Quilt Block of the Month – Block 12

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Welcome to the Craft Hackers Quilt a Long (courtesy of fab shop hop!)

Block 12 is the Yankee Puzzle .


This is an intermediate level quilt. If you don’t have a lot of basic quilting skills you probably don’t want to attempt this quilt or you may get frustrated. The quilt a long will stay posted so if you are learning to quilt you can always come back and join at any time, even if we are finished! Please post your squares as you finish them so we can cheer you along!

Even though I am posting a square a month I don’t want anyone to feel pressured that you must finish the block within a month. This is a relaxed quilt a long that you can complete at your own pace. Although anyone finishing their quilt during the quilt a long time will be featured in a special blog.

The finished dimensions are 72″ by 72″.

Just to remind you, here is the finished pattern:

Here is the pattern for the Yankee Puzzle Block 12.



Meet the Hackers: Gen Con

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Today is the start of GenCon in Indianapolis, IN.  This is the second year that Craft Hackers will be there with Quiltoni, Rice Hat Samurai, and Craftigurumi.  You can find us here at Booth 1653:

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In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 2:00pm in Crowne Plaza: Conrail room.  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or own one and want to grow your business, this is the panel for you.  This panel will feature David Lee Pancake and Rubiee Hayes.  There are only a few tickets left! https://www.gencon.com/events/73996  We will also be streaming it live.  If you are not able to attend Gen Con or the tickets are all gone, you can watch it through Hang With.  Subscribe to our channel and you will get a notification when we start streaming.

Speaking of Streaming, we will be streaming all weekend long again!  When we see something we just have to share, we will stream it on Hang With and then after we are finished streaming I will share it on our Craft Hacker Facebook page.  I am sure I will share a lot of awesome things including new interviews!


Swimming in Fandoms

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It’s coming on the end of July, which means that while everyone else is having lovely weather, the Irish summer has kicked in and I’m wishing I was anywhere but here. Its raining outside my window right now. Again….

So to cheer myself up I went in search of something that I’d like to be doing right now, top of the list being laying out on a beach enjoying the sun. And since this is my dream beach, what better way to do it than in geek style?

Look at all the fun that Jinx is having!

TejninsCosCreations is a shop that would perfectly kit me out for sunbathing, or kit you out for a real holiday!

Dr Who TARDIS anyone?

No matter what your fandom, Shelby can sort you out. This shop combines both fans and cosplay for a really unique feel. You can see the cosplay inspiration that started TejninsCosCreations off in her product shots. I love that she represents everyone of all shapes and sizes in these, and that it isn’t just the bikini, but the full costume in many pics. While I’m not sure I’d be sitting on a beach with a full face of Moxxi makeup, I would certainly love to sport my favorite characters there, too. Then again, for many cons (Colossalcon anyone?), these could double as your entire costume.

Pokemon’s Squirtle bikini.

If you can’t find your favorite, then ask! Shelby will take commissions for characters as well. So it might not be a bad time to start considering next year’s cons or holidays if you’d like to get something personal done.

Tejnin’s Cos Creations can be found on Etsy and Facebook.

~ eliste

Crafting Storage Management

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Instead of highlighting an artist today, I wanted to share some of the organizations tips I’ve gathered over the years. Like any crafter my supplies often exceeds my storage space so I’m always looking for the best ways to store my materials yet still have the easily accessible. While it’s not super extensive, here are some tips/suggestions I’ve put into practice.

1) Hanging Shelves

I’m starting off with my most used product storage system: Hanging Fabric shelves. As a crocheter, these things are a life saver. They’re cheap, easy to use, and lightweight. Quality will vary depending on how much you want to spend of course, but since I only needed my to sort my yarn I can get away with the $5-$10 ones. You can also purchase separate drawers to place inside of each cubby hole if you are have product that might fall out. Free closest space is a must of course, and if you’re like me and have a entire closet free then you’re better off combining it with number 2

2) Closet Organizer

The setup will take some time and you’ll want to plan your layout before you buy anything, but man oh man it is so worth it. I’m at a disadvantage with my current set up as it’s old and I had to adapt with what was already in place, but with all the options that exist with the adjustable shelf heights, basket racks and their sturdy design you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to organize all your crafting supplies. Not to mention that it has the added bonus of keeping your materials from taking over a room/the house as they “should” have a proper home to go back to. I should cause….yeah….my stuff still explodes all over the room during crunch time so I know it’s not realistic all the time, lol. If you can’t possibly spare the close space though….

3) Scrapbooking Desks/Storage

This is just one part of the larger Recollections Craft Storage Set that is often used for scrapbooking but can easily be adapted for other crafting needs. All the cubes in the set are the same dimensions and can be fitted into a larger shelving system. Great if you’re not into books and have the wall space to spare, while keep your house looking neat and tidy…ya know….when you’re not crafting. This can get pricey so if you lack space and money…well….

4) Storage Bins

Yup. When in doubt, go with the classics. The clear ones are the best if you need them for storage as you can easily get smaller bins to go inside, allowing you to see what is in which bin in a matter of minutes. Not the easiest to access, but hey, when you just need to toss your stuff out of the way so you house can be used for no crafting things, they get the job done. 😉 If you have any recommendations on storage item, feel free to share it with me over in the forums/in the comments and I’ll see about adding it next time. ^_^



3D Perler builds

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If you’ve been around the internet and enjoy video games, you’ve likely heard of perler beads. Heck, even if you were just a kid who went to summer camp you’ve likely even used them before. We’ve shown off the skills that some artists have with their designs but have you ever seen a person translate that 2D design into a 3D sculpture?

Well that’s exactly what Voxel Perlers specializes in. Case in point, their kick ass Metroid Tubes:

Not only do they stack their beads in layers to create their sculptures, they also use various sizes to give the piece even more weight! Their metroid ones obviously caught my eye since they are just so beautiful to look at (I mean, come on, it has a light up base too!!!) but they do make other objects like Zelda chests:

And of course it’s hinged, I love it.


They’ve started building a figurine gallery made with perlers as well that bears as look through…well the whole collection does really, if only to help inspire any other pearler artist out there that they not feel confined by their medium. Push it until it breaks and then think outside the box. 😀


Artist Feature – Lisa Shaub Fine Millinery

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It’s been a while; I’m sorry if you missed me last Sunday but I’m back!  On to the feature:

One of the worst Summers in terms of heat is upon us, at least here in New York City, and feel like our Sun is entirely to blame.  I mean, where does it get off being so hot and stuff?  We need to ward off its advances in many different ways, but the most fashionable way right now is wearing hats to at least avoid being marked by those pesky spots (always use sunscreen, kids!)

That is where Lisa Shaub and her Fine Millinery come in to play!  She has been creating custom, handmade hats and fascinators for over 24 years, and her work has been in Vogue, Elle, and, most importantly, now CraftHackers! 

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Her Summer 2015 collection pieces are styled with enough flair to combat those pesky UV rays and bad hair days.

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These Kentucky Derby pieces have a whimsical feel, with their perfectly coiffed feathering and tight almost liquid-looking design.  They look like they were custom made for each head!

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This flowery bunch is also from the Kentucky Derby collection, showing that now only can Ms. Shaub create dramatic pieces, she can also create a look that lends itself moreso to subtlety and soft elegance.

“My mission is to create hats that are good looking, well designed and long lasting. I feel that putting on the right hat is like putting on that special pair of well worn jeans-comfy, versatile and endlessly chic.” – Lisa Shaub

Lisa Shaub makes her hats custom, and everything is taken into consideration, including head shape and size, skin tone, and the colour of whatever it is that you’re intending to wear with it.  Considering that some of her celebrity clientele includes Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, and Aaron Neville, I think we can assume that she has really embraced and succeeded at her craft!

These things take time, but if you are passionate about something it will be worth all of the years spent in honing your abilities.  Keep that in mind, fellow craftys!

If you’d like to know more about Lisa Shaub Fine Millinery, visit her website and follow her on twitter.

– Shalyn

Poetic Earth

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Finding new artisans at conventions makes them extra special for me.  I was super excited when I saw Poetic Earth at Wizard World Philadelphia.  Based in New York, they make leather Journals, sketchbooks, and bags.

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From their website:

Poetic Earth’s handmade leather journals, artist sketch books and satchels are handcrafted one at a time. We invite you to entrust your memories and creative whims to the pages of our acid free, handmade, archival Quality, linen – cotton parchment paper. Poetic Earth has partnered with a family owned company that has been in the handmade paper making business for almost 150 unbroken years. Our journals contain premium quality handmade linen parchment that passes the most strict of PH – acidity marker test. the environmentally friendly paper is wonderful for all types of media such as water colors, fountain pens or any type of pencils and ball point pens you can think of. Poetic Earth uses top grade vegetable tanned leather throughout our entire line of heirloom Quality, Coptic bound journals. The leather becomes softer and gains character with use and age. One of the great joys about a hand bound Coptic laced binding is that the book always lays open flat, there is never a need of holding down the page so its easy to write in. You can see, touch and feel the Quality of each Poetic Earth journal with the turn of every page. It’s a personal and lasting expereince of texture and senses. A truly good journal begs the user to write within its pages. Look closely and you will see the beautiful woven linen pattern in the tree free paper of our journals. Vintage, old world craftsmanship and consistent Quality never go out of style, these things become more precious as time marches on. Poetic Earth offers Quality and value that will last every step of the way, regardless of where the journey may take you. “Let your Thoughts Dance Across Our Pages!”

If you would like to see more you can find their website here and their Facebook here.


Meet the Hackers: Con Bravo

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Today is the start of Con Bravo in Hamilton, ON.  This will be my third time at Con Bravo and I can’t wait!  Craft Hackers will be there with Rice Hat Samurai, Absynthetika, Colorworld Books and Geek at Heart.  Geek at Heart will be with me (Quiltoni) at the Craft Hackers booth.  You can find us here:


In addition to bringing our Crafty Wares, we will be holding a Crafty Thinking panel.  It will take place Friday at 9:30pm in Albion B (panel room B).  If you are thinking of starting your own business, or own one and want to grow your business, this is the panel for you.  We will also be streaming it live.  If you are not able to attend Con Bravo you can watch it through Hang With.  Subscribe to our channel and you will get a notification when we start streaming.

Speaking of Streaming, we will be streaming all weekend long again!  When we see something we just have to share, we will stream it on Hang With and then after we are finished streaming I will share it on our Craft Hacker Facebook page.  I am sure I will share a lot of awesome things including new interviews!


Meet the Hackers: Otakon

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Tomorrow is the start of Otakon in Baltimore, MD.  Craft Hacker member Ami Ami creations will be there with honorary member Interrobang Studios.  They can be found at booth W2 in the vendor area.


Jess has made something very special just for Otakon and I am super excited for it.  A working Pokeball with a Pokemon inside!



In addition to bringing you awesome wares, Interrobang Studios are giving 5 panels:

So stop by booth W2 if you are at Otakon and say hi!


Workwear to Work In

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What do you wear to work in? I don’t mean work as in “day job,” I mean what do you wear to craft in? I’ve always looked for the perfect option that would combine strength, style, and at least some of my personality and I think I may have stumbled onto the perfect option in the new shop, DerelictWorkwear.

DerelictWorkwear is the brainchild of Nika Kirstie. The line is a tight offering, but every piece in it is something that I love. Their Workwear collection has four main pieces that you can mix and match in terms of styling, patterns, and usefulness. There is the Samurai Skirt, the Artist Apron, the Bandit Bloomers, and the Traveler Tunic, and you can choose any of their beautiful vintage pieces for whichever piece you like.

The Workwear collection.

Everything DerelictWorkwear offers is handmade in eco-friendly, natural fabrics. They also look incredibly sturdy, like they could actually handle being worked in, which is a major plus in my books. Too often, today’s clothing never survive contact with actual stress, whereas these pieces will take a beating and keep going.

All four pieces with panels on the front.

I absolutely love the retro feel to these pieces. This isn’t an accident, from the silhouette down to the retro patterns that DerelictWorkwear has reworked in new colour palettes. So if you’re thinking those patterns wouldn’t look out of place on an old timey quilt, you’re not far off.

Lastly, I love the silhouettes. I just do. They remind me of the workers you might see in vintage photos from wartime efforts where the ladies took over the factory jobs and proved they could do it all too. The designs feel empowering and practical, and like, by slipping these on, you’d be ready to take on anything that came your way, and you’d look great too.

The Artist’s Apron with the Samurai Skirt, both in denim.

And if you noticed the unique accessories that go with it (the ones with the adorable thimbles), you can complete your Workwear look with those too. DerelictWorkwear also sells the scarves, necklaces, and earrings shown in all their pictures.

Again, their jewelry is customisable, from the fabrics and colours used to the styles of the earrings and necklaces. Once again, everything is eco-friendly, which I just love.

DerelictWorkwear is brand new so their online presence isn’t huge, but they have a very interesting philosophy on their use of social media. Twitter will be used for “ground breaking information,” Instagram documents the creations of every order, and Facebook is for featuring DerelictWorkwear Women- their customers! I love that they have a distinct plan in action for their social media that doesn’t involve re-posting the same content to every medium. Its a clever and attractive plan, like everything else they have on offer.

~ eliste