Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

OMG! Heart Kollabora

Nov 23

Kollabora.com

Hello Kollabora.com! You new crafty website you… Hmm, what to say about this new online community slash craft site that’s kind of like a when Craftsy met PS I Made This and I Spy DIY love triangle?

1.) Somebody over there is my long lost craft twin.
2.) Fiberistas unite!
3.) Seriously though, did you make this site for me?
A.) Kraft Krush!

I first heard about it through a lovely welcome note I got in my inbox! On first glance, I liked the layout and design, visual yet minimal Pinterest-style moodboardy. M.I.A. as interpreted by Saved By The Bell font. But further exploration revealed it’s chock full of great projects and handy features for the savvy crafter.

I raided their pattern library for some great projects. Here’s just a few of my picks, take a peek, you get the idea. :) Join the Kollabora community too and share your knit love. Heck Yeah!

❤ Patterns range from Free to Pricey! Quick to Fair Isle.

❤ It’s not just for Knitting and Crochet, but also features Sewing and Jewelry! The Quad-fecta.

❤ Fun Fact: Kollabora features many knits/designs from people and places I love!! Many already featured on my site. Sister from another misterrr! I also met a bunch of the Kollabora team at this year’s Maker Faire where they had a really fun booth full of Berninas and Novelty Yarn.

❤ Bonus: Kollabora makes shopping for your project materials easy! Just click on a project you like, check the items you need, {pattern, yarn, needles}, GO! And voila, all the materials you need for that one project without having to click all over the internet (lazy fingers) for them! x.x $$$ Q.Q

Patterns In This Post:
Florence and the Machine Sweater
Novita’s Snood Dogg
Fair Isle Capelet
Greta Capelet
Halloween Origami
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OMG! Heart goes to Maker Faire 2012

Oct 08


Above photo album can also be viewed at my Imgur Gallery.

Hello, Maker Week NYC 2012!
The 3rd Annual Maker Faire just blew through town. It also happened to mark the 1st Annual “Maker Week” here in NYC! As declared by Mayor Bloomberg, September 24-30 is officially Maker Week and is an entire week dedicated to DIY science and crafts! Yay yay yay!

Finger Crochet Necklaces at Maker Faire 2012Thanks to Kollabora.com, I got the chance to go to Maker Faire this year to check what new fangled gadgets and crafts were on the menu.

We saw a cool Cupcake Man Car which was a guy driving around in a cupcake shaped car he built. Saw some butterfly bikes, the Katy Perry Unicorn complete with flaming unicorn horn, ate some gyros and shish kebab on a stick, and checked out some craft booths and stalls.

It poured buckets of tornado rain when we got there but we holed up at the Kollabora booth to wait it out. We ended up meeting some of the lovely Kollabora Team and Finger Crocheting some necklaces!

Last year at The Faire there were so many knitting, sewing, and textile booths and demos like Free Motion Quilting, Fabric Dying, Singer Co. etc. More of the fun attractions/events/booths like Craftzine machine knitting cosby sweaters, the solar sewing guy who powered his sewing machine with his bicycle, steampunky bike contraptions, super mario radio-controlled car races, and oddball independent artists were not there this year either.

Mochimochi Land Amigurumis
Needlepoint Kits by Jenny Henry Designs

This year they had less than half the textiles and crafts featured as last year. It was mainly overrun with arduino and 3D printing booths. Also, much larger name companies like ASUS were there with a Speed Build Competition and 3D graphics video games complete with special glasses. Crif Dogs was there!

And… it was about 3 times more crowded! It was jam packed and food lines were atrocious. Blecch the Rat! It felt a lot less organized in general. Perhaps it was because I went at the tail end (2pm ish) of the last day (Sunday) and missed an entirely different schedule on Saturday? On top of Maker Faire not expecting such a huge turnout? Oh well.

Top Right: Micro Amigurumi Garden Gnomes by Mochimochi Land. Each are sold in kits with everything you need to create your own.

Right: Boombox Bag and Cassette Tape Pouch in Needlepoint by Jenny Henry. Each are sold in handy Needlepoint Kits.

Bottom Right: Toasty Time Hoodies w. Mitten Pockets. Yup, they’re knitted!

Toasty Time HoodiesNotable Crafties @ The Faire
Mochimochiland.com, Mochimochi Land – Micro Amigurumi Knitting Kits
Mondaysprojects.tumblr.com, Mondays Project – Handmade Pottery
Billywolfnyc.com, Billy Wolf – Fine K-9 Coatery
Romanhills.com, Roman Hills Yarn by Lisa Roman
Loopoftheloom.com, Loop of the Loom Saori Weaving
Kollabora.com, Kollabora – Online DIY Community for Makers
Intheseam.com, In The Seam – Dog and Cat Pillows
Jennyhenrydesigns.com, Jenny Henry Designs – Needlepoint Kits
Lifewithtigers.com, Life with Tigers – Handmade Toys and Gifts
100actsofsewing.com, 100 Acts of Sewing by Sonya Philipp
Ambushbog.com, Ultra Lite Spindles – Yarn spun with cat hair! Eep!
Sprysprout.com, Spry Sprout – Geeky Kid Clothing w. comic-printed fabrics
Toastytime.com, Toasty Time – Hoodies w. Mitten Shaped Pockets
Dearsweetdarlings.etsy.com, Dear Sweet Darlings Handmade Rabbits

Kollabora Team at Maker Faire 2012What is Kollabora?
Kollabora is a new online crafting community that’s just joined the “block” party! =^..^= It’s a cross between PS I Made This, I Spy DIY, and Craftsy. It has a fresher focus IMHO featuring projects that pair classic crafts like Knitting or Sewing with edgier materials and fabrics and modern takes on those same classics with projects like Big Stitch Knitting! Where Craftsy has a more Martha Stewart feel, Kollabora might appeal more to urban hipster or fashion industry creatives. Find out all about them in my post.

Above: Lindsey, on the far right, is wearing the Bushwick Cape, a featured project on their site. It’s a classic Simplicity Sewing Pattern you can sew yourself! It’s simply matched up with a more contemporary fabric (red/black flannel check) to give it a fresher look. If you got to check out their booth, it was filled with yarn and Berninas, and mobbed by tween girls!

Read more about Maker Faire and my trip last year here:
http://www.omgheart.com/2011/09/16/maker-faire-nyc-2011/
http://www.omgheart.com/2011/09/21/omg-heart-goes-to-maker-faire/

Cupcake Guy Car!
Cupcake Guy Car @ Maker Faire

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Maker Faire NYC 2011

Sep 16

Maker Faire NYCI’m falling asleep at the wheel! Last year I missed the Maker Faire and Singer Sewing Co. was there giving demos and lots of freebies. I heard from everyone who went that it was awesome! So this year I’m going to hustle it over there. I hope it’s as good this year! In short, the Maker Faire is good stuff for science, DIY, and fiber fanatics alike. 3rd Ward is going to be there too with all their crafty sciencey fun!

What is Maker Faire? It’s a traveling carnival of sorts. A huge DIY festival. Part carnival, part science fair, part hands-on extravaganza… A whirlwind festival to make, create, learn, invent, recycle, play and be inspired. We’ll be there with a Member Showcase and 3rd Ward Education Demos and workshops. DIY topics include photo-etching, patinas, microphone-making, bicycle sculpture, stop-motion animation, making furniture with cardboard and much, much more. Maker Faire is all that and more, as thousands of people gather to make, do, and play with the amazing things around us. –3rd Ward

Check out my photos from Maker Faire at OMG! Heart goes to Maker Faire. :)

Who Will Be There:
~ Purl Soho will be there with an Easy Knitting booth.
~ Learn about Free Motion Quilting & Embroidery
~ Learn How to Sew a Skirt in One Hour by Brett Bara
~ Knot By Gran’ma will be there with her wacky crochet Art Monsters
~ Loop of the Loom will be there to demonstrate some hand-weaving
~ The National Needle Arts Association will be there teaching crochet, cross-stitch, knit, or needlepoint. You will receive free supplies with every lesson!

Hall of Science, Queens, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY

Another bonus is it’s at the Hall of Science. A fun little place that’s shaped like a weird spiral. It’s been there since I was little. This science pavilion was built for the 1964 World’s Fair. It’s in Flushing Meadow Corona Park where the US Open is held at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the giant globe.

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iPhone & Cross Stitch Fun!

Jul 13

DIY iPhone Cover Kit by Connect Design

DIY iPhone Cover Kit by Connect Design

For all you crafty Sewers slash Do-It-Yourselfers here is a lovely and fun way to dress up your iPhone! iPhone posts are few and far between on my blog but this one was adorably cute and interactive. Here is a nice little cross-stitch kit you can buy to make yourself an iPhone 4 case! The kit includes the cover itself and a few designs to choose from but it looks like you can customize it any way you’d like! A fun little needlepoint project for those who would like to try Cross-Stitch. So check it out! Get your cross-stitching on and have a lovely new case for your iPhone! Kit $18 USD. Needle Arts FTW!!

Some other nerdy fun + cross stitch here on Sprite Stitch. A community of people dedicated to handmade arts and crafts with themes centered around the video game industry. Check out their Super Marios!

Thanks John for sending this in.

DIY iPhone Case by Connect Design

Update: Apr 13, 2012 – Purl Bee has a lovely post featuring this iphone case! See their Sweet Stitching blog post for more info! They’re also selling the Leese Design iPhone 4 & 4S Cross-Stitch Case on their website! Price $24.20

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DIY: Fabric & Yarn

Dec 04

How much more do-it-yourself can knitting, crocheting, and sewing your own things get? By making your own yarn or fabric! But how without learning a whole new discipline for each? Well think about resurrecting some old yarn or fabric for some truly Do-It-Yourself Do-It-Yourself. A great economical and eco-friendly way to save too!

2 Ways for DIY Fabric
Save all old clothes, linens, curtains, etc. Perhaps these fabrics or textiles can be used for sample garments or muslins, a bunch of small zippered pouches or wallets. Or for quilting. I know I have a sea of denim that would be better put to good use than thrown out or donated.

Shop thrift shops, Good Will, or Salvation Army for large-sized garments that can be cut down to harvest their fabrics. You may find that there are many vintage pattern gems to be found and for beyond cheap to boot! Very economical especially if you are experimenting with ideas and techniques. Also great for making sample garments, just look for garments made out of materials that most closely match the final garment you’d like to create.

2 Ways for DIY Yarn
Make some T-Shirt Yarn as seen here from some old t-shirts for some unique projects like braided, knit, or crochet belts, necklaces, and accessories. Great for re-dyeing! New Dress A Day has a nice video tutorial on dyeing fabric.

Buy a sweater at a thrift store to salvage the yarn. Harvesting this yarn will require patient unraveling and soaking in lukewarm water to smooth out the yarn. Drying, then re-winding CraftStylish has a nice write-up on this. With very detailed steps in how to go about unraveling. Neauveau.com also a nice tutorial. More on harvesting yarn here on Re-Nest.com that includes choosing the right sweater and looking for wool rather than synthetics.

Tips!
Shop it up! Keep your eyes peeled for good thrift shops in your area. The dingier the better because you are looking for cheap prices and large-sized garments less likely to be found in more hipster-style vintage shops. A great way to “shop” without feeling guilty considering you’ll be recycling old garments while supporting your hobby!

Save your scraps! Not for quilting but for swatches. I like to save a swatch of each fabric or yarn in a fabric or yarn book for swatches. Or keep them with your pattern notes. Be sure to include handy information like the manufacturer and pattern or yarn weight and color code. And of course the material or fiber content!

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DIY: T-Shirt Yarn

Nov 07

Get your rotary cutters out for some rotary cutting practice! I saw this nifty posting on how to turn an old t-shirt into some unique yarn! From Fuck Yeah Craft!

Tshirt Yarn

Visit the Fuck Yeah Craft! website for a step-by-step tutorial on how to create approx. 20-30 yards of “yarn” from an old t-shirt, a rotary cutter, quilting ruler, and a self-healing mat. It’s a great way to re-use old t-shirts. Perhaps even re-dye them to suit your needs.

Note: I started saving all my old clothes, linens, etc ever since I started getting interested in sewing. I have a ton of old denim I’m looking to do something with. Perhaps lots of little zippered pouches for Christmas. So save all your old clothes, linens, etc. to recycle them into new things! Especially, great if you’d like to practice some projects just for fun.

Update: The tutorial linked above seems to be down. But here is another very similar one until I can get my tutorial up. http://hautemacabre.com/2009/10/diy-upcycled-t-shirt-scarf/

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