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The Maker’s Day 2014

Nicole Events, Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

This year we were proud sponsors of The Maker’s Day 2014. This is a market styled event for crafters, designers, artists and well anyone who’s interested in making stuff. In one day you were able to try a whole bunch of mini workshops 🙂 Event Hosts and organiser Mikaela Danvers from Canberra Creatives seriously out did herself in creating a jam-packed day of FUN! FUN! FUN! Here’s a glimpse of some workshops that took place on the 06 September 2014 at the Majura Community Centre, 2 Rosever Pl, Dickson ACT. You could create a personalised artwork with Design is Yay‘s Silhouette art workshop or learn to …

Upcycle Textiles into Yarn and Crochet anything you want. www.onebymeforyou.com

Upcycle Textiles into Yarn

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

I’m super excited for my Upcycle Textiles into Yarn Workshop that I’ll be teaching at The Maker’s Hub, Canberra in September! This 3 hour workshop is a skills based opposed to project based, which means you’ll learn simple techniques to upcycle any form of textiles into yarn. The thing I love about using upcycled materials in my crochet projects is; you can transform a simple crochet (or knitting or weaving) pattern into something extraordinary! The course comes with a detailed eBook filled with pictures and instructions. So you don’t have to worry about forgetting anything after the workshop. I’ve also included 4 crochet patterns …

Women hard at work

Week Three Volunteer in Cambodia: Crochet Workshop Wraps Up

Nicole Travel

I can’t believe how quickly these three weeks have flown by! It feels like only yesterday that I was getting ready to embark on this epic journey and nothing could’ve prepared me for this experience of a lifetime! As week 3 of my crochet workshop in Cambodia comes to a close I look around and am so pleased with what the class have produced! The creativity and teamwork has been contagious this week. I am so impressed at how quickly these ladies have learnt to crochet, working with different yarns and hooks, as well as applying what they have learnt in each …

The Bag Lady

Upcycling Lesson in Cambodia: Turn Skirts into Bags and Shirts into Skirts

Nicole Travel

Volunteering in Cambodia has been an amazing experience. For the past few weeks I’ve been running crochet workshops teaching the women in the community how to crochet we even had a lesson on how to follow a pattern. But this week one of the ladies, Danni, wanted a break from crochet, as she prefers to sew. So I did a quick lesson in upcycling I showed her how to turn skirts into bags and shirts into skirts. Here’s what we did:   Then we turned a shirt into a skirt: We also did some mending on an old pair of …

Crochet Pattern Reading Lesson

Week Two Volunteer in Cambodia : Deciphering Code

Nicole Travel

I’m so glad my first week as a volunteer in Cambodia ended on a high note because it allowed us to seriously push the boundaries  in the second week! It would be fitting to say we had a couple of eureka moments this week. The most important one to mention was working out how to teach the women to read a pattern (as you can imagine this was like deciphering code), so that they can continue creating products once the programme came to an end! The biggest obstacle was the reading and understanding the patterns in English as none of …

Volunteer in Cambodia - Week one - The Foundation Chain. www.onebymeforyou.com

Week One Volunteer in Cambodia: The Foundation Chain

Nicole Travel

One week in and looking back at the decision I made to volunteer in Cambodia and the crochet supplies I bought for this trip it’s the BEST investment I’ve made in my life thus far! This week has been… To be honest it’s just impossible to describe… But I’ve absolutely loved every minute of it! Who would have thought that I’d be teaching a crochet workshop in cambodia! I think I’ve set a good foundation for the teachers to continue teaching groups in the future. The women I’m teaching are incredible, they’re strong, ambitious, enthusiastic and such quick learners! They’re taking …

Supplies from John Lewis

Giving a little back, One Stitch at a Time – Teaching Crochet in Cambodia

Nicole Travel

Crochet supplies have been bought and packed and the start of our 3rd adventure for 2013, is about to begin. In a few days we’ll set off to South East Asia, where I’ll be spending 3 weeks teaching crochet in Cambodia, to women in the Psar Touch Community in Phnom Penh. Over the last year my husband Mike has been back and forth to Cambodia with a UK based charity called KungFuture, who have partnered with a local organization called Riverkids. Through sports and play they have taught the children in the Psar Touch Community basic skills about health and hygiene. …

I Can make shoes

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

Exactly what it says on the tin: I CAN MAKE SHOES! Amanda Luisa runs some great shoe making workshops out of her beautiful studio in Dalston right here in London! The beauty for her workshops – She teaches you how you can make shoes at home with a normal sewing machine and minimal equipment. I’ve done a couple of her workshops so far: Become a shoe design icon Ballet Pumps for Beginners Start Your Future in Footwear Although you don’t have to do the workshops in any order or have any experience in making shoes I found it extremely helpful …

The Fear of Dyeing – Natural Dye Workshop

Nicole Make it. Fix it. Do it Yourself.

The process of dyeing textiles has always been daunting for me. I’ve always been a bit nervous to do it on my own – Worried that I’m going to get the mixture wrong, or burn a hole in my dye pot…  Or worse completely mess up the only bit of recycled fabric I had to create my next project. Although I’m quite pro – “the happy accident” scenario there’s nothing worse than destroying a project because you made up the wrong solution for the quantity of fabric. This summer I did a workshop with Entanglewood which put all my fears …