Getting Crafty on the International Space Station

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Getting Crafty on the International Space Station


If you have trouble keeping track of your sewing needles now, just think about how hard it would be in zero-g! NASA’s Karen Nyberg is representing the USA and the crafters right now in her six-month stint on the International Space Station, and she just might do some quilting while she’s there.

“I actually enjoy sewing and quilting and I am bringing some fabric with me and thread and I’m hoping to create something,” Nyberg said. “I don’t know yet what it will be but that’s part of creativity is that it comes with the feeling of the day so I have the supplies in my hands to create if I get the opportunity and the creative notion to do so.”

Check out the video above to hear more about Karen Nyberg’s approach to creativity in space, then head over to to learn more about her mission.


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Haley Pierson-Cox from Red-Handled Scissors is a maker of crafts, a lover of cats, an avid swearing enthusiast, a cross-stitch book author, and a general purveyor of quirk. She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon named Tiny Cranky Haley.

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