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Come Craft With Alabama Chanin at Etsy Labs

Mar 11, 2010

by Julie Schneider

Grab a sewing needle and get ready to appliqué, as this week we’re revamping our clothing with Natalie from Alabama Chanin for Craft Night at the Etsy Labs! Join us for this evening of stitching — whether you’re in Brooklyn, or anywhere in the world.

Stop by for our weekly Craft Night in our online multi-user chat room, the Virtual Labs, for a live online demo at 5 p.m. ET, or in person at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn anytime between 4-8 p.m. at 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 in Brooklyn, New York. (Click here to see what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.) Craft Night is a time to make things, sharpen your craft skills and connect with fellow crafters.

On Monday, March 15, Natalie Chanin will show you how to turn any old cotton T-shirt or garment into a couture fashion statement using special techniques, including Washed-Black Stenciling, Backstitched Reverse Appliqué and Circle Spiral Appliqué, from her new book Alabama Studio Style. Step-by-step instructions for Circle Spiral Appliqué can also be found in this week’s How-Tuesday post.

If you are attending Craft Night at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, please bring a T-shirt or garment to appliqué.

About this week’s teacher, Natalie Chanin: Natalie Chanin, a.k.a. alabamachanin, is the creative force behind the fashion and lifestyle company, Alabama Chanin, and the author of Alabama Stitch Book and most recently, Alabama Studio Style. Her company is based in Florence, Alabama and their products are all handmade in limited runs by local artists with recycled and organic materials, all of which are “grown-to-sewn” in the United States.

If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to craft along with us, you’ll need to gather the following supplies:

  • Stencil
  • Cotton-jersey base fabric
  • Cotton-jersey appliqué fabric
  • Cotton-jersey backing fabric (if your project calls for it)
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Garment scissors
  • Hand-sewing needle
  • Button craft thread
  • Pins
  • Sharpie markers
  • Spray bottles
  • Textile or airbrush paint
  • Additional garment to upcycle (optional)
  • Beads (optional)
  • Sequins (optional)
  • Spray adhesive (optional)


Upcoming Events at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn:
3/22: Finger Puppets with Kata Golda
3/29: Open Craft Night
4/4: Church of Craft meeting
4/5: Embroidered fabric necklaces with daniellexo
4/12: Knitted Postcards with KnitKnit


Looking for further crafting inspiration? 

Circle-Spiral Appliqué | Appliqué a Cameo Tote | How-Tuesday Projects

Will we see you on Monday? Let us know in the comments below.

Luna Moth and Vines hemp dress
Luna Moth and Vines hemp dress
HURRY... Only 2 LEFT.....The Green Tree
HURRY... Only 2 LEFT.....The Green Tree
organic lace olive on steely blue repurposed leather wallet
organic lace olive on steely blue repurposed leather wallet
SALE Flower tree-Tee
SALE Flower tree-Tee
Gallo Nu - Riding Jacket
Gallo Nu - Riding Jacket
NESTLING dress.  small/medium
NESTLING dress. small/medium


  • LovelyMax

    LovelyMax said 10 years ago

    Great shops! I found some new favorites, and have found myself inspired. Thank you!

  • KamiMono

    KamiMono said 10 years ago

    Sounds fun! If only I lived on the east coast.

  • craftscafe

    craftscafe said 10 years ago

    i'm inspired!

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 10 years ago

    I would be there :)

  • Tias

    Tias said 10 years ago

    I would love to be able to stop by! Have a great time.

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 10 years ago

    Yeah, Natalie! I have read about her and her work! Makes want to try and learn to sew! Inspiring!

  • Floreal

    Floreal said 10 years ago

    Yeah.... can't wait..:)

  • squidart

    squidart said 10 years ago

    I can't wait to learn about the washed-black stenciling. That sounds amazing. Very cool crafting session :)

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 10 years ago

    I wish I could stop by!

  • Minxshop

    Minxshop said 10 years ago

    AH! I actually e-mailed them a while ago about their fabrics. I was on the hunt for jersey, and stumbled across their site. I wanted to buy them wholesale, but never heard back, oh well.Small internet world! Their stuff is beautiful, and I love what they do. <3

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 10 years ago

    ooh la la, i love the garden tank!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 10 years ago

    I will get to one of these craft nites someday!

  • simplyworn

    simplyworn said 10 years ago

    creative that we are revamping and reworking garments cool article...kelly

  • ShebboDesign

    ShebboDesign said 10 years ago

    If I arrange my time , I would love to join a virtual craft lab someday :)))) great work

  • PansyMaiden

    PansyMaiden said 10 years ago

    Alabama Chanin is an amazing brand that works ultra hard to be as sustainable as possible. Very nice to see Natalie here.

  • YouAreYou

    YouAreYou said 10 years ago

    aw man I thought we were gonna be canning stuff

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 10 years ago

    Cute! Those Etsy lab craft nights sound fun. I'm going to try and make it to the virtual one on Monday! Thank you!

  • TheRubyNeedle

    TheRubyNeedle said 10 years ago

    I can't make it in person but I will be there in the labs...can't wait to learn from Alabama Chanin!!! Awesome craft night!!! Thank you, Julie!!!!

  • paroliro

    paroliro said 10 years ago

    I'm sooo lucky to be able to attend, see you Monday Julie.

  • paroliro

    paroliro said 10 years ago

    I am soooo lucky to be able to attend. See you Monday Julie and Natalie.

  • MyJunkyTrunk

    MyJunkyTrunk said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous stuff! Especially the garden tank!

  • villageknitter

    villageknitter said 10 years ago

    I'm a huge fan and will be there Monday night with bells on. ...ring-a-ling.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 10 years ago

    Sounds fun! Will try to join the virtual lab.

  • bedouin

    bedouin said 10 years ago

    WoW Knitted Postcards with KnitKnit looks fun ~

  • leelee351

    leelee351 said 10 years ago

    Wish I still lived in Brooklyn but I'll be there virtually! I've been reading about this talented person all over the place and am looking forward to seeing her in action! Leelee

  • seedsandcharms

    seedsandcharms said 10 years ago

    Looks like a lo of fun, I would love to learn sewing!

  • jhartphotography

    jhartphotography said 10 years ago

    LOVE hierapparel's shop!!!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 10 years ago

    I would love to go... anytime coming to Boston

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 10 years ago

    I love the texture in Alabama Chanin clothing!

  • VintagePaperParade

    VintagePaperParade said 10 years ago

    Sounds like fun! I hope to make it to NYC soon to participate..

  • TheQuietOwl

    TheQuietOwl said 10 years ago

    I'm originally from Florence, Alabama, and it's good to see artists featured from the South. Wish I could go to NYC to the lab!

  • birchbeerboutique

    birchbeerboutique said 10 years ago

    Sweet! Thank you Natalie for sharing your amazing techniques. I'm looking forward to joining you virtually.

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 10 years ago

    looks like fun!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago

    I wish I could join someday...

  • honeyblossomstudio

    honeyblossomstudio said 10 years ago

    I'm a huge fan! Sounds like a lot of fun!

  • mia09

    mia09 said 10 years ago

    wow! It looks like a lot of fun!! I enjoy working with other artists...I wish I could join!

  • pancakeandlulu

    pancakeandlulu said 10 years ago

    looks great!!

  • Beadymonkey

    Beadymonkey said 10 years ago

    Oh my goodness.... yummy clothes and pillows! & such inspiration! I love Etsy articles!!!

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 10 years ago

    I'm off to hunt down supplies!

  • Avistudio

    Avistudio said 10 years ago

    Great work!I would be there :)

  • artypharty

    artypharty said 10 years ago

    Will be there virtually (if I suss it out). Loving it all.

  • polkadotsandblooms

    polkadotsandblooms said 10 years ago

    I really hope I can join, I just love what Alabama does!

  • corelladesign

    corelladesign said 10 years ago

    Fabulous! Hopefully I can attend via virtual reality!

  • beezebestArt

    beezebestArt said 10 years ago

    I haven't been to craft night in awhile - I am really going to try and make this one, and the next, and the next:>)

  • pinestreetphoto

    pinestreetphoto said 10 years ago

    how i wish i lived closer!

  • AdultIndulgences

    AdultIndulgences said 10 years ago

    Darn. While its sounds great I thought we were finally going to learn something about foods. I love that topic! But, this will be lovely as well.

  • seaofbees

    seaofbees said 10 years ago

    i wish there was a Florida craft night! :)

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 10 years ago

    LOVE that green dress with the circle patterns-very nice! Craft night is *always* fun!

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 10 years ago

    This looks so beautiful and fun to make.

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 10 years ago

    Wow! Sounds like fun!

  • EverythingFloral

    EverythingFloral said 10 years ago

    Beautiful! I'm a seamstress from way back, wish I could be there :(

  • thecrochetloft

    thecrochetloft said 10 years ago

    i love appliques they enhance

  • inajuicebox

    inajuicebox said 10 years ago

    Would love to join someday!

  • sweetpeapockets

    sweetpeapockets said 10 years ago

    missed it - l live in colorado and thought virtual lab was 4 to 8? can't quite figure out the system? I'm sure it was wonderful and hope they will video tape it for all to see! She's an inspiration! xxx

  • villageknitter

    villageknitter said 10 years ago

    I had intended to make it to Brooklyn in person and then could not. I raced home and could not log on either. Is there a lock out after a certain time? will you (please) be videoing this for future viewing?

  • MyWisteriaCottage

    MyWisteriaCottage said 10 years ago

    I love this stuff. The spirals look a lot like Hawaian echo quilting. Beautiful.

  • pasin

    pasin said 10 years ago

    Looks great...

  • julieincharge

    julieincharge said 10 years ago

    Hi there sweetpeapockets-- The Virtual Labs for Craft Night are at 5pm each week, though Craft Night runs from 4-8pm. See you Virtually Next time?

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