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MCA Denver Teen Pop-Up Shop

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There’s pretty much nothing I’m more in support of than cultivating the abilities of young crafters!
Finding something creative that you love and developing a process as a maker is important for young people. It can encourage entrepreneurial spirit!
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver’s Teen Program: Failure Lab is hosting a Teen Pop-Up Shop on Saturday, April 5th from 11:00 am-3:00 pm at the museum. They want to showcase the unique and creative talents of teens in our community. The Pop-Up Shop will feature handmade items by teens such as jewelry, t-shirts, bags, art, buttons, screen prints – anything creative.
They want you, crafty Denver teens! It’s free to apply – First come first serve basis.

Hit this link to grab their application and encourage the young creative people in your life be a part of a budding teen community of crafters & makers!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. IKEA!

Yep, you read that right!
We’re tangling with IKEA for our April project and only the strong will survive!

Craft Ninjas vs. IKEA

We’ve teamed up with IKEA for a super fun project that will make use of all the excess cardboard that they’ve got lying around. We’re calling it Reduce, Reuse, Re-Craft!

Join us on April 14th, 2013 at IKEA from 1-4 PM.
But Ninjas, here’s the catch! – we only have 10 spots saved for this event!!
For those of you Quick Draw McGraws – go to this link to sign up for one of our spots!

IKEA will be posting their Family email on April 1st where they will offer 25 more spots! GRAB THEM IF YOU CAN! 

THIS EVENT IS FREE!
That means you get to chill in IKEA, learn how to recycle cardboard in a crafty way, and hang out with the coolest craft group in Denver!

Hurry, hurry! Don’t miss it!

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Embroidery Residency!


Our friends at 3 Kings are the best! They always take good care of us and for that we are forever grateful.
Jim Norris is always amenable to our variety of schemes and he’s just an all around good dude that loves Denver and the South Broadway neighborhood. It’s my hood too…so, that makes it that much more awesome to work with him.
So, when Jim and his partners took over the Mutiny Information Cafe and was open to the Denver Craft Ninjas taking over for an embroidery residency, well,  we were thrilled to death!

So, we’re doing it! Learn the basics of embroidery with Denver Craft Ninjas!

We’ll intro and discuss tools for embroidery, teach 8 embroidery stitches (including the French Knot) and demonstrate methods for pattern-making, special tips, decorative techniques, and more.

We’ll begin with the basics and provide everyone with a doodle cloth for practice and then move on to stitching a tea towel!

Skills taught in class:

  • Basics of hand embroidery and tools used
  • Types of floss & threads /organizing floss/separating floss
  • Eight embroidery stitches
  • Pattern transferring

Supplies included in class fee:

Embroidery hoop, Doodle Fabric, Embroidery Floss, Embroidery Patterns, Needles, & Tea Towel

There are a couple of ways you can get involved!
First,  you can join us for all four of the classes:
The price is $40 for all 4 classes at 7 PM every Wednesday in the month of April. Click here to register!
Second, you can come to individual classes! For $12, you’ll get that class’ individual benefits and we’ll make sure you get all the the materials too! Click the individual dates to register - Wednesday the 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Stitchers are welcome – all levels of ability! (However, we do ask that any kiddos that come are at least 10 years old) Come sit a spell with us and stitch with us over coffee!

And thanks tons to Mutiny Information Cafe for sharing their cool space with us! See you soon!

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Craft Ninjas vs. Hand Printed Tea Towels

Weather can throw a wrench in any good plan! Sadly, we had to cancel our first date for this great project.
So many people had signed up and were ready to stamp their hearts out. One Ninja was excited to come before her baby was born and we were excited to see her! (Leslie was born on March 7th – Congrats Rachel!)
Alas, a really good snow storm came in and, with safety in mind, we cancelled our February project and made it our March project.

But you can’t keep Denver Craft Ninjas down! We waited it out and invited more Ninjas to jump in and we made up for our missed date with some serious crafty work!

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This project is so easy to crank out! And there’s lots of room for you to flex your creative muscle and try a variety of techniques in creating your own stamps.
The materials are so darn easy too! Grab some craft foam, spray adhesive, cardboard, fabric paint, and some fabric and get busy! Share your pictures with us if you do try this project – we’d love to see what you’re up to.

As usual, we couldn’t do what we do without Jim and 3 Kings Tavern! It’s a great place that supports its community on Broadway. We’re tickled pink to be a part of it all!

We want to mention how psyched we are to have our super-intern Amber back in Denver! Expect to see more of her hanging out with us!

Now, seriously…keep your eyes peeled for our April project. It’s going to be unprecedented and we’re crazy excited to share it with you! STAY TUNED!

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National Craft Month

Yep! It’s that time of year again! March is National Craft Month!

And we’re so darn thrilled to have our month jam packed with all kinds of crafty goodness!

We’d love to know how you’ll be celebrating! Please share, in the comments, what you’ll be working on in March. Let’s talk materials, patterns, projects, and what is inspiring you!

We’ll be working on projects throughout the month and sharing them with you! We’ll provide you with directions, lists of materials, and hopefully we can create together!

Also, our Ninja-in-Chief is headed to Craftcation this month! She’ll be sharing her adventures with us! With great indie business classes and DIY projects, it’ll be worth paying attention!
She’ll be using Twitter and Facebook to share all the best that Craftcation has to offer.

 

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Hand Printed Tea Towels

We’ve always been a family of people who love dish towels.
My mom can’t leave a craft fair without loading up all the embroidered tea towels and then slowly working her way through them at home.
They’re handy! And the cuter they are, the more fun they are to use.

So, that’s our project plan for February! Hand printed tea towels will make your kitchen a little bit brighter.
Join us on February 24th – from 1-5 PM at Three Kings Tavern for some serious hand printing of your own designs!

This project is $20! And we ask that you pre-register for the event via this link so that we can have all the materials ready for you.

We’ll provide three white tea towels, craft foam to create your very own stamps, and fabric paint. You can go wild decorating and when you’re done, you can take home your pieces and use them or share them as gifts (because they make perfect gifts)!

Hope to see you there!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Pandora on the Hill Presents Colorado Creative


We’re REALLY excited about Colorado Creative!
What is it, you ask? It’s an exciting collaboration that Denver Craft Ninjas are working on with Pandora on the Hill.
Pandora is one of our favorite stores in Denver. Their location in Cap Hill is in the heart of the city and it’s practically an institution of taste and whimsical fun!
We’re big fans! And teaming up with them is a dream come true!

This collaboration gives us the divine opportunity to use the Tears McFarlane Mansion for a holiday craft gathering on December 9th from 2:00-7:00 PM with a great variety of crafters, artisans, and vintage experts!
We’ll be celebrating with cookies, hot cocoa, and mulled wine and creating an ideal shopping environment for handmade goodies and vintage treasures!

We’re so thrilled to be sharing this event with the community and are anxious to include as many diverse vendors as we can! If you’re new to the craft scene and want to test the waters or are a seasoned craft show professional…WE WANT YOU!
Our booth rates are so reasonably priced and the location is too dreamy to deny!
Contact us at denvercraftninjas [at] gmail.com or call Pandora at (303) 832-7073 to get information and an application! Our deadline is the 15th of November – JUMP ON IT!

Not only are the Denver Craft Ninjas excited to work with Pandora, but we’re thrilled to team up with crafters and artisans in our community who inspire us.
Please follow us on Facebook for updates about our vendors and information about the event as it develops!

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