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Posted on 20. Apr, 2014 by Princess Lasertron.
When I finish this order I will have made:
184 embroidered felt flowers
248 posie flowers
60 pom flowers
149 embroidered felt leaves
for an estimated total of 379 hours of work (the majority of which was done between Alice’s bedtime and when she wakes up.)
It’s the biggest order I’ve ever had, and now that I’m without help it’s been a huge challenge to meet the deadlines. But as I’ve stitched each flower, cut out each petal, and watched literally everything on Netflix, I find myself wanting to make this work a real gig again.
Related: There’s a “for rent” sign in the courtyard that’s been taunting me for a while now–I’m so tempted to get the apartment next door to me (identical to mine) to serve as a new studio space. To finally have a place for my shelves, my fabric, my paint, buttons, sewing machines, beautiful work tables–all of which is piled up in my first husband’s basement currently. My work hasn’t had a home since CAMP, the coworking space I founded in 2010 and closed in 2012. However, I have this tendency to blow my earned income on new projects expecting them to pay off, rather than ever save anything, which is why I’m where I am now. Foolish entrepreneur brain.
So tempted. So wanting to make again. So wanting to leave projects out instead of putting them away every day for Airbnb guests/dinner/living. Wondering if I did it, would it pay off? Would I be happy to have the space? Or would it become another bill, another thing keeping me in a hamster wheel of stalled career progress, another thing I have gotten in too deep with, as I tend to do.
Note: This order also used over 20 yards of felt, all sourced from Wool Felt Central at Prairie Point Junction in Cozad, Nebraska.
Posted on 01. Apr, 2014 by Princess Lasertron.
Barnes & Noble, most chain craft stores, and of course Amazon.com all have my first book, Fabric Blooms, available today! Buy it, make something, and share your review on Amazon. I’d love to hear from all of you about what you think–it’s been nearly two years in the making and I can’t believe this day is finally here.
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.