The Crafter's Box is a subscription membership project for those that love to make. Monthly, The Crafter's Box features an expert maker and a new crafting technique. Our makers curate a box of materials and tools, and build an online workshop so that members can learn about and craft a specialized project.
Here's where we share about our featured maker as well as the unique materials and specialty tools that can be found in each box. Welcome!
A Trio of Workshops - Frame Weaving, Strohsterne & Premium Tablet Weaving with Lindsey Campbell
In this special episode of The Crafter's Box Podcast, we sit down with the talented Lindsey Campbell of Hello Hydrangea to discuss three incredible workshops Lindsey has prepared with us for release. Frame Weaving, released in October 2021, Strohsterne, released in November 2021 and Premium Tablet Weaving, to be released in mid-November 2021 are each unique and intricate techniques that will expand a maker's library of skills.
Frame Weaving is one of the oldest artisan techniques in the world, dating back to ancient times. In her workshop, Lindsey guides us through a specialized technique that weaves yarn in floating patterns on a fixed frame. The wooden frame provides structure to weaving elements that would otherwise not be able to stand on their own, creating an intricate and colorful décor piece that’s ready to hang in your home.
Strohsterne is the art of creating straw stars using natural wheat stalks and cotton thread. In her workshop, Lindsey teaches us how to make six different star patterns in varying sizes, shapes, and techniques. “These dainty celestial projects are often used in Germany, Sweden and other Scandinavian countries,” shares Lindsey. In traditional stories, the straw stars are connected to the star of Bethlehem, shining in the night during Christ’s birth. Additionally, straw was readily available and affordable for people, making Strohsterne ornaments a deeply important part of German and other northern European Christmas traditions.
Tablet weaving, also called card weaving, is one of the oldest weaving practices. It is a type of band weave, which has been found in different parts of the world since the Bronze Age. The yarn is threaded through a series of cards, and as they turn, a pattern is woven into a thin band. You can use the end project as a belt, hat band, curtain tie, shoelaces, bracelet bag strap, pretty much anything.
Join us for this special deep dive into all three beautiful and unique techniques.
Learn more: Frame Weaving & Strohsterne. Stay tuned for Tablet Weaving.
Poured Soy Candles with Craft + Foster - A Premium Workshop
Explore the art of custom soy candle making. This workshop immerses students in the cozy craft of personalized scent blending and candle pouring as you learn the technique essentials with husband-and-wife team, Melissa and Chad Burgess. They share their expertise and passion in their workshop, teaching us how to choose the best pairings of materials and scents to make exquisite and aromatic poured soy candles.
We begin with an overview of fragrance, learning how to identify top, middle, and bottom notes. Chad and Melissa walk us through each step of candle making, from choosing your vessel and wick size, to preparing and pouring your wax, all the way through to completing and curing your candle. For those interested in fragrance blending, they share tips on getting started and exploring your preferred scent combinations.
Not only will we learn the step-by-step process of creating candles by making them together, Melissa and Chad also set you up for future success by examining the intricacies of fragrances, wick sizing, and scent blending—and how to pair them all together in the best vessel. Once you complete this workshop, you will have the skills to fill any vessel suitable for a candle with your own creative scent blends.
Yes, you’ll be making gorgeous candles, but you’ll also be treating yourself to creative therapy. Melissa developed a passion for candle-making after receiving a DIY kit in 2015, and it quickly became a therapeutic outlet for her. The act of creating will soothe the soul, and the candle itself will add a sense of calmness and joy to your home each time you light the wick.
Learn more: https://thecraftersbox.com/craft-and-foster-poured-soy-candles/
Wood Carving with Motoko Smith - A Premium Workshop
In this premium workshop we are exploring the art of wood carving, handcrafting artisan serveware that will become staples in our kitchen and home. Motoko Smith, of Leo in the Woods, inspires, educates and shares with us her thoughtful practice in design and woodworking. Following her techniques, we’ll create a knife, coffee scoop, large spatula, and kuksa out of a rich cherry wood. This rewarding and immersive workshop allows us to take a wooden blank and, with time and diligence in our craft, create custom home goods that we will enjoy for a lifetime.
Along with learning the fundamentals of woodworking and wood carving techniques, Motoko shares her expert tips derived from years of experience and countless hours of work. By the end of this workshop, Motoko will leave us feeling confident in our new skills, ready to experiment with future wood carving projects on our own.
Learn more: https://thecraftersbox.com/2021-08-pw-featured-maker
September 2021 - Broom Making: Naked Turkey Wing, Alyssa Blackwell
Using handmade objects in the home can bring joy to mundane activities and a handcrafted broom is no exception. Sweeping suddenly becomes enjoyable and lifts the spirit. In her workshop, Alyssa guides us through the art of broom making to craft a Naked Turkey Wing Hand Whisk. Despite it’s quirky name, this broom is an elegant addition to the home that’s beautiful enough to put on display and practical for everyday use.
The workshop begins by exploring the materials for this craft including broomcorn and cording, a dowel to use as a foot brake, and a few household tools you’ll want to gather ahead of time to set up your workspace. Alyssa guides us through a few preliminary design decisions that affect the style and shape of our brooms and how they’ll look once they’re hanging on the wall.
Working with natural shapes, textures, and colors is a soothing and restorative process. Join us as we learn to embrace this century’s old art form while adding our own modern twist to the design.
Learn more: https://thecraftersbox.com/2021-09-w-featured-maker
August 2021 - Fabric Weaving, Mister Domestic
Fabric weaving is a textile technique using strips of fabric to create unique woven patterns. In this workshop, under Mister Domestic’s expert guidance, we’re exploring three different custom fabric weaving patterns to build a beautiful raw linen lumbar pillow for the home.
In this workshop, Mathew shares an overview of building a raw edge linen two-axis weave. Once your skills are mastered, explore two additional intermediate weaving patterns for wall hangings, placemats, table runners, quilts and pillows. You can use different axes to create interest and dimension in every unique textile piece and explore your very own patterns as you get the hang of weaving with pins on a table top. We invite you to add additional fabric bundles for more making, each bundle includes enough fabric for multiple pillows or even a lap quilt.
This workshop presents a totally unique take on weaving as we're working 'off the loom' and embracing textiles over fiber. Join us for an immersive workshop in a brand new offering that will inspire continue making all season long
Learn more: https://thecraftersbox.com/2021-08-w-featured-maker/
Delicate Wafer Paper Florals with Stevi Auble - A Premium Workshop
Welcome to our premium workshop exploring the art of modern cake design, construction and decorating, including learning how to handcraft delicate wafer paper florals. Confectionary artisan Stevi Auble shares with us inspiring, encouraging and thoughtful instruction on everything you need to know to create awe-inspiring edible wafer paper florals in her signature techniques, plus modern cake designs, from the foundational skills of creating a sturdy (and delicious) base, to the how-to of successful stacking and finishing techniques.
Your edible wafer paper floral bouquet includes instructions, materials and specialized tools to handcraft—in stunning detail—ranunculus, peonies, cosmos, garden roses, anemones and accompanying leaf embellishments. You have enough of everything to make five of each flower, giving you flexibility to practice and perfect your craft. In addition, Stevi leads us through the process of building a tiered Romantic buttercream cake design from scratch—learn tips for baking, stacking and filling tiers, creating a crumb coat, expertly applying buttercream, and decorating a finished cake with perfection. Stevi introduces a plethora of information to transform makers into seasoned sweet designers. This workshop covers the full spectrum of cake construction and decorating, focusing on handcrafting delicate, edible florals made from wafer paper.
Learn more: https://thecraftersbox.com/2021-07-pw-featured-maker
These are great complements getting the most out of the kits, but even if I’m not getting that month’s box, I love hearing about the artist’s process and inspirations. Thank you!
I love this podcast!! So much valuable information from the makers that excites me!! I’ve learned so much from each maker. The first six months have been wonderful. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the coming months.