I first got into macrame when I was a teenager in the early 2000s. I spent my free time feverishly knotting hemp jewelry and accessories back in those days. This obsession landed me my first job at The Bead Monkey (RIP), a bead shop in Minneapolis. Working there was like my version of heaven. I was surrounded by colorful beads and creative older women who inspired me to pursue art as a career. I remember bringing in my embarrassing sketchbooks full of angsty drawings to work. My coworkers poured over them, sharing tips and words of encouragement.
Have you've been crafting all day and are ready to settle down for the evening? What's a maker to do but watch other artists make things! This weekend, cozy up and watch a DIY reality show! There are many new ones released in the last couple of years that are great looks into makers' minds. Get inspired from your couch!
Daily prompts and social media challenges can help kick start your art practice! Consider participating in an art-making challenge to connect with other artists, gain accountability, try out a new medium, and have fun!
Learn a simple technique to center your cross stitch projects in their hoops before stitching so you can avoid ironing!
I love this trick because you don’t need any special materials, there’s no math involved, and it saves me time so I can focus on the fun part of cross stitch, the stitching!
In this DIY, I will show you how to create tiny art, frame it in simple wooden frames, and install your artwork at an appropriate height to be viewed by tiny gallery visitors.
Shibori is the ancient art of folding and binding fabric to create patterns for dyeing with indigo. This free tutorial will teach you how to use an indigo kit, maintain an indigo dye vat, and tie-dye linen fabric for sewing. This post includes links to free shibori and sewing patterns.
Learn to paint a watermelon with watercolor! In this easy step-by-step tutorial, I cover how to paint one of my favorite summer fruits. Watercolor is fun and uncomplicated to get started; all you need is a watercolor set, a pencil, brushes, and paper.
Growing up making latch hook from big box stores, I would end up with a finished piece, but never knew what to do with it! Where do you go from there? You have hooked yarn in a cool design, but the rug canvas is starting to fray and you just really don’t know how to share the project you put a little piece of your heart into.
This tutorial offers a more approachable entrance into the world of clay. In it, I go over how to make a pinch pot from air-dry clay, how to smooth out cracks and imperfections, sealing the clay, and painting. It’s an easy way to try out sculpting without a membership to a pottery studio.
You can use baked Shrinky Dinks for many purposes, from lapel pins to earrings and ornaments. I’ll share how to make your Shrinky Dinks into an adorable keychain or lapel pin in this simple tutorial!
I learned a lot while creating my dream studio, and I feel confident that anyone could carve out room to be creative in whatever area they have.
This tutorial will show you how to transfer an original Jenny Lemons pattern to fabric using a water erasable marker. I will also teach you two different stitches: the backstitch and the lazy daisy. The backstitch is one of the most commonly used stitches for outlines, while lazy daisies are an adorable stitch used to make a quick flower.