Schedule of Events: May

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MAY 2018: SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Tuesday, May 8 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/165557804122002/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Sunday, May 13 from 3-6 pm
Stitch n Bitch at Awbury Ag Village
Location: Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/816037715262379/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Sunday, May 13 from 1-5 pm
Group Sewing Lesson
Students will learn the basics of sewing and will create their own pillowcase. Once complete you may choose to keep it simple or decorate your design with embroidery.
Location: Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/720265934764192/
Ages: 10 and up.
Price: $15 / per person
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Sunday, May 13 from 12-2 pm
Mother’s Day Mommy & Me Tea
Location: Awbury Arboretum’s Agricultural Village, on Washington Lane (in Germantown)
Come and celebrate Mothers day by joining us for tea! Get hands on and create a lovely tea cup garden as well as other plant related crafts in this fun filled “Mommy & Me” activity.
Ages 2-14 with parent
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2068835113402534/
Price: Teacup Garden workshop is $20/ per workshop participant. All supplies included.
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Tuesday, May 15 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/189553121684465/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Tuesday, May 22 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1468153249955392/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members
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Tuesday, May 29 from 7-9 pm
Stitch n Bitch
Location: 47 East High Street, Studio LLA (in Germantown)
Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1593252874124762/
Price: $7 per person/ Free for Tulpehocken Exchange Members

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Multi-Media Materials: Holiday Shimmer & Shine

I felt inspired this holiday season to create some new ornaments for our tree. We decided to go with a funky skinny tree — my husband and I have been searching for the right one for a couple of years until a few weeks ago when we stumbled into Thistle in Frenchtown while waiting for a table at the Frenchtown Cafe (which, as a side note, has some of the best breakfast in the Hunterdon Co, NJ/Bucks Co, PA River Valley)…but I am digressing….

The store was in the process of packing up and moving to a new location, so you can imagine they had some sweet sales. Lucky for us! This tree was marked WAY down – so we took her home that day! (after an awesome breakfast, that is!)

This tree, it’s pinecones and antique feel, inspired the ornaments.

I purchased some sheet aluminum from Dick Blick, and an embossing tool.

In the process of making the ornaments, I found pencils (color and graphite) & crochet hooks work just as well – if not better – than the embossing tool. Although, I used the embossing tool for the small dots you see on the ornaments.

To create ornaments:

1. Put your favorite christmas carols on the stereo OR even better yet, Elf on the TV set muted with the carols on the stereo. 

2. Place the Aluminum (or copper or brass) sheet on a magazine or other soft surface

3. Use the graphite pencil to lightly sketch out your idea (or just wing it!)

4. Use the graphite or color pencil to press on the aluminum to indent it. This technique is alot like Reposse – or chasing….since you are embossing the metal from one side to have texture on the other. Both sides are reflective and shimmery on the tree.

Use the embossing tool & pencil to create textures in the metal.

5. After completing your design, you can easily cut them out of the metal sheet – be careful, although the metal is not really thick, it can be a little pointy!

6. Straighten out the pieces – I used the side of the crochet hook to smooth them out

7. Now you can use Glitter Glue or just white glue and loose glitter to add some shimmer to your ornaments.

8. To finish, use a needle and thread to punch a hole and string up your ornaments. There are many possibilities for this – including creating a garland of shiny ornaments, single ornaments, window decorations and more!!

Have fun – post your creations!!!

and Happy Holidays from Handmade Philly.

MaryJo Rosania-Harvie is an artist, art teacher and lover of all art materials! Like to see something specific in the Multi-Media Materials Column? Send in your requests, she’ll gladly try them out! http://www.maryjorosania.com

Photo Recap – Philadelphia Independent Craft Market 2009

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 During Philly’s first snow shower, 7 members of Handmade Philly displayed their handmade crafts at the Philadelphia Independent Craft Market, Holiday Edition. Holiday shoppers also enjoyed free Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer!

Over 5 awesome bands played their original music while we all browsed for that special one-of-a-kind gift. Many thanks to 2424 Studios in Fishtown for allowing the use of their magnificant gallery space.

” Quote – 2424 Studios, Philadelphia’s newest work studio community. Located in Fishtown at the corner of York and Gaul streets, right off of I-95, and convenient to public transportation, 2424 Studios consists of over 100 work studios and/or office suites that range from 350 to over 6,000 square feet. The rents start at $399 per month and units are now available! Also located within 2424 Studios is the “Skybox,” an unparalleled and climate controlled event space of over 6,200 feet that is for tenants’ use, for community use and for rent to the public. 2424 Studios is now open to the public so please feel free to come by any time to take a look.

Money raised by the Craft Market benefitted the 941 Theater. Thanks Julie for organizing another great show!

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Not done your holiday shopping? You can always find the Handmade Philly’s members by searching Etsy for “Philly Team“.

Spring Flowering

Just a wee bit of color pushing through the wintry landscape…perhaps a tinge of gold at peel of a birch, a glimmer of purple-hued crocus sparkling on the forest floor, dewy moss casting a brilliant green to the edge of a creek, or the whisper of a snow drop petal’s sweet welcome. All of these things bring a feeling of renewal, revitalization, and quiet awakening as we emerge from our wintry dens to feel the balmy new breezes of springtime. In perusing the artistic coffers of Philadelphia artisans, I found the following gold-tinged blossoming gems. That delicate eruption of color from the milky whites and frothy cream is enough to remind me that warmth is nigh, even if I still have to pull my hood up over my head for a few more weeks.

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These absolutely stunning fairy wings are the exquisite, careful work of Rebecca Dixon, proprietor of etsy shop, Up from the Ashes I just hope that one day I can become the owner of one of these accessories to fantasy delight!

Grace Christie's lovely 'Rain' earrings

Grace Christie's lovely 'Rain' earrings

No one can deny the striking beauty of Grace Christie’s bejeweled creations. Like the afternoon sunlight filtering through a light spring drizzle, these earrings sparkle with a many hued light. You can find Grace Christie at her etsy site of the same name.

Sew Fragrant's Little Birdie

Sew Fragrant's Little Birdie

A delightful touch of whimsy for the Easter Basket, the Baby Shower, or any other event that delivers – in hushed tones, perhaps – spring growth, new growth, little birdie growth and happily, the arrival of little ones. Philly artisan, Patti, gives us all the chance to offer such sweet gifts at her shop Sew Fragrant.

SayHiBeth's adorable vintage magnets

SayHiBeth's adorable vintage magnets

What says ‘spring’ more than the hurry of little girls to begin skipping rope outside. I might not be little, but it seems pretty appealing to me! And I will say that for the two and a half year olds like my daughter, nothing is more appealing than getting out of doors at long last. And for such joyous weather! Say Hi Beth’s etsy shop is full of all kinds of wonderful vintage magnet sets. It won’t be long before some of these adorn my own fridge.

Harvest Sky Ring

Harvest Sky Ring

I know, I know, the name of this ring is “Harvest Sky” but who can mistake that clear blue of springtime, the golden branches merely a hold over from winter bareness, their silhouettes bathed in the hazy light following a light shower? Well, I can pretend. Isn’t that the glory of art? We see what we want to see. My stepmother already wears one of Dierdre Ryan’s photo rings, and many more can be found at her etsy shop, blackbird72.

Jen McCleary's picture postcard

Jen McCleary's picture postcard

For someone who delights in collage, Jen McCleary seems to have no end to the creative expanses of her imagination. Her artwork jewelry pieces are completely original and beautiful to behold, especially in person. And what’s this? Wonderful postcard prints of her collaged art pieces. And for a dollar? Astounding. Sign me up! And you, too, dear reader, should visit her shop for more. Find her at etsy under the name JenMcCleary

New springtime creations are all around us! Look for us locally area events, including the Trenton Avenue Arts Festival and the Fishtown Shad Fest for new, interesting, and endlessly creative creations.

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Sarah Powell, is a medical anthropologist, herbalist, crafter, and the sole proprietor of the natural bath, body & herbal tea business, Lilith’s Apothecary.