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Sabatina Leccia Studio

by Alexis on April 16, 2014

I came across the work of Sabatina Leccia and was completely mesmerized. The combination of embroidery, staining, painting, and drawing results in compositions that feel spontaneous and organic. But the level of detail and work involved in all those hand-placed stitches and beads suggests anything but. I reached out to Sabatina to find out more about her process. Her words reflect the organic quality of her pieces: “I am not drawing what I’m going to do before the making in order to be completely free…” Sabatina uses her embroidery—which she views more as painting than a traditional decorative art—as an opportunity to meditate and reflect.

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Perfect for gift-giving or as a present for yourself, these DIY calendars from Heather Lins Home are a great project for the new year. For each month there is a heavy, recycled card printed with the template for the stitches; the kit also comes with embroidery floss and a needle. Heather designed two different calendar sets, one based on classic stitched text—The Year in Stitches—and another—Stitch in the Stars—which features the 12 constellations of the zodiac. Either stitch ‘em all at the start of the year (a great little project during the holidays) or celebrate each new month by completing a card.

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Holiday Craft Fairs

by Alexis on December 2, 2013

{ Union Square Holiday Market via UrbanSpaceNYC }

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, we’re in the midst of the holiday season! I spent the weekend making lists for all those I’ll be buying gifts for this year, and I’m trying to get my shopping done early to avoid the stress of last-minute runs to the store and expedited shipping. But finding beautiful gifts that are just right for the recipients can be a challenge, and while shopping online is convenient, there’s something lost when you’re sitting at a computer screen. Fortunately there are an abundance of holiday markets and craft fairs taking place this month, featuring talented artists and makers. I’m planning to visit a few to pick up handmade gifts for many friends and family members, and have been marking my calendar with those I’ll be able to hit.

We’ve compiled a list of just some of the great events taking place this holiday season, but if you know of one in your area, please let us know in the comments!

Tinsel & Twine
Dec 5, 6 + 7 // Gentry’s Farm 1974 New Highway Ninety Six West, Franklin TN

The Portland Bazaar
Dec 6, 7 + 8 // 420  NE 9th St, Portland, OR

Renegade Craft Fair
Dec 7 + 8 // Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W. Blackhawk St, Chicago, IL

Denver HaHo Holiday Market
Dec 14 – 15 // 734 Santa Fe Dr, Denver, CO

Renegade Craft Fair
Dec 14 + 15 // Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St, Los Angeles, CA

The Makery Winter Market
Dec 14 + 15 // 424 N Tillamook St, Portland, OR

Renegade Craft Fair
Dec 21 + 22 // Concourse Exhibition Center, 635 8th St, San Francisco, CA

Boston Handmade
Nov 29 – Dec 24 // 2 Brookline Place, Brookline, MA

Union Square Holiday Market
Nov 21 – Dec 24 // Union Square, New York City

Armadillo Bazaar
Dec 17 – 24 // Palmer Events Center 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

Art Star Holiday Market
Nov 29 – Dec 31 // Blue Cross River Rink at Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, PA

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Textiles by Moisés Hernández

by Joanna on November 18, 2013

Moisés Hernández, head of housewares brand Diario, was inspired by the traditional Mexican artisanal craft of weaving, and updated it with a modern twist in this line. The textiles you see here are manufactured by a family-run workshop in Oaxaca, Mexico, which Moisés visited to learn about the processes behind the fabrics. He met with the artisans and learned all about their means of production, from how the looms work to the colors available for weaving. You can see evidence that Moisés was inspired by the colors around Oaxaca itself in each piece—the fading blues of the sky, the bright hues from traditional costumes, and even the shades the houses are painted. The resulting line is vibrant, yet still understated.

{ Images via Diario. Found via Sight Unseen. }

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Aftcra Gifts Home GoodsAs a home/design writer and editor, I’m always on the lookout for fresh products, people, and places to cover. But I have to admit, it’s not always easy—especially with a lot of us in the media getting the same press releases and pitches. So I was thrilled to receive a note from the folks at aftcra, an online marketplace that specializes in handcrafted, American-made wares.

At the time, I wasn’t familiar with the company, which allows sellers to set up shops on its site so that buyers can purchase directly from them. Clicking around aftcra yielded an introduction to a lot of cool makers and goods. Because the site is visually clean and simple—I love that you can easily browse by categories and subcategories—I can track down what I want pretty quickly. And, boy, there’s quite a bit that I want!

Pictured above are some of my favorite finds: 1. Crocheted Pinwheel Rug 2. Clouds Aluminum Cuff Bracelet 3. Rose Gold Lucky Horseshoe Necklace 4. Engraved Wood Coasters 5. Leather Dopp Kit 6. Decoupaged Picture Frame. There’s plenty more where this all came from. Head over to aftcra and see for yourself.

{ This post was sponsored by aftcra. All content by Anthology Magazine. }

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