Meet: Minki Kim

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What types of crafts are your favorite?

I started as a card maker and a scrapbooker and I’ve been passionate about sewing for four years now.  I work mostly with linen and scraps from my favorite fabrics. One thing about using such tiny pieces of fabric in my designs is that no piece of fabric is too small to save.

What colors can you not get enough of right now?

Definitely yellow! And pink…and blue.  It’s so hard to choose only one color because they always harmonize so perfectly together.

What made/makes you so passionate about crafting?

I sew because I love it. Years ago, I was hand embroidering my own and my children’s drawings. After my husband brought me a sewing machine, I was curious whether I could do the same sort of ‘drawing with thread’ with the sewing machine. It turned out I could, and what was even better was that I could do it so much faster. I began to create projects that I could embellish with my sewing illustrations, and I discovered a new passion along the way.

If you could craft with any person in the world, living or dead, who would it be and why?

I would say my little 6-year-old girl, Claire. Because I wrote a craft book in Korean using her drawings and even for my second book, Sew Illustrated (co-authored with Kristin Esser) she inspired me in so many ways. I think it’s because I am a mama and can’t live without my kids.

In one word, how would you describe your crafting style?

My husband says my works are warm. I like that. I want my projects to be something anybody can smile at and love to recall.

Where do you get creative inspiration from?

I get my inspiration from everyday life. I think it’s human nature to want to draw the world — faraway places that are so beautiful and grand. But, in reality, I find what I really draw is my everyday life: my humble kitchen, my messy sewing room, the piles of shoes by the door; and my sweet girls. This is my real life, and I find that it’s actually quite beautiful.

You’re stranded on a desert island. What three craft supplies couldn’t you live without?

Sewing machine, a pair of scissors, and a glue stick!  When we go camping I bring school scissors and some glue for my kids, and we make fun things using the supply from the nature.

What “trendy” supply or craft are you loving right now?

Linen and linen-like fabric. Because they are my canvas of Sewing illustration.

Where do you buy your supplies?

I visit my local craft store JoAnn and Michaels for  the inspirations and to read the trend.


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Australian Artist Takes Knitting to the Extreme

“Extreme knitting” has officially been coined a thing because of one Australian artist. Jacqui Fink spends her time creating giant masterpieces using super-sized knitting needles and high quality merino wool.

Not only does she have incredible patience and endurance to complete the large throw blankets, but she also makes a living from them. Jacqui sells her creations for up to $1,000 and additionally teaches extreme knitting as a therapy.

You can find more of Jacqui’s work on her website.

Birch Tree Pillow

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Designer: Cindy Green

Enjoy the beauty of natural motifs without leaving the comfort of your home. This birch tree pillow adds a fall touch to your decor!


Materials:

  • 2—9×12″ pieces of white felt
  • 2—12×17″ pieces of brown fabric
  • Sewing thread: white and brown
  • Sewing needle
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • Tree Pattern

1. Enlarge and trace the tree pattern, above, onto the pieces of white felt; cut out. To cut out the tree holes on trees 2, 3, and 4, fold the felt tree in half and use scissors to cut a semicircle in the folded edge.

2. Referring to the Appliqué Placement Diagram, pin the white felt trees to a 12×17″ piece of brown cotton fabric. Set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch. Using white sewing thread, machine-stitch over the edges of each felt tree.

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3. With right sides together and using a 14” seam allowance, sew the appliqué pillow front and the remaining 12×17″ piece of brown fabric for the pillow back together, leaving a 5″ opening along the bottom edge (Pillow Back Diagram).

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4. Turn the pillow cover right side out. Using a low setting on your iron, press the pillow cover carefully. Stuff the pillow cover firmly with polyester fiberfill.

5. Hand-sew the bottom opening closed using brown sewing thread.

This Hot Pink Crocheted Home is Something We’ve Never Seen Before!

This home located in Finland has taken “pretty in pink” to an entirely new level. But what some don’t know is that the crocheted creation symbolizes much more than what meets the eye.

Yarn-bombing artist Olek covered this entire home in crochet for the millions of refugees forced to flee their homes last year. With the help of more than 30 assistants, Olek was able to cover the entire house. The team used over 450 skeins of yarn to add a splash of color during the refugee crisis, saying it’s “a symbol of a bright future filled with hope.”

Our Fall/Winter 2016 Issue Is Here!

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Our Fall/Winter 2016 issue of Make It Yourself magazine is finally here (feels like it took forever, doesn’t it?)! Pick up a copy on newsstands from September 20–December 19 to learn how to:

  • create fun Duck Tape projects with kids
  • use Perler Beads to make the coolest crafts
  • stitch spellbinding decor for Halloween
  • update denim into amazing wearables
  • learn simple weaving techniques
  • host a hip wine tasting party
  • sew handmade holiday decor
  • give olds belts new life
  • use felt for easy Christmas crafts
  • play with hot wax (encaustics)

Can’t find it in stores? Get a digital copy of this issue (+ back issues) here.


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