Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Shaping a Sale

Slate Shapes are 40% Off! Wholesale discounts available too!

Pencil in this sale: All slate shapes are discounted 40% at Real Slates.com. The discount doesn't end there! We're offering wholesale and dealer discount rates to qualifying accounts too. For details on wholesale inquiries call us today: 1-800-343-8114 ext. 25.

Discount available through July 31, 2016.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Meet Portia and Jeffrey

The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
The Maritime Explorium. Close-up of museum entrance Portia & Jeffrey.
Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.

Textile designer Tracy Feldman designed a yarn bomb for the Maritime Explorium children’s museum incorporating the museum’s bright logo colors, a nautical theme and a 4’ crochet seahorse named Portia and a 4’ octopus named Jeffrey. These crochet sea creatures were named in honor of the village of Port Jefferson, NY where they are located.


Portia the Seahorse. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Portia The Seahorse.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman

10 ladies crocheted the design from March to early June 2016. The crocheters include Tracy and her mother Lorraine who worked on Portia the seahorse, another mother and daughter team (Jean and Kelly Bodami) who crocheted Jeffrey the octopus and other expert crocheters.
The Portia and Jeffrey Yarn Bomb is made with over 10,000 yards of Bonnie Braid yarn. 6mm yarn was used on the columns. Portia uses 6mm orange, turquoise, sapphire and white yarn, and she is made with triple crochet and single crochet stitches. Jeffrey was made using 4mm orange yarn, his suctions cups are magic circles made with 2mm white yarn. It took the crocheters approximately 500 hours total to create and install the design. 

The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
The Maritime Explorium.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman
The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.

For the large white portions of the columns, 2 skeins of yarn were crocheted together to made yards of white chain stitches that create a nautical rope design element that works well on the tapered columns. The crocheters started with a size P or Q hook and quickly opted to use their fingers to crochet the white chain so it would twist less and lay flatter on the columns. 

The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Volunteers crochet columns.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman
The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Finished Column at The Maritime Explorium.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman

The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Happy visitor at The Maritime Explorium!
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman

The royal, turquoise and orange color blocked pieces were made with single crochet stitches. Half double crochet stitches were used for the sunshine yellow stripes and thin white stripes between the colors. Simple stitch work maximizes the bold burst of colors visitors will see from any direction when walking in the village.


The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Portia the Seahorse at The Maritime Explorium.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman
 
No hardware or special supplies were needed to secure the exhibit to the columns, only Bonnie Braid yarn was used for the yarn bomb. The pieces were crocheted, fitted and sewn very tightly to work with the column’s carvings and architecture, and prevent sagging. Portia is lightly stuffed with pieces of plastic bags to fill her out a bit.  


The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Jeffrey the Octopus at The Maritime Explorium.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman
The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Jeffrey the Octopus at The Maritime Explorium.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman
  
Jeffrey is stuffed with plastic bags filled with cut up pool noodles that were wrapped in orange plastic table cloths so orange and not the stuffing would not show through the stitches as he was molded into shape.

The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
The Maritime Explorium Coral Reef Window Display.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
 
In addition to the building’s crochet pieces, this yarn bomb has 2 brightly colored covers accenting the flowers in the larger square planter boxes. The box covers are made with 6mm yarn and are half double crochet.



The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
The Maritime Explorium.
Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.


The Portia and Jeffrey Yarn Bombed was created for the June 4, 2016 Maker Faire the museum hosted and will run through summer 2016 or longer.  The Maritime Explorium is located near the ferry terminal at 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY, (631) 331-3277 www.maritimeexplorium.org.

The Maritime Explorium. Photos made courtesy of Tracy Feldman.
Maker Fare Helpers.
Photo made courtesy of Tracy Feldman

Visit P & J Yarn Bombers Facebook page for additional info and photos.  The yarn bombers are Celeste Anton, Debra Zodda, Dorothy Cardi, Jean Bodami, Karen Korshak, Kelly Bodami, Linda Lazuta, Lorraine Sweeney, Maureen Spanos and Tracy Feldman.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Accented in POMS

Faux Fur Pom Accents for your purse or key chain
Faux Fur Pom Key Chains.
Tote your poms!

Available in most stores you'll find these sweet jumbo pom-pom accents... We'll they're made from bunnies. We've taken on the challenge of making a vegan/cruelty free version of these poms.

Cute Bunny Pom made from Faux-Fur Poms from Pepperell Crafts
Faux-Fur Bunny.

Great to use a decorative purse accents or jumbo light weight key ring finders, we currently have a limited supply of these cuties in Gold or Silver key chains over at the Rexlace Club.

Looking for volume stock for your shop? We can help! Call us today: 1-800-343-8114 ext. 17.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

All Natual Ropes - Cotton, Jute & Shiny Accents

All Natural Artisan Ropes. Cotton, Jute and Shiny Accents

Want to knot naturally? Cotton and Jute home decor ropes are available now at Macrame Super Store.com.

All Natural Cotton Rope for knot tying and home decor

Cotton rope is currently available in 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch thicknesses. Find cotton ropes here.

All Natural Jute Rope for knot tying and home decor

Jute rope is currently available in 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch and 1/2 inch thicknesses. Find jute ropes home.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Friendship Bracelet Season Kick-Off!

Save $2.00 on the Friendship Bracelet Super Value Pack!

School bells are chiming for the end of the season: Break out the Friendship Bracelets!

Over at the Rexlace Club we are running a special on the DIY Kit of your own: $2.00 off through June 30, 2016! This kit includes everything needed to make several kumihimo braided bracelets, as well as instructions to make the classic chevron and twisted helix.

Regularly priced $5.99, get this kit for $3.99 now. This is an online store sale exclusive!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Noodling around for $5.00 off!

$5.00 off select Brain Noodle Assortments at RexlaceClub.com

Two + Three = FIVE! $5.00 actually ;-)

We're running a short sale on select Brain Noodle kits, now through June 30th, get $5.00 off at the Rexlace Club. This is an online sale exclusive. For additional details and to see the available discounted items, visit the Rexlace Club here, today!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Friday, June 3, 2016

Hands On Crafts: Hanging Organization!

Knot a Plant Hanger with Katie Hacker on Hands On Crafts for Kids
Photo courtesy of Hands On Crafts for Kids.
Re-broadcasting on Hands On Crafts for Kids website, watch episode 1708 - Outside and In. During this episode, Katie will show you how to knot a macrame hanger using cord and an ordinary sand pale. This can be used as mudroom, playroom, or garage organization for toys and sports equipment.This patterns can also be re-purposed with a standard potted plant to make a great plant hanger! This episode will be airing now through noon (EST) on June 10th on the Hands On Crafts homepage.

Macrame your own hanging organization at Hands On Crafts for Kids.
Macrame Hanging Organization.
Photo courtesy of Hands On Crafts For Kids.

Directions for project are available to download from the Hands On website here. Materials to complete this project are available at AC Moore, Hobby Lobby, and Macrame Super Store.

Items needed to complete this project include:

Thursday, June 2, 2016

32 Flavors Each $1.00 off!

Amy 2mm Nylon Craft Cord on Sale this Month - $1.00 off!

We've got an AMY Sale to suite everyone: All 32 colors of this popular 2mm Craft Cord are each $1.00 off! This is an online order exclusive which you can find HERE at MacrameSuperStore.com. Sale ends June 30, 2016 at Midnight.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Bubble Knot Necklace Pattern

DIY Tutorial: The Bubble Knot Layered Necklace from Pepperell Braiding Co

Get BUBBLY! We've got a great pattern for download using 2mm Amy Nylon Craft Cord: The Bubble Layered Necklace. This project can be downloaded from the Macrame Super Store website anytime you wish to give it a *pop*!

The Layered Bubble Knot Necklace in Blueberry
Finished Layered Bubble-Knotted Necklace in Blueberry.


 This project is a Beginner level design, so it would make for a great jewelry-making introduction for kids, seniors and other novice crafters.

Happy knotting!