Mini Makerie Recap

Embroidery Thread by Teryn
photo by Teryn (click through for source)

Hi Friends! Today on the blog we have story time (there’s a recap at the end if all you want to do is look at the pictures, I won’t be offended).  

A few weeks ago I packed a backpack, set an alarm for 4 AM, and flew across the country to my beautiful home state of Colorado. Why? To take an embroidery class! If you think a 4 AM flight for an embroidery class is a little… drastic, you obviously have never been to a Makerie workshop. I’ve now been to two, and I am here to tell you that Ali and Emily are nothing short of magical. Ali and Emily are like… these amazing fairies who turn everything they touch into creative, magical, special places and we should revere and/or appoint them world dictators. I would be so down to live in a dictatorship as long as it was led by Ali and Emily. That took a weird turn. Onward! 

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Photo by Teryn

This particular Makerie, the Mini Makerie, was held in my mom’s studio! In our house! I didn’t even have to put on real pants to attend! I did, but I didn’t have to, and if that’s not the dream, I don’t know what it. 

Adriana Torres - Miga de Pan

Our teacher, Adriana Torres, makes the most incredible art. She made this sampler for her daughter, and you can really get a sense of her color palette and look from it. Her embroidery is otherworldly- tiny stitches, adorable creatures, and a color palette that somehow perfectly illustrates her. Click over to her site to see more. She’s incredible. 

Adriana Torres - Crochet Elephant - Miga de Pan
Photo By Teryn

Adriana and her team make these adorable little elephants! I’m obsessed. 

Mini Makerie Color Wheel
Photo by Teryn

First things first, we gathered our color wheels. Adriana taught us all about color: hue, saturation, and brightness. This is my wheel, with all the colors and their different iterations laid out. I clearly don’t like pink. 

On day two we made a sampler and learned a dozen stitches. Since I’m already a stitcher, I knew some of them, but Adriana has a really particular way of doing them, so I feel like it was all new information. We were so busy that I didn’t get a picture of them, and Teryn wasn’t around so sadly they are lost to the wind. That’s okay though, some things don’t need to be photographed to be special. 

On the other hand, this wall in boulder begs to be shared. They painted it last summer and I finally tricked someone into taking pictures of me in front of it before we went to dinner at one of my favorite Boulder restaurants, pizzeria locale (thanks, mom!).

Mini Makerie Studio Shot
Photo by Teryn

One of the things I love most about embroidery is that it is firmly rooted in history. The first embroideries were in China during the warring states period, and the art has flourished from there. Almost every culture in the world has some sort of decorative stitching and I have so many thoughts and feelings about it. I have written multiple school papers on it. I’m not kidding. 

This is my new armadillo friend, he has weird ears but I love him anyways. #minimakerie #migadepan

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On day three we embroidered the heads and shells of this adorable little plush armadillos! How stinking cute are they?

Recap: Ali & Emily should be dictators; armadillo feet are cuter detached than on.

xo,
Whitney

 

Inkodye + Makeshift Society + Creativebug = Hearts

DSC_0514Have you ever seen a craft and thought “dang, I’d love to try that, but I’m too worried about getting a visit from the craft troll who screws up my projects and makes me scared of trying new things forever and ever?” Me too! It’s also how I used to feel about Inkodye until Monday evening! I rounded up my boyfriend and his best friend to go on a crafty friend date to learn about, and play with,the awesome photo-reactive dye (for free!). How cute are they?

Doing crafty things with my two favorite ladies. #whitagram #vsco #vscocam #crafting #inkodye

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Creativebug hosted us at the super awesome Brooklyn co-working space, Makeshift Society.  Champagne & the yummiest looking snacks greeted us when we arrived, so I knew it was going to be an awesome night no matter how our crafts worked out.  The representative from Lumi, Jessie, was super sweet. She had on the raddest floral skirt, knew her sh*t on the science side of things, and was just generally the perfect person to teach us all about Inkodye. Sadly I don’t have any pictures of her, but if her bosses are reading this, she was the best!

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This is me starting my astronaut tote bag project.

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Inkodye is so much fun you guys. The mess is super minimal if you’re even a little careful, and even though it smells a little like cat pee (because of the ammonia), it’s super super easy to work with. If you’re allergic to perfection like I am, this is the craft for you. You don’t need to be precise or deal with small pieces or anything, you just splooge on the dye, blot of the excess, lay down your pattern and off you go.

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We used UV lamps to activate the dye because our event took place at night! You can see my astronaut pattern peeking out here. The dye is activated by UV/sunlight, so the printing with it works the same as printing a photo negative- wherever the light hits will be activated, and wherever it doesn’t will stay the background color.DSC_0609

Finished product! See what I mean about perfection being overrated? I love the condensation spots (the orange bits) where the dye didn’t fully activate. The only thing you have to remember is that the dye stays photo reactive until you wash it out of your fabric, so keep it away from the sun until you wash it or else the un-developed parts will start developing and you’ll lose your pattern! Oh no!

DSC_0519Lumi hooked us UP with some takeaway kits & a free month of Creativebug classes in these cute little boxes! Thank you so much to Makeshift Society, Lumi & Creativebug for such a fun evening!

PS: I’m a Whimseybox influencer now! If you want to try some Inkodye crafts for yourself, use this link to buy your supplies, and I’ll a) love you forever, and b) get a % of that sale to put towards more awesome crafts and content for you guys!

Nesting as Procrastination

I will be done with the semester in less than two weeks (!!) and I have lots of work to do. I wish with all my might that I could tell you I’ve been working hard like the perfect student you all want me to be, but instead I have been sitting in bed dreaming about ways to  zhuzh up my room.  I have furniture– bed/desk/bookshelf/nightstand/lamps– so I’m not living in an empty room. When we moved in I intentionally kept my room pretty blah, but now we’ve lived here for four months and I have a sense of what the space feels like and how I want to use it. Here are my ideas- suggestions and recommendations welcome!

Bookshelf 

Mostly I just want a place to display the typewriter I got for Christmas last year, but my current bookshelf isn’t deep enough. Also, I don’t have all my books in NYC yet, so I don’t need a huge bookcase for my whole collection. I like the look of that blue dresser with the prints over it, so I thought I would recreate that with a bookshelf!

Bookshelf inspiration

Miscellany

These are just various things I’ve seen around the internet that I’ve taken a liking to. My love affair with gold has surprised me this fall– it makes an appearance in almost everything I pin to my Apartment Inspiration board. My crafting supplies are about to outgrow their space in my desk drawers, so they’ve got to find a new home. That ikea bar cart is a perfect size for a little craft corner (although to be completely honest I’m running out of corners!).

Wardrobe

Currently, I have under-bed storage, and all my clothes that don’t go on hangers (pants, workout clothes, socks, underwear, etc.) are in one drawer and it’s driving me nuts. I saw this Pax Hack on Domino a few weeks ago and was smitten. I’d like to keep all my makeup/jewelry/clothes that don’t go on hangers in here so I can just close the doors and be done. And put stuff I don’t need every day in the drawer (cleaning/laundry supplies).

Inspire Tuesday: Why Do We Make Things?

Inspire Tuesday: Why Do We Make Things?

I just got back to NYC from Boulder yesterday afternoon and didn’t even have time to go back to my apartment before class, which I think tells you a little about how my next two weeks are going to go. I’m missing home a lot today, so I thought I’d share one of my favorite making-related quotes. I am incredibly thankful for the weekend I had with my family in Boulder, and I am ready to kick some ass here at the end of the semester in NYC. December can be insane so don’t forget to carve out a little you-time to make something!

Liz Lemon + Family Mottos

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? I spent mine working on secret projects, watching too much Breaking Bad with the boyfriend, and doing lots and lots of school work (sometimes all three at the same time, no shame!). My embroidery has fallen by the wayside the past few months as I’ve tried my hand at some other crafts so I thought I’d share some projects I did over the summer (which seems like yesterday, but was actually MONTHS ago) and have been working on this fall.

Liz Lemon Quote Wall Hanging

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Who doesn’t love good ol’ LL? She’s been one of my favorite TV characters for a long time, and this quote is one of the shining examples of everything that’s great about her. 85% sass, 15% complete mess. Kind of like all us ladies, amirite? (If I were a stand up comedian, this is the part where you’d throw tomatoes at me.) liz lemon detail

I based my design for Liz on a bookmark my mom got me from Mates Rubbish for my birthday. I love the way her mouth & eyes turned out. Not so much her weird monster hands.

My Mom’s Favorite Saying

A good life take effort

It’s a little hard to read in the picture, but it says “A Good Life Takes Effort,” which is an idea that comes straight from my mom. This piece is a total work-in-progress, but I wanted to share it anyways because I’m pretty excited about it. The blogosphere talks a lot about “intentions” and “mindfulness” but honestly, the real good stuff only happens when you do the work. I can sometimes be pretty lazy about things I don’t want to do (like cook, and clean, and socialize), and sometimes I get upset that I’m not where I want to be, and then I have to remind myself that I am the only one who can change things. I’ll probably frame this one when it’s done and hang it right at the foot of my bed as a reminder. 

tea cup & rose closeup

I’m pretty bad a picking (and/or sticking to) color schemes for my pieces, so I just kind of let them speak to me as I go. For this, I figured the rose should be red and I liked the way the yellow looked on the polka dots. I think it turned out pretty cute, no?

tea bag closeup

How sweet is this little tea bag? All the images on this piece are iron-on pattern transfers from Sublime Stitching, either the books or the loose patterns. Iron-on patterns are my favorite way to do a piece, and I think theirs are the best around, both in quality & imagery. I highly recommend following their Instagram as an amazing source for embroidery inspiration.

Well, that’s it for me, for now folks! What have you made recently? I love to see what other people are up to! Share in the comments & have a great week, lovely!

Inspire Tuesday

Now that we’ve taken Monday to get your lives in order- let’s all get making, shall we? This week I’m working on my ongoing embroidery projects & a research project for school. Earlier today, I watched this video on Rookie and wanted to share it with all you guys as well. I know I struggle with starting projects and staring at blank paper/fabric/word documents with utter terror. It’s always nice to know that other people are right there with me.

What are you making this week? Share in the comments!