Posts Tagged: fabric

NEW :: Block Printing on Textiles Workshop at Got Craft?

BlockPrintingblockprinting bag high resJoin Heather Young from The Craft Lab for a three hour textile block printing workshop. Using simple tools, students will learn how to carve printing blocks and transfer the designs onto fabrics. Repeat techniques for half drop, half brick, centered and mirror will be covered. Play with the immediate and versatile technique and build up a variety of patterns. At the end of the workshop students will have sample patterns to take home and a completed print on a cotton drawstring bag. Novice and experienced makers welcome. The fee includes all tools and fabrics as well as a cotton drawstring bag.

Students will make:
* A lino cut stamp
* A string stamp
* 10 print samples
* A finished textile design on a drawstring cotton bag

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This workshop takes place at:
Got Craft?
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (at Victoria Drive)

Cost: $60.00 plus tax (includes $20 material fee and entry to Got Craft?)

REGISTER online >> here << or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

Space is limited to 12 students. Advance registration required.

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Heather Young is the founder of The Craft Lab. She has an extensive background in clothing & textile design spanning twenty years. She completed a fashion design degree from LaSalle College in Montreal and returned to her native Vancouver to begin the clothing line Dust. She designed and sold the woman’s line to stores in New York, Montreal, Tokyo and Vancouver. In 2013 Heather completed a Masters of Fashion and Textiles from the Glasgow School of Art specializing in textile design using natural dyes. Her interests lie in sustainability and fashion, design process and building community through making. She has been teaching in fashion schools since 2006.

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shop crush :: Jess Quinn Small Art

JessQuinnSmallArt1JessQuinnSmallArt2JessQuinnSmallArt3JessQuinnSmallArt4I was searching for egg cups on Etsy this morning and came across Jess Quinn Small Art. Using fabric, paint, and clay; she creates original works of art, handcrafted gifts, and small accessories for the home.

“Welcome to my shop, I am Jess Quinn and this is a collection of my own designs, made by myself, I draw, sculpt, sew and paint. I love using a variety of materials, The collection is fluid, always developing, most items are one of a kind, I hope you enjoy my creations as much as I have enjoyed making them.”

See more here: blog | etsy shop

gcuk :: sneak peeks :: justine ellis

Justine Ellis is a South London based artist that makes original designs that have been hand screen-printed using environmentally friendly, water based inks and printing on a variety of surfaces including fabric, paper, and wood.

Meet Justine and see her amazing work at Got Craft? London on Sunday, November 27th, 2011 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at the Tooting Tram and Social. You can also find her here: website | etsy | twitter

featured artist :: smidgebox designs

from the archives: 22.02.10

name: Lesley Stenning
company: smidgebox designs
links: blog | flickr | shop

What do you make?
I sew handmade this + that. I know that sounds like a pretty broad term, but that’s the best way for me to sum up what I make!!

I make fun tote bags and fabric buckets for adults and for children. I make many different accessories for babies + tots, including cloth play blocks, wee chef apron sets, and cozy blankets. Many of my items can be personalized with a child’s name or initials. I am also planning a line of housewares which I hope to introduce fairly early in the new year.

What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things. We’re pretty lucky to be surrounded by some amazing scenery here in Vancouver, and I find the colours of the seasons very inspiring. My family is a great source of inspiration. My two kids are super fun and energetic, and watching them learn and grow inspires me to make new, fun things for children. My husband is an incredible artist, and i love seeing the new art that he produces, kind of keeps me on my toes! Finally, I’m inspired by the amazing fabrics that I choose. The vast array of colours + designs are amazing, and I love mixing patterns in different and unexpected ways.

How did you get started?
Well, I’ve always been a creative person. I’ve loved drawing for as long as I can remember, and my mom taught me to sew when I was quite young. I always took art class in school, and also loved woodwork and pottery. Working with my hands is essential. After a few false starts in my post secondary education, I ended up taking an architectural drafting program at BCIT, and fell in love with the detailed and technical side of art. I worked in the industry for a couple years before I had children. When my son was born almost 5 years ago, I stopped working for others and turned my creativity back to myself. I started off making greeting cards and tags out of cut paper, combining collage and paper quilling. i loved doing that, but it was rather time intensive. I bought my first sewing machine when my son was about 1, and I haven’t looked back. Someday I hope to introduce a stationery + paper goods division to smidgebox designs, but for now, sewing is keeping me very busy!!

What are your favourite materials to work with?
I am a self-professed fabric addict. I can still remember when I first discovered the world of designer cottons online, and I was instantly hooked. I have a pretty healthy stash going on, and it’s all I can do not to buy more and more. I love mixing fun designer cottons + japanese import fabrics with denim + wool felt.

What is the hardest and favourite part of crafting?
The hardest part for me at the moment is that I have way too many ideas and designs floating in my head, and yet I haven’t even got a fraction of the time I’d need to pump it all out. I love being able to be at home with my kids, and am trying to enjoy every moment of that before they are both off to school. Time sure flies. My favourite part of the crafting process is seeing a final product realized in my hands. But the best feeling has got to be getting wonderful feedback from a super happy customer, or seeing people’s faces light up when they receive one of my items as a gift for their baby or for themselves. That is pretty great.

i love :: thief and bandit


Originally from Canada, Amie Cunningham is a wood carver, designer and artist now living in Richmond, VA. Using hand printed fabrics, these handmade bracelets by thief & bandit remind me of a modern and grown-up version of a friendship bracelet. You can read her featured seller interview with Etsy here or check out her shop here.

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