “What’s the best thing anyone ever taught you to do?” Click on the pictures below for their answers, and for links to their individual websites.


Alasdair Post-Quinn

When I was a young boy, my father taught me the basics of woodworking and my mother put me on the road to learning cross-stitch, weaving, dyeing, and other fiber arts and crafts. While she didn’t teach me knitting (something about the potential for misuse of the pointy sticks), their support of my developing manual dexterity and creativity was instrumental, and I am confident that I would not be where I am today if it were not for their encouragement.