> Midsummer Nights Crafts
limited space of 12! don't forget to RSVP at info@shelterhalf.com

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Workshop #4: Natural Dyes with Krissy Morrison

the wonderful and extremely proficient Krissy Morrison leading the class



Krissy's work and line. Check it out here

The fourth (and last) of the Midsummer Nights Crafts workshops was sensational! Krissy Morrison of Colour Plantae taught this full attendance class with grace and humor, and after a quick lecture about natural foraging of materials to create dyes from such as walnuts, sourgrass and elderberries, she encouraged the class to get jump right in to get their hands dirty and to start working away! I was incredibly impressed with all the beautiful patterns everyone created, and after a practice session, everyone got to make a large and beautiful handkerchief that she had pre-prepped for everyone. They came out stunning! Everyone got really into it and there was an air of magic and fun all around our space. Thank you Krissy for making the last of the workshops a superlative note to end on! Thank you Shelter Half for not only creating the space for us to work in but also for being so fostering of the arts and crafts!

Check out much more here!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Hanging String Gardens (Kokedamas)!

The magic of the summer heat and long nights was felt during the third workshop of the Midsummer Nights Crafts: Hanging String Gardens, also known as kokedama in Japanese. We had so much fun! After quick introductions and an even quicker lecture, everyone rolled up their sleeves and just went for it. Dirt, ferns, moss, twine, more dirt, water and still more dirt was everywhere! I quickly caught on that everyone was breezing through the workshop adeptly and with great conversations and laughs. We ate a buttery summer berry cake and sipped on prosecco and listened to old records. It was pure enchantment! Thank you so much Stephanie, Sara, Hannah, Ken, Virginie, mom (!) Kelly C., Stefani, Kelly, Angie and Ava! You were such a radiant class! And a heartfelt *thank you* Shelter Half.  

More here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Third Workshop: Hanging Gardens

Coming up with the third workshop of the Midsummer Nights Crafts series is the hanging string gardens! Also known as kokedama, which is Japanese for moss ball. This is a really fun workshop where you will get to create a hanging plant and/or herb(s) that you can hang from a window. All materials and plants will be provided on a first come first served, so be sure to get there early so that you can pick the plant/herb that you want. Be sure to RSVP too - there are only a couple spots left!

Yes, your hands will get dirty. Yes, you will be fed a buttery summer cake and will get to wash it down with a cool drink. Yes this is going to be a lot of fun! Records (feel free to bring one that inspires you) will be spinning and magic will be dusted everywhere. Yet another way to spend a perfect summer's eve.

Please email me with any questions or leave a  comment! See you maƱana! xo, Lili

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Workshop #2: Indigo Dye with Britt Browne

the ever-so-lovely Britt and her new dog, Sampson

OK so I have to share with you just how AMAZING Britt Browne's indigo dye workshop was this past Thursday! Seriously: A SUCCESS WOOOO! It was the second workshop of the Midsummer Nights Crafts series and it was spectacular! We had over-spillage in attendance and magically we were able to accommodate everyone. After a quick lecture by Britt everyone was incredibly anxious to get their hands dirty and start dyeing! We had some incredibly good tunes playing thanks to the ample records to choose from, beers & prosecco & sparkling lemonade to sip on and a freshly baked summer cake to eat. What started off a bit modestly turned into people taking their pants & shoes off to throw into the indigo dye vat! It was addicting. It was also pure magic. Thanks to everyone who came and to the incredible Britt who showed everyone what a wonderful good time is all about! You're gonna want to check out more HERE!

You can purchase some of Britt's indigo starters here and extract your own indigo!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time to Dye Some Indigo!

Indigo Dye workshop coming up tomorrow, July 19th! Britt Browne is going to be spinning some indigo summer magic. Not only will you learn about this precious dye, but you will get to dye your own cotton napkin set and learn the method of indigo dyeing so that you can continue dyeing at home. Britt will be selling some of her indigo starter plants too. See you there! 

**Don't forget to rsvp**

Friday, July 13, 2012

Workshop #1: Noguchi inspired lamp

The first workshop of the Midsummer Nights Crafts series went off without a hitch! The loveliest bunch showed up and got to work creating the most beautiful of lamps! It was so much fun and rather magical. New conversations were had and lots of laughs shared. See here for more!

* * *next week is Britt Browne's Indigo Dye workshop! Sign up here and reserve your spot * * *

Monday, July 9, 2012

First Workshop: DIY Noguchi inspired lamp

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Our first workshop this Thursday (July 12th) from 7-9:30pm is going to borrow a bit from Isamu Noguchi and a bit from Mark Eden Schooley's Koushi lamps! They are going to hang nicely, emanating a soft glow and making our homes that much more beautiful. All materials will be provided, including light bulbs, so all you really have to do is RSVP and show up!

Light refreshments to be served, along with an olive oil + rosemary cake and other light snacks. Records will be playing all night too. The perfect way to spend a summer's eve. Please email me with any questions or leave a comment! See you Thursday!         xo, Lili

*Anyone & everyone is welcomed--no experience needed*