All posts tagged: craft workshop

cute farm!

I’m an air plant gardener now. 🙂 My friends at Cute Farms popped up with me at Urban Air Market in Oakland last weekend. They hosted a build your own air plant terrarium workshop. It was so cute. First you pick your vessel. They had many variations to choose from: a tall glass vase, a round ‘spaceman helmet,’ a teardrop…. Then, you fill it with moss, lichen, and vermiculite. All the filler is preserved so you don’t need to worry about keeping it alive, too. Winning! Some cross promotion action with OMG pennants, color coordinated with the fillers, of course. 😉 Pick an air plant, pick a dinosaur… And viola! My new tiny habitat. Have you ever seen an air plant which such vibrant colors? 😍 The craftermath was a table full of colorful mossfetti! I could make these terrariums all day. Air plants are officially on my favorites list of “things I have a good chance of keeping alive” and “ideas for gift giving.” Are you down with tillandsia? Share air plant stories below! 

indigo magic.

The San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design invited me to teach indigo tie dye as part of the Bay Area-wide Summer of Love celebrations. Winning on all levels! I love hanging out and creating in their space, spending time with Bay Area creatives, and sharing crafting secrets. We had a packed house — 30+ crafters! We started with some simple instruction and tie dye how-to. Then it was off to folding and dipping the fabrics. The museum was between exhibits so we had a lot of room to play. Everyone got to design a tea towel, a shirt, and a tote bag, plus whatever else they brought with them. The unveiling is always so impressive. When I teach workshops I always try to sneak in a mini project of my own. This time I experimented with paper lanterns. These will get attached to a string of lights, and you’ll probably see them displayed the next time I teach indigo dyeing! Big ups to my indigo crew (Aurelia and Paloma, xoxo!) for helping with class, …

ready, set, indigo!

I learned how to dye with indigo last year, and ever since word got out, I’ve been requested to teach indigo dyeing workshops. I consider myself far from pro status, but thought it would be fun to give it a try. I’m happy to report that I love being able to share this craft with so many people! My latest workshop was held at Sticky Art Lab in Berkeley, and we totally lucked out with the sunshine! We set up our learning and folding station inside, and dyed our fabrics outside. This was my first time dyeing in a backyard/garden (versus indoors) so you can imagine my excitement when we got to hang our pieces to dry on a clothesline. (Super mega heart eyes!) Dyeing fabrics, including the set-up and clean-up, can be a long process, but it is relaxing and the results are fantastic every time. No two pieces are exactly the same, which makes the unveiling extra exciting. Even the tools looked good after a dye session. Eee, can’t wait for my next indigo …

crocheeey.

See what I did there? See what I did here: I’ve learned to crochet in the past, but I always forget how to do it. Also, I don’t have that much patience. So when I saw that gather was holding a finger crochet class my attention span was all “can do, baby boo.” Finger crochet, especially if you use chunky yarn, is way faster than using traditional crochet tools, and less stressful on my hands. Class was taught by the awesome Cara Corey of Mary Marie Knits, and it came with an instruction guide plus access to her online tutorial so we can review and practice later on. The goal: begin making a lap blanket out of mega bulky yarn. Cara first demoed how to make a chain and then showed us how to stitch the first few rows of the blanket. We learned the “basic” stitch for this project. Cara shared some tips for how to count the stitches and how to make sure we keep our blanket even on both sides. I spent …

jasper and gold. 

Michaels held a free collar necklace making event, and the first fifteen guests scored a free gift. I’m a sucker for freebies so of course I went. Plus, I was hoping to pick up a jewelry tip or two! I might have arrived early to shop and be one of the first in class to snag a seat and a prize. They gifted us a Glam and Go bag and a create necklace – perfect for all crafty days! It ended up being a small class so they gave each of us a freebie second helping. Double score! I dabble in jewelry making, but I never officially learned, nor have I ever made a bold statement piece like a collar necklace before. This class was a good introduction to larger bead/stone use. I chose the above green stones, which we’re guessing are of the jasper variety. Michaels provided the rest of the materials and tools for our projects. Our instructor for the evening was Cindy, an avid beader and overall fun lady! She’s got an awesome collection of …

camp mcd.

The Museum of Craft and Design hosted a camp themed craft night and I was all over it. I never went to summer camp as a kid but I imagine it’s full of crafts! Lots and lots of crafts! Also, s’mores and campfires…all that good camp stuff. The entry fee for Craft Night grants you museum admission, materials & instruction for all crafts, plus drinks and snacks. It was my first time at the museum so I spent a good amount of time perusing the current exhibit and the museum store. Then it was off to make fun things! There were four stations: wood-burned postcards, shrinky dink charms, marker ‘tie dye,’ and paracord bracelets with instructors Charlotte, the Education and Programs Manager at the Museum; Carrie of Re-Tree; and Micha from TrackersEarth. It was great to make and mingle with fellow crafties. Tahdah! All the craftings! All we needed was a fun camp song. Did you head to camp as a kid? Share your best camp memories below!

tradesies!

My nail artist Masako is learning how to apply eyelash extensions so she practiced on me. In exchange, we had an impromptu crafting session and I taught her how to make paper flowers. Ding ding ding, round two of paper flowers begins now! (Find round one here!) After my eyelash application session, we walked around the corner to Blick and picked up some beautiful papers. Warm colors for the petals and stamen; cool colors for the leaves. The petal/stamen paper was soft and a had a great texture for curling and “squishing.” The leaf paper was thick and made for a sturdy base. After a quick tutorial, we got to making. Masako is super crafty and totally took a liking to this craft. We had a flower garden in no time! We really liked making the tiny ones. AHH, too cute! I’m hoping by the time I return to the salon again there will be a whole bounty of these cuties! And, um, weekend nail salon crafting is pretty fantastic! I think we’re ready for Spring already! …