Laura’s up next to help you look at sewing in a new way. Did you realize that when you sew you’re not only making something beautiful (and hopefully having lots of fun in the process) but you’re also using your math skills?

Laura Laing is a self-taught sewer and self-proclaimed math evangelist. She started out as a hobby carpenter, and then moved to fabrics when she realized how much more forgiving they are, compared to wood.

A former high school math teacher and the author of Math for Grownups, she honestly and truly believes that anyone can do math. In fact, we have to, so we might as well get used to it. She shares this philosophy– and encourages folks to embrace their inner-geeks– at her Math for Grownups blog.

As a freelance writer, her work has appeared in Parade, Parents, Pregnancy, Southwest Airline’s Spirit and other magazines. She also writes for a variety of trade and custom publications, as well as corporations, non-profits and curriculum development companies.