Gift Guide for Creatives: Textile designers and Woodworkers
The holidays are just around the corner and this weekend it really sunk in! Today, I will share with you some of my favorite products for makers, along with who won the anniversary giveaway at the end of this post!
While I like to get out, stroll and shop for gifts, I do not enjoy that anxious feeling that creeps in while, I am inside a too crowded store. Often our toddler starts loosing patience (understandably), so when we shop, we try to make it fun! I try to limit our shopping trips to around 1-2 hours, and work in activities that he will find fun too, like visiting the koi pond, a trolley ride, and of course a snack by the water fountain. With all of these activities worked into the mix, I usually make it out of our local shopping center with only 1 purchase in hand (if I am lucky). More and more, I find myself shopping online and I also love to make gifts handmade for the people I love. I am pretty selective about what I buy as I prefer to give only things that I think people will really use and enjoy. Has anyone else read, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up?
I doubly enjoy shopping at local craft fairs and events that support small businesses and artists with their endeavors. So this year, while making our family wish lists, I decided to put together an online gift guide for the artists and DIY lovers in your life. All of these products and supplies, I have personally used in my DIY projects this year, so I can vouch for them!
Today, I am sharing my favorite selections for designing textiles. The second row is specifically dedicated to Shibori designs, which hold a special place in my work. I recommend this starter kit for Indigo Dyeing, as it is how I got started, and now I have moved on to working with a fructose vat.
As many of you know, I have maintained a woodworking shop for years. I am a big fan of woodwork and home renovation too! I enjoy products designed from sustainably harvested hardwood. I even design my own coatracks and walnut mirrors. A surreal moment for me was when the Sheraton hotels purchased my walnut coatracks for every suite in their Mountain Vista Villas in Colorado. Below, I have listed some of my favorite tools and products that I use daily in my workshop.
I hope that you find this gift guide for creatives helpful and motivational, whether you are a maker yourself or shopping for one.
Last but not least, the winner of the Shibori Tea Towel set is: Richard L! Congratulations and thanks to all who played along. I enjoyed hearing about your year-long goals. I love getting to know more about you and what you are up to!
HI, I'M HILARY.
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