Friday, July 25, 2014

Inspirer. Inspiree. Inspiring.

A little over a year ago- I had the opportunity to head into Brooklyn for a Hello Etsy event at Pratt Institute. I'm sitting here shifting through the blog in hope that I might've mentioned it, or maybe even given a full recap. But naturally I didn't. The entire 2 day event was aimed at empowering independent, creatives to explore new methods of production, new patterns of consumption, and more lasting and purposeful ways of working. It was about building the creative economy of the future — one that is connected, human-scaled, joyful, and long lasting.

It was amazing, insightful, and you guessed it... inspiring.

Reminiscing about my time there I'm beginning to laugh at the ridiculous way I transformed from a polished creative entrepreneur into a total fan girl. Complete with shuddering and stammering- and worrying about what I'm wearing.

Heather and I visiting Colleen Attara Studio
Last week, Heather of April Heather Art wrote some very sweet things about me- it's a fun cycle when someone you love and admire proclaims to the world that she thinks you're inspiring. *Always surround yourself with people like this, not only is it good company but they'll be the first ones who support you in any of those crazy ideas! She asked me to share someone who inspires me in a blog post this week. That's how these blog hops go, right?

Now I've had my fair share of rubbing elbows with important folks at round tables, conferences, or runways. But while in Brooklyn I had the chance to meet Majora Carter- an environmental activist whose first TED talk can be seen below or click this link Majora Carter Urban Renewal TEDTalk:

Ever since then I've followed Majora, inspired by her determination and ideas of making change right in her community. Her passion to redefine the accepted ways. There I was after her talk, waiting for a chance to thank her for being such an inspiration, and making sure someone was nearby to capture this epic moment on camera. As she reached out for a handshake I jumped right in for a hug. I went on and on about how amazing I thought she was, about the time she put Al Gore in his place, and yes of course I slipped her my card! Oh, and Rebecca was sure to catch a picture for me too! (She doesn't look freaked out, does she?)

Jenelle Montilone, TrashN2Tees with Majora Carter

Who has inspired you?

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Scrappy T-shirt Rope Vase Tutorial

You'll need: 
1 Glass or Plastic Bottle
20 feet of continuous T-shirt Yarn
5 Hot Glue Sticks (and the gun to use them!)

There are so many ways out there to create t-shirt yarn- and if you haven't given it a try yet... well, what are you waiting for? Here are a few tips for cutting your own continuous yarn that can be used for making a t-shirt vase, wash clothes, macrame, or any crochet project you can dream up. In my previous post I talked about using t-shirt that do not have side seam. Today I'm sharing the trick to making a continuous length using scrappy strips or shirts with a side seam.

1. I created a single strand of t-shirt yarn using a series of slip knots from short scrappy strips. After cutting all of your strips to desired width and length- make a small snip cut on both ends.

2. With 2 strips at hand, take one strip (strip #1) and pass it through the other (strip #2)

3. Next take the beginning end  of strip 1 and feed it through the opposite end of strip 1 and pull tight

Once you have your strips all pieced together cut it into 2 equal parts. You'll need approximately 20 feet of yarn total. Each strand once split will be 10 feet.

Make a dime sized blot of hot glue on the bottom edge of your bottle, adhere both raw edges to the bottle. Begin twisting the double strands together, tacking to the bottle ever 1'' or sew with glue to hold its place. Continue wrapping until you reach the top of the bottle.

Friday, July 4, 2014

How To: Cut Continuous T-shirt Yarn

As you know I'm always concocting some newfangled way to creatively repurpose t-shirts. This is hands down one of the easiest and most practical ways- making t-shirt yarn!

To make continuous yarn use a t-shirt that does not have side seams. Lay your shirt out on work surface and smooth out an wrinkles.

Fold one closed edge of the t-shirt towards to the other, leaving a 2” space at the top. Smooth the t-shirt out. It doesn’t need to be perfect, but large creases can give your strips jagged, inconsistent edges.

Cut into strips (desired thickness) – do not cut the space at the top. Be sure to cut completely through the

(4)  layers of material stopping just after the fold line. In other words you do not cut the 2” space at the top.

Carefully, unfold the t-shirt so you can see the separate strips. Following the photo, begin cutting the strips diagonally across. Starting at the first strip, cut diagonally to the second strip. Repeat across.

Now that you have a single strip of t-shirt yarn, pull it through your hands to create the tube shape. This enables the edges to curl.

 Keep pulling until it is all tube-shaped and roll into a yarn ball.


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