It’s been fairly quiet ’round these parts, but I’m emerging from hibernation to share two bits of fun news this Mother’s Day!
1. I’m very excited to share that a collaboration that I worked on with my very creative mom, Susan, almost two years ago, is coming out soon! We designed a fleece hoodie for the newest installation in Rebecca Yaker and Patricia Hoskins’ One-Yard Wonder series, Little One-Yard Wonders: Irresistible Clothes, Toys, and Accessories You Can Make for Babies and Kids. My mom is the person who first showed me the way around a sewing machine, so I was glad that she accepted my invitation to team up and submit a project when the call for entries was posted! We brainstormed ideas, and came up with a few…long story short, one of them is featured in the book.
How cute is that shirt on the front? Those shoes! That tea set!
Below is the first spread of the project we designed with squirmy toddlers in mind (no zippers, buttons, or drawstrings — just pull it over the head and you’re ready for an afternoon of exploring). YiaYia’s Snuggle Hoodie! It’s so exciting to see it in print! And, it should be noted, the hoodie can be made from jersey knit material, too, for a more traditional sweatshirt or a lighter T-shirt-weight design. Pre-order the book at any of the online retailers listed here, or look for it in your local bookstore when it releases June 3, 2014!
My mom and I are so looking forward to making lots of the 101 projects for my little ones….which brings me to news point #2.
2. And, not to bury the lede, but…the Mr. and I welcomed a new member to our family just two weeks ago! Meet Esmé Olivine, born 4/27/14 (you’ll no doubt be seeing more of my newest fashion muse in the weeks, months, and years to come!).
A very happy Mother’s Day to all you crafty mamas who encourage creativity in the next generation!
Happy Thanksgiving/Hanukkah (Thanksgivikkah?)! Over here at Generation T, we’re thankful for YOU — the folks who read the site with dedication, those who populate Tee Party events, and those who just stop by from time to time to like a project on Facebook or look for some quick inspiration. Here’s an admittedly belated share of some highlights from the Tee Party we hosted at the local library in Brooklyn last month. I think the enthusiasm of the 35 or so folks who filled the room is ample proof that T-shirts don’t lose their luster the moment the temperatures drop!
Thanks so much to everyone who came to our little crafternoon — we had a great turnout, warm pizza to nourish our creativity, and the scissors were active!
And, to our lovely hosts, the Friends of Park Slope Library — thanks so much for having us!
I’m all for T-shirts 365 days a year! Show of hands–who’s on board with that idea?
Thank you to everyone who came out to refashion T-shirts at the Tee Party at Little Joe’s Books last month! We had tons of fun and created all sorts of T-shirt wonder. The Outer Lace tank top design from Generation T (project #16) made a few appearances, including a variation with laces going up the arms of the three-quarter length sleeves! So did the Back in Action T-shirt from Generation T: Beyond Fashion (project #101) — plus some freestylin’ hats and gloves and no-sew tote bags, using techniques learned from previous projects.
There’s nothing I love more than a cozy crafternoon all spread out on the floor. Thanks to Jen Cook of Little Joe’s Books for having me at her store for a few hours. Part-tee on!
…please come make a Pinterest-worthy seasonal project with Megan Nicolay of Generation T as well as your local inspiration specialists at the Michaels store location in Manhattan (808 Columbus Avenue) this weekend! Find us there from 1:00 – 4:00 PM, where we’ll be sharing tips, techniques, and creativity! If you’re not in the area, check in at your local Michaels store, because chances are, there’s a party happening there, too. And, lastly, if you want to follow along online, check in with Megan @MeganNicolay or @GenerationTee and look for #MPinterestParty and #ilovetocreate tags.
There’s a new member of the Generation T family! Can you spot her, all the way off to the right there, standing with the really impressive posture? If you could hear her talk, you’d know she has a pretty hot accent, too.
This introduction is clearly the moment you’ve all been waiting for: Generation T: Beyond Fashion is now available in Russian — and in hardcover, no less. Добро пожаловать, русские читатели! (Welcome Russian readers!)
What do you think about the changes from the English-language cover? Do you like to see more projects pictured? Do you prefer the purple to blue on the spine? What about the halter top I’m wearing (do you prefer it in red or white)?
If you are a lover of books, you may often find yourself, as I do, turning a book over in your hands, looking not only for the author’s name or the designer credit, but at the spine where the publisher’s name is printed. These are the books I most admire, the titles and pages that have shaped my life and helped me grow. And there’s one name, in particular, that has been remarkably consistent:
On Sunday morning, the founder and publisher of the company whose name is printed on the spine of my two books and countless more titles that have impacted my childhood and my life, died at his home in New York City.
Peter Workman‘s passion for books, for ideas, for trying the unexpected and having faith in the unlikely, was infectious for those of us lucky to have worked with him. He was a generous spirit, a visionary publisher, a wise teacher, a brave dreamer, and an extraordinary human. He will be missed by so many.
May his spirit and vision continue to live through the fine works that populate our bookshelves and engage our minds.
A busy weekend! On Friday I taped seven — seven! — craft tutorials for About.com. I’ll let you all know when the links are live so you can all get in on the craft action — we decorated eggs (three ways!) and umbrellas, and made some keepsake art pieces for the wall. Here’s a behind-the-scenes sneak peek (you can see what a giant I am!).
On Saturday I went away to camp — Brooklyn Craft Camp, that is. It was fun to be a craft camper — fun to have that time set aside to do nothing but make things and chat with my neighbors at each craft table. I practiced my embroidery under the expert eye of Jessica at Miniature Rhino, made cut paper cards with Julie of Your Secret Admiral, attempted crochet with Cal of Hodge Podge Farm, and made a painted bead necklace with Christina of MissBatch. Jay McCarroll was the keynote speaker — and there was a Pom-Pom Bar courtesy of PurlSoho! More photos to come later this week, once I get everything unpacked and uploaded. (I know, I know, it’s not like it was two weeks away at summer camp, but I came home with a lot of bags!)
On a warmer day a few weeks ago, Jamie Frevele of BoingBoing and I sat down with my sewing machine, a couple pairs of sharp scissors, and Jamie’s stash of T-shirts (she has some amazingly iconic ones in there — Rosie the Riveter, Captain America, the New York City tee that John Lennon was famously photographed wearing — sleeves cut off — in New York in 1974 by Bob Gruen) to have a little Tee Party. And a party it was…
Without further ado, here’s how to cut the perfect neckline, and how to transform that old boxy tee into a fresh ‘n’ foxy tank top in T-minus 60 seconds (yes, we’re rife with T-shirt puns up in here). Here’s how it all went down, no-sew style:
For an additional tutorial (bonus!) on how to easily re-size a T-shirt with two easy seams — click through to see Jamie’s (@jamielikesthis) step-by-step photos of how we transformed her iconic New York City tee from this:
The T-shirt (à la John Lennon) is boxy no longer!
Happy new T-shirt to Jamie, happy birthday to John Lennon (today would have been number 72), and happy T-shirt refashioning to you all!