Saturday, April 30, 2011

Love is in the air.

Its spring and love is in the air.

I made these miniature Cyclops softies from a simplified version of the project from my Beasties Book. I'll be hosting a Craft Bar at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco on June 2nd 6-8pm. Stop by and learn how make these softies. More info to come!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Street Art

I just read this interesting article about an exhibit curated at the MOCA museum in Las Angeles. The article brings up some interesting questions on how we perceive graffiti and street art in our culture and what it represents.

Here is some graffiti I noticed while traveling in Italy last month.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Puppet Play blog tour

Here are the dates to check out the Puppet Play blog posts.
May 2nd
May 3rd
Oh My! Handmade
May 4th
Craft Sanity
May 5th
Sew Mama Sew
May 6th
Little Birdie Secrets
May 7th
This Mama Makes Stuff
May 8th
Roots and Wings
May 9th
Whip UP
May 10th
May 11th
May 12th
Prudent Baby
May 13th
Make + Do
May 14th
Craft Test Dummies
May 15th
Cute Everything
May 16th
May 17th
Progressive Pioneer
May 18th
Pink and Green Mama
May 19th
Arrow Cabinets
May 20th
The Happy Honeybee
May 21st
Craft Gossip

Monday, April 18, 2011

Easter Crafts

This past Saturday in preparation for Easter and my book Puppet Play I showed crafty kids how to make their own Bunny puppet.

Here is the list of materials that you can find around the house.
old sock for body
assorted felt for ears
2 buttons for eyes
scrap of felt for pupil or other fabric
1 pom pom for nose
1 cotton ball
3 pipecleaners for whiskers
tissue paper for inside of ear

glue stick
hot glue gun(optional)
Step 1
Gather materials.
Step 2
Fold a pipecleaner in half and twist 3 to four times at one end. Twist top once. Shape pipecleaner into a rabbit ear shape.Make a second ear.
Step 3
Cut felt ear shape so it is at least 1/4" bigger all around the pipecleaner.
Step 4
Cut four ear shapes.
Step 5 and 6
Sew through top twist of the pipecleaner to tack it to the felt.Twisted part of pipecleaner can fall below felt. Tack along the center sides as well.

Step 7
Place other felt shape on top and sew a whip stitch around the ear. Cut tissue smaller than the ear and use a glue stick to adhere on the back of paper and press onto front side of ear.
Step 8
Bend pipecleaner back.
Step 9
Cut third pipecleaner into three sections and twist twice together at the middle to make the whiskers.
Step 10
Sew through center of pipecleaner whiskers to attach to the sock.Sew a few stitches and then sew through the pom pom.
Step 11
Cut small felt eyesbrows and circles for the pupils and eyes.
Step 12
Use either hot glue or sew eyes and eyebrows to the sock. Then position and sew ears to the sock by sewing over pipecleaner and ear felt/fabric.
Step 13
Cut a felt rectangle and cut a v-shape out of it. Glue or sew teeth to sock below the whiskers.
Step 14
Use hot glue to attach cotton ball tail.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bansky in Italy?

Art imitates life. Life Imitates art.