Today you have a substitute, makers! Oh, and yes, there will be homework. What's up! Nathan here. Filling in for Kelly for this week's Question of the Week in regards to describing our handmade businesses in three words.
There is just something special about the number three. It's actually buried in our subconscious. You probably didn't know that, did you? Think about it. Time is divided into three. We have the past, present, and future. It's the first perfect number of four. There is a pattern of three in the Bible, but I'm not here to talk about the conspiracy of the number three. I am here to share with you three words. Three words that best describe your business. Three words out of so many that can describe most of our handmade businesses. Now that I think about it, that's much less than the 140 characters Twitter allows.
Here are three words that describe my business:
Hi makers! Kelly here, featuring another fashionable maker in our newest How to Wear It guest blog feature!
The OML team loves to connect with makers and celebrate our unique styles, and with warmer weather finally making an appearance, Emily Nugen, the maker and shop owner of The Blue Mouse is joining us to talk about about her new handmade sweater wrap piece that fits perfectly into the time of year where winter melts into spring. Emily recently started designing patterns, and as an avid traveler loves to capture adventure through photography, and naming her designed garments based on the places she's visited.
So how does Emily describe her HTWI style?
Minimalist and classic, with a hint of a romance.
She also says that she loves to create knits that are comfy and versatile, focusing on things that are less flashy or overly bold. We're super excited for Emily to give us the detailed look and vision behind her beautiful Portland Sweater Wrap and show us how she wears it!
What’s going on makers?! Nathan here with my first blog contribution, and I want to shed some light on this “shadow banning’. It’s a hot topic and I’m sure many of you have heard from several well-known makers in the community on how it may or may not have an impact on you. Ironically enough this “shadow banning” has a silver lining and I would like to share my perspective on the matter. Let’s shed some light on it, shall we?
Hi makers! Jewell here, hopping in for Kels with our Question of the Week in regards to maker accomplishments, at least one that we want to achieve in our lifetime.
For me, my accomplishment would be sort of a continuation - that being to connect us as makers. If I can be honest, I've seen more divisiveness in the maker community as of late than I've ever seen and it truly breaks my heart. I see makers battling grief, anxiety, inadequacy, unhealthy competition, false business and community pretenses, business practice solely for self-gain and overall drama (the dramz!) and I think these things are a true decay to our maker community. I've seen some of us make a claim to be leaders in the maker community, who feel that we deserve a platform to speak for and alongside makers, but end up sadly being the very ones who cut us down and slice our community as a whole.
When my team and I began OML last May, we never imagined how absolutely beautiful our first maker meetup would be (awesome recap pics here). We couldn't have created the vibrant spirit and energy that hit our small NYC downtown venue that day if we paid for it. It was more than a knitting party. It was more than just trying to promote our own crafts. It was far beyond anything money could buy - it was connection.
Hey makers! Kelly here, and I want to take a moment for a real maker heart to heart. Who wants to talk about mistakes?! Anyone...*crickets* Bueller?...*crickets run for the hills.*
Yeah, no one likes to bring to light the boo-boos they've made. If you're anything like me, you'd much rather bury them in the deepest darkest corner possible, under a pile of your own shame and embarrassment. Believe me, I'm no stranger to those "oops" moments. I'm not even a stranger to those "I've made a huge mistake" moments. But, especially in a world of social media that tends to showcase our peers' successes VS their struggles, I think it's important to remember that we all come up short at one time or another.
Regardless of skill level, experience, how talented or driven or well-versed we are in our craft, mistakes are bound to happen. That's the crazy thing about being human: we aren't perfect and we never will be. Mistakes happen to us, and they happen to the people we admire most.
Bringing together her long-lived passion for music and a newfound love of knitting, Xoli Ngcoza, music DJ and owner of Hand Knit by Xoli, shares a new Knitting Playlist and the inspiration behind her choice of music this month. Read Xoli's full story and listen to her first playlist for OML here.
I'm inspired by everything that surrounds me.
This winter season has taught me a lot about being patient and also observing life, nature, weather and people. I'm fortunate to be part of a designer at Workspace Collective and so being around other creative minds has inspired me a lot. Everyone shares something about themselves and what helps them grow. We host different events at the store to engage the community and advocate them about what we are all about. I'm slowly getting out of my comfort zone and learning new things, that to me has been an amazing inspiration. Starting something new and not knowing the outcome of it is truly beautiful.
Hey makers, Kelly here with another Question of the Week. Between the launch of our 2017 Maker Meet Up event and the release of our first book MAKE: Volume 1, I'm sure you can imagine the hustle and bustle that has been going on over here at OML! But, I'm here to put a spark back on the blog page.
This week I'm here to talk about maker resolutions. Now, I know what you're going to say. Kelly, it's already mid March, New Years Resolutions should have been the December or January topic. Perhaps you're right, but what better time to touch on those changes you want to make then a couple of months after you've told yourself you're going to make those changes?
Ready to talk about those resolutions? Consider this a friendly reminder you've made them, OK? Ok. Let's go!
Hi I'm Nina, a maker with Rock Vandals, and I live on the edge of the earth in Twillingate, Newfoundland! The climate there breeds knitters, plus the yarn shop is open year round. I moved to Newfoundland in 2012 and immediately turned to knitting for comfort during the many ferocious storms. The yarn options, the monochromatic winter months and a penchant for a bit of mischief all inspired me in a new knitting direction though... towards Yarnbombing.
Yarnbombing is a temporary form of street-art where knitting is installed publicly. It can be done for a variety of reasons. I use it to express myself creatively, challenge my knitting skills and make unique gifts for my community. Last year, I upped my game and brought it with me on a 13 month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. I knit something special for each country I visited, including Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, and learned a couple things along the way. Here's my story:
Hi makers, Kelly here. It has been a while, and I'm sure you can all relate - life has a tendency to get busy busy busy. But, I'm finally back with another Question of the Week!
As creatives in the world of handmade, every piece we make with our own two hands will hold some special place in our maker hearts. Every scarf we knit, every hat we crochet, every wall hanging we weave, the finished product will (in some way) be an accomplishment we are happy to achieve - hey, that rhymed!
There are however some projects that send our happy vibes into overdrive. Ready to talk about the projects that make us proud? Let's go!
When you think of bundling up on a cold day, what is the first thing you think about? There is your coat, hat, gloves and always your favorite cozy scarf! Scarves are not only a great way to keep yourself warm and cozy during the cold, they are also a wonderful gift of love that a loved one can wrap themselves in for years to come. Growing up, my mother would always crochet me a new scarf each year, getting that new scarf was one of my favorite memories as a child and I still own and wear those scarves she gave me. Have you been searching for something to make to keep you or a loved one warm and cozy for the rest of the winter? Let's go!