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Suzanne Golden, Just for Kicks

March 28, 2013, 15:45 pm  Posted by Nathalie Mornu
 

Pretty early in the process of producing Suzanne Golden Presents, I learned that Suzanne is kuh-razy about footwear. (No surprise, you’ll spot bead-encrusted shoes in the book—those would be by artists Nick Cave, Tom and Kathy Wegman, and Marina Dempster, who all make other types of art as well.) To celebrate the book’s release, I asked Suzanne to share with us 4 or 5 pairs of her current favorite kicks. (All photos courtesy of Suzanne herself.)

Shoe by Simone Rochas

Shoe by Givenchy

Shoe by Prada

Shoes by Calvin Klein

Another shoe by Simone Rochas

Click here to check out Suzanne Golden’s website and view her extraordinary beadwork.

Read my previous post about Suzanne here.

Suzanne Golden Presents features artwork by, and interviews with, 36 trailblazing bead artists from around the globe, with all content curated by Suzanne Golden. It’s currently on deep, deep discount online at a ridiculously low price—less than $5!—so order your copy before the price goes back up.

 
 
 
 
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It’s spring…. and that means it’s also mushroom season! I don’t know about you, but I think there’s something cosmic about the combination of crafts and mushrooms. In my humble opinion, shrooms are the perfect sweet nod to the 70s craft aesthetic, filled to the gills with cute personality, and belong on just about anything homemade. Do you remember when you first fell in love with them? I actually do: page 124, Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection, care of the fabulously talented Aimee Ray. Aimee’s love affair with mushrooms is well-chronicled in her three Doodle Stitching books, something that makes me very, very happy. And we’re sharing the love here: three mushroom-themed motifs you can stitch anywhere!


Download these motifs here, here, and here – all from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection.

 

 
 
 
 
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The Art of Hand Lettering

March 22, 2013, 14:54 pm  Posted by Julie
 

Re-envisioning the alphabet: In Jenny Doh’s Creative Lettering: Techniques & Tips from Top Artists, 16 designers offer their ingenious interpretations of the 26 little symbols we rely upon so heavily each day. Along with original, hand-drawn alphabets, they share creative exercises, inspirations, and advice—everything you need to know (from A to Z!) about the art of hand lettering.

R by Flora Chang

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The Zero-Budget Urban Garden

March 21, 2013, 20:45 pm  Posted by Becky
 

Start slow and small!

 

Today I would like to share with you some inexpensive DIY garden projects, some of which I have done, and some others that I aspire to do! I will share our highly functional—if a bit ugly—wooden pallet garden beds, a home made screen door, a soda bottle “cold frame,” outdoor Mod Podge ideas, a little inspiration for beautifying a low-budget-small-space garden, and a few free projects from our book Eco Craft by Susan Wasinger!

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Suzanne Golden Works It!

March 21, 2013, 13:27 pm  Posted by Nathalie Mornu
 

You probably know that the incredibly cool book Suzanne Golden Presents releases in stores in roughly 10 days. Yaaaaay! In honor of Suzanne and her book, I’ll be posting Q&As with her for the next few weeks.

 

Nathalie We’ve worked together on this book for more than a year, and between all our emails and phone calls, I’ve gotten to know you a little bit. So I’m aware that you work out with some frequency and that your gym is currently featuring you in its advertisements, which are appearing both in magazines and across New York City. What, currently, are your favorite songs to work out to?

Suzanne I don’t work out by myself—I’m always in a class and listen to what the teacher plays.

  • Give Me Everything, by Pitt Bull with Ne-Yo

    Double vision: Suzanne next to a phone booth displaying an advertisement for her gym.

  • Crazy In Love, by Beyonce
  • Just Can’t Get Enough, by The Black Eyed Peas
  • Rolling in the Deep, by Adele
  • Knock on Wood, by Ami Stewart
  • Rain Over Me, by Pitt Bull featuring Marc Anthony
  • Take It Off, by Ke$ha
  • Grenade, by Bruno Mars
  • S&M, by Rihanna
  • New Divide, by Linkin Park

 

Click here to check out Suzanne Golden’s website and view her extraordinary beadwork.

 

Suzanne Golden Presents features artwork by, and interviews with, 36 trailblazing bead artists from around the globe, with all content curated by Suzanne Golden. It’s currently on deep, deep discount online at a ridiculously low price—less than $5!—so order your copy before the price goes back up.

 
 
 
 
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Aimee Ray is a busy woman. Along with chasing after her small son, who is just learning to walk, she’s constantly filling her ever-present sketchbook with doodles and ideas for her next embroidery projects. “Many of my quick, random doodles turn into embroidery designs,” says Aimee. “I like the idea that a little drawing done in seconds can result in a detailed piece of artwork that takes hours or days to complete. My head is always full of ideas—picking one at a time to work on can be challenging!”

Aimee’s latest Doodle Stitching book, Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond, features all sorts of cool techniques such as crewel, sashiko and shisha, and redwork, which are paired with over 20 beautiful projects. “I think embroidery is a perfect choice of medium because it is so versatile and offers so many possibilities,” Aimee continues. “The more we develop those possibilities and share them, the more people will realize how fun it is.”

Snow White, Rose Red Fleece Scarf

Read on to learn more about Aimee and her unique style of embroidery. And don’t forget to order your copy of Doodle Stitching: Embroidery & Beyond from BN.com or pick up a copy at your favorite local bookstore!

Aimee, what got you started in embroidery? What do you like best about it?

Fair Isle Doll Skirt

Embroidery is so easy to learn; I first picked it up when I was about 5 years old and my grandma would bring me samplers to stitch on. It is the perfect way to bring any idea or sketch to life with thread and fabric. There are no charts or diagrams and no set rules—it can be as simple as a line drawing, or very complex and detailed with lots of different stitches and textures. I am very much a “make it up as I go along” type of person, so freestyle hand embroidery is perfect for my projects.

I think I like embroidery work so much because it’s so different from the computer design work I do all day, but still a great creative outlet. There is something primitive and relaxing about stitching something by hand, and the result is very special and unique, quite different from the mass-produced items we see so much of.

What is the quirkiest thing you’ve ever embroidered?

One of the first things I embroidered when I started stitching my own designs was a sketch I had done from a line in a Weird Al Yankovic song, “The Incredible Frog Boy is on the loose again.”

Canvas Cuckoo Clock

Have you ever had any embroidery/craft fails? Tell us about it.

 

Oh yes, I love to dabble in new things, so I’ve started many projects that never go finished, or at least never appeared before anyone else. If I screw up an embroidery piece I’m working on, I’m not afraid to rip out my stitches and start again.

What do you like to do when you’re not embroidering?

I really love anything creative, and when I have time, I paint, crochet, sculpt things out of paperclay, and customize dolls. Most of my time, though, is taken by my baby son who is just starting to walk and is quite a handful!

Is anyone else in your family crafty?   

My crafty mom, aunties, and grandmas have always been a big inspiration and encouragement to me in everything I do.

What has been your proudest craft moment so far?

I was so excited when my first Doodle Stitching book came out—it was amazing to see it out in the world! Since then, I am always thrilled every time I hear from people who enjoy my work. I am so proud to be an inspiration to so many happy stitchers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Etsy Finds – Colorful Spring Quilts

March 19, 2013, 16:18 pm  Posted by Beth Sweet
 

I don’t know about you, but I’m sort of over this whole gray late winter thing. We haven’t even had a hard winter here in the mountains of Western North Carolina, but there’s just no escaping the fact that we’ve been without leaves and blossoms and brightness for quite some time now, and I’m ready for spring. Real Spring. The blooming, chirping, breezy, riot-of-color Spring.

So, to speed things along and welcome in Spring, I decided to gather an eye-full of pretty, springy, colorful quilts, perfect for brightening up even the grayest of late winter days. From delicate tiny patchwork blocks to pleasing geometric squares to an oh-so-dear ring of bunnies, these quilts and their makers sure are springy and lovely.

Thanks to the Etsy folks who create such pretty quilts!

And let’s hear it for spring, which officially begins tomorrow! (Artist, shop, and link info below)

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My Song Quilt Pattern :: fortheloveofjoy

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Stepping Star Quilt Pattern :: sweetjane

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Honey Bunny Appliqué Quilt Pattern :: JoAnnHoffmanDesigns

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Golden Spring Pin-dot Patchwork Tutorial Kit :: appleturnovershop

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St. Patty’s Day finds: Green Necklaces on Etsy

March 15, 2013, 14:46 pm  Posted by Beth Sweet
 

When it comes to Saint Patrick’s Day, there’s a pretty clear theme: GREEN. Green everything! Lucky green socks, green shamrock glasses, green everything-you-wear, green food, green beer, green green green. (One more for good luck: green!)

In the festive spirit of St. Patty’s Day and its green, green theme, I took a stroll through Etsy and feasted my eyes on these lovely necklaces. From a pale, delicate seafoam to a deep, forest pine, there’s quite a beautiful spectrum of greens to be found, and these pretty accessories truly capture a variety of styles, textures, shapes, and personalities.

Thank you to the Etsy sellers mentioned below for sharing these charming green necklaces, and Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to you all!

 

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Apple Green Wooden Bead Necklace :: JullMade

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Chunky Green Necklace :: stavroula

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Spring Fling Howlite Bead Necklace :: ZolieDesigns

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Share Your Art with Our Community!

March 14, 2013, 01:00 am  Posted by Becky
 

 

To celebrate the publication of Creative Lettering this month, we’re throwing a party right here on our blog, and you’re invited! This delightful book is full of lettering projects, ideas, and tips from 16 artists, but we’d like to bring more artists into the fold. We want to see what lettering work you’ve been creating. Maybe you’ve done a painting or drawing that incorporates lettering, or quilled paper letters, or lettering on ceramic, or collage letters decoupaged onto a pair of old fishing waders. Whatever it is, we hope you’ll share it with us. Please help us show your wonderful work to our community by posting a link to your online images in the comments section below on or before March 31st, and we will enter you in a drawing to win a copy of Creative Lettering, plus we might feature you and your work in a blog post next month*. We look forward to seeing all your beautiful work!

*As with all of our blog posts in which we feature artists and crafters, we will (of course) credit you in the post and link to your online store, blog, or Facebook page.

 

 
 
 
 
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The Art of Hand Lettering

March 13, 2013, 08:15 am  Posted by Linda
 

In this increasingly fast-paced world where thoughts are communicated in abbreviated text and then transmitted and received in nano seconds, I’m heartened to see a renewed interest in hand lettering. Putting pen to paper is a good way to slow down and really consider what message you want to impart—whether to others or just yourself. Hand lettering nourishes both the creative and intellectual parts of our beings and the beauty of it is that anyone can do it. Whether you scribble, print, or write in flowing script, you’re already hand lettering—it’s simple to take it a step further. Creative Lettering:Techniques & Tips from Top Artists, a just-released title, encourages readers to explore the possibilities…

 

 

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