Makers Interview: Assemble Shop & Studio

by Kathryn on September 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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When I put together my Great.ly boutique I was careful to curate special items that would appeal to people who love crochet. I wanted to start introducing you to some of the makers I’ve gotten to know there, starting with Assemble Shop and Studio.

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Interview with the Makers

Q: If you could describe Assemble Shop & Studio in just one sentence, what would that sentence be?

A: We see Assemble as a gallery of inspiration and ideas: a place for people to assemble, make, and do.

Q: In 2013 you moved from a brick and mortar shop to an online entity. What motivated that decision and what have the pros and cons been?

A: After over three years in our physical shop, which we adored, we decided to shake things up. It was a huge risk to branch out online with our own products, but we felt strongly that growing our brand meant going online full force! We began Assemble with a lot on our plates — debuting monthly art shows, running the retail shop filled with other designers, creating and teaching unique workshops, and writing a craft blog. When it came time to launch our own merchandise and consider writing a craft book, we decided that we’d rather do a handful of things impeccably instead of burning out on too many projects at once. We miss our store and regular customers a lot, and working from home isn’t always as fun as it sounds, but we feel so lucky to continue doing all the things we love.

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Q: I love your granny square kit. What types of products do you think someone could make using just what’s in the kit?

A: Thanks! The kit is a perfect place to begin, practice and perfect your crochet skills. It is designed to make either four coasters or doilies, or one larger potholder if you connect those four pieces. Larger projects can be made if you purchase a few skeins of yarn and simply make those same squares over and over! You can line up a dozen or so, and create a long scarf. Or connect those dozen into a large square and use as a decorative pillow cover. We have even used the same pattern using teeny tiny hook and thin thread to create mini square jewelry!

Q: Granny squares are such a great project starter aren’t they?! Is there any chance you’ll be creating any more crochet-related kits?

A: Currently, we don’t have any new crochet kits in the works. However, we have a handful of exciting crochet and yarn-based projects we are working on for the blog and our book!

Q: Ooh, exciting!! You also have several cute rubber stamp kits. Do you have any favorite tutorials or ideas for using rubber stamps in creative ways?

Too many, in fact!! One of easiest ways to personalize a gift is to stamp some blank sheets of paper and use as gift wrap. There is something about the simple act of putting ink to paper that everyone seems to love — that extra touch goes a long way! One of our personal favorite projects is to create a Japanese-style furoshiki wrap – just stamp with fabric-safe ink onto a square of fabric, iron to heat-set, then use it to wrap any gift with a knot on top. We love these so much that we will give the wraps themselves away as the gift – they are so useful and pretty!

Q: Where do you get the inspiration for your various craft kits?

A: The kits we have currently were all derived directly from our most popular workshops taught when Assemble had its workshop studio. Crochet, bookbinding and needle-felting never failed to sell out. We knew those kits would be the first ones to develop – we already had the instructions, supply lists and three years of customer feedback!

Q: So you’ve sneaked in a mention or two about your upcoming craft book … Can you tell us more?!

A: Yes! We have had a craft book in the works for a long time now, and it should be no surprise that it will be FILLED with beautiful and useful projects incorporating a handful of different materials and techniques. We hope it conveys Assemble’s modern and pretty design style and mission to inspire people to create things and spaces they love! Although we haven’t announced our publisher and projects yet, we can tell you that it’s due out in 2016!

In My Shop

granny square crochet craft kit Makers Interview: Assemble Shop & Studio

I featured Assemble Shop and Studio’s Crochet Granny Square Kit in my Crochet Shop. This kit is a great gift for beginning crocheters if you know any!

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I also have a shop specifically for Craft Kits and I am happy to feature several of their great items there including their Stitch-lovers Rubber Stamp Set

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Unique Crochet Art from Robere Mertens

by Kathryn on September 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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crochet wiring art Unique Crochet Art from Robere Mertens

I first looked at the crochet art of Robere Mertens back in 2011. I was intrigued by his unique perspective, incorporating sound into crochet art. Recently I took a fresh look at his work and I remain intrigued by what he does.

Mixed Media Fiber Artist

mixed media crochet art Unique Crochet Art from Robere Mertens

Robere Mertens (aka Robert Mertens) doesn’t just work with crochet. He also incorporates knitting, weaving, macrame and many other forms of fiber art into his pieces. Many of his pieces include multiple forms of fiber art. He works with yarn but he also works with other media like cassette tape ribbon.

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Sundays on Crochet Concupiscence are when we celebrate the best crochet on Instagram. Want to get a chance to be featured here? Just follow me on Instagram and tag your crochet-related photos with #crochetconcupiscence or #crochetsavedmylife.

Your Crochet on Instagram

Featured Instagrammer

This week’s featured Instagrammer is missmotherhook. She shares in her IG bio: “I’m a Yorkshire Girl, Mummy to a 4 year old, who adores crochet and being creative. I take orders to make and I thrive on finding some squishy yarn.” What I love most about the crochet that she shares on Instagram is the rich combination of colors and patterns. She makes some adorable wearable items in solid bold colors and also makes a lot of multi-color crochet blankets. This is a crochet-rich feed but she also shares some other terrific photos of her daughter, the nature near them and more. This week she shares with us:

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Crochet Artist Pat Ahern in Interweave Fall 2014

Crochet Art September 14, 2014

The newest issue of Interweave Crochet (Fall 2014) is out now and it includes my article about crochet portraiture artist Pat Ahern. Just a few of the things you’ll learn about the artist in the full article include:

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Link Love for Best Crochet Patterns, Ideas and News

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5 Things I Love About Love of Crochet Magazine

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Crochet Tutorials September 12, 2014

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