My Wood + Fiber Necklace Story June 13 2019
Several months ago, I started making necklaces. Yes jewelry! My decision to branch into necklaces was not on purpose. In fact, my necklace making happened by accident while I was experimenting with new materials and tools.
As many of you know, I teach a monthly creative workshop at several local libraries. Each month, I develop, create and teach a new workshop project. While it's easy to duplicate the latest or hottest craft trend into a project, I prefer to design projects and workshops which are new or have my own original spin on the craft. So I started making macrame necklaces using some thin cotton cording I had purchased for another project.
The macrame necklaces were different and I knew that they could potentially be a workshop project that people would like. Plus I knew my unique take on the macrame pendant had never been taught before.
Then, I began experiementing with tassel making and used The Loome tool to perfect my tassels with the goal of teaching a tassel workshop at the libraries. My tassel making became obsessive and I combined a few wood beads which I had in my supply stash to create a few wood + fiber necklace prototypes.
Well my fiber necklace workshop was a hit and people started asking if they could buy the necklaces I had made. I began making more tassels in new colors and brought the necklaces to several retail shows were they were very well received.
Year Round Community Making Workshops - Join Us! April 10 2019
This year, there have been lots of opportunities for community making! So there's no excuse not to join us. Many workshops are free (or nearly free) and others that paid are priced to be accessible to almost everyone. In January, I taught a Valentine's Day themed embroidery workshop with Gather + Make, a new creative gathering group started by my friend and landscape designer Angela Price.
Then in February, I collaborated again locally with Lou + Grey in El Segundo, CA for a brand new, never before offered workshop combining our love for wood + fiber. We made the coolest, boho-inspired, macrame and tassel necklaces. They came out wonderfully!
A few weeks ago, I got together with small business Neepa Hut and Bar Nine coffee in Culver City, CA for a free, mini macrame make + take.
Have a little FOMO (fear of missing out)? No worries, there are still many more upcoming opportunities for making this year.
In May, I will be going to the beautiful, Wayfarers Chapel in Palos Verdes to teach a boho-inspired, tassel wall hanging workshop on Saturday, May 18. This is a new collaboration with the greater Wayfarer community. For more information and to register, please visit the chapel's facebook events page.
In June, I will be going to the OC (orange county) to teach a workshop with the Brea Gallery The Gallery hosts four major exhibits each year and has recently announced a series of modern making workshops. I will be teaching Macrame Air Plant Hangers and hope you can join in. More information and registration here.
Lastly, join me at monthly crafting events at the Cerritos and Torrance Civic Center Libraries. Every month, I lead an weekday evening adult crafting/diy workshop at the Cerritos Library. This year's upcoming creative projects will include pamplet stitch book making, modern air plant fiber wall hangers and more. Check out the Torrance library's monthly event calendar for specific dates, times and project themes. Contact the library directly to register.
Which workshop event are you coming to? Can't wait for you to gather and create with us!
2018 Holiday Pop-Ups November 13 2018
Thrilled to be popping up locally to celebrate the holidays at the following events.
First up, I'll be at Makers Mart Long Beach for Small Business Saturday. This is the sixth annual mart, founded by Kat Engel and owner of the boutique, Make Collectives. The goal of the Makers Mart is to bring awareness to "SHOP LOCAL" and give our neighbors and community the opportunity to discover local artisan small businesses.
Then in December, join me with our sister company, Twine at Renegade Craft Los Angeles! The mission of Renegade Craft is to crate a vibrant and lively event that reflects and illuminates the work of today's modern makers. The LA holiday edition will feature hundreds of makers, artisanal food, great music, and good times.
INDIE Market Bay Area July 13 2017
Just got back from INDIE Market Bay Area! INDIE is a new wholesale trade show and was created in 2016 after the permanent closing of the San Francisco Gift Show by its organizer. Two large rep groups in the Bay Area, Kiss That Frog and Air Company started the show. I liked that the goal of the show was to showcase new product and design as well as highlight smaller, up-and-coming indie makers looking to sell wholesale.
INDIE Market also wanted to curate their vendors and treat them as partners. From the moment I pulled my car next to the pavilion to unload, I knew this show was going to be different. A handful of ladies welcomed me and offered to unload my things, put them on a hand-dolly and take them to my booth space! Setup and break down was so quick and easy.
INDIE Market wanted to do things a little differently and they brought their years of experience showing at all of the national gift shows to design a “new kind of market.” INDIE’s goal was to create a market for discovering the newest lines and latest trends of 2017 from both established vendors and emerging artisans. INDIE also wanted to create a local experience for independent retailers in an intimate, easy to navigate and beautiful venue – the Craneway Pavilion. Unlike many of the other established, large tradeshows (in dark, crowded convention centers), the Craneway was spacious, open and airy with large glass windows and lots of scenic water views of the East Bay.
Before the show started each morning, vendors had an opportunity to attend a buyers panel. It was great hearing discussions from established buyers on topics related to wholesale (buying habits, market trends, brick and mortars). I found these informal talks informative and valuable. I also liked how the organizers also made a point of meeting each vendor and asking for constructive feedback on the show.
I am also happy to report that the feedback on the show I received from buyers was extremely positive. They appreciated the vendor curation and the fresh alternatives to the standard, large market wares. Other buyer plusses mentioned included free parking, complementary hot beverages and snacks, and afternoon sangria!
Overall, my experience at INDIE Market was very good. I met some really terrific fellow vendors and hope to keep in touch with many of them. The next INDIE Market is scheduled for the winter of 2018.
Craftcation 2017 November 01 2016
I’m excited to share about an event where I’m teaching in spring 2017. Craftcation: Business + Makers Conference is an annual four-day event featuring industry professionals leading attendees in hands-on DIY workshops and creative business classes.
Have you ever thought to yourself…
- I’d love to take a vacation while making things with awesome people.
- I have a great idea for a business that I want to turn into my full-time job but I don’t know where to start.
- I have a successful business and I’m ready to take it to the next level but I’m not sure how.
- I want to make meaningful connections with people in my field but I don’t have the time or opportunity to make it happen.
Craftcation is the place where you can make it happen!
If you’re a maker, blogger or creative business owner then join me for four inspiring days that you’ll never forget. Craftcation has over 80 hands-on workshops (and I'm teaching one of them!) and business classes so whether you’re coming to craft, grow your business or a little bit of both, there’s lots of making, meeting and learning in store for you.
Craftcation takes place April 27-30, 2017, in the beach town of Ventura, California, (about an hour north of Los Angeles). Craftcation utilizes Ventura’s historic downtown buildings and businesses as well as the beach for special events like networking meet & greets, cocktail socials, a pop-up shop, opening celebration, yoga, as well as food and art tours.
For more information on Craftcation, please visit HERE.
Modern Embroidery Wall Art at The Makery Craft Co. January 12 2016
Last Sunday, I had the privilege of teaching my Modern Embroidery class at The Makery Craft Co. in Orange County, CA. This was my first class of the new year and I have always wanted to teach at The Makery - it's a cozy, little studio which offers a variety of modern maker/crafting classes.
At my Modern Embroidery Wall Art class, students learned the basic tools used in embroidery and received hands-on practice in learning basic embroidery stitches. They then went on to design and create one-of-a-kind embroidered wall art pieces on organic fabric printed and made to look like notebook paper - perfect for their homes or offices.
The students were very focused and attentive in learning their new embroidery skills. They asked a lot of good questions and I really enjoyed sharing my embroidery knowledge.
Interested in learning with me in 2016? Follow me on Instagram @stacywonghandmade.
Community Making at MIXT Studio for Small Business Saturday December 01 2015
Last weekend, we partnered with MIXT Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA for a special community making event for Small Business Saturday. We led a free, Modern Gift Tag making session for all ages. Families and friends came for our all-ages afternoon event.
We provided all creative making gift tag supplies you could imagine (metallic sharpies, tag cutouts, stickers, ink pads, twine, and all kinds of holiday rubber stamps) to make one-of-a-kind, unique gift tags for all of those holiday presents.
It was a fun, relaxing afternoon of creative, community making in the southbay for Small Business Saturday.
A Community Make + Take for Small Business Saturday November 24 2015
Shop local for Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015 and join me for a free, "Make + Take" at MIXT Studio in Hermosa Beach, CA. Create modern paper gift tags using stamps, decals, and inks. Elevate your holiday gifts with unique tags made by you!All supplies/materials provided and all ages welcome.
Plus MIXT Studio will be offering 15% off the entire store and free gift wrapping for all of your holiday shopping needs! MIXT Studio is a truly unique store with a boho beach vibe featuring local makers, grab n go gifts, and lots of stocking stuffers.
For more information and to register for this event, visit HERE.
Paper Flower Making Workshop August 21 2015
We're having our first workshop and we're so excited! It's going to be hosted by the wonderful ladies of Open House Modern Beach Design and Ayayay at their pop-up boutique in Redondo Beach.
Come and create unique paper flowers. They can be used for tabletop decor and party decorations. Our workshops are for all skill levels and experience.
We're looking forward to a super-fun evening and a chance to make and mingle with fellow creatives, makers, and community within the southbay. Hope to see you. To purchase a workshop spot, go directly to our shop right here.
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