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Denver Craft Ninjas – Best Projects of 2012

Everyone counts down their favorites at the end of the year and we felt that we couldn’t let the 2012 slip by without mentioning our favorite projects! It’s even better when we share them with experts that bring their passion to the project!


Domino Pendants
One of the REAL hits of 2012! This project inspired Ninjas to grab their own alcohol inks and make a million domino pendants until the cows come home!
We love when one project spawns many Ninjas to go home and get to craftin’!

Sugar Skulls
After three years of making and sharing this sugar skull project, we’re darn near experts! And so are you! Every time you do this project, you show better and better decorating skills! Even better, we’re so thrilled to see return crafters come with their families and share this rad event!

Sew It All Felted Sweater Mittens
Sew It All Magazine is an outfit with some real deal craftin’ ladies! And we had the honor of working with them and learning from them. I’ve broken out my mittens this winter and found them to be so darn warm and cozy!

Pinterest Tested Tie Dye Tights
Before our pal Amber hightailed it to Seattle, we got to play with this really fun tie dye tights project! If you love tights, this is the project for you to brighten up your collection and add a DIY splash to your wardrobe!

Canning with Helliemae’s
We love Helliemae’s! It’s just that simple. And when Ellen opened the factory’s doors to Ninjas to learn how to can chutney and make quick pickles, we fell in love all the more! The space was perfect for cooking up a storm and everyone left with tasty stuff.

Pasties with Ooh La La Burlesque
A little risque, a little naughty – hanging out with the rad ladies of Ooh La La Burlesque is a reminder that we can all use a little risque in our lives! Not only were these super talented burlesque mamas totally hilarious, but they were great teachers too!

Upcycled Jewelry with Colorado Bead Co. 
We have several love affairs with local crafty businesses…and Anne at Colorado Bead Co. is definitely one of them! Anne let us take over the joint and provided us with all kinds of lovely beads and baubles and taught us to make some really cool upcycled necklaces with soda cans! Is there anything they can’t do over there?

Felt Wreath
This project was a tedious and, at times, frustrating stuggle. But it turned out beautifully. And that’s the reward! Beauty! After seeing the project on Dig This Chick, we realized we had to try it!

We hope that, in the new year, you’ll try something new! We hope that in the new year, you’ll join us for all kinds of crafty good times at Three Kings Tavern! We’re planning and plotting and have some really cool partners lined up for 2013!
Happy New Year, Ninjas!

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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Sew It All

When local Sew It All Magazine Associate Editor Beth Bradley asks if you want to do a project with her…well, if you don’t jump on it, you are clearly loco!

Sew It All makes a great effort to take the intimidation of sewing and turn it into tricks and tips that make even the amateur sewist feel like a pro.

Beth and her crew, the lovely Nicki and Jessie, came in with a really inspiring pile of felted sweaters in amazing colors and textures, sewing machines, and embellishments galore. And before you knew it, the felted sweater mitten project that we’d been planning together for the last month or so was finally about to happen.

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You’d really be surprised how easy it is to make your own mittens from old sweaters! As Ninjas filed in, selected sweaters, and started the process…lovely mitten sets started to come together.
One kind of embellishment for the mittens allowed us to try our hands at needle felting! As you can see from the pictures above, some Ninjas got really creative and personalized their mittens in the very best ways! Including our wonderful, super talented friend Dawn…who made her husband some mittens explicitly for giving the middle finger. AMAZING!

We’re so darn thankful to Beth and her cohorts from Sew It All! They swooped in and offered to share their expertise with us and for that we are eternally grateful. The project was so darn useful and I can imagine we’ll see a lot of handmade mittens made for the winter and for the holidays too! Here’s a link to the pattern – go make your own pair!

And, as per uzjhe, we’re always appreciative to Three Kings Tavern! They always come through as the very best hosts…hustling to grab extension cords and screwing in lightbulbs!

We’ll be posting our October project SOON! Make sure you don’t miss it!


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Denver Craft Ninjas vs. Sew It All Magazine – Felted Sweater Mittens!

Denver Craft Ninjas is SO proud to announce that, for the month of September, we will be teaming up with Sew It All Magazine to offer a really exciting project.

If you don’t know Sew It All Magazine, you’re missing out on their stress free approach to sewing. They want it to be easier, faster, and fun and they provide pattern free projects that release you up from stressful techniques and help you to break the rules a little. Denver Craft Ninjas love that!

Sew It All is sending over some of their best rule breakers to help us make a MITTENS from RECYCLED FELT SWEATERS! This project combines felting, sewing, hand sewing, needle felting, and embroidery! That’s a lot of wonderful things to learn in one project!Yep! We’ll be making something to keep your paws warm this winter and we only need a few things from you!

First, the date for this project is September 23rd, 2012 – from 1:00-5:00 at Three Kings and we’ve set the price at $25.00. This will cover additional expenses for embellishments that will be on hand to accesorize your project and will register you officially for this awesome workshop.Go to this link http://bit.ly/Us3NSR to register and grab your space. Keep in mind, space will be limited…so, jump on this goodie!

Second, bring a FELTED sweater. We’ll try to have some on hand for sharing and needle felting, but we want to encourage everyone to, at least, have ONE sweater that they can play with. Click here for simple directions on how to felt a sweater!

And third, and sort of most important, we need sewing machines! We’ll be working on our end to access enough machines for everyone to share, but we might need your help! If you have a machine you can donate for the day – please let us know!

We’re thrilled to be collaborating with Sew It All Magazine and can’t wait to see you all in your new mittens!

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