After a year chock-full of stenciling, stitching, etching, folding, tearing, snipping, and knitting, I can hardly believe that we have reached the very last Craft Night of 2010, and what a creative flurry these twelve months have been! For our last hurrah of the year, author and maker Jodi Kahn will be joining us on Monday, December 20 for a fabric-covered note card workshop.
For all you fabric junkies out there, this is a really fun way to use up scraps of your favorite material. Mix and match your fabrics to come up with a color story that pleases you when the cards are grouped together. These cards make great last minute holiday gifts, so you’ll want to make plenty. As Jodi says, “They’re as addictive as fresh baked Christmas cookies — no matter how many you make, you’ll wish you had more to give away.” Yum!
Jodi Kahn is a writer and former television producer who has worked on a range of programs and published articles in all sorts of magazines. She is also the author of the new book, Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap, as well as a few other craft and style titles.
Jodi lives in Larchmont, New York, with her husband, David, and their two children, Sam and Hannah. She loves to sew, make invitations, cards, gifts and just about anything else that lets her cut, paste or stitch!
Be sure to check out her blog, Simply Sublime, for more creative inspiration.
The Craft Night scoop:
If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to craft along with us, you’ll need to round up the following supplies:
- Scraps of fabric
- Iron and ironing board
- Sharp fabric scissors (or rotary cutter, straightedge, and self-healing cutting mat)
- Blank white fold-over note cards (approx. 5 1/2” x 4 1/2”)
- Mod Podge
- 2” wide foam craft brush
- Disposable plastic container (to pour Mod Podge into)
- Ruler and pencil
- Parchment paper
- Heavy books or glass or ceramic tiles (to flatten finished cards)
As a bonus this week, Jodi has provided these step-by-step instructions for those of you who won’t be able to make it to the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn this week:
1. Iron the fabric to get out all the wrinkles, then, keeping in mind the design you want to feature, cut a swatch of fabric that is bigger than the front of the card.
2. Isolate the design, then carefully trim the fabric straight across on at least 1 edge. You can use the cut edge as a guide when you glue the fabric on the card.
3. Use a piece of parchment paper to cover your work surface. Pour out some Mod Podge into the plastic container, then use the foam brush to spread the Mod Podge evenly on the WRONG side of your fabric swatch. Place a blank folded card face down on the fabric, lining up the cut side with the top edge of the card. Turn the card over and press and smooth the fabric with your hands. Place a flat, heavy weighted object, such as a glass tile, on top of the card as it dries to keep it flat.
4. Once the card has dried a little, cleanly trim the extra material around the edges of the card. (A rotary cutter and straightedge work well for this, but you can also just use a pair of scissors.) Place a stack of books or other heavy objects on the finished card while it dries completely to keep the card from curling up.
A photo from last week’s embroidery Craft Night led by marysgranddaughter
Upcoming Events with the Etsy Labs:
12/21: Church of Craft meeting at Etsy Labs
12/27: Craft Night is cancelled until late January 2011
1/6/2010: Craft Bar at MOCFA with Etsy Labs in San Francisco, CA
1/31/2010: Craft Night with My Paper Crane
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