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Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 | 0 comments

Holiday Pop-Up Shop with Artists Sue and Christine

Holiday Pop-Up Shop with Artists Sue and Christine

Sue Henry, one of our guest bloggers and a talented artist whose studio we toured a while back, is hosting a pop-up holiday shop this weekend in her Del Ray home. Sue and her friend, artist Christine Charboneau are offering accessories, decor, jewelry, paintings, hula hoops and other beautiful, one-of-a-kind gifts. You can visit the pop-up shop this weekend – Friday through Sunday, December 11 to 13  – for Sue’s Tulusa Home Goods and Chrissy’s fine art and handmade hula hoops. To make her collection, Sue carves large rubber stamps and uses them with fabric paint to create custom textiles, which she hand-embroiders and then sews into pillows and clutches.  (As a knitter, I find the clutches the perfect size for knitting notions.) Sue’s also made whimsical garlands with pompoms and beads to hang horizontally or vertically. Christine is selling her lovely, small paintings of nature scenes from the area, as well as fun, handmade hula hoops. Pop-Up Hours & Location Friday, December 11 for a Sip & Shop open...

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 | 0 comments

A Yarn Storm at the Alexandria Beatley Library

A Yarn Storm at the Alexandria Beatley Library

As one of their many community-building activities, the Alexandria Beatley library  is conducting their annual Yarn Storm this month. The Yarn Storm has two parts – an exhibit of miniature yarn animal vignettes made by the Del Ray Yarn Bombers, and a yarn display made up of donated scarves that the library later donates to a nonprofit called Community Lodgings. Last year, the Beatley staff covered two inside pillars, as well as a book cart, and they donated more than 100 scarves. In collaboration with the library, the Del Ray Yarn Bombers created vignettes of woodland creatures, marine life, and more. Here are some sneak previews of the work you’ll see at the library. (Their last project was on a completely different scale involving six giant donuts for the Sugar Shack donut shop.) The Yarn Storm is on display from November 16 to December 10. The Beatley library is accepting handmade or store-bought scarves until December 10. You can drop them off when the library is open. For hours, see the Beatley Library website. To...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 | 1 comment

Sara and Aaron’s Handmade Wedding

Sara and Aaron’s Handmade Wedding

When Sara first told me about her DIY wedding ideas last summer, I couldn’t wait to see the decorations in person. While documenting their big day as their wedding photographer in Madison, WI over Memorial Day weekend, I captured photographs of every item she and Aaron, as well as friends and family, made lovingly by hand. Here are Sara and Aaron soon after their engagement in a photo taken by their engagement photographer. Sara’s sister-in-law designed the wedding programs. She used a font that mimics the look of a manual typewriter, complete with mistakes (see the Recessional song title). As one of the reception decorations, Sara’s friend made a wedding bunting to hang along the tents on the outdoor patio, and even installed them with help from her husband. The handmade decorations that took the most time and effort were by far the more than 100 paper flowers that Sara started making a year in advance. She even asked her florist to design her fresh cut flower bouquet to...

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 | 1 comment

Three More Giant Yarn Donuts Made to Order

Three More Giant Yarn Donuts Made to Order

To make an even half-dozen, the Del Ray Yarn Bombers are constructing three more yarn donuts — maple bacon, German chocolate, and sprinkle — for the Sugar Shack donut shop in Alexandria. Owner Rob Krupicka installed the first three (pink frosting, chocolate and coconut) in time for the shop’s grand opening in January. For the past couple of months, we’ve been hard at work on the final three. We had someone new join our ranks this time too, Eli, who learned to needle felt over the course of an afternoon and, fingers flying, made about five pieces in rapid succession. During the cold winter days, many of our group worked on panels for the outer layers of frosting on their own, and then delivered the completed sections one by one, so we could seam them together. Like the last time, we built up the tires with padding. And then fit the seamed outer layer onto the tire… …added more stuffing and seam up the sides. After seaming the maple “frosting,”...

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Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 | 1 comment

Pink Frosting, Chocolate, and Coconut: Progress on the Giant Yarn Donuts

Pink Frosting, Chocolate, and Coconut: Progress on the Giant Yarn Donuts

The Del Ray Yarn Bombers are happy to report the near completion of our first three giant yarn donuts for the new Sugar Shack Donuts & Coffee shop to be hung as part of their interior design. If you haven’t seen the early phases of the project, check out our last post on our inspiration and experiments in how to construct an enormous donut and how we came to work on this ambitious project. So, what have we been up to? Amanda, her daughter, Kathy and some other clever crocheters finished covering an impressive number of wooden beads. Amanda coordinated the placement of colors atop the pink “frosting” and we tied each one on over the course of a few working sessions. A couple of us seamed up the edges of the donut where the pink frosting meets the brown underside, all but one opening where we would later add more stuffing to make the donut good and fat. Nadja tried out the nearly finished donut as a chair while munching...

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