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Recommended Blogs: Jenny Hart Gives Venus Zine Tips on Crafting a Business

Jenny Hart, the wonderful embroidery-artist who did a special piece for The Storque on local needlework shops, is doing a regular column on Crafting a Business on Venus Zine.  We thought you might be interested! Venus Zine is a Chicago-based magazine publication and blog with a focus on “women in music, art, film, fashion, and…

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Mixen Dixon shows you three things you can do with a blower

Mixen Dixon, from the Seattle art collective Majestica, shows you three fun things you can do with a blower (or shopvac).  Create your own foam party, confetti cannon and sky guy!  Watch the Video Step into an alternate universe and experience it through Mixen Dixon’s eyes…     Check out www.majesticsituation.com for updates on their…

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The Kids are Doin’ It for Themselves: D.I.Y. Kids by the Luptons

The newest book by sisters Ellen and Julia Lupton, D.I.Y. Kids,  is so much more than your average rainy day children’s activity book. By nurturing a child’s inner designer you can encourage budding artist to think outside the box. No really. The book actually challenges kids to consider what to do with those old cereal…

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A Dude’s Perspective: How to Shop for Your Lady (Part 4) or “Thickening Shampoo”

Expensive men’s thickening shampoo.  I turned 40 recently and this is what I find in the shower caddie.  THICKENING SHAMPOO.  And now I know the word for THICKENING in 5 or six different languages (Irrobustice is my favorite).  This experience inspired this week’s column: What NOT to buy:   Gym membership —  Imagine the conversation…

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“What’s Your Project?”

The side project. Maybe it’s a long term effort, or maybe it’s something you can get done over a weekend. Whatever the project might be, whether it’s a craft creation or a short story collection or some kind of offbeat art piece, it’s the thing that’s on your mind, the thing you want to get…

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Using Fabric in your Creations: Not All Fabric is Created Equal

SarahSays will be writing a series on Using Fabric in Your Creations. I have seen a lot of forum debate on the use of fabric in creations.  I hope to shed a little light on this complicated topic. *Not all Fabric is Created Equal:* When discussing United States copyright and fabric, usually someone brings up…

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Ooga Booga – It’s Rhizomatic!

When it comes to being rad, L.A.’s Ooga Booga has got it down to a science. This cute little Chinatown boutique is stocked with a wide variety of zines, 7″s, art books, clothing and random doodads, many of which are produced as limited edition side-projects by a veritable laundry list of contemporary artists, designers and…

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Tugboat Printshop Tutorial: Woodblock Printed Shirts

This video, provided by Tugboat Printshop in Pittsburgh, PA, provides an in-depth tutuorial on how to make a woodblock printed t-shirt.  Wow!   Watch the Video PS You can buy the limited-edition t-shirts here in the Labs’ shop! 

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Recommended Blogs: d.i.y. naturally

This week’s recommended blog is d.i.y. naturally. Check it out for tons of great tips on how to use things you have around the house (like baking soda or salt) to clean your kitchen, manage your skin or get out a stain — naturally!

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Book Review: “CRAFTIVITY: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle” by Tsia Carson

Tsia Carson’s Craftivity: 40 Projects for the DIY Lifestyle is brimming with clever ideas for transforming the worn-out (old t-shirts become panties), the almost-ruined (a moth-eaten sweater is salvaged via red embroidery thread and an abstract design sensibility), and the nearly-trash (a reusable tote crocheted from plastic grocery bags). Its attitude is infectious, too —…

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Burdastyle: Neighborly Sewing Patterns

BurdaStyle is a new company on a mission to share sewing patterns freely and openly, spreading the word about do-it-yourself style. We like to think of our website as a virtual sewing circle, an open-source hub of ideas, expertise, and amazing patterns you can download and sew at home. We’re offering our ideas, expertise and…

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MAKE & Etsy How-To: Hungry like the Wolf for Handmade Projects

People, you must check out this How-to video from MAKE. You may be frightened…But you will also be charmed. Matt collaborated with Bre here at the Labs (MAKE shares space with us at our Brooklyn office). They did a special screen printing project wherein they embedded audio, light and, well, magic into a custom t-shirt…

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Ever Wonder How to Stencil?

In case you missed Anda‘s live Stencil How-to in Workshop, you can check out this video. She walks you through all the steps and gives many a helpful pointer. It’s a demo complete with hot pink spray paint! The Labs did this how-to in conjunction with a theme they’re working along for a couple weeks:…

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Etsy How-To: Make a Pinback Button

Anda walks us through making pinback buttons. Brought to you by the good people of the Etsy Labs.      

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