‘Design*Sponge’

Soaking up the Design*Sponge

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Last month we had a fantastic kick off to our fall season of Handmade Crafternoons at the NYPL.

To celebrate the launch of her new and totally swoon-worthy book, Design*Sponge at Home, Grace Bonney (pictured above chatting with a lady in red) showed our guests how to make handmade stamps for printing on fabric.

She and her Design*Sponge colleague Amy Azzarito donated tons of amazing supplies to the event, from the foam for making the sponges to gorgeous colors of fabric paint. They also brought a bunch of lovely templates for guests to use when creating their masterpieces.

It was a totally packed house, and as always, our amazing crafters created an inspiring variety of designs.

These pretty pachyderms were drawn by a guest.

Another clever attendee created this pastoral scene with stamps from the design*sponge templates.

This sweet tote used the same stamp first with white fabric paint, then with yellow, creating a very subtle effect.

I want these napkins!!!

Below is another example of same stamp, different color effect. I love the way it looks, especially with those fresh colors.

It was a group of very happy crafters. Many thanks to Grace and Amy to kicking off their book tour at Handmade Crafternoon.

This Saturday from 2-4pm, we’re having our second Handmade Crafternoon of the Fall. We will welcome knit and crochet designer Lisa Daehlin who will show us some simple techniques for making knitted and crocheted lace.

We’ll have some supplies, but if you have the following please bring: DK or heavier weight yarn, a size G or H crochet hook, size 50 knitting needles, and a hairpin loom. ¬†And my wonderful co-host Jessica Pigza will bring a fabulous selection of books on lace from the New York Public Library‘s collection. The event is free as always, but reservations are welcome. To reserve your spot, please write to handmade@nypl.org with your name and the date of this event. Hope to see you at the Library!

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Fall in the House of Craft

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Saturday’s Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL was a huge success! It was a joy to meet Grace Bonney and help her celebrate the release of Design*Sponge at Home, her first (and truly inspiring) book, featuring the best of the best of design*sponge!I’ll do a proper recap asap, I promise.

This weekend I’m doing a demo at Maker Faire in NY on Sunday at 1pm! I’ll be demoing ideas for handmade party decor. It’s going to be a blast. Maker Faire is the COOLEST, I swear. If you didn’t go last year, you missed out. Hope to see you this weekend!

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Crafternoon Hits San Francisco

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Boy do I love San Francisco. I’m not the first one who left another little piece of my heart there, and there’s no way I’m the last.

The first Crafternoon at the San Francisco Public Library was a tremendous success. On Saturday, August 27th at Presidio Branch I kicked off the Crafternoon series, West Coast library style, showing folks how to create collages and decoupage.

An incredible amount of gorgeous craft supplies were generously donated by EK Success Brands. Here are just some of the lovely things they donated to the series, which will be used at all of the future events. EK Success set the library up so that the Crafternoon at the SFPL series is sure to achieve handmade greatness!


The space at the library is perfect for this series – bright, sunny and brand spanking new! And we had a fantastic turnout of family and friends, ready to craft and chat.

People dove right into the decoupaging, creating all kinds of beautiful pieces.

I was absolutely thrilled with every aspect of the event. It took a lot of coordinating and brainstorming, and all of the effort really paid off. I’d like to thank all of the good people at the San Francisco Public Library who made it happen: Christy Estrovitz, Rosie Merlin, and especially Megan Anderson, the Presidio Branch manager pictured below.

Megan brought a diverse selection of craft books to the event, and had a laptop with her so that any attendee with a library card could check books out directly from her. And for those folks who didn’t have a library card, she was able to sign them up on the spot!

The next SFPL Crafternoon event will take place in October. Please check the Presidio Branch site for details closer to the date.

As for me, I’m back in NYC, ready for this Saturday’s Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL. We’ll be celebrating the release of Design*Sponge at Home, the first book by design*sponge, which is out today! Hope to get crafty with you soon.

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