Studio Tour

studio tour

We’ve moved quite a few times since we got married. I’ve enjoyed each place we’ve called home: Utah, Washington, Texas, and Arizona. Each place marks a different focus of my creative journey, and our family’s season of life. We recently moved to San Jose, CA four months ago, and this time was a bit different because as we were house searching, finding a place for my studio was actually a priority.

In all the places we lived before I was happy to turn a spare bookshelf, closet or storage room into a makeshift creative place… you don’t need much space to be creative! However, this time it played an important role in our search. My teenage self would think this was a dream come true! We ended up in a sweet mid century home with the perfect amount of space for our family. It is small and old but I am able to have two rooms set apart specifically for Hello Hydrangea. One as my studio and the other as my office.

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My studio has a small closet in the corner with mirrored doors, which I love, because they make the room feel a bit bigger and help reflect light around the room.

Surprisingly, the dining room has the BEST light of the entire house, so I do most of my filming there, when I need to! I love having all of my supplies available at hand, so I built some long bookshelves to store yarn, rope, fabric, dowels, metal shapes, books and packaging materials.

I have some glass jars to keep my yarn and rope remnants in for recycling and installed a long bar on one wall to hang my looms off the ground for protection.

I also brought a meaningful antique dresser that was passed down from my grandparents. It’s very old and has a love note on the back from a husband to his wife on her wedding day.

My goal with this room was to make a creative space where I felt organized, peaceful and most of all inspired. My materials are some of the things that inspire me the most, so having them out on display, instead of packed in a closet is one of the best ways to feel motivated and ready to create every time I walk into the room.

It doesn’t matter what type of space you have to create in. You don’t need much room or many supplies - all you need is an idea and an outlet to be creative. I began Hello Hydrangea back in 2011, When my husband and I were first married, and we lived in a one bedroom, 400 sq ft apartment. Find something that inspires you and fuels your desire to create, and you can do it anywhere!

You can see a live studio tour in the highlights reel of my Instagram feed at instagram.com/hellohydrangea

Punch Needle Online Video Class

My brand new punch needle online video class is here!

I became interested in punch needle early 2017 after seeing a fascinating tool and immediately wanted to learn. Punch needle is a wonderful modern craft that everyone can enjoy, no matter the skill level. And you can make amazing, usable pieces from it, like rugs, pillows, cushions and bags.

You can watch the trailer for this new video class below. As with all of my classes, once you get the class it is yours to keep forever, to watch wherever and whenever you want.

The class includes

  • 45 page ebook

  • 10 videos

  • list of supplies

  • how it works

  • 18 punching techniques

  • 4 ways to use your project

  • BONUS: 17 printable patterns

Learn all about the class specifics on the listing page. You can purchase it here, on my website, or on etsy.

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Punch Needle on Metal Hoops

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Click below to learn all about my online punch needle video class.

You can use punch needle to get super creative, including making usable items such as rugs, pillows, bags and cushions! If you want a fun project that’s completely unique and solely about punch needle for the sake of fun, try this method.

You can use any metal shapes you can find. Metal circle hoops are the most common, but I also offer triangles and soon semicircles in my shop. Click below to shop!

 
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The best part about the project is that once you are done, you can add any embroidery or beading elements… the project stays on the metal shape, so you are building it into its own frame! As for the rest of the supplies, and the actually punching techniques, you can find all of that in my online punch needle video class. Enjoy!

  1. Glue a Border Along Cloth Place the metal shape on the fabric for reference, and use tacky glue to add a border 1/2” around the shape, on the cloth. Brush into the fibers of the cloth. Let dry.

  2. Cut, Stretch and Clothespin Once dry, cut the cloth along the dried glue to prevent it from fraying. Begin stretching the cloth around the edges of the metal shape, as tight as possible, and use small clothespins to hold it in place. Add small dabs of glue onto the outside edges of the metal frame before clothespinning to give the cloth extra durability. Let dry.

  3. Whip Stitch Around Edge Use a large eye needle, and any yarn or string to whip stitch around the border of the frame, going through the front and back pieces of cloth. Remove the clothespins one by one as you stitch near them.

  4. Draw on Pattern Use a marker to sketch your pattern onto the cloth.

  5. Punch from the Backside Grab your yarn and your favorite punch needle and work on your design from the backside of the frame, so that the loops show on the front. (Or, you can do it from the front to show off the embroidered side. Just pay attention to what side you punch from.) Make sure to lift the backs of the fabric flaps and punch underneath, getting as close to the edges as possible. You can learn more about all the best punching techniques with my online punch needle video class! Note: Depending on how well you stretched the cloth, there might be some areas that are looser than others, mainly the sides, just do your best and embrace the project for what it is!

  6. Glue Down Fabric Flap Once your punching is complete, use glue under the backside flap to help it lay flat and protect the edges of your punched project. Now add any extra embroidery, beads or sequins to the front and an optional loop at the top to hang it!

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You can also punch from the front side of the fabric to showcase the flat embroidery side of punching, like in this project above!


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