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Bobby Pins, Origami, and Cross-Stitches, Oh My: Another Knewton Craft Night

Posted in Knerds on April 30, 2011 by

We’ve got some pretty crafty people here at Knewton. Last craft night, among other projects, Abby (one of our designers) led the troops in some old-fashioned headband making. This week, there were a few different projects going on: origami, cross-stitching, and some pretty hard-core bobby-pin assemblage.

Ashley Delose (aka “Delose” — can you tell she was the second Ashley on the scene?) led the bobby pin effort. Delose, a front-end developer on the tech team, is also a jewelry designer. You can check out ashdel handmade, her eco-friendly operation, by going to her blog or etsy shop. If you’re local, you can find both ashdel handmade and Bambako, Abby’s headband line, at The 7th Annual Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn this summer!

Since we’re all for entrepreneurship (and bragging about our talented employees), we decided to interview Delose about her experience with ashdel handmade.

Can you tell us a little bit about ashdel handmade?

My work is ‘eco-friendly’ and made from vintage and recycled textiles, I enjoy the process of collecting/re-using, I’m a self-taught, independent jewelry designer inspired by traditional sewing techniques, and this was my first how-to!

How did you get the idea?

I started experimenting with textiles during college, but it wasn’t after I graduated that I started teaching myself how to make textile jewelry. I’ve been collecting fabric for the last 9 years (mostly vintage, or recycled from vintage clothing). It’s important to me to use materials I already have acquired. I have enough to last a lifetime! It’s tempting to rummage for more fabric, but at this point I have so much to work with that it’s a fun creative challenge to find ways to use what I already have.

My work is experimental, and process driven, I enjoy making things up as I go along and don’t enjoy making the same thing twice. Each piece is unique and sometimes not easily reproducible, given the finite amount of the vintage/recycled fabric. The ‘fabric button bobby pins’ (the ones made during craft night!) are created using traditional hand sewing techniques. The combinations of fabric, sequins, buttons, etc. make them one-of-a-kind.

Interested in making your own bobby pins? Download Delose’s how-to PDF!