Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Makerie Retreat was Bomb.com!

We had loads of fun at the Makerie Retreat this past weekend! We took amazing classes, ran the first ever Fancy Tiger Crafts pop-up store (in one of the adorable cabins at Chautauqua!) and got to meet lots of inspiring and crafty folks. Chautauqua was a beautiful and relaxing setting and we squeezed in lots of hikes and outdoor time over the lovely weekend.

It was so much fun making a mini Fancy Tiger in our little cabin. Our store was tiny and adorable! Boulder folks, we miss you already and hope to see everyone again at our pop-up store next year!

Jaime and I both took classes from the talented and darling Lizzy House. In her Pattern Design class I learned how to create a repeating pattern for printing on fabric. We spent the class working on different types of repeats, talking about what makes a successful fabric collection and finished up by creating our own first line of fabric. My first fabric collection, Dangerworld, features daggers, swords and snarling beasts!

On Saturday, Jaime took Lizzy's block printing class. First she designed 3 different blocks and carved them out.

The second part of class everyone was able to print their designs. Jaime choose to print on top of prints for a crazy print explosion! The first print was a sweet diamond pattern on the new Joel Dewberry yellow woodgrain print.

Lizzy approved of the finished fabric and taught us the phrase "bomb.com" - thanks, Lizzy!

The students in class came up with all sorts of amazing prints, and one student event experimented with block-printing a repeating design. Jaime's second print was inspired by my Dangerworld collection and involves pink daggers on a yellow French General bird toile. Danger!

One class I really wished I could take was Jessica Hernandez's shoe making class. Check out these adorable flats made from a new Joel Dewberry fabric one of her students whipped up!

The Makerie was quite the delicious weekend, with local food trucks catering some of the meals. Comida's hot pink truck served up some fantastic fish tacos.

We are totally infatuated with The Cozy Bean's VW bus esspresso-mobile! Holy cuteness! It might just be the best day ever when you wake up with The Cozy Bean parked outside of your cabin.

The Firefly Market finished off the weekend with a craft market that featured some of our favorite local handcrafters! We were thrilled to be at this craft market as super excited shoppers. We even received goody bags as some of the first folks through the door.

Thanks for an amazing weekend Makerie - we can hardly wait for next year!


Donna Teresa said...

Yay, Makerie! There is a lot of goodness in sharing "how to" with a group of folks. Thanks for posting the pics!

Jeanne Oliver said...

You guys did an incredible job with the mini shop! Next time I will have to stay the whole weekend. I wish I would have seen the market. Great re-cap.

chatti said...

oh so jealous! no craft shops over here and I'm dying! Lots of cheap good quality fabric but I hate having to bargain.

Jeanne Lois said...

Yayy!! the shop was so cute!! and you guys did a fabulous job in your classes, so inspiring =)

do i see a show making class in fancy tigers future?!?! pleaseplease