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  • I Love Art: Creative Unblock Challenge

    February 4, 2015 | 2 Comments »

    Kayte Terry-Mount Rainier 2.0
    I’m pretty much always up for a creative challenge.  So, when beloved blog The Jealous Curator launched a monthly challenge called Creative Unblock, I was totally down. The first challenge, from artist Trey Speegle, was to take a drawing or photocopy of an image and alter it in as many ways as you can imagine. Since you are using a repeated form, this is a great way to play with materials.
    I chose a vintage postcard image of Mount Rainier because the idea of altering a landscape really appeals to me. It makes me think about the way a trip to an amazing location changes you and the way you see that place. And then I let loose, as you can see from the gif above! Yahoo, can’t wait for the next challenge.
    These are a few of my favorites:
    Mount Rainier 1.0 by Kayte Terry Mount Rainier 1.1 by Kayte Terry Mount Rainier 1.2 by Kayte Terry Mount Rainier 1.3 by Kayte Terry
    Mount Rainier 1.5 by Kayte Terry

    52 Weeks of Collage: Week 1

    July 2, 2014 | 3 Comments »


    Floating by Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Adrift: Collage, Week 1 watercolor, thread and ephemera on paper

    There are a million excuses one could make for not making more art but my big one is always time. This is valid; often I don’t have time to make big pieces of Capital A Art. So I created a challenge for myself with this in mind. Each week, I have the time to make a collage, a way to flex my creative muscle as well as explore new materials and techniques. Quite literally this is a way to get some ideas I have jostling around in my brain onto a page of paper. Welcome to Week 1 of 52 Weeks of Collage. I can’t wait to see what happens!

    Do you create challenges like this for yourself? Let me know!

    Make it! For Anthropologie

    June 23, 2014 | No Comments »

    make it lantern DIY for anthropologie thisisloveforever.com
    Big self promotion alert: I have started writing DIY posts for the Anthropologie blog! This one above features five different ways to use and decorate a summer lantern. I have another DIY coming up soon. Stay tuned!

    A Collage Experiment

    May 21, 2014 | No Comments »

    From time to time, I teach classes on creativity using collage as the medium. The first exercise is always my favorite: I give each student a little bag of papers, fabrics and ephemera and they have to use some part of each piece (no cheating!) to make a 20 minute collage. It’s a great way to open your mind on days when you are feeling blocked and can’t bear to stare at a blank canvas any longer. By imposing a few rules, you can’t overthink your work, you just have to get by on intuition.
    A few days ago, I was feeling similarly blocked and I treated myself to this exercise. I had a few surprise packs left over from my class at Craftcation, and since it had been a while, I couldn’t remember exactly what was in them. So I opened one…

    collage experiment / thisisloveforever.com
    collage experiment / thisisloveforever.com  
    collage experiment / thisisloveforever.com

    Make It! Quilted Marimekko Trivets

    November 14, 2013 | No Comments »

    As I’ve mentioned probably a hundred times before, I am a huge fan of Marimekko and all designs Finnish, so I was super-excited to get an email from Erica at FinnStyle, offering me a bunch of Marimekko fabric scraps for sewing projects. I leapt at the chance; FinnStyle is an independently owned perveyor of hundreds of Marimekko prints and lots of other Finnish goodies. Oh and FinnStyle is having an amazing sale on Marimekko fabrics from November 15th-25th!

    This DIY project below is a great way to use special fabrics in small amounts, a little way to make a big impact if you will. Trivets are a perfect project for your Thanksgiving table or an awesome gift for the holidays! Since I’m using scraps, each one is slightly different, so it’s a one-of-a-kind gift!
    This is also a prime way to dip your toe into the world that is patchwork, since it doesn’t involve a lot of fancy templates or planning. I love improvisational patchwork and this is a great project to play around with this technique. Just think about the infinite possibilities!
    Here’s how to make them:

    What you need:
    One piece of fabric that measures 11″ x 11″ (or a combo of fabrics that measure this in total)
    One 11″ x 11″ square of wool felt
    One 11″ 11″ square of cotton batting
    Rotary cutter
    Cutting mat and ruler
    Straight pins
    Sewing machine
    Thread for the machine in your desired color.

    Step 1: Pick out your fabrics. Many Marimekko prints are large-scale and cutting them into smaller pieces uses the prints in different ways. It almost abstracts them!  For this trivet, I chose a large scale floral print, an abstract print and the printed selvedge of the fabric (because I am a super-nerd and love Marimekko!). The goal is for the top of the finished trivet to be 11″ x 11″  so keep that in mind for your design; I just experimented with cutting a few pieces and sewing them together with my machine.


    Step 2: To patchwork the pieces together, lay the pieces you want to sew wrong sides out (that means the side you can see is the wrong side of the print) with one edge of both pieces flush together. Pin. Then sew together with a 1/4″ seam, making sure to reverse the machine a few stitches at the beginning and end of your seam (this secures the fabric together). As you can see above, I have one finished top on the right and one on the left that I am still sewing together.

    Here’s a close-up of that seam!

    Step 3: And here’s the back side of a top all stitched together. When you are finished, use an iron to press the seams down to one side. (some people like to press them open, so you could do that if preferred).

    Step 4: Use the rotary cutter, ruler and mat to cut your top down to exactly a 11″ x 11″ square. If you don’t have some of these things, a ruler and scissors will do.  But, if you are going to do any sewing at all, I highly recommend investing in a rotary cutter, mat and quilter’s ruler. They are, in short, the bomb.

    Step 5: Now you are going to lay out all the pieces you need to assemble the trivet into a sandwich! On the bottom, we have the cotton batting, followed by the wool felt, then the fabric top, facing wrong side out. You can see the layers above.

    Match up these three squares and pin. Instead of pinning straight up and down the fabric, pin your pins horizontal and diagonal to the fabric, with the ends of the pin facing out. This way, if you sew over one by mistake, you won’t lose an eye due to flying pin heads! To see what I mean, see the image above.

    Step 6: Now it’s time to sew! Starting in the center of one of the sides, sew around the trivet using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Stop sewing about 3″ away from the spot where you starting sewing. This opening is so you can turn your trivet right side out! Bring your sewn trivet back to your cutting mat and use the rotary cutter and a ruler to trim off excess, particularly at each corner. I cut of little triangles at each corner so the points of the trivet are much easier to turn.

    Step 7: Turn that trivet right side out! If needed, use a chopstick or your finger to push out the points. To close up the opening of the trivet, pin shut, tucking the seams in. Then bring your trivet back over to the sewing machine and stitch all around the outside of the trivet, close to the edge.

    Step 8: I always think it’s fun to add some decorative stitching to my work. Essentially, you are machine quilting (yay, look at you! Patchworking and quilting!). I sewed around the prints and added some lines at the seams but you can do whatever your little heart desires.

    Here’s some of the stitching close-up.

    Step 9: Enjoy your handiwork! Congrats on your beautifully bespoke trivets!


    In Stitches

    October 15, 2013 | 7 Comments »

    Quilt detail / Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    Quilt detail / Kayte Terry / thisisloveforever.com

    A few more snippets of some quilt pieces I am working on. Someday, these will be done. Although that’s a bit of a problem with improvisational art quilts. It’s so hard not to add just one more stitch, just one more patch. It’s a meditative process, adding, taking away, cutting and layering. I love it.

    Making It: Brown Paper Packages

    November 27, 2012 | No Comments »

    It takes me a little while to get into the swing of Holiday every year because my Holiday season at work is long over (I'm wrapping up Spring!).
    But, one thing I always get excited about it holiday packaging! My hands-down, all-time favorite wrapping material is brown kraft paper. It's inexpensive, easy to find and colors pop off of it like nobody's business. My trusty go-to wrapping usually involves some combination of kraft paper, baker's twine, alphabet stamps and washi tape.

    A few packaging DIYs I've made using kraft paper:
    Potato Printed Gift Wrap via Craft Stylish
    Pretty Preserves Tied up with String via Instructables

    Pom Pom Nation

    November 7, 2012 | No Comments »

    There's definitely a crafty collective conscience out there. Case in point: at a recent visit to Kinokuniya , my favorite Japanese book store, I bought this pom-pom craft book called, appropriately, How to Make Pom Poms, and became completely obsessed with making pom poms. (It looks like you can also get it here) A few of my friends and I were heading out on a little crafty weekend retreat and I decided poms would be the perfect project! Cut to a week later and I get this email from my good friend Lorelei: "I want to make pom-poms at our retreat. Can you make pom poms?"



    Now cut to a month later and we're both hooked. Pom pom making is very relaxing, cutting each little orb into a perfect fluffy circle is meditative in a way. And there are so many things you can do with them! I recommend that, if you want your pom poms to be as lovely as the ones in the book, to use really thin yarn, which I did not do.


    Also, I should mention this book is amazing! Have you ever wanted to make a little pom pom hamburger but didn't know how? Fear not- this book teaches you!





    Making It: Washi Tape Rosettes

    June 11, 2012 | 4 Comments »

    Paper rosettes are so easy to make that they barely require a tutorial at all. Also, there are probably dozens of tutorials for them online already. BUT, a few days ago, I was making some for my book table at Squam and I started adding some washi tape to the process and they looked awesome! So, I thought I would share…

    What you need:
    Book pages (you can also use any other kind of lightweight paper)
    Washi tape in various colors
    White glue
    Paint brush


    Fig. 1: Depending on the size of your rosette, you will need 2-5 pages of a book (or another paper), all the same size. I am going to use 4 full book pages for this rosette.


    Fig. 2: Affix a couple of stripes of washi tape to all of your book pages running lengthwise. I made mine random but you can also measure them out.
    Variation: you can also have the tape stripes running width-wise for a totally different look.

    Fig 3

    Fig. 3: Accordian fold your book pages lengthwise roughly every half inch.


    Fig. 4: Fold your accordian-ed book pages in half lengthwise and brush glue onto one edge.


    Fig. 5: Fold the edges together and press for the glue to hold. This will make a little fan. Repeat to make four fans.


    Fig. 6: Now you will put the fans together. You can see here that I have glued three together and am about to add the fourth.
    Brush glue on both outer edges of the fan and affix to the other fans. I recommend doing this part on a flat surface.



    Fig. 7 & 8: Tada! You have pretty and bright rosettes to play with. They are perfect for parties, gift toppers, decorating walls in a kid's room, wearing on your head…whatever you want!

    How-Tuesday on Etsy & My Book!!

    April 19, 2012 | 20 Comments »

    On Tuesday, Etsy featured the cardoard chandelier project from my book on their blog! Instructions and templates are all available right here. It's a fun weekend project and when you are done, voila, you have a chandelier!
    Oh, and you will hearing a lot about my book tour over the next few weeks. I'm heading out all over the country and I hope to meet a lot of you!!

    Paper Made! is available for pre-order on Amazon now.