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ABOUT MY STORE

I've started this store primarily to help others create thing, especially fellow pop tab enthusiasts who want to make tabistry items. Through tutorials, aimed at simplifying and speeding up the learning process, I hope to share skills and techniques that are unique, easy and fun to do. I also offer my patterns as well as an occasional crafty item that needs a good home.

Though I do enjoy it, I have discovered that a lot of time and energy goes into putting together tutorials and patterns, which draws me away from making new items. So, to remain a contributing member of my family and still make what I enjoy, I do ask for a reasonable amount of compensation to satisfy them and keep me crafting. My goal here is not to get rich, or even make a living from my sales, but to share my knowledge in a realistic manner. Money made from…

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  • Female
  • Born on January 21
  • Joined April 16, 2009

Favorite materials

Anything I find around, pull tabs, scrap fabric, paper, thrift store finds, etc

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About

ABOUT MY STORE

I've started this store primarily to help others create thing, especially fellow pop tab enthusiasts who want to make tabistry items. Through tutorials, aimed at simplifying and speeding up the learning process, I hope to share skills and techniques that are unique, easy and fun to do. I also offer my patterns as well as an occasional crafty item that needs a good home.

Though I do enjoy it, I have discovered that a lot of time and energy goes into putting together tutorials and patterns, which draws me away from making new items. So, to remain a contributing member of my family and still make what I enjoy, I do ask for a reasonable amount of compensation to satisfy them and keep me crafting. My goal here is not to get rich, or even make a living from my sales, but to share my knowledge in a realistic manner. Money made from each sale goes to cover my time creating tutorials and directly helping others learn new skills. And, whatever portion is left of the earnings from every purchase still goes my daughter's college fund.


ABOUT TABISTRY

Though the term "Tabistry", or works made from soda, beer and other can pull tabs, is quite new, the origins of Tabistry, or "Pop Topping" are not. I've discovered that unusual curtains and belts have been made since the “zip top” pull-tabs of the early 70’s. And, since the introduction of modern tabs, we’ve seen many more great ideas like chain mail armor and crocheted purses. Unfortunately, however, most of those projects require special skills as well as special tools for metal-smithing or crochet to make.

The good new is that, now, thanks to hours of experimenting, there is a new form of Tabistry that does not require ANY complicated skills or tools. You just need some tabs and scrap fabric to get started. Still not quite sure what tabistry is? For more info and to see pictures of what can be done check out http://tabistry.blogspot.com!


ABOUT ME

What is now trendily called "upcycling", making trash into treasure, is something I've been doing since I could hold a crayon. I was making illustrated bookmarks from used envelope corners before I could even read. As a child I was much more interested in using any old found object to make accessories and furniture for my dolls than buying that mass produced store-bought stuff. Though, I've been collegiately trained in working with various mediums from pencils, paints, clay, metal to fabric, to this day when inspiration strikes I'll work in just about ANY medium including household products, food containers...heck, food itself.

For me, Tabistry started in 2007 when my mom decided to drag me into belly dancing with her. You may ask yourself how this relates to can tabs. Yes? Well, so do I, everyday. It is a long strange journey from there. But I have to say that I have taken a liking to pop tab crafts and dancing ever since. And now, I'm making everything from clothing to functional household items with these shiny little wonders. I share the joy of my creations and discoveries on my blog at tabistry.blogspot.com.

In my "spare" time away from crafting, I'm a work-at-home Graphic Designer/Illustrator Mom of one who enjoys attending ren faires, swing dancing and secondhand bargain hunting.

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