Art School Dropout
The beautiful and sturdy vinyl zipper pouches by Jessee Maloney’s Art
School Dropout are a dream for any crafter. I love my Bird on a Branch
pouch for its detailed appliqué embroidery and for its larger form factor.
This bag fits all the tools I need for my craft projects when I’m on the
go, from crochet hooks to small notebooks to those little bits and pieces
that easily get lost in a tote bag. Choose from a variety of pouch sizes
and designs such as cake and sweets, deer, and swallows.
Mary Flanagan Hand-Dyed Felted Wool
On a trip to New York City last fall, I visited Purl Patchwork in
SoHo and had the wonderful experience of actually seeing the
Mary Flanagan hand-dyed felted wool pieces in person. Once
I touched the soft wool I couldn’t help myself — I knew I had to
get some. From the large selection of vibrant and muted colors,
it was hard to pick just a few. If you can’t make it to New York,
shop online and choose from 3 different color sets: Blues, Party
Mix (rainbow colors), and Wheat Field. Each set gives you 6
generous pieces of different colored felt.
When it comes to working with paper,
I’m a stickler for cutting straight lines.
But X-Acto knives are out when I need
to craft with children. I found this Dahle
Trim Ruler on a recent trip to the art
store and it’s my new favorite crafting
tool. The ruler comes with an attached,
recessed blade that’s easy to push
down to cut but is safe for your fingers
and hands. The slim but long self-healing mat allows me to cut large
pieces of paper. The trim ruler also
comes with 2 extra blade inserts to
create decorative wavy and perforated
designs. The whole set is super light
for easy portability.