At Bird on a Wire Creations, we love big imaginations and work that inspires others. That’s why we’re so thrilled our friend Denise Corcoran is releasing her new book:Raw Crafts: 40 Projects from Hemp, Jute, Burlap and Cork.
Denise has been an avid crafter since 2008, starting her own raw craft revolution she calls Thrifty By Design. (MACRAME) Based in North Vancouver, she turns junk into new and funky pieces, taking thrift store finds and (quite literally) adding life! Denise facilitates “Crafternoons” throughout Vancouver where all ages and skill levels create works from unorthodox materials.
Denise also works as a craft blogger and curator, publishing her own blog at Thrifty By Design and contributing to Lower Lonsdale. She also curates Vancouver’s ‘kewl happenings’ for The Makers Nation, an organization that seeks art, tech, design, and maker communities in cities around the world.
Now Denise has taken 40 of her more irresistible projects to try at home. Her book features sustainable fun ranging from tote bags to woven bowls, birdhouses, frames, and jewelry. She also gives the inside scoop on crafting techniques from printing, dyeing, to beading! You can purchase her book online through Lark Crafts.
Want a sneak peek? On Thrifty By Design, Denise shows us how to make upcycled macramé plant holders. First, she recommends you get some succulents! After you find a plant (or a plant finds you! These things happen) go thrifting and find the perfect holder – whether it’s a planter, a wine glass, or a tea cup! Next up, find your macramé material, you can use cords made of cotton twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn. It’s almost time to get to work, for instructions and ideas for fabulous adornments, read here!