Monday, February 22, 2016

Where To Find Makers-On-Hudson This Week

Learn a New Craft as Winter Winds Down



Two examples of the wet felting process

 

  Felt making is one of the most ancient ways to create fabric. The oldest archaeological finds containing evidence of the use of felt are in Turkey. Wall paintings that date from 6500 to 3000 B.C. have been found. In many countries, felt is still very much in use, particularly in harsh climates, and artisans in Russia and Eastern Europe are highly skilled in the craft.


On Wednesday, March 2, Elena Rosenberg, of Makers-on-Hudson Elena Rosenberg Wearable Fiber Art, will be teaching a class in wet felting, a craft that employs this ancient skill to produce stunning results.

The hands-on class will be taught at the Pelham Art Center Westchester County, N.Y. on Wednesday, March 2 from 10 AM - 1 PM. It's open to adults and beginners are welcome.

Time to shake off those Winter Blues, have fun, and discover the beginning of a new skill.


Monday, February 8, 2016

Meet your neighbors; up north in Hudson, Catskill and Windham

Members of the Makers-on-Hudson team are from all over New York's Hudson Valley! Get to know who's creating in your town and around you with this new series of posts. Maybe you've even seen them around town but never knew what they made. Let's start from the top and our northern most members!

Thinking of You PEWS by Drusilla
South Sea Shell Pearls (10mm) on Sterling Silver Studs with Grayed Jade Satellite Crystals - Sterling Butterfly Clutches - 315027
South Sea Shell Pearls (10mm) on Sterling Silver Studs with Grayed Jade Satellite Crystals by OmiSilver


Our first stop is in Hudson! A great city with some yummy ice teas and lovely people. Two of those people are our members Drusilla Kehl of Drusilla and Mary Rembach of OmiSilver. Drusilla's shop is full of artwork mostly featuring rats, perfect for the rat owner in your life or just anyone who appreciates these intelligent creatures.  Mary's work includes several pieces of lovely silver and gemstone jewelry and some items made with chainmail rings.  Check them out!


Handmade Dog Leash - Short Traffic Lead - Calavera Sugar Skull by KirasPetShop


Just across the river from Hudson is Catskill, NY. It's a lovely town, especially if you love cats and cute shops (I did a blog post years ago about one of our old member's L&M Studio, who have a shop there). Catskill is the home of Kira G. maker of KirasPetShop, She's a darling seamstress who makes pet goods! Check her out, especially if you're looking for bandannas with built in I.D. tag slots, or really any collars or leashes for your furry friends.

Felt Bow Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy / Red and Gray Valentine's Day Gifts for Her / Preppy Coffee Accessory / Teacher Gift / Bridesmaid Present
Felt Bow Coffee Cup Sleeve Cozy / Red and Gray Valentine's Day Gifts for Her by QuarterLifeLuck
As we continue east we come to Windham, home of some great skiing! Or so I've heard, I've never skied, I prefer being cozy - which the creations of one Windham local will help you with! Kim L. runs QuarterLifeLuck and not only does she make soft felt coffee sleeves, but also some cute felt pillows and kids decor. Soft and sweet name banner anyone? 

Those are the most north northerners we've got on the team! I can't wait to share with you more creations as we head further south on our tour of New York crafters. Remember to support your neighbors and local economy by shopping local and shopping small!

See you!

Friday, February 5, 2016

Makers-on-Hudson Handmade Valentine's Day Gift Guide

We have some great gift ideas for Valentine's Day if you are looking for something special for the one you love, or if you want to love yourself.  Don't just leave it for Valentine's Day, these gifts are great for any time of the year!


Enjoy this art print all year long from Digilio Designs

A sweet traditional Red Heart gift for the coffee or tea drinker, give a Felt Cozy from Quarter Life Luck

Personalized gifts are always extra special. Pick up an Infinity Birthstone bracelet from Emily and Eden.


Flowers die in a couple of days! Make it last with a wool felted flower that live forever and you can wear from Huzzah! Handmade.


Don't forget our four-legged friends!  We have much love for them too don't we? Keep them cozy with a sweater from Lollypup

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Free February Calender Desktop Download

According to North American Indian
tribes the full moon that occurs in February is known as the Snow Moon.
Snow piles very high in this month. Some tribes 
also referred to this moon as the Full Hunger Moon
since hunting was difficult at this time.
Here for your personal use is my interpretation of February's Full Snow Moon.



Click to download

Along with Valentines Day, don't forget that this is a leap year, a whimsical tradition dating back at least four centuries holds that leap years allow you wonderful ladies to "propose" to a man, instead of the other way around. The idea being that any man who refused such a proposal owed his spurned suitor a silk gown and a kiss — only if she was wearing a red petticoat at the moment she popped the question.


Happy February!
Sue DiGilio
digiliodesigns.etsy.com

Monday, February 1, 2016

Meet Makers-on-Hudson

We have exciting news to share with you today!  After being known as The Hudson Valley Etsy Team since we formed in 2008, we are changing our name and will now be known as Makers-on-Hudson!

As we continue to grow as a group, we wanted to identify ourselves as more than just Etsy sellers, although you can still find all of our shops there! We call ourselves different names - artists, designers, crafters, but the one thing we all identify with is that we are "Makers."  We are passionate about what we do and support the handmade movement which continues to thrive in the Hudson Valley.

Our name is a play on the "on-Hudson" towns located in the Hudson Valley like Hastings-on-Hudson, Croton-on-Hudson, Cornwall-on-Hudson, and Annandale-on-Hudson.  In the end, "Makers-on-Hudson" was agreed upon as a nice way to who represent who we are and where we're from.

If you follow this blog, update your bookmarks to our new blog makersonhudson.blogspot.com.  All of our Social Media accounts will be switching over to our new name shortly.

Our Etsy page has been updated which you can check out by clicking here and our official website is now www.makersonhudson.com.