Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Craftcation Conference 2014

View from my hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Hotel

Sun, sand, and crafting- What could be better!?  This past week I was invited to teach at Craftcation, a conference featuring DIY industry professionals giving lectures and hands-on workshops.  The conference took place right on the beach at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and for four awesome, inspiring days I was surrounded by like minded makers and crafters.  My people!

Fingerless Gloves Workshop

I had a blast teaching two of my most popular workshops - Fingerless Gloves and DIY Slippers.  I usually teach these classes as hand sewing workshops, but this time we were able to use brand new sewing machines provided by Bernina.

 
 
Here are a few photos of some of the amazing gloves and slippers created by the talented makers and shakers in my classes.  Click here for more photos.

How to Block Print on Fabric with Christine Haynes

I attended many great lectures on business development, but best of all I was able to take a Block Printing Workshop with the talented sewing author, teacher, and pattern designer- Christine Haynes

Huge thank you to Craftcation organizers, Nicole and Delilah, for inviting me to teach!  I've returned to San Francisco with a renewed energy for my business and new goals for the future.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Knitting Classes at Urban Bazaar

http://www.eventbrite.com/e/knitting-101-tickets-10829821287?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text
Knitting 101
Always wanted to knit or just need a refresher? This class is designed for absolute beginners who always wanted to learn how to knit but were too intimidated to try.

Thursday, March 13th 7-9:30pm
Urban Bazaar
1371 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 664-4422

Ready to start knitting? Details and sign up here.
 
http://www.eventbrite.com/e/knit-hat-101-2-part-class-tickets-10831131205?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

Knit Hat 101 (2-part class)
Already know how to knit a scarf but want to try something a little more challenging? Learn to knit a custom hat in any size or yarn.
 
Wednesday, March 19th & 26th from 7-9pm
Urban Bazaar
1371 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 664-4422

Ready to start knitting? Details and sign up here.
 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Dogpatch Block Party

 
presented by the Bold Italic
Thursday, January 23rd from 6-8pm
 
http://www.thebolditalic.com/
 
GoGo Craft will be getting crafty at the Bold Italic's Dogpatch Microhood, an evening of sweet deals, sweeter treats, complimentary drinks, factory tours, mouth-watering food, and great deals from more than a dozen (and counting) local Dogpatch businesses.  We'll be offering our Washer Bracelet Workshop for free at the Museum of Craft and Design.  Take a boring, old tee and turn it into a fabulous new bracelet!  Add in a few metal washers (yup, the kind you can find at a hardware store) and before you know it you will have a new accessory that you won’t want to part with.  This no-sew project is perfect for beginning DIYers .  Hope to see you there!
 
http://www.sfmcd.org/
 
2569 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 773-0303 


Monday, December 2, 2013

Knitting 101



Thursday, December 12th 7-9:30pm
and
Thursday, January 16th 7-9:30pm 
Urban Bazaar
1371 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122
(415) 664-4422
Fee: $25

Always wanted to knit or just need a refresher? This class is designed for absolute beginners who always wanted to learn how to knit but were too intimidated to try. Amelia Strader, owner of GoGo Craft, will teach you the basic foundation steps of knitting; cast-on, knit stitch, and cast-off - all the steps you will need to know to make a scarf or cowl. Scarf and cowl patterns provided. Important: Bring one skein of bulky weight yarn and a pair of size 11 straight knitting needles.

Photo credit: Stefanie Renee

Why take this class with Amelia?
Amelia Strader has 20+ years of knitting and sewing experience under her handmade belt. She has created her own patterns, taught group and individual classes, and developed sweaters for Target private label. Her classes are designed to take the intimidation out of knitting in a comfortable setting for beginners. Amelia’s main goal is for her students to feel inspired by what they learn, and to keep creating after they leave class.

Ready to start knitting?  Sign up here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cushion Challenge


I found these vintage wooden chairs at my local Goodwill for $25. I thought they would look great around my dining room (which often doubles as my GoGo Craft work table). Since I spend a lot of time there I want to cover the cushions to protect the seat and also give them a pop of color. I decided that for this sewing project I would challenge myself to only use materials that I already have in my supply closet. Putting these boundaries on a project is budget friendly and also a great way to stretch my mind creatively. Here are 3 discoveries/tips I want to share from my sewing challenge.

1. I used a paper grocery bag to make the pattern because I ran out of pattern paper.

The brown paper is a sturdy weight but still thin enough to pin to fabric.

Cut the bag open at one side so it lays flat.

Trace the seat onto the paper with a pencil.

2. This vintage cotton floral fabric came from a previous shopping trip to the Alameda Flea Market.  There wasn't enough for all 4 cushions so I ended up combining it with this solid light weight wool that I had purchase last year at SCRAP in San Francisco. When combining different types of fabrics, a good rule of thumb is to use either all knits (stretchy fabric) or all wovens (non-stretch fabric) of a similar weight within one project.  Knits and wovens react differently and are difficult to sew together.

It's not a perfect color and fabric match, but it works.

This cushion is reversible.

3. I didn't have enough grosgrain ribbon for all 4 chair ties, so I cut off the selvage edge and used it in place of the missing ribbon.

A great way to preserve the origins of this vintage fabric. Plus I love that font!

Run a line of straight stitching along the cut edge of the selvage to prevent fraying.


I hope you find some of these ideas useful for your next sewing project.
-Amelia Strader
Founder/Owner GoGo Craft

Monday, August 5, 2013

Take An Art Break!

Photo credit: Art is Moving
Friday, September 6th 2013 9am-5pm

This year I'm excited to announce that I'm an Artist in Residence for a non-profit organization that is very near and dear to my heart, Art is Moving. They organize an annual event called Art Break Day- a daylong celebration that encourages people to sit down, take a short break from their busy lives, and make art for free.

Photo credit: Art is Moving

Tabled booths are set up in highly trafficked locations in various cities and passer-byers are provided with art supplies. The annual event occurs simultaneously in all participating cities on the first Friday of September. This year’s Art Break Day will take place on September 6, 2013 and will be celebrated in 17 locations, including San Francisco. This is where I will be.

Photo credit: Art is Moving

Please come say hi and take an art break with me and Lauren Odell Usher (one of the founders of Art is Moving) at Justin Herman Plaza in front of the Ferry Building. See you there!

-Amelia Strader
Founder/Owner GoGo Craft

Friday, May 31, 2013

Tutorial: Upycled Makeup Bag

Turn your old jeans into a makeup bag

Upcycled Makeup Bag
This bag makes a great travel pouch to take on your next vacation or camping trip, all you need is an old pair of jeans and a few sewing supplies.  I'm calling it a makeup bag but you can fill it with whatever you like. Follow this tutorial to learn how to make the bag, then decorate it however you want; embroidery, applique, buttons, fabric paint, or stamps.  The possibilities are endless!  Get creative.  The perfect sewing project for everyone from beginners to advanced crafters.

Happy Crafting!
-Amelia Strader

Visit my website for more info about my business, GoGo Craft- a mobile craft workshop based in San Francisco.

Use Men's or Women's jeans
Materials Needed:
Denim Pants
Scissors
Ruler
Tailors chalk
Shank button
Thread
Pins
Sewing machine
The width of the pant leg determines the width of the bag. 
Using tailor's chalk and a ruler, make a line marking where to cut the pant leg.
Cut off the pant leg along the chalk line.
Turn the pant leg inside out and pin.
Sew the pant leg closed 1/2" from the cut edge.
(hand sew if you don't have a sewing  machine)
Turn the pant leg right side out.
Fold down the pant hem to create the bag flap.
Cut off the waistband below the seam.

Cut the waistband on the buttonhole side.
Insert the waistband piece into the center of the flap.
(This becomes the bag closure)
Pin to the top flap layer ONLY to secure.
With matching thread, sew the waistband piece to the flap at the pant hem.
(Make sure not to sew the flap closed)
Hand sew the edge of the pant hem to the waistband piece.
Optional: Using tailors chalk, mark where you would like to add the
decorative topstitching.
Sew along the chalk line with contrast thread.
(I used gold thread to make it sparkly)
Add a button and your bag is complete!

Visit my website for more info about GoGo Craft.