Posts Categorized: collaborations

collaborations + Crafts + DIY + Projects + sewing / Monday, 25 Aug 2014

Ink-dyed clutch

DIY Ink-dyed clutch
As you might have seen from our previous projects, we’ve been loving our partnership with Craftsy. It’s given us the opportunity to try out new techniques. Our final installment of the series is the The Art of Cloth Dyeing class with JaneDunnewold. This class comes at a time when ink-dyeing techniques have made a full circle in their trend cycle. No doubt you’ve been spying all the shibori and tie-dying going on? Well, this class provides you with the basic dyeing techniques to do all of that! And today you have the opportunity to win a spot in the class (click here for more info).
In the class you’ll learn the entire process of ink-dyeing like the following:
  • color-mixing and chemistry of fiber-reactive dyes
  • learning how fabrics will react to dyes and absorb color
  • the supplies you’ll need to do it all from home
  • basic fabric manipulations like rubber banding, folding, pleating
  • how to mix dyes
  • the science of calculating how much time to allow for the dyes to react, otherwise known as batching.
  • The secret to a fast and easy washout.
  • Some more advanced dyeing techniques (they’re so rad!)
  • What to do when you’ve overdyed your project
  • What to do with your fabrics afterward
I had the talented Ashley Isenhour take the class and she said that the class was easy to follow and inspiring in creating your own projects with it. As Jane Dunnewold literally wrote the book on the subject with Complex Cloth and Art Cloth: A Guide to Surface Design onFabric, she trusted her advice and found it to be practical and easy to understand.
Ashley came up with a fancy application to the cloth-dyed fabric by making a black and white cloth-dyed clutch that you can take out and about on the town. It’s lined with a pink linen and I love how it turned out!
DIY ink dyed clutch
Click below for full tutorial!

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collaborations + Design + Life + Products / Friday, 15 Aug 2014

Sneak peek

I have some exciting news! I’ve designed 3 collections of dinnerware for a brand new company, Twig New York. Squeals! You know I love dinnerware! They’re letting me sneak peek a photo just in time for NYNOW, the gift fair in NYC, which starts this Sunday the 17th. The show is open to buyers and press only so the products aren’t available just yet, but once they are you will certainly know about it!

If you are part of the trade, go check out the new collections of Twig New York at booth 3148. They have collections with a few designers including one of my favorites, Molly Hatch.

Have a happy weekend!

collaborations + Crafts + DIY + downloads + Projects + sewing + summer + templates / Monday, 30 Jun 2014

Hand embroidered Peter Pan collar & Craftsy giveaway

When I was a little girl my grandmother taught me to embroider. I embroidered everything: pillows with pictures of tennis racquets and musical recorders (my hobbies at the time), flowers (of course) on sewn drawstring bags. I even remember turning in a math class assignment with embroidered pansies on a paper plate. Who knows why and how that was an acceptable math assignment….
It’s been awhile since I’ve placed a needle to form a flower and I’ve lost many of the techniques so when I had the opportunity to take some classes on Craftsy I was excited to re-learn the process. Together with my intern Kelly Curtis, I took Design it, Stitch it: HandEmbroidery with Jessica Marquez and today I’m giving away an entry to this class (enter here).
Jessica’s class was great because she clearly went over 25 rather new-to-me stitches showing each step of the way. Kelly mentioned that the French knot had always escaped her but she is now confident thanks to Jessica’s clear instruction. Score!
What you’ll go over:
  •  7 different flat stitches with design inspirations
  •  looped stitches     
  •  knotted stitches (like the infamous French knot!)
  • Crossed stitches
  • Fill stitches
  • Embroidering on knits
  • And how to create your own patterns, (which we did below)
And what’s great about Craftsy is that you can go at your own pace, bookmark key parts of the videos, and get a full refund if you’re not satisfied. Score again!
Kelly and I worked on creating a project based on the class and we came up with this floral Peter Pan collar that would be adorable to add to a dress or blouse. Don’t you think?! Continue reading below to create one for yourself with the full tutorial and free template download.
To enter the Craftsy class giveaway, click on this link and register with your email address or Facebook login info. The giveaway will end one week from today. Good luck!
 
assisting crafting by Kelly Curtis
styling by Brittany Jepsen
template design by Ashley Isenhour
Full Tutorial Below
Materials:
  • embroidered collar
  • template for collar
  • scissors
  • fabric
  • transfer pencil
  • transfer paper
  • pins
  • sewing machine
  • ribbon
  • string floss
  • sewing needle

 

Peter Pan Collar

Free template download here 


For the peter pan collar using the template (download it for free here), cut two and sew right sides of the fabric together. Start sewing the collar together about 1/2 inch from the ends. Leave about an inch or so open about an inch from the center of the collar, but not the center. Trim the seam allowance and snip about every 1/4″, then turn inside out. Turn the seam allowance of the open part of the collar in and then press. Close the opening by hand sewing. Press both sides of the edges in a 1/4. Insert a ribbon of your choice into each end and then top stitch closed. Now you’re ready to stitch!
 

Trace the design with an iron on transfer pencil and proceed to iron on. For the flowers and leaves, I used a #3 needle and 4 string floss. The stem, I used a #3 needle and 6 string floss. The flowers were done with the satin stitch, the leaves were done with the fishbone stitch and the stem was done with a split stitch.

Note: This post was sponsored by Craftsy but the words are mine. Thanks to sponsors like Craftsy that make this blog possible.

collaborations + DIY + hair and beauty + Projects + summer / Thursday, 19 Jun 2014

Crown braid tutorial

We’re gearing up for our big Midsummer party on Saturday and we have SO much to do. There will be lots of handmade elements sprinkled throughout the garden so we’re getting our craft on big time! It’s turned into more of an effort than my wedding!
Some of you have expressed interested in learning the braided hair styles that we did for the Flamingo Pop shoot with BHLDN and I thought Midsummer was the perfect time to try them out. Jessie M, who created the styles, graciously provided the tutorials so you can recreate them yourself. Midsummer or not, they are perfect for getting the hair out of your way and looking adorable at the same time.
Click below for full crown braid tutorial!

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collaborations + flowers + Party + Wedding / Thursday, 29 May 2014

Flamingo Pop: a bridal shower collab with BHLDN

Flamingo Pop: a fun & whimsical bridal shower collaboration with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built . Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop: a fun & whimsical bridal shower collaboration with BHLDN and The House that Lars Built . Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Rose Lemonade from Pop 'n Sweets. Gold serveware from Anthro. Flamingos from BHLDN. Tablecoth from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Fiery flamingos and bursts of balloons are the name of the game for Flamingo Pop, the bridal shower I created for BHLDN, Anthropologie’s wedding site. They asked me if I could come up with a fun and whimsical theme using some of their products and if I would be interested particulalry in their flamingo cake toppers. Ummm, yes I would thank you very much. These cute little guys ended up stealing the show and setting the tone for the theme!
If you came here looking for the tutorial on how to create the balloon arch, you can find it here.
Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN. Wedding cake by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Top from Anthro. Dress from BHLDN. Jewelry from Anthro. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Table linens and chairs from Scene Makers. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I recruited an amazingly talented bunch to make it happen and I couldn’t be MORE THRILLED with the results. Let’s talk details shall we?
First off, the flowers. I mentioned to my gal Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral, that I wanted to do a balloon installation of sorts but I didn’t quite know how I wanted to incorporate florals thinking that the two might compete. Leave it to Ashley to suggest putting flowers IN the installation. Brava Ashley. Brava.
Then I knew I wanted something super lovely to play off the BHLDN and Anthro products and tone it down a notch. I worked with Allie of Scene Makers, an event styling/prop rental/space design company in Salt Lake City, who was THE BOMB. She took me on a tour of their warehouse showing me all their amazing props. She even walked me through the process of selecting linens for the tables and chairs. I ended up going with a gorgeous linen blush pink tablecloth with coral napkins, which I thought brought in all the colors wonderfully. She was even there to pick up the tables and chairs when we were done. They couldn’t have been more accommodating. Locals, use Scene Makers!
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Photo by Jessica Peterson.Balloons from Zurchers. Flowers by Tinge. Clothing from BHLDN and Anthro.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Photo by Jessica Peterson. Candy from Zurchers. Bowls from Anthro.
I knew the balloons would be the trickiest to figure out because I didn’t know the first thing about them. How many would I need? Would I want helium? How would I install it? Zurchers, a local party store stepped in and provided all the balloons and some delicious treats like the gum balls above. They have them in every flavor, both the balloons and the gum balls. I loved selecting the balloon colors. There’s a menagerie the choose from. I knew I wanted them in a variety of colors and shapes and the employees were so helpful in giving me sage advice. I’ll provided a more complete DIY on how to create this balloon installation later.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flowers by Tinge. Balloons from Zurchers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built.. Goblets and dinnerware from Anthro. Top and jewelry from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
BHLDN let me lived my dreams out and said I could select whatever I wanted to use. I stuck to a mint, coral, blush pink, berry pink palette and then incorporated some Anthropologie products too that fit the bill like a lot of the dinnerware. One important element was to bring in quirky pops of animals in every shape or form. Hence the elephant sugar holders, duck vases, praying mantis plates, and of course dash of flamingos.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dinnerware and flatware from Anthro. Name tags from BHLDN. Flowers by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress from BHLDN. Earrings from Anthro. Flowers by Tinge.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Pennant banners from BHLDN.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I loved adding in some of the BHLDN products like these paper pendants that come in a variety of floral patterns.
One of my favorite parts was working with Tess Comrie of Le Loup cakes. Now, we can see that these cakes are truly gorgeous, but what you can’t see is how DIVINE they are. I came home with a few slices of chocolate cake and let me tell you, it was perfection. The perfect consistency. Not too sweet (as Paul the European likes it). Just right. Tess, I’ll take your leftovers any day!
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloons installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Balloons provided by Zurchers. Flowers by Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress by BHLDN. Hair by Jessie M. Flowers by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Tinge. Dinnerware from Anthro. Flutes from BHLDN.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
I selected the rose lemonade soda from the local candy/pop store (that’s Utah’s version of bars), Pop ‘n Sweets. I love the color they added.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flamingos from BHLDN. Tablecloth, duck vase, gold serverware from Anthro. Cake stands from BHLDN. Rose lemonade from Pop 'n Sweets. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dresses from  BHLDN. Top from Anthro. Hair by Jessie M.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Flamingo cake toppers from BHLDN. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dresses from BHLDN. Gold serveware from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes from Le Loup. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.

And, of course, I just love these models. Not only are the beautiful, but they loved helping than they loved modeling and for that I owe them my first born. Truly, they created such a fun atmosphere. And they were dolled up by the awesome Jessie M, who works magic.

Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloons installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Tinge Floral. Dresses from BHLDN. Top from Anthro. Tablecloth from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Balloons provided by Zurchers Party store.  Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Name tags, coasters, flutes from BHLDN. Dinnerware and flatware from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Balloons provided by Zurchers Party store. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Cakes by Tess Comrie of Le Loup. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Balloons provided by Zurchers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Ashley Beyer. Table linens and chairs from Scene Makers. Photo by Jessica Peterson. Photo by Jessica Peterson.

And last but certainly not least, Jessica Peterson, the photographer, who I’ve now worked with numerous times and have loved every experience. She’s one of the most passionate persons you will meet and knows how to capture the human soul.

Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dinnerware and accessories from Anthro. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Florals by Tinge Floral. Dinnerware from Anthro. Table linens from Scene Makers. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Dress by BHLDN. Earrings from Anthro. Florals by Tinge. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Chandelier made from paper straws. Straws from BHDLN. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop. A bridal collaboration with BHLDN and The House That Lars Built. Balloon installation by Brittany Watson Jepsen. Florals by Ashley Beyer of Tinge Floral. Photo by Jessica Peterson.
Flamingo Pop, a bridal shower in collaboration with BHLDN
floral coasters, pennant garland, dresses (here, here, here), cake stands, straws, champagne flutes from BHLDN
floral top, jewelry, praying mantis plates, mint goblets, mini bowls, elephant sugar holders, duck vase from Anthro
Models: Michelle Christensen, Morgan Sidwell Owens, Anna Grimmer
Assistants: Hillary Gallup, Melissa Leavitt, Karlee Bronson, Leslie from Dylbug
Styling and creative direction by Brittany Watson Jepsen for BHLDN