Category: Demos


Video: Dyeing Yarn with Sharpie Markers at Lion Brand Yarn

Did you know that you can dye your own custom yarn with Sharpie markers and a little bit of water? If the answer is no, then I’m about to blow your mind!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, then you already know that I spent yesterday afternoon hanging out at Lion Brand Yarn. I, along with a select group of fiber-happy bloggers, got to take a tour of the studio and offices, check out some fancy new yarns, and eat a spectacular dinner at Mesa Grill. (Big thanks to LBY for a fantastic event!) As we wrapped up a delightful afternoon of yarn-tastic goodness, Zontee—whom you may recognize from the LBY video tutorials—sat us down for a little hands-on crafting time. Much to our delight, she showed us an easy way to dye our own yarn using Sharpie permanent markers. (If you’ve got kids, you’ll definitely want to give it a try.) The process is a little bit messy, but the results are totally worth it!

Check out my video of Zontee’s demonstration to see how it’s done:

Since the audio’s a little glitchy in the video (I shot it with my iPhone), here’s a quick overview of the process that Zontee described. Please forgive my (very obvious) marker manicure obsession. Turns out, during this part of the day, I mostly took pics of my fingers.

* Yarn blank (In the workshop, we used Lion Brand Yarn Fishermen’s Wool knitted up on their knitting machine. You can hand knit your own or order ready-made blanks from shops like KnitPicks.)
* Sharpie chisel-tip permanent markers

* Iron and ironing board
* Plastic tray
* Spray bottle filled with water

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Step 1
Gather a yarn blank, a spray bottle filled with water, and a handful of sharpie markers, then situate the yarn blank inside a plastic tray so you don’t get color all over your workspace.
See the full tutorial…


CHA Summer 2012: The iLoveToCreate Creativity Lounge and Video

CHA Summer 2012: The iLoveToCreate Creativity Lounge and Video | The Zen of Making
On Wednesday, I was a host in the Creativity Lounge at the iLoveToCreate booth, where I got to spend part of the afternoon hanging out and crafting with fellow bloggers and CHA Summer 2012 attendees!

Folks who stopped by the booth could make a cute, simple flower brooch in less that 5 minutes. Here’s how to make your own:

CHA Summer 2012: The iLoveToCreate Creativity Lounge and Video | The Zen of Making

Pretty quick, eh?

CHA Summer 2012: The iLoveToCreate Creativity Lounge and Video | The Zen of Making
Photo via Aunt Peaches, who is one awesome lady.

And, even though making tie dyed flower pins was serious business, we still managed to sneak in plenty of silliness. The lovely Aunt Peaches snapped this photo of Vicki, Alexa, and me goofing around in the booth. It’s totally normal to throw CHA signs on the show floor, right? Right.

CHA Summer 2012: The iLoveToCreate Creativity Lounge and Video | The Zen of Making
And, lest you leave this post thinking that we had way too much fun, don’t worry your pretty little heads one bit. Mr. Tacky Glue was on hand the whole time, keeping us all in line.

Did you go to CHA Summer 2012? What was your favorite part?


CHA Demos: Day 4

Today is the last day of CHA. If you haven’t already said hi, make sure you head on over to the Waxman booth (#2633) before the show closes!

Demo #1: Faux Cross Stitch Photo Frame, 10:00-11:00am

Demo #2: Chair Sock Embroidery, 1-2pm

Curious? You’ll have to stop by to find out!

See you in the booth!


Video: DIY Bumper Headbands at CHA

Jen from Craft Test Dummies stopped by the Waxman booth at CHA to check out my bumper headbands!