This Week at the Shop: February 13th

Happy Valentine’s Week! I think at this point (with the advent of Galentine’s Day, especially) we’re all aware you can do whatever you want with Valentine’s Day. Single or taken, it’s just an excuse to indulge a little. So whatever your status, whether you’re young or old, plant or animal, we’ve got just the thing to make sure you have a lovely Valentine’s Day.

New

New beauties by local artist Mab Graves, DIY globes by Igloo Letterpress, cheerful prints lighting up the sale section by Fifi Duvie (only $8!), and sweet little kitty toys (merimice!) by Go Pet Design.

This isn’t new, but I really don’t need a good excuse to post this gorgeous set of bowls by From Donna’s Hands. Especially with this recent sunshine, I’m feeling full of rainbows! This set would brighten up any kitchen.

What We’re Wearing

We’re feathered and fine in this golden long sleeved hoodie by Megan Lee Designs. Necklaces by Nice Lena and Astronette, scarf by Nicole’s Threads and bag by ReFind Originals.

Coming Up

Workshop: Macrame Wall Hanging: Saturday, February 25th, 2-5pm: The textile art trend is sweeping the world of interior design, and that means macrame is back baby! Have you always wanted to learn? We have the perfect class for you! Savannah Norris, local stylist, artist, and Jane of all trades, will help you craft a macrame wall hanging during this workshop. All supplies are included – you’ll just need to bring yourself and your crafty spirit!

First Friday Gallery Exhibition ft. Robert Young: Friday, March 3rd: 6-9pm: Join us for IDADA’s First Friday Gallery Walk in-store celebrating the work of local illustrator and comic artist, Robert Young. Graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Herron School of Art & Design, Robert later earned his MFA in Illustration at The Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently an Illustration Professor back at Herron School of Art & Design, Robert has had work featured in Time Out New York, Until Now Magazine, The Classical.org, The Travel Channel, and more.

Workshop: Intro to Weaving: Saturday, March 18th, 2-5pm: In love with the wool and woven textile movement? Come learn how to be a part of it in this workshop! Woven tapestries have always been very chic and it seems that they are hard to come by, as they are handmade, unique, and cherished. Three perfect adjectives as to why you should take this workshop! Students will learn how to thread a needle and begin a loom, as well as several braiding methods. All supplies will be covered in the cost of this workshop, including a handmade weaving loom for each student to take home. Participants may bring 4 balls of their own yarn to make something truly unique!

Workshop: Wire Wrapping Basics: Saturday, March 25th, 1-4pm: Have you ever wanted to go on a gem hunt? Well, here is your chance! Rana Salame Striedinger of Salame Jewelry Designs is opening her treasure chest of gemstones for you to peruse and select from to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry. Students will learn several wire wrapping and jewelry assembly techniques to create one unique item.

Workshop: Feather Hair Accessory: Saturday, March 25th, 4:30-6:30pm: ly by and wire wrap a few hairpins for your summer updo’s with our resident gemstone queen Rana of Salame Jewelry Designs! Learn a few feather crafting and wire wrapping skills to make three hairpins or a hair comb. The options are endless and there will be a variety of feather, crystal, and metal options to choose from. Sips and snacks provided or you can byob!

Workshop: iPhoneography: Saturday, April 15th, 1-3pm: Learn how to utilize your iPhone’s camera features to their maximum potential in this iPhoneography workshop with local professional photographer, Rana Salame. Students will learn basic photography techniques like composition and lighting as well as how to use effects to enhance images. Participants will edit photos in the VSCO Cam app to make images more creative and visually appealing. Once skills have been covered, the group will hit the streets of Mass Ave to test out newly acquired techniques. A roundtable discussion will follow to study images and next steps to continue snapping like a pro.

See ya next week, friends!

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This Week at the Shop: February 6th

It’s love month and we are just chuck full of ideas for making this time special for you and yours. Check out our How-To post for instructions on how to make a sure-to-please handmade Valentine’s Day accordion book, check out our list of events including The Local Love Event THIS Saturday featuring artists in-store and custom creations, and pop-in and let our friendly staff hook you up with some awesome gift suggestions.

New

New stuff from ReFind Originals, these leathers are so soft and amazing! On the left are wallets and on the right are wristlets that also have a strap so they can function as the perfect lightweight purse!

New from American Heirloom, muddlers, cutting boards, and Party Numbers and cake toppers. We also have these new gemstone hair pins from Salame Jewelry Designs. I think we could all use a little healing and protection (the perfect little addition to your v-day gift).

As I was browsing around this afternoon I came across this adorable cowl from Part Time Hooker that I never noticed before. Upon picking it up, I was amazed at how silky soft the inside is! I think this is re-purposed cashmere, folks.

A tiny little itty bitty piece of our amazing love cards available. They are so hilarious/ sincere/ beautiful. You can’t go wrong.

We’ve got all new pieces from Erik Lundorf and they are amazing!

Make sure you’re following us on Instagram: we’re doing a Staff Sweethearts series that is the cutest thing. Get to know our staff and their significant others as we pick out the perfect gifts!

Coming Up

The Local Love Event: Saturday, February 11th: 11am-4pm: We’ve packed all the local love into one event, so you’ll have no trouble shopping for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. We’ll be featuring a jewelry bar with Salame Jewelry Designs where you can personalize the perfect pendant, earrings, or bracelet for your s.o., bouquet orders will be taken from Jacquelyn Nolen of Blue Flower Studios, and The Onyx Exchange will be mixing up your individiually chosen candle scents at another in-store candle bar. Jewelry, flowers, candles… what more could you ask for? Oh, how about 14% off all Homespun product on top of that!

Workshop: Macrame Wall Hanging: Saturday, February 25th, 2-5pm: The textile art trend is sweeping the world of interior design, and that means macrame is back baby! Have you always wanted to learn? We have the perfect class for you! Savannah Norris, local stylist, artist, and Jane of all trades, will help you craft a macrame wall hanging during this workshop. All supplies are included – you’ll just need to bring yourself and your crafty spirit!

First Friday Gallery Exhibition ft. Robert Young: Friday, March 3rd: 6-9pm: Join us for IDADA’s First Friday Gallery Walk in-store celebrating the work of local illustrator and comic artist, Robert Young. Graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Herron School of Art & Design, Robert later earned his MFA in Illustration at The Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently an Illustration Professor back at Herron School of Art & Design, Robert has had work featured in Time Out New York, Until Now Magazine, The Classical.org, The Travel Channel, and more.

Workshop: Intro to Weaving: Saturday, March 18th, 2-5pm: In love with the wool and woven textile movement? Come learn how to be a part of it in this workshop! Woven tapestries have always been very chic and it seems that they are hard to come by, as they are handmade, unique, and cherished. Three perfect adjectives as to why you should take this workshop! Students will learn how to thread a needle and begin a loom, as well as several braiding methods. All supplies will be covered in the cost of this workshop, including a handmade weaving loom for each student to take home. Participants may bring 4 balls of their own yarn to make something truly unique!

Workshop: Wire Wrapping Basics: Saturday, March 25th, 1-4pm: Have you ever wanted to go on a gem hunt? Well, here is your chance! Rana Salame Striedinger of Salame Jewelry Designs is opening her treasure chest of gemstones for you to peruse and select from to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry. Students will learn several wire wrapping and jewelry assembly techniques to create one unique item.

Workshop: Feather Hair Accessory: Saturday, March 25th, 4:30-6:30pm: ly by and wire wrap a few hairpins for your summer updo’s with our resident gemstone queen Rana of Salame Jewelry Designs! Learn a few feather crafting and wire wrapping skills to make three hairpins or a hair comb. The options are endless and there will be a variety of feather, crystal, and metal options to choose from. Sips and snacks provided or you can byob!

Workshop: iPhoneography: Saturday, April 15th, 1-3pm: Learn how to utilize your iPhone’s camera features to their maximum potential in this iPhoneography workshop with local professional photographer, Rana Salame. Students will learn basic photography techniques like composition and lighting as well as how to use effects to enhance images. Participants will edit photos in the VSCO Cam app to make images more creative and visually appealing. Once skills have been covered, the group will hit the streets of Mass Ave to test out newly acquired techniques. A roundtable discussion will follow to study images and next steps to continue snapping like a pro.

See ya next week, friends!

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How-To: Valentine’s Day Accordion Book

Valentine’s Day can be a beautiful day; a day when two people in love put aside their differences, forget about the mundane everyday chores and put each other first again. A day brand new couples get the opportunity to really show off their new found love and make an impression.

 

That is, unless you’re out of ideas to impress your sweetie.

 

This edition of How-To is going to be the perfect inspiration for you! This handmade book is sure to bring a smile and is filled with sweet memories and cherished sentiments. It’s simple and very customizable. Its the perfect gift. Just don’t forget the chocolates, nothing can replace chocolate. And wine. And cookies. And I’m giving hints to a certain someone right now. Moving on.

Here’s my work space set up to make the book. It’s so nice to have a project to do on a dreary day.

You’ll Need:

-Cover Boards (2): Book board if you have it, cardboard works or any re-purposed thick board including cereal boxes, old book covers, etc. These can really be any size, mine measure 4 ¾” x 6 ¾”.

-Cover Paper (2): Anything decorative or meaningful. Fabric scraps work too. Size should leave about a 1″ edge around each side of the cover board, so mine measure 6 ¼” x 8 ¼”.

-Accordion Paper: This can be as long as you like and include as many pages or panels as you like. When folded, dimensions should be approximately ½” shorter than the length of the book and ¼” shorter than the width. If you don’t have a really long sheet of paper, you can easily use 8 ½” x 11″ (printer size) sheets of paper. Trim them to the correct length of your book and glue them end-to-end. Measure the panels to ¼” less than the width of your book, then fold back and forth as many times as you can. If that last panel is short, just trim it off. To do this for the size of book I made, trim to 6 ½” x 11″, with each folded panel measuring 4 ½”. I show this process in the photos below.

-Glue: I use PVA but Elmer’s works too

-Paintbrush

-Scissors or Craft Blade (am I allowed to say X-Acto?)

-Scrap paper and paper towel to wipe off gluey-hands

-Ruler and pencil

-Lovey-Dovey Stuff: Photos, poems, drawings, doilies, relationship paraphernalia such as: concert tickets, hand-written notes, used napkins, whatever it is the two of you are in to. I’ve included some vintage French vocabulary cards in words that describe our relationship. Anything thoughtful works!

I always have a couple sheets of scrap paper on my work table. You’ll see me using them a lot as I make this book. Here I’m using them to create a clean glue line.

So! Now you have all the parts to make the basic accordion book. Now it’s time to put it all together!

Use a paintbrush to apply a nice layer of glue to your cover board, then center it over your cover paper and press down. If you’re not comfortable with the eyeball method, go ahead and trace your board onto your cover paper before gluing so you have a clear guideline. Flip it over and smooth it down, being sure to press along all of the edges. If it looks like it might need it (thicker cover boards and thicker paper will) press it down while you continue on to the next steps. Use some heavy books or a press if you have one.

Next trim the corners. You can eyeball with a pair of scissors, or use a ruler, but leave about ¼” of paper to work with.

Starting with the long edges, glue up and fold over. You’ll see my technique here where I use the table to be sure I have a nice even pressure as I do this.

Now you’re going to insure each corner is nice and crisp by pre-folding before glueing these down. Fold over and down.

Crisp!

Glue and fold over again. Push down night and hard with your fingers to make sure its secure.

Ta-da! Now its time to glue in the pages.

Center the folded accordion paper over one of the covers. Use a scrap piece of paper underneath the top fold and cover with glue. Carefully place the other cover on time, lining it up with the other cover underneath. Press down to secure, then open it up and burnish with your fingers to make sure the paper is pressed down nice and tight. Then flip it over and do the same thing for the other cover.

Now it’s time to make your book unique. My first step will be to add a label to the cover. Planning out what the design would be had me doodling like I’m in Jr. High writing a love note again!

I found a great poem, and used some odds and ends to do a couple more pages. If you have kids, this is a great time to get them involved to create their own pages for mom or dad.

I hope you find the perfect thing for the one you love this year. Thanks for reading and tag us on social media @homespunindy with your creations!

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Meet Your Maker: Savage Millinery

Hat-making: I have always felt like this is such a classic art. I think of old movies and their beautifully tailored outfits, which so often include incredible hats. I’m so happy that people like Julie Schworm of Savage Millinery are keeping it beautifully alive. She takes inspiration from these classic looks, but updates them for modern times and adds a lot of her own creativity to each one.


 

1| How do you describe your work to people who don’t know anything about crafting/art?

I first tell people that I sew things and then sort of break it down from there. I sew hats, ties, bow ties and have recently started making pillows and bags. When I tell people I make hats they always want to know what type and the techniques used. I hand block felt and straw using vintage wooden hat blocks and create patterns for my fabric hats (cut and sew). I used to be a graphic designer and I like to use a lot of graphic elements in my work. I also love all things vintage and my work definitely has a nod to other time periods. I create patterns for everything I make and utilize a lot of color blocking, applique and most recently, hand embroidery. I still love to draw -which is what I went to school for -and using applique allows me to use those drawing skills to create designs.

 

2| Why do you make/design things?

It’s something that I can spend hours doing and never get sick of. I think that’s a pretty important factor. If I ever start to hate it I think it would mean I should stop. I don’t foresee that happening though.

3| Describe your style. What kind of person wears Savage Millinery?

My style definitely draws on vintage and graphic elements. I try to make things that will appeal to someone who doesn’t always have a specific style and I try to keep things new and different without losing my aesthetic. My customers have a love for hats and handmade items and they aren’t afraid to express themselves through fashion. I think whats great is that my customers range in age. I like that my customer varies in age and style.

 

4| Where do you look for inspiration?

I love vintage and I’m always looking at vintage fashion for inspiration. I’m really drawn to retro fabrics and materials. I am a huge fan of art deco and old architecture. Buffalo has some really beautiful old buildings with really lovely details. I find a lot of inspiration in that. I like living in a place that has seasons as well. There is a lot of inspiration in the changing colors that come with the changing seasons.

5| What do you love about your job?

I love that something I make can maybe bring a little bit of happiness to someone else. That maybe they are wearing a hat or tie I made and they love the way it makes them feel. I really like creating things for other people. I don’t think I have ever wanted to not “let go” of something I’ve made.

 

6| What’s the most challenging aspect of owning your own business?

Definitely the uncertainty of it all. I do a lot of art festivals/craft shows and it’s always a gamble. The growth is slow but I’m really thankful that there is growth. Even with the sometimes stress that comes with having a business, I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. That is the push that drives me to keep on keeping on through the hard times

 

7| Was being a working artist always your plan or was there an “aha” moment?

It was. There were definitely times when I thought about doing something else but I have always had the need to create. I have been sewing since I was 12 and drawing since I could hold a pencil. Making art has always brought so much joy to my life and I feel very lucky to have that ability and be able to share it with others. It can be frustrating at times and not always the most lucrative job but I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else. I think most artists have those days where they just want to throw in the towel but I know I would be pretty lost if I stopped making things.

8| How do you work, and where?

I have a studio in my house that I work out of. It has a separate entrance to the second floor. I would eventually love to move into a different space just for a change of scenery and to have a place where I could also hold classes. I try to keep to a normal schedule but I tend to be a bit of a night owl. I could sew until all hours of the night but I try to match my husbands schedule as much as I can.

 

9| If you could swap lives with another artist, who would that person be?

I really admire Natalie Chanin who creates the clothing line Alabma Chanin. She makes really beautiful, detail oriented clothing using a lot of hand sewing techniques. She’s created this amazing artist community and sustainable business. Her dedication to slow design and being a responsible manufacturer is really inspiring.

10| What makes a handmade object valuable?

The time and energy an artist puts into their work and the attention to detail that goes into crafting something handmade. The tools and materials the artist uses to perfect their craft. The love that goes into making something handmade is invaluable, I think. It’s not something that is super mass produced but something that was really thought out and made by someone who really enjoys making it.

 

11| Using that definition, what’s the most valuable object you own?

I would have to say my sewing machine is pretty valuable. I wouldn’t be doing what I do without it. I recently upgraded machines and it was a long time coming. Investing in good equipment is pretty essential to making a really good, quality product.

12| Tell us one true thing about yourself that people don’t believe when you tell them.

I play roller derby. Most people don’t believe me because of my size and my demeanor. I’m fairly reserved and quiet but    I’m also a super competitive person. Joining was one of the best things I’ve ever done.

 

13| Give us three more non-crafting-related details about you or your life.

I have a pet rabbit and a cat. Even though I grew up with dogs I am a rabbit and cat person for life.

I lived in Brooklyn for 11 years and Los Angeles for 4. I had so many amazing experiences living in those places and it really helped shape who I am as an artist.

I teach sewing in the fashion department at a local college.

If you want to know more, check out Savage Millinery on Instagram @savagemillinery, Twitter, or Facebook, or see her work in person here at the shop!

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This Week at the Shop: January 16th

Just a few new fabulous things on our shelves this week, but our Winter/ Spring workshop schedule has officially dropped and it is chuck full of fun things to do during this dreary season. Scroll to the bottom to see the full list, or head on over to our Facebook page to see an event schedule and stay up to date on the latest offerings.

New

Brand new vendor, Lovelane brings us these INCREDIBLE capes, doublets, shields and hats for creative kids. They are extremely well made and magical! Perfect for all the indoor winter play.

Love this cute Valentine’s display and adorable hearts dress from Donetta’s Designs.

New patches from The Victory Garden of Tomorrow, posters by Nikki McClure, sleep masks by Sleepy Cottage, and restock on these perfect plaid scarves from Nicole’s Threads.

Coming Up

First Friday Gallery Exhibition ft. Erik Lundorf: Friday, February 3rd: 6-9pm: Erik has created a line of Indiana inspired illustrations just for his January – February gallery exhibition in our store. With a Studio Art concentration in oil painting, Erik graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN. He currently works on a wide range of projects from privately comissioned portraits and personal comic strips to commercial illustration and digital design.

Cocoa & Canvas: Saturday, February 4th: 10:30am-12:30pm: Create a collaborative work of art with your child while warming up with cocoa and donuts! Deanna Leonard from Caravan Classes will instruct on how to paint a Wayne Thiebaud inspired canvas with your choice of donut as inspiration. Partners will learn about color contrast, shading, and light while participating in this fun creative process.

The Local Love Event: Saturday, February 11th: 11am-4pm: We’ve packed all the local love into one event, so you’ll have no trouble shopping for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day. We’ll be featuring a jewelry bar with Salame Jewelry Designs where you can personalize the perfect pendant, earrings, or bracelet for your s.o., bouquet orders will be taken from Jacquelyn Nolen of Blue Flower Studios, and The Onyx Exchange will be mixing up your individiually chosen candle scents at another in-store candle bar. Jewelry, flowers, candles… what more could you ask for? Oh, how about 14% off all Homespun product on top of that!

Workshop: Macrame Wall Hanging: Saturday, February 25th, 2-5pm: The textile art trend is sweeping the world of interior design, and that means macrame is back baby! Have you always wanted to learn? We have the perfect class for you! Savannah Norris, local stylist, artist, and Jane of all trades, will help you craft a macrame wall hanging during this workshop. All supplies are included – you’ll just need to bring yourself and your crafty spirit!

First Friday Gallery Exhibition ft. Robert Young: Friday, March 3rd: 6-9pm: Join us for IDADA’s First Friday Gallery Walk in-store celebrating the work of local illustrator and comic artist, Robert Young. Graduating with a BFA in Illustration from Herron School of Art & Design, Robert later earned his MFA in Illustration at The Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently an Illustration Professor back at Herron School of Art & Design, Robert has had work featured in Time Out New York, Until Now Magazine, The Classical.org, The Travel Channel, and more.

Workshop: Intro to Weaving: Saturday, March 18th, 2-5pm: In love with the wool and woven textile movement? Come learn how to be a part of it in this workshop! Woven tapestries have always been very chic and it seems that they are hard to come by, as they are handmade, unique, and cherished. Three perfect adjectives as to why you should take this workshop! Students will learn how to thread a needle and begin a loom, as well as several braiding methods. All supplies will be covered in the cost of this workshop, including a handmade weaving loom for each student to take home. Participants may bring 4 balls of their own yarn to make something truly unique!

Workshop: Wire Wrapping Basics: Saturday, March 25th, 1-4pm: Have you ever wanted to go on a gem hunt? Well, here is your chance! Rana Salame Striedinger of Salame Jewelry Designs is opening her treasure chest of gemstones for you to peruse and select from to create your own one-of-a-kind jewelry. Students will learn several wire wrapping and jewelry assembly techniques to create one unique item.

Workshop: Feather Hair Accessory: Saturday, March 25th, 4:30-6:30pm: ly by and wire wrap a few hairpins for your summer updo’s with our resident gemstone queen Rana of Salame Jewelry Designs! Learn a few feather crafting and wire wrapping skills to make three hairpins or a hair comb. The options are endless and there will be a variety of feather, crystal, and metal options to choose from. Sips and snacks provided or you can byob!

Workshop: iPhoneography: Saturday, April 15th, 1-3pm: Learn how to utilize your iPhone’s camera features to their maximum potential in this iPhoneography workshop with local professional photographer, Rana Salame. Students will learn basic photography techniques like composition and lighting as well as how to use effects to enhance images. Participants will edit photos in the VSCO Cam app to make images more creative and visually appealing. Once skills have been covered, the group will hit the streets of Mass Ave to test out newly acquired techniques. A roundtable discussion will follow to study images and next steps to continue snapping like a pro.

See ya next week, friends!

 

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