Recently, ReadyMade hosted the RM100, a "contest to celebrate 100 ingenious and beautiful DIY projects submitted to their host of savvy judges." My favorite of the bunch is this clever, easy, and big-impact oversized cross stitch art. I love the colors, and the 3D effect created with two layers of stitches.
Friends, there's a might fine new web series called Craftovision, an "internet show dedicated to DIY culture. IT'S ALIVE. [It's] where we feature episodes and post awesome DIY randomness that we find."
It's hosted/produced by the always talented Corinne Leigh, and I'm loving the latest episode. It not only features a sweet sewing project for guys - this Space Invaders-inspired 8-bit hooded sweatshirt, but an interview with Raynor, a crocheting-for-guys expert who blogs at The Shy Lion.
Click play to watch the latest episode and see the tutorial:
As I'm sure you've noted my lots of my original projects on ManMade, I'm a fan of projects with clean lines, but that were still made by hand. So, I'm big on printmaking, as it allows for a well-organized, consistent look on a piece that's still handmade.
And, of course, we're huge fans of craft projects that are handmade from start to finish, so the ability to print your own fabric, and then create an awesome project from it. Be still my crafty heart... (I, of course, never actually say things like that, but I'm trying some new stuff out. Whatcha think?)
The care and technique that goes into a handmade quilt is second to none, but the aesthetic often leans towards the floral and traditional...
Not so with the "urban quilts" of Amy Ahlstrom, which are hyper-modern and bold examples of fiber art. "Drawing upon her background as a graphic designer and comix illustrator, Amy digitally photographs the visual details of cities—street art, signs, and architectural details—and collages these images via computer into quilt designs. The resulting quilts, crafted of raw silk and cotton, are tactile visual postcards of urban environments. "
Amy's artist statement says:
My quilts are influenced by
Integration with smart phone cases be damned, there's a reason that standard wallet design hasn't changed in at least a century.
It can't really be improved upon.
Sure, I imagine that the credit card slots have been standardized, and clear spots for photo IDs are probably a later addition, and, of course, keeping photos in wallets wasn't really an option until those were affordable, but the basic wallet design is here to stay.
So, I guess we should all probably learn how to make one.
You've probably seen them: tiny zippered pouches, big enough to carry business cards, or a to use as a small wallet, printed with photorealistic images of hamburgers, vinyl records, etc. And you've probably thought, "kinda cool idea, but I'd rather a cassette tape I actually like, or a camera from own collection."
Okay, no problem. Just make your own.
There are two kinds of bow ties: there's the fancy ones, that you actually need to tie every time and balance and fit perfectly in collar. And then, there's the other kind: the adjustable, pre-tied kind used in rental tuxedoes, restaurant server uniforms, Halloween costumes, and occassional forrays into Redenbacher-ness.
And unless you're a major bow tie officianado, the latter is most likely your best bet.
So, let's make one.
This ManMade guest post was written by K.Faith Morgan
You can't beat an awesome piece of wall art that is sure to strike up lots of conversation, and allows you to preserve your memories. This cork map art like a real world Where I've Been for your analog wall. (Is that weird that a website is now the reference point for a project like this?!)
Materials and Tools
When I got my first guitar at age of 13, I was all over that mid-90s loudness that I thought went with rock and roll: alien faces on my guitar picks, vending machine stickers all over my case, and a loud, bold guitar strap.
As I matured, and realized there were other options than those offered at my local mall-based music shop, I went the completely opposite direction: black or neutral straps, plain picks, etc, etc.
And now, fifteen years later (wow...), I think I'd like something in the middle. Perhaps a handmade, subtle, yet colorful, option?
Take this one to the bank: never give a guy a tie for Christmas. Ever.
Unless, of course, it's a handmade tie, that you not only sewed, but did so from a handmade pattern on fabric that you designed and printed yourself, that is.
Says author Michele Beschen, "When I was asked to share a project that was geared towards geeks and dudes, I immediately started contemplating the many interesting ways I could incorporate code into something. I don’t even know what much of that tech jargon means, but I sure like how it looks — the text, the symbols and the layout. I played around with different ideas and just kept seeing it on a tie: not a stuffy, business-like tie, but a tie that looks great worn loose and casual with a vintage short-sleeve button down. Keep your dude in stylish duds this holiday season, and add a little personality with this "power of code" tie that you can create in an afternoon."
When repurposing old clothing in craft and DIY projects, it's easy to separate the wide pieces of pure fabric for creative fodder. But then, your often stuck with the rest: collars, lapels, buttons, cuffs, waistbands, etc.
Except, if you cut things just so, these "extras" can often be exactly what you need for some seriously clever reuse. Like this shirt cuff wallet: it's exactly the right size, and all the seams are already set. All you need to do is just add the pockets.
At ManMade, we often get emails from guys and ladies asking for help breaking into in the wonderful world of sewing your old stuff. While we're happy to help anyone get started, there are those tips and tricks that can only come with a bit of experimenting and practice.
So, we thought we'd share a collection of these tips, gathered by pros and those-just-getting-started alike.
Shawnee of Life with Monkey whipped up this super quick pattern and technique for making fabric skulls. They're so easy to make that we can imagine these in bulk hanging from fishing line, or mixed in a candy bowl. We also think the shape would lend itself well to more anatomical skulls, or even Luchalibre masks.
Easy. Peasy. Halloweesy?
Riddle me this: How often have you said to yourself, "Man, I sure wish I had something to keep my pants up that shows off my tendency towards making stuff..."
Really? Never? Okay, me either, but I still like this measuring tape belt from the Mother Huddle. Sure, Destri's version is intended to hold up tiny little toddler pants, but the technique can certainly be translated for any size.
Gabrielle's son Ralph was turning thirteen, and asked for some au currant skinny ties, presumably because Ralph knows, as all ManMade readers know, that if you gotta dress up, you might as well do a good job.
Having a hard time finding appropriately priced and sized ties for Ralph, Gabrielle got creative and hit the thrift store. She came home with a pile of $1.00 traditional neckties, and got to work.
She says, "Of course, I forgot about the idea till 3 days before his birthday. At which point, I tried to rush and make it happen. I found 5 great ties at Goodwill and sped them to the tailor. There, I was told it would take 10 days and
When it comes to fair food, I'll always opt for the gritty crunch of an elephant ear over a puffy, powdery funnel cake. But when it comes to plush fair food, I'll take this funnel cake every time.
Plush You LA 2010 is bring out the best in softie artists; first some plushified adult beverages, and now, tough Funnel Cake, complete with bendable arms featuring a hardcore "Mom" tattoo.