July Lookbook // 2021
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Make Ornaments with Polymer Clay and TransfersFaheema Chaudhury
Learn polymer clay basics while creating a thoughtful and inventive ornament with artist and clay enthusiast Faheema Chaudhury of Unicorn Crafts. Begin by mixing a custom color as you condition the clay, then use classic cookie cutters to make holiday shapes. You’ll explore the possibilities of personalization as Faheema demonstrates how to select and print a custom design and adhere to your ornament. Finish your ornament by sanding and glazing, creating a holiday gift or adornment to use for years to come.
Celebrate the Season: A Daily Holiday Painting PracticeMaria Carluccio
Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with artist, author, and teacher Maria Carluccio while she guides you through her colorful and whimsical world of watercolor. Each prompt you paint will feel like opening a new gift each day. In this daily practice, Maria helps build your confidence with watercolor and reminds you that painting is like a conversation that you and your watercolor have with each other. Learn how to a create complete compositions with very simple shapes, use your sketch as a reference rather than painting directly on top of it, add details with ink and colored pencil, and imagine traditional holiday themes in charming and unexpected ways. Sled down a giant book, hang twinkle lights on an elephant, and find out who has been stealing all the candy canes.
Embroidered Snowflake OrnamentsRebecca Ringquist
Need a sweet little project to stitch up over a steaming cup of cocoa? Rebecca Ringquist has the prefect thing! Her newest embroidery sampler includes four snowflake panels to be embroidered by hand and then when complete, you can sew them into four festive holiday ornaments, perhaps with customized messages of love on the back. Rebecca will demonstrate how to set yourself up for success, including how to transfer the design from a PDF. Then you can stitch along with her using the back stitch, filled back stitch, chain stitch and couching, or treat the sampler like a coloring book and choose your own stitches to suit your fancy. Top it off with a sequin for some extra sparkle.
Marbled Gift WrappingsMercedez Rex
Once you've been marbling for a while, you may have amassed a bunch of prints you aren't sure what to do with. Or maybe you someone who loves to add that personal touch of handmade to everything you do. Either way, this celebration-focused class demonstrates how to jazz up your gifts with colorful, unique wrappings. Surface designer Mercedez Rex leads you thorough how to reuse your previously marbled papers as wrapping paper and envelope liners, then how to marble ribbon, gift tags, and balsa wood ornaments in festive jewel tones.
Woven Paper StarDawn M. Cardona
Create a beautiful, dimensional, woven paper star using paper strips. Lightweight and airy, this star adds a delicate, geometric presence and can be hung as an ornament, garland, or as paper artist Dawn M. Cardona will show you, string a few together to make a unique door hanger. In this class you will also learn how to customize using hand painted papers and alter the size of your stars so that they can be adapted for any occasion.
Crochet a Wild Animal RugTwinkie Chan
Take your crochet skills on a wild adventure and decorate your home with a menagerie of cozy, crocheted animal rugs. Crochet designer and author Twinkie Chan teaches how to make three different animals, all worked in rows and mainly in half double crochet. You'll use big yarn and a large hook, so these big projects go a bit faster than you might think. Start with the bear, which is the most basic pattern, and see how increasing and decreasing your stitch count can create shapes. The tiger rug is a very similar pattern with the fun addition of color changes, lots of eye-catching applique, and discovering how to create a curved tail. For the crocodile rug, you'll incorporate lumpy bumpy popcorn stitches which create extra fun texture - plus lots of pointy claws and pointy teeth. With modular construction, it's easy to experiment with your own patterns, shapes, and colors to create tons of different animals from real life or your imagination.
Botanical Boughs for All SeasonsCobrina
Looking for a bit of seasonal foliage to greet you at your front door? In this class, Cobrina of Creativebug shows you how using fresh, dried, or faux leaves and flowers can create a simple bough for your door or anywhere in your home. She demonstrates two of her favorite ways to hang these lovely sprigs - a simple upside-down bouquet hung by a ribbon, as well as one that uses branches to make a triangle shape, creating a more modern feel. Whether you collect foliage from the outdoors or want to use a beautifully fading bouquet, these botanical boughs are easy to update and refresh throughout the seasons.
Toe-Up Crocheted Socks in the RoundCal Patch
Crochet a custom-fit pair of one-of-a-kind socks with clothing designer, author, and teacher Cal Patch. This class covers the very basics of how to crochet a sock in the round with single crochet. The sock is worked from a recipe-style pattern, requiring either measurements of the wearer's foot or trying it on as you go. Cal shows you how to properly measure your foot and get all the correct measurements. She also designed this sock with easily replaceable heels and toes, which are the parts that tend to wear out more quickly. Play with different colors on different sections of your socks, and you can even use whatever weight of yarn you want for a thinner or thicker fabric. Learn everything that you need to choose your own sock adventure.
Eco-Friendly Giftwrap IdeasCourtney Cerruti
Any gift can be elevated with a thoughtful presentation. Artist, educator, and gift-wrap authority Courtney Cerruti share some of her favorite wrapping and trimming techniques with an eye on eco-friendly combinations and elements. Learn furoshiki-inspired ways to enclose presents with fabrics, and use and reuse things you have at home to create beautifully wrapped gifts that are nearly too pretty to open. For additional classes using the furoshiki technique, see Megumi Inouye's Wine Wrap and Tin Wrapping classes.
Salt Dough OrnamentsCourtney Cerruti
Salt dough ornaments have a rustic elegance and can easily be made with common kitchen ingredients. Courtney Cerruti teaches you her favorite recipe for this perfect holiday home activity. These simple "cookie" ornaments can be hung on the tree, strung together with greens for a mantle display, used on a wreath or placed atop a package. Leave them plain for a homespun look, or decorate with paint for a customized palette.
Knotted Pantry BagCobrina
Clear up some counter space while adding texture and style to any corner of your kitchen with these knotted pantry bags. In this class, Creativebug Artist Coach, Cobrina demonstrates making these in two sizes - a bag from cotton rope that is superb for onions, avocados or large citrus, and a small twine bag best suited for garlic, shallots or limes. Both versions show off the beauty of simple macrame knots. She shows you the Half Knot which is the building block knot for so many others, and when repeated, the Half Knot creates lots of fun iterations such as the Square Knot, the Spiral, and Solomon Bar. Finally, use the whipping knot to gather all your cords together for a neat finish.
Make Beeswax Celebration CandlesCobrina
The soft light of a candle has a way of setting up an idyllic atmosphere for celebration or contemplation. That feeling is even more profound when the glow of that candle is one you have made yourself. This class covers three variations of small, handmade beeswax candles. Cobrina of Creativebug demonstrates how to roll celebration candles from sheet beeswax, some best for sticking in a cupcake and others for a candleholder, such as a menorah. Next, learn how to melt beeswax and dip small double-sided tapers layered with colors from a crayon. If you choose to make both candle types, you can then use the leftovers to make a votive.
Fabric Scrap OrnamentsCourtney Cerruti
If you're an avid sewist, your sewing table and floor are likely littered with little bits of fabric and thread. Artist and crafter extraordinaire Courtney Cerruti shows you how to use those tiny trimmings to create a new sheet of "scrap fabric" that can be turned into patchwork-like ornaments for any celebration. Ideal for a holiday tree, a tablescape, or adorning a package, these ornaments are a charming way to use up every last bit your very favorite fabric.
Creativity Through Marbling: An IntroductionMercedez Rex
Join Austin-based textile artist Mercedez Rex for creative play exploring the art of water marbling. This ancient monoprinting process involves floating pigment on the surface of thickened water to create patterns which can then be transferred onto paper or fabric. This foundational class will cover the tools you will need and the basics of your set up. Learn classic historical patterns before diving into joyful experimentation using basic techniques of manipulating paints on the surface of a water bath.
Hand-Stitched Needle CaseHeidi Parkes
This sweet, little needle case comes together super quickly all while teaching you the fundamental elements of quilting. Milwaukee artist and quilter Heidi Parkes demonstrates how to stitch up an easy, playful case for needles and pins that is essentially a mini quilt folded in half with a snap. Teaching three basic stitches and three knots, this hand-sewn case exhibits customizable applique and makes a delightful gift to send through the mail to fellow stitchers.
Draft and Sew a Pair of Pajama PantsSanae Ishida
Make yourself the coziest pajama bottoms and learn how to draft a pattern at the same time. The benefit of drafting your own patterns is that you are guaranteed the best fit for your unique body. Sanae Ishida - author, illustrator, and maker of many things - shows you how to begin with a lower body sloper (which you can make in this class) or a pair of close-fitting woven pants, and draft your pattern to your specifications. Then you'll learn how to cut your fabric, seam your pants together, and add an elastic waistband. The sewing skills for these pajama bottoms are beginner-friendly, and you'll enjoy making and wearing this quick and satisfying project.
Draft and Sew a Lower Body Sloper and MuslinSanae Ishida
If you’re curious about making your own clothes, a sloper (also known as a "block") is an excellent place to start. This 2D rendering of your 3D body can serve as a base for pants, skirts, and other lower-body garments. Author, illustrator, and sewist Sanae Ishida believes that making well-fitting clothing is an act of empowering self-love, and no project is more customized than one made with a pattern using your own unique proportions. Learn how to take lower body measurements, draft front and back slopers, and check the fit of the slopers by sewing a muslin. With her thorough, thoughtful guidance, Sanae aims to guide you to understanding and accepting your amazing human shape.
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