Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday Fun: Print, Paint and Ink!

It's been a long time coming, but our book is finally available for pre-sale. We've shrunk it down a bit from our original title, into a bite-sized fun pack of inky goodness. Included in the text are over twenty of our favorite printmaking, painting and stamping projects that you can do in your own home.


Print, Paint and Ink: Over 21 Modern Craft Projects for You and Your Home

The 21 projects in Print, Paint & Ink are perfect for anyone interested in learning to make their own stamps, prints, and painted goods. From natural dyes and inks to linocut stamps, jewelry, ink transfers and more (plus a bit of embroidery and sewing thrown in!) there are tons of techniques and projects for crafters of all ages within these covers.


Print, Paint and Ink: Over 21 Modern Craft Projects for You and Your Home

Easy and adorable Teeny Tiny Eraser Stamps, stylish Furoshiki Wrap and so much more, there's something in here for every skill level. You might even get a sneak peek of one or two of our kiddos too! Click the link or on the photos above to check it out on Amazon, for pre-sale, available August 16th, 2016. 

More to come!



Friday, September 25, 2015

On Real Life: Our Social Media Break

Hey all--Andie here. Yes, we took a little unannounced social media break. There have been a lot of reasons for the quiet blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, but I'll just tell you about a few of them for now. It has been almost a year (!) since we've updated the blog and if you're still with us, I have to say, thank you.

Throwback photo to Assemble circa 2009

As quiet as we have been, we have been busy little bees. The last post from October of 2014 introduced our book, which is still slated to be released in August of 2016. Our tiny team of worker bees--Michelle Beilner of Sparky & Marie and Jaqui Shumate of Jaquilyn Shumate Photography--have been superstars in our eyes. It's such a blessing to be able to work with friends, but when those friends are absolutely stellar at their work, it's magical.

We are almost completely done with it, besides layout edits and a final cover shoot. That process is daunting and stressful, but we were so grateful to read this post by Emily Henderson. We are not stylists by any means (and have an immense amount of respect for them too!) so it was nice to read that even professionals go through the difficult task of representing their work on something so "quick-glance" as a book cover.

On the other side of the coin, Assemble has been quiet because of, well, life. Social media has always been my part of the game, and I came into this business as a single person. I wasn't married, nor did I have kids (unless you count Assemble mascot, Grady the chihuahua) and Assemble was my baby. I devoted every waking hour to building our brand and loved every second of it. As time went on, I got engaged, then married and eventually had our little baby Alice on December of 2014.

While I was pregnant, I was so worried about finding the time for a baby while working on a book, a side-business and day-to-day Assemble tasks. Now that I actually have a child, I am astonished at the amount of time, heart and grace that Emily is able to give to our mission with two....TWO! The reality of the situation--and something that no one can explain to you pre-baby--is that it's not about finding a way to fit a baby into your life. Something I found to be true for myself, is that every priority that I had in building our business and my dreams, was suddenly sub-par. The book took a back-seat. Our blog was literally an afterthought. Instagram? What's that? And I didn't care. Not one bit. My brain and heart was focused on playing with wooden tambourines on the floor and teaching Alice to roll over. "How boring!" single Andie would say. She would be right for her own life, but not for mine.

Now that things are beginning to be more scheduled, and the baby fog is parting a bit, I've begun to miss the social aspect of Assemble so much. The thing about a regular career, is that a woman can have a baby, take a break and then go back to that career. When you own a business, and you take a break, your business can go on radio silence. It's tough to not be able to return to things exactly as you left them. Regardless, here we are! We hope you'll take us back in (plus one!).

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Our Big Announcement: the Assemble Book

This has honestly been a long-time coming, and most of you are probably aware from our Instagram or Twitter that we have a book in the works (#Assemblebook)! However, we haven't wanted to give away too many details until things were headed on the official track. And...now they most definitely are!

An #Assemblebook mockup from 2013
We are proud to announce that Assemble Shop & Studio will be releasing a crafting and lifestyle book in Spring of 2016, under the wonderful Taunton Press. Tentatively titled, Assemble: 50 Projects for a Well-Crafted Life & Home, our book will combine our love of sharp design, traditional crafting techniques and a modern home aesthetic. While we are rushing to finish the bulk of our work before Baby Powers arrives, we have a fabulous team to help us along the way and are loving every minute of the process.

We are so excited for this new journey and hope you will follow along with us!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Giveaway! Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects

Yay for giveaways!

We were recently gifted a few copies of brand new beading craft book, Beaded Bracelets: 25 Dazzling Handcrafted Projects by Claudine McCormack Jalajas (Running Press, publishers of our good friend Blair's book, Wisecraft). We love to foster creativity of all kinds and in celebration of Claudine's new book, we would like to give a book and beading kit away to one lucky reader! We got to sneak a glimpse at the book, and our favorite project is most definitely the Aegis of Athena (pg 109)!

One reader will receive a copy of the book and bracelet making kit on the right!

A bit about the book: Beaded Bracelets is a jewelry crafter’s guide to 25 original beaded bracelet designs that are contemporary, beautiful, and can be worn comfortably. Fully illustrated with both technical diagrams and photos, the fresh and alluring designs will appeal to both novice and expert crafters.

What you'll receive in the kit
• Thread & needle
• 3mm bugle beads, matte transparent
• cobalt aurora borealis (AB)
• 11/0 Toho round seed beads
• wisteria-lined crystal
• 5mm x 6mm baby bell Czech glass
• flowers
• 14mm x 10mm two-strand tube
• slide clasp


To enter the giveaway for a copy of the book and beading kit, simply leave a comment below with your name and email and we will choose a recipient on Wednesday the 24th of September. Thanks so much to Claudine and Running Press!

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 Update: This giveaway is now closed, congratulations, Lisette!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Seattle's Child: Closet Nursery for One, Please

Side job! When I'm not busy with new Assemble projects, I landed a sweet side-job as a contributing editor at Seattle's Child magazine, writing their brand new Making Home section! First order of business, to show off the closet nursery that my husband and I have put together for our brand new baby Powers, coming late this Fall.


If you have a chance, definitely grab an issue at a newsstand around town or skip over to their website to read the article online. Bonus! Our friend Blair Stocker also has a sweet write-up in this issue, about her new book, Wise Craft. Don't miss it!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Favorite Friend: Blair Stocker of Wise Craft Handmade

How is it possible that we haven't featured Blair Stocker on our Favorite Friends series?? Blair has been an Assemble role model and pal since the very beginning! A quilter and handmade guru by trade, Blair's blog and new book, Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love are a great source for projects that any level crafter can accomplish. Plus, she's one of the nicest ladies we know! We adore her and we know that you will too:


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You have been a craft blogger for quite a while and have recently added "author" to your resume! Tell us about your new book, Wise Craft: Turning Thrift Store Finds, Fabric Scraps, and Natural Objects Into Stuff You Love.
Wise Craft is all about telling your family's story throughout your home with all kinds of handmade projects. There are 60 projects in the book, divided by four seasonal chapters, spanning hand crafts like quilting, crochet, knitting, and other unexpected ways to DIY your home. My hope in writing this book is that those who don't necessarily feel crafty, or aren't sure where to start will find color and project inspiration inside the pages. The book shows how I use repurposed, thrifted materials to make entirely new, beautiful things for the home.


Was there anything about the publishing process that surprised you? Did you enjoy it?
I loved the publishing process. It was challenging, no doubt, and there was so much to learn along the way, but I had an agent and editor who were incredibly helpful and supportive. The timeline allowed me to keep focused in my studio (I can tend to wander creatively) and really dig deep into what I love to do, make things!

What is your favorite project in the book?
There are so many favorites! I love the quilt projects at the end of each chapter. Quilt making is a passion of mine. But I also love the projects that peaked the interest of my husband, Peter, and son, Ian, like the leather-wrapped rocks.


Do you have any new projects coming up?

I may have started a new book proposal, I am also teaching projects from my book in Seattle and Portland. I will be teaching a class at Schoolhouse Craft Conference in September on writing a book proposal. I am also a regular contributor to the Creativebug blog.

What is your favorite aspect of the work that you do?
I love the actual creating and sewing part of my job. There is really nothing more satisfying than having a whole work day ahead of me to sew, or create something new.


What would you change if you could?
As great as it is to be your own boss, it can be incredibly frustrating. I'd love to hire out all the business-related tasks.

What is your dream job besides what you are doing now?
Actually I think I'm doing my dream job! I truly love what I do, making things with my hands will always be a passion. Working from home, I have the flexibility to be with my kids often. I love the ability to do what I love, and be present with the people that I love, at the same time.

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Cake. Any kind. Every day.

Dream vacation?
Japan with my husband. He and I both love traveling there, but have never been there together.

And finally, who are your role models in business?
My business role model is Denyse Schmidt. She has a focused aesthetic, a wonderfully keen sense of color, and is well respected for what she does. She has made a living creating beautiful quilts and fabric.

In life?
I think my role model in life is more of a combination of important people I've known and the qualities they have.

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Thank you, Blair! Visit Blair's website, Wise Craft Handmade, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for her newsletter.

Photos courtesy Blair Stocker of Wise Craft.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crafty Project: Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

I asked my husband what I should all this mobile project post, and he answered, "Cloudy with a Chance of Baby." Perfect! We've got a little one on the way this December, and after finding (and buying!) a few mobiles, I was never satisfied with any of them. Those awesome geometric mobiles? Yeah, they don't stay together. And even the cutest over-the-crib mobiles seem like they will get in the way with such a small crib. (We're using a mini). So, I went ahead and decided to make a wall mobile myself! See below for instructions for your own Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

You will need:
• about 1/3 yard of felt for your cloud
• several smaller sheets of felt in whatever colors you'd like for your droplets--one per color (don't forget to include black for your cloud's face)
• invisible thread or fishing line
• poly-fil or stuffing material
• scissors
• a needle
• pins
• a sewing machine

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

Cut out your cloud shape, depending on the size of the wall space you'll be hanging. Mine is roughly 21"wide x 14" high.

Cut out your little face for your cloud. I went with simple happy, but we had a lot of fun testing all sorts of smiley/frowny shapes.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

Pin the face where you'd like it to stay, then stitch on your sewing machine or by hand with black thread to keep in place.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

After your face is completely stitched, pin the cloud onto another piece of the same color felt. This will be the back of your fluffy cloud. Stitch carefully around all of the curves of the cloud with your sewing machine. Remember to leave enough space unstitched to fill the cloud with stuffing.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

After sewing your cloud to it's backing (and left it's stuffing hole), cut completely flush around the cloud's curves for an even finish. Tip: around the stuffing hole, I like to leave a little extra for stitching, just in case the stuffing affects the amount you have to work with.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

Stuff your cloud using poly-fil or a similar stuffing material. Don't over-fill your cloud. You'll want this to be a loose stuffing.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

To make your droplets, create a template that you can use on each color to cut around. Mine was roughly 2" x 4". Cut each felt sheet in half. Place one half to the side for the backing of the droplet. I got about 5-6 droplets out of each half sheet.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

Finish cutting all of your droplets. You will most likely have a lot more than you will use on your mobile, but it's always best to be prepared, especially if you want a very rainy cloud!

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

Pin all of your droplet's to the other half of the felted sheet that you set aside. Around 5-6 should fit comfortably with enough space for stitching.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

Using the sewing machine, stitch all the way around each of the droplets. You can also use this time to stuff them with poly-fil if you'd like a puffier droplet, but I simply sewed them to a backing to add depth.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

After sewing all of your droplets, cut flush around the edges of each droplet.

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

To tie your droplets together, cut a long piece of invisible thread, and knot the end. Thread this length into a needle and stitch into the pointy tip of a droplet. Pull the thread all the way out until the knot catches. Tie a knot at the top of that droplet to keep in place. Then with the same thread, thread a new droplet tip, and pull the thread all the way through until you are satisfied with the space between the droplets. Knot the thread at the tip to keep the second droplet in place. Continue this process until you have about four droplets on each thread (or however many you'd like). Then, stitch the end of the threaded/knotted droplets through the bottom of the cloud and tie a knot. Cut off any excess.

Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the amount of droplet strings you have hanging from your cloud.

To hang, simply thread a piece of invisible thread several times through the top point of the cloud and tie to a nail or hook next to the crib or changing table. Make sure it's tied super tight (I even put some tape on the thread over the hook). You don't want it falling onto your baby!

And there you have it! Enjoy!

Happy Cloud Felt Wall Mobile DIY Tutorial

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