Archive for 'in the studio'
Posted on 18. Dec, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
I’ve always felt a nagging aversion to pre-assembled craft project kits (tho I do sell them and have pre-fabricated several projects in my career). They can be really fun, and a great way to relax your brain if you want to do something creative but don’t want to stress about it or do any shopping. For kids, I think they can be great for long car trips (friendship bracelets for everyone!) or waiting rooms. But they can certainly fall short if you’re trying to truly learn a new skill, and they so limiting for people who want to craft outside the box. Since most of us don’t have the space for a dedicated craft room either that our kids can play and create in, it’s nice to be able to keep your supplies organized in one place. With these problems in mind, I give you…The Crafty Toolkit! An easy last-minute gift idea for a Kid Who Makes Stuff on your list. Here’s what you need:
- Tacklebox (or a Caboodle, you know)
To open/unwrap/unpackage and arrange cutely inside the Caboodle (cause that’s prob the kind of container you had on hand):
- Size 10 embroidery needles (not smaller. these are best for hand-stitching and learning to thread. don’t get too many either–gotta keep track of our tools.)
- Magnetic pincushion for the needles (the smallest one you can find)
- 4” scissors or thread snips
- Fiskars 8” dressmaker shears (Gingher is the best brand if you wanna spring for that, but Fiskars is great. new scissors specifically to be kept in this kit are worth it, but be sure to emphasize to others in the household that they are only for fabric. cutting paper with them will dull them, which will ruin your fabric cuts later. you can tie a strip of fabric around the scissor handle to remind everyone.)
- Coats & Clark Dual Duty Plus Hand Quilting Thread (it won’t twist up as you hand-sew)
- A set of alphabet stamps (they come in cheap small packs sometimes near the register sometimes)
- Black Staz-On ink pad (this brand is okay to stamp on fabric–don’t get another brand, it’ll smear and be no fun)
- A low-temp hot glue gun. If your gift recipient isn’t ready for the responsibility of hot glue (it can be so damaging to surfaces!), the next best thing is Fabri-Tac, a thick clear glue made by Beacon Adhesives. I personally use Fabri-Tac more than hot glue so I think it’s best.
- 30mm white plastic hair barrettes, long flat alligator clips, 70mm hair barrettes (shit can be glued to these and worn proudly, my favorite craft activity as a 7-8-9-10-year-old. Good presents for mom and friends too.)
- A pack of 12×12” cardstock (get solid colors so it can be drawn on. The size 10 needles and thread I specified are also strong enough to stitch through the paper which is perfect practice for making things with fabric.)
To find or take out of your own stash and include:
- Broken pearl/rhinestone/plastic jewelry
- Ribbons and trims
- Cotton fat quarters or rolls of felt
- Pom poms
Another great thing to include in this package are a few good craft books (here’s my favorite one from when I was a younger lady). The gift of open-ended Playing and Making is a thoughtful and memorable one. When I was growing up, this was all stuff my mom kept on hand for me to play and experiment with. Having “real” materials and tools–not just things that came in disposable kits–instills respect for the process of crafting and pride in what we end up creating.
Posted on 14. Oct, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
I’m slowly adding more embroidered pins to the shop, starting with these two.
Though Princess Lasertron hasn’t been my full-time gig for over a year now, I’m still doing bridal orders at night when I get home and still embroidering a lot. Particularly as I was finishing the text for my book, practicing my technique and learning new stitches has occupied many of my free hours and I’m happy to share them with you. Each pin I sell will be $20, shipped first class. Rather than name them, I’m numbering this series. In the past these have sold quickly–I don’t know if they are going to get the same traction now as they have in the past, but I love making them again.
Posted on 18. Sep, 2013 by Princess Lasertron.
My friend Judith Norman, the creator of Craft Chat Eat, contacted me several months ago to design a simple no-sew apron for her first e-book, I ♥ Aprons: 10 “Make It Pretty” Sew & No Sew Apron Projects. Since anything “make it pretty” is right up my alley, I happily agreed and the book finally came out this week! The e-book features beautiful, original, easy-to-make apron designs designed Judith and several other contributors including some of my favorite creative bloggers.
When you download I ♥ Aprons, you get all the instructions for the projects contributed to the book, downloadable patterns and illustrations, and three video tutorials including a Pillowcase Apron project, a Dish Towel Apron, and a tutorial about applying crotcheted edging to fabric. The project was sponsored in part by Wool Felt Central, a fabric supplier I have a close relationship with as well.
This book is full of projects for everyone regardless of experience–the youngest designers are Charlotte and Jessie Mae Frachiolla who are 10 and 8 years old from Sew Crafty Kids.
I ♥ Aprons is available for free at www.craftchateat.com in formats suitable for iPad, iPhone, Kindle, Nook, Sony, android devices, desktop computers, and laptops. If you’re more into bound books, those are for sale too and include the three video tutorials on DVD. This is a really awesome accomplishment for Craft Chat Eat and I am so grateful to be a part of it! Go download it for free and enjoy!