CRAFTERNOON BLOG

For the Love of Festive Garlands

Time flies when it’s summertime. I can hardly believe it was way back in May that Jennifer Paganelli was our guest at Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library. Jennifer, pictured below with a show-stopping suitcase of her own design, is a ball of non-stop crafty energy. Her good vibrations are completely contagious.

Not only is Jennifer a successful fabric designer, she is also the author of two inspiring craft books, Happy Home and Girl’s World. She shared her vision for creating a joyful party environment in your home with a number of different materials. She is very resourceful, and she makes use of everything from vintage fabrics and old wallpaper to groovy beads like the ones that Greg Brady used to create the entrance to his attic bedroom on The Brady Bunch.

Her delightful assistant Madeline showed off some shiny happy garlands made with origami paper. The garland below features fabric that has been sewn onto heavy paper with a sewing machine.

All of our crafters had a great time playing with the different materials and techniques. This crafter was cutting out circles from a modern green and purple fabric for use in her own garland creation.

My sweet sister-in-law, Emmy, made the foundation of a garland. She added even more elements to it when she got home, but even the beginning of the garland looks primed for a party.

The lovely Leigh, our steadfast and cheerful volunteer, made a really rad, sculptural looking paper piece.

My bro Andy came and showed his support for all things Handmade. I love the fact that he is one of our regulars – it’s so nice to have dudes in the room, especially when they have a great sense of humor like he does. And my mom, another loyal volunteer and craft genius, was there to help as always.

Many thanks to the wonderful Jessica Pigza for being the librarian co-hostess with the absolute most-est. I am thrilled to mention that Jessica will be writing a book tentatively entitled “Handmade at the Library” for the incredible STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books.  I know she is going to write a book that will be a crucial resource for crafters the world over. I can’t wait to read it!

Thanks as always to the New York Public Library for letting us craft in their amazing building and make use of their good people for our crafty good times. Please consider making a donation to the library, as budgets are being slashed citywide and the city needs the help of all good citizens. Where would we be without our libraries? I shudder to think.

And finally, thanks to our wonderful community of crafters that make Handmade Crafternoon the elevating experience that it is. I am so grateful to know all of you, and I look forward to seeing you in the fall!

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