During most of 2013, Whipup.net will hosting a monthly mini-series, each month edited by different crafters and designers. Enjoy!
Hi! We are Abby Glassenberg and Stacey Trock and we are guest editors together here on WhipUp for the month of March.
We are both stuffed animal designers, Stacey crochets amigurumi and Abby sews softies, and we both have creative businesses centered around our crafts. We share a love of making something new and wonderful, by hand, where nothing existed before. The theme for our month here together is the notion of making something from nothing.
Craft, in its essence, is about turning humble materials, such as yarn and cloth, into beautiful, useful things that enrich our lives. It is DIY at its essence and we are excited to share our ideas on this topic and to hear yours, too. Thank you for joining us!
I spent winter vacation at my in-laws house. I always bring a project with me on trips and this year I brought my scrap bin. While everyone sat around the fire, watching movies in the evening, I sat on the floor and sorted a year’s worth of fabric scraps into color-coded baggies. Some scraps were fairly large and some were treasured bits of vintage fabric, but others were just tiny leftovers from some project or other. Looking at some of those tiny pieces my mother-in-law said to me, “Don’t you throw anything away?”
Here’s the thing. I love crafting for a whole host of reasons, but primary among them is my devotion to making something from nothing. That tiny scrap could become a beautiful covered button or a fabric flower pin! I save what other people might sweep up and throw out. Why? Because I’m a crafter.
This month on WhipUP my friend and fellow plush maker, Stacey Trock, and I will be talking about our mutual love of making something from nothing. We’ve got lots of thoughts and ideas for you on this topic and we’re excited to be here.
Stacey: I absolutely love quilts. The idea that you can take tiny scraps from well-worn clothing and make something functional… even something beautiful, has always astounded me. I never became a very skilled quilter, but my passion for using and reusing every scrap of material and fiber lives on. Professionally, I’m a crochet designer who specializes in making stuffed animals. I live the lucky life of being surrounded by yarn and making beautiful things that I (and others) enjoy. But after my design-work is done, there are leftovers. A half-skein of blue yarn. A little patch of felt. A fun fluffy orange yarn. I can’t bear to see them vanish into the garbage bin. Instead, I stow these leftovers in a bag in my closet. They’re still valuable… they have a crafting purpose left!
This month, I’m delighted to team up with Abby Glassenberg, a fellow plush maker, who also shares my passion for letting no crafting material go to waste. I hope you love what we have to share!
Stacey’s blog: Fresh stitches :: Twitter @freshstitches