Pretty + Practical

The history of embroidery, and evidence of basic stitches that are still favorites today, dates back centuries. And while it's not known whether those first stitches were meant to be purely practical or primarily decorative, those pretty and practical qualities have moved embroidery up a few notches on my favorite craft techniques list.

This spring I free-handed a simple back stitch and a few lazy daisies to cover some tiny stains on an otherwise awesome $5 jacket from the thrift store. Few have even spotted the stitches and the ones who have have loved the idea of "rescuing" something with a few pretty stitches. And just recently a favorite dress of mine has developed a tiny hole in the skirt and you can bet that embroidering over that spot is next on my practical crafting list.

Thankfully, embroidery isn't only for mending. I have two weddings coming up and am debating whether some monogrammed napkins for the bride and groom or a custom embroidered hoop for their wall might be good keepsakes.

I have some time yet before those gifts are needed, so I'll continue to play with different stitches and color combinations on some practice hoops (that just happen to look great on my wall) in the meantime.

And if you're itching to give pretty and practical embroidery a try, we have both an evening and a weekend class offering on the schedule. Join us!

Crafting a Message

Thank you to everyone who came out for our inaugural Community Craft Party! We loved seeing you craft it up in our new space!

We asked everyone to make tiny affirmations as seen in the "You Are So Very Beautiful" Craftivism project. Paper was the hands down favorite medium. Below is a peek at a few of the messages our crafters sent out into the community.

And good news my crafty friends--that was so much fun we're going to do it again. We've already got our next Craft Party on the calendar for Saturday, September 24. Save the date!

New studio space!

We have some exciting news to share with you! Craft Commons, which first hit the streets (in a truck) in the summer of 2014, is embarking on a new adventure next month and we hope you'll come along. We've "parked" the craft studio--moving all our tools and equipment into a bigger studio space. That's right, more room to craft!

Our new home is in the Gateway Arts District in Hyattsville, Md., which is home to more than 100 art studios, great shops and some tasty places to eat. We're sharing space alongside a great group of talented glass artists, painters and sculptures at DC GlassWorks. We're excited to be part of such a vibrant, creative community and can't wait to share it with you!
To celebrate our new space, we hope you'll join us on Saturday, July 16 for an Open House Style Craft Party. Drop in between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm, enjoy some snacks and use all the things to craft something amazing.