Sunday, December 09, 2007

get hookin' at treehouse!

Ho-Ho-Ho...get your hook on in December!!
Make a little holiday magic with your own two hands this month in the trees. Hook up a scarf or a hat for someone you love! In just one day's time, you'll be on your way to handmade gift giving, courtesy of HodgePodge's own Cal Patch, crochet teacher extraordinaire.

Sunday, December 9th OR Sunday Dec. 16th, 5-8pm
A 3-hour beginner crochet workshop that'll knock your stockings off!
Bring some yarn (or buy some at treehouse) and a hook* and we'll tackle the basics of crochet: chain stitch, single crochet, circular crochet, and finishing off. With just these skills you can make a scarf or hat!
*Yarn should be smooth (not bumpy or hairy) and a light or bright color, in either worsted or bulky weight. if worsted, get a G or H hook, if bulky, go for I or J.

email to sign up

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

treehouse news for the holly-daze

happy holly-daze!Can you believe it's December already!? The holly-daze are definitely upon us, and treehouse is brimming over with gifts and treasures for you and yours. Of course, the best gifts are handmade, so swing on into the trees and help support local designers! You'll be amazed!excited!thrilled! Holiday shopping has never been so fantastical as it is in treehouse this december...

and yes, november's knitting bootcamp was the bees knees(thanks kim!)...and this month will be no exception. we thought we'd change up the needles and keep the craftin' alive with a little hooking without further a-do, may we present to you : CROCHET in a DAY!

crochet magic
Ho-Ho-Ho...get your hook on in December!!
Make a little holiday magic with your own two hands this month in the trees. Hook up a scarf or a hat for someone you love! In just one day's time, you'll be on your way to handmade gift giving, courtesy of HodgePodge's own Cal Patch, crochet teacher extraordinaire.

Sunday, December 9th OR Sunday Dec. 16th, 5-8pm
A 3-hour beginner crochet workshop that'll knock your stockings off!
Bring some yarn (or buy some at treehouse) and a hook* and we'll tackle the basics of crochet: chain stitch, single crochet, circular crochet, and finishing off. With just these skills you can make a scarf or hat!
*Yarn should be smooth (not bumpy or hairy) and a light or bright color, in either worsted or bulky weight. if worsted, get a G or H hook, if bulky, go for I or J.

email to sign up

The Bust Magazine Craftacular is almost here...

Saturday, December 8th at the Metropolitan Pavillion NYC
, 125 West 18th Street, 10 am -8pm. treehousewill be there, along with over 200 amazing artists and designers, selling their wares just in time for the season. Buy handmade and support emerging and local designers...dream global, buy local!

And may we also suggest a treehouse gift certificate this holly-day giving season?? it's a spectacular choice for anyone and everyone. ladies, gents and tots all love to shop treehouse! they'll be available online next week...'til then, stop into the shop to pick one up.
kisses from the branches,
Sirius* & Becky Lee
treehouse* brooklyn

treehouse* brooklyn
430 graham ave
btwn withers & frost sts
brooklyn, New York 11211

(718) 482-TREE

Monday, November 26, 2007

one-night holiday workshops @ Home Ec

I've got some new one-night workshops on thursday evenings starting this week at Home Ec; there's still time to learn a new craft before 2007 is out...

Home Ec is located at 303 3rd Avenue, between Carroll and 1st Street in Brooklyn, between Park Slope and Carroll Gardens (R to Union St.)

Here are 3 great classes to get you ready for the holidays; guaranteed to inspire you to MAKE some of your presents this year!

Introduction to Embroidery
November 29th
A touch of embroidery can spruce up everything from clothes to curtains. It's a great way to personalize something for yourself or for someone you love!! We'll learn 12 simple stitches and make a sampler that you'll keep for reference.
Students should bring:
**a fat quarter (18 x 18") of gingham or other sturdy lightweight woven
**embroidery floss
**needles (with big enough eye to thread the floss through)

Introduction to Applique
December 6th
Applique can be cute or avant-garde; we'll give you the skills to take it either way! It's a fantastic way to embellish gifts this holiday season. You'll be amazed at what you'll be able to do. 3 different hand-stitching techniques will be covered. All supplies for this class are included!

Introduction to Block Printing
December 13th
Block Printing
Did you know you could learn to print your own textiles at home??? We'll use simple tools to carve our own stamps and experiment with several different printing materials. All supplies for this class are included!

Saturday, November 03, 2007

applique class at Home Ec

applique workshop w/ cal patch
thursdays november 8th, 15th, and 29th
3-class series $120.00

Applique top picwhether traditional or modern, applique is a fantastic way to embellish clothing, gifts, and decorations. we'll learn several techniques for hand and machine-stitched applique using various felt, knit, and woven fabrics, and then you can design and begin your own project. you'll be amazed what you can do!!

supplies needed (for 1st class):

scraps of fabric and felt
embroidery floss
hand sewing needles (big enough eye to thread embroidery floss through)

(2nd and 3rd classes):
as above, plus materials for your desired projects (can be finished item like T-shirt or tote bag OR a piece of fabric to make into something later)

call 718-852-2889 to sign up!
you can also e-mail with your phone # and we'll call you to take your payment securely by phone.

Home Ec is located at 303 3rd avenue (between Carroll and 1st Street) Brooklyn, NY 11215
for more info and the complete class line-up look here.

Get your KNIT ON in the trees, you crafty bees! And more FALL-in' your way...

treehouse brooklyn 430 graham ave williamsburg, brooklyn

November in the trees is the bees knees...
treehouse brooklyn loves you.

embroidery class in the trees with halloween treats and cal patch

So it's true! after the incredible success at the embroidery class ( thanx sooo much to the lovely bev and heidi of Jean Marie
catering fame for bringing to class the delicious and halloween inspired treats!) we've put together another round of classes, and this time due to popular demand, we bring you in the month of november...drum roll please.... KNITTING!

Learning to Knit with Keep it moving Kim Hamill

embroidery class in the trees with halloween treats and cal patchKnitting is Knotty fun in November!
The rumours are true! The lovely Kim Hamill of Keep It Moving fame, she of the knit trees, is bringing her knitting know-how back to the trees to teach TWO very special knitting classes.

Sun Nov 11th 6-9pm:
Always wanted to learn to knit but didn't know where to begin? Well, now's the perfect time because it's getting chilly out there, and wouldn't you like to stay warm this winter in cozy wares knit by your own two hands? and then there's also those friends and family that'd love a hand-knit holiday present or two...So come get armed with knitting knowledge in this super-intensive workshop. learn cast-on, cast-off, knit stitch AND purl stitch....pretty soon you'll be knitting like a pro!
$50 email to sign up (only 4 spaces left!)

Sun Nov 18th 6-8pm:
Got a knitting project or two (or ten) that you've left lingering unfinished in a sad dusty corner somewhere out of frustration? dropped a stitch? (or ten) purled when you were supposed to knit? is one arm twice as long as the other on that beautiful mohair sweater? Don't despair, Knitting Therapy is here for you! Kim will help you to fix any mistakes and give you lots of advice on how to avoid them in the future. She'll also help you wrap your head around that pattern (hat or otherwise) that you're having trouble conquering. Come, relax in the trees and let knitting therapy soothe your yarn woes.
$25 email to sign up today!

p.s: for those that like hooks better than needles, we'll be offering crochet in december. yeah!

feral childe fall 2007 clothes are awesome


We here at treehouse* worship at the altar of FERAL CHILDE, one of the most amazing and future-forward designers of our time. And we're so excited about their new fall line. Entitled Canadian Alphabet, it's futuristic yet crafty, comfy yet sexily appealing. And the jeans, in both black with splatter paint and dark denim with black velvety stripes, are out of this world in the very berry best way.

We're also stocking up on vintage boots, sweaters, and more, beautiful jewelry old and new, and tons more fun treats. Come FALL into treehouse and explore and discover with us!
kisses from the branches,
Sirius* & Becky Lee
treehouse* brooklyn

ps: we're hoping to open an online treehouse store soon so our friends from afar can get treehouse treats too! stay tuned...
treehouse* brooklyn
430 graham ave
btwn withers & frost sts
brooklyn, New York 11211

(718) 482-TREE

Save 20% On all vintage all this week! That includes shoes! That includes boots! Just say "the magic words" and dollars will be saved! yippee!
BTW, this deal is only for newsletter subscribers, so ain't you glad you're one of them?
kisses from the trees!

Offer Expires: 11/11/07

Sunday, October 14, 2007

deadline to apply for 2007 CRAFTACULAR!!!

hey! if you haven't applied yet for the 2007 BUST Holiday Craftacular, don't delay! the deadline is tomorrow, monday, october 15. i am feeling really excited about it this year since it'll be in MANHATTAN, in much swankier digs: the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th street. you can apply and get more details here... good luck everyone!

Monday, October 08, 2007

all-day tote class @ brooklyn general

we've developed a new class at brooklyn general, for 'advanced beginners', after finding that the true intermediate project (like the BBW tunic) could be a bit too challenging for someone who has only been sewing for 4 weeks and made one wrap skirt. so i'm happy to announce Sewing 102! we'll make the cute tote bag pictured above (at right in both pics), perfect for those who are still getting their 'sew-legs' (har!) or who haven't sewn in years and want a refresher course...

**please note: one session begins tomorrow evening (10/9) and another wednesday morning (10/10) so act fast!

Sewing 102: All-Day Tote $150
Four 2-hour classes

Step up your stitching skills with this very practical tote bag from Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing. You'll learn how to do pockets, linings, topstitching and straps and become much more confident with your sewing.

1 yard medium- to heavy-weight fabric for bag
1 yard medium-weight fabric for lining
1/2 yard of twill tape (1" wide)
thread to match
optional: quick-release metal key clip
basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, pincushion, ruler or tape measure, tailor's chalk, seam ripper)

Session A: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 10/9, 16, 23, 30
Session B: Wed 11 am to 1 pm, 10/10, 17, 24, 31

To register, please call the shop at 718–237–7753 (leave a message!). please don't register by e-mail this week, as kaitlyn is on vacation.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Indie Craft Fair Guide

taryn of mymy (an online and brick-and-mortar shop based in pennsylvania) compiles and keeps current a master list of all the craft fairs, DIY markets and indie sales across the country! thank goodness someone is doing it! if you're organizing an event or know of one she's missed, submit listings to


new fall/winter styles from Angela Spencer's Irresistable Stuff!


Check out the new styles that will keep you warm this fall. Each hat has been designed & hand knit by angie, her mum and local knitters. The wool is from U.S farms & made from 85% wool 15% Mohair. For more styles check out the website.

New for the Season "Granted Metallic"

Tuesday, October 02, 2007


EMBROIDER me crazy:
Rebecca gave birth to a perfect 7 pound, 7 ounce baby boy, named.....Jackson! Jackson Lee Brent, that is. We in the trees couldn't be happier.... more info to come soon...

and there's even more excitement in the trees:
classes are back!, and new jewelry and vintage and fall delights and more at treehouse!
read on....and then come on by!

With September already coming to a close, the branches of treehouse have been busy busy busy! we're all about embroidery : classes, jewels and more. you crafty cats can learn to embroider your own creations...and for the craft loving, but not doing, come in and check out the treehouse's own ode to embroidery. jewelry, clothing and more. and don't forget to take advantage of the CRAFT library. it's williamsburg's best kept secret! stop in and read up. you can't take 'em with you, but read as many books as you can while you're here!
see you in the branches!

First up for October:
Embroidery with Cal Patch

The lovely Cal Patch is back in the trees again this fall with her fabulous embroidery skills and that loveable sidekick Gertie too. In this one session extravaganza, you'll learn 12 classic embroidery stitches and be off and running to custom-decorate everything you own! After making a basic stitch sampler, Cal will guide you through planning your own personal project. All supplies included ...including tasty treats!...Stitch away!
OCTOBER 14th, 6:30-8:30pm, $40
please email to sign-up!

coming in November:
Knitting with Kim: the basics and more

psst: please let us know what craft classes you'd be most interested in, so we can better fulfill your craftin' cravins'!

DZITNUP & more!

Beautiful, hand embroidered jewelry and clothing
Dzitnup is an incredible design project that aims to promote the creative, economic and social liberation of female artisans in the Yucatan, Mexico. these one-of-a-kind colorful pieces use traditional embroidery techniques and motifs with a contemporary western twist. it's handmade, it's international, it's stunning, it's supporting a great cause, it's so affordable, and it's going very fast!

plus, we are honored in the trees to have a very limited selection of truly exquisite hand-embroidered jewelry by the lovely and super-talented Guillermina Baiguera. these are gallery worthy masterpiece creations, you may have seen her work featured at one of our favorite gallerys, littlecakes. now you can see more here in the trees...

*MORE CLASSES:knitting, crochet and jewels
*FALL and WINTER fashions by even more local designers
*treehouse KIDS, TOTS, & BABY section is growing...
*vintage boots, belts, hats and more are flying outta here.

kisses from the trees,
siri & rebecca
treehouse brooklyn*

430 graham ave btwn withers & frost sts.
3rd stop L train graham ave
brooklyn, ny 11211

open wed-sun, 1ish to 8ish

(718) 482-TREE (8733)

Save $! We're so excited to welcome mr. jackson into our treehouse, that for this month only, if you say super-top-secret password "JACKSON" you'll save $7.07 off your first item of $28 or more. and you'll see the new window display of vintage baby shoes, and.....
(Offer Expires: Oct 27th, 2007)

Thursday, September 27, 2007

poppytalk handmade

hey saplings!

ah, life in the country. is beautiful and relaxing here in the redwoods, and i have plenty of time to work on my own art and design projects. love that. its also VERY rural, so i have come to depend on the internet to stay connected to the art and design culture that i left. so i started a blog and an etsy shop to stay connected. have a look - i love visitors!

i am also participating in an online market beginning in october, run by the design blog poppytalk. the market is called poppytalk handmade and may be of interest to the saplings. everything in it is handmade, and sales go directly through each vendor's online shop. there is a small fee to participate. they will be accepting applications soon for the month of november, so if you are interested you should check it out.

cheers to all, and if you are ever in california, come visit!!!
xo jen

Sunday, September 23, 2007

crochet class at brooklyn general

it's officially fall, which (among other things) means Crochet Season! i'll be teaching the first crochet class of the season at Brooklyn General, starting this wednesday evening (9/26)...

crochet 101
3 two-hour classes:
wednesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10

in this class you will learn all the basics of crochet (chain, single, double and triple crochet stitches) and how to use them to whip up scarves, hats, amigurumi and infinite other possibilities! we will learn shaping and circular crochet, as well as stitch patterns like meshes, scallops and bobbles. you'll begin a scarf in the first class and continue on to either a hat or shawl by the end of the session. happy hooking!

students should bring one skein of smooth yarn in a light or bright color (easier to see your stitches) in either worsted or bulky size. for worsted bring a size G or H crochet hook, and for bulky a J or K.

to register, please call the shop at 718–237–7753 (leave a message!) or email at you must register in advance in order to ensure a spot in the class.

Brooklyn General is
located at 128 Union Street (btwn Columbia & Hicks) in Cobble Hill.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

attention Chicago!

if you are in or near chicago this weekend (or ever... read on), it's the original home of Renegade Craft Fair! i've always wanted to check this one out, to see different vendors than the one in brooklyn, to feel out whether it would ever be worth traveling to participate in that one, AND just because the idea of simply ATTENDING a craft fair without participating in it sounds so... stress-free! i might actually be able to browse the merch and focus; maybe even BUY SOMETHING!!!
but to me the really exciting news is that kathleen and sue also have a brand new baby: Renegade Handmade. it's their new real-live walk-in store in chicago where you can find handmade goods 7 days a week! now you can get a mini Renegade experience any time of year. wish i could visit both...

Sunday, September 02, 2007

fall classes @ Home Ec!

here are all the details for the roster at Home Ec in Park Slope. i'm teaching patternmaking here and they also offer sewing and knitting classes...

Home Ec is Flirt Brooklyn's new creative space on 3rd Avenue near the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn's Park Slope! in search of a design studio for our Flirt clothing line, we came upon a spacious former machine shop which afforded us enough space to do more than just design. it now allows us to answer the eternal question, "Do you teach sewing classes?" with a firm and resounding, "Yes! We do!"
sewing classes, crafting and mending nights, children's craft and sewing classes, knitting, patternmaking, open studio and creative time and many more events. we are really excited about Home Ec becoming part of the Park Slope community, so if you have a class you'd like to teach or an event you'd like to hold let us know! we'll be sending out weekly email updates so sign up for our mailing list to learn about all our classes and events.

Home Ec is located at 303 3rd avenue (between carroll & 1st street) park slope, brooklyn

here's how you sign up:
call: 718-852-2889
stop by either Flirt location:
93 fifth avenue between baltic and warren, park slope, brooklyn
252 smith street between douglass and degraw, carroll gardens, brooklyn

patternmaking with Cal Patch
fridays, september 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 6:30-8:30.
if you can sew, you're most likely itching to make your own patterns so that you can design your own clothes from scratch. we'll show you how to take your own measurements and use them to draft patterns for a basic t-shirt and skirt that fit YOUR body! then we'll take those slopers and stylize them to fit your vision, as well as learn to make patterns from existing garments. soon you'll be stitching up a whole new wardrobe!
***this is an intermediate class so some sewing experience is necessary***

there are 4 class sessions each lasting 2 hours. classes are fridays, september 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. the cost is $240.

supplies needed:
*a roll or pad of newsprint, drawing, wrapping or patternmaking paper, at least 14" wide
*see-through 18" ruler
*hip curve or french curve
*tape measure
*pencil and sharpener (or mechanical pencil)
*scotch tape
*scissors (for paper)
*push pins
*safety pins
*1 yard of muslin or similar inexpensive woven fabric
*1 1/2 yds of t-shirt jersey or similar knit

Flirt Skirt with Patti Gilstrap
september 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th
can't find the perfect skirt? is the fabric amazing but the fit is never quite right? learn to make your own Flirt Skirt with Patti Gilstrap co-owner of Flirt and designer of the shop's house label!
in this class you will alter a commercial pattern to fit your measurements, and then cut and sew your own A-line skirt from that pattern. you will learn to set in a zipper, sew darts, and hem the skirt to your desired length. time permitting, we will add a top-stitched pocket.

the class is 4 sessions in september and each session is 2 hours long. the dates are september 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm and the class is $240.00 plus supplies.
**this is an intermediate class so some previous experience is necessary**.

supply list:
*2 yds. of 45" or 60" non stretch woven fabric such as cotton, cotton blends
linen, linen blends, twill, pique. NO KNITS (and please nothing very slippery)
*all-purpose thread to match your fabric.
*1 7" zipper (no metal and not invisible)
*1 package of 1/2" wide twill tape

Build a Bag Workshop
wednesday september 5th, and thursday september 20th
the Build a Bag Workshop is a 3-hour project-based class geared toward the beginning sewer. no experience is necessary!! after choosing your own interior and exterior fabrics you will cut, pin, interface, and machine-sew your own lined cotton tote bag. the cost is $120. and all materials are included. classes are from 6:30-9:30pm. wine and chocolate to celebrate at the end!

supply suggestions:
Steinlauf and Stoller Inc.
239 w. 39th street

P&S Fabrics
360 broadway (between franklin and leonard)

Metro Textile Corp.
265 w. 37th street, suite 908

Mood Designer Fabrics
225 w. 37th street, 3rd floor

Introduction to Knitting with Antoinettte Indge of Cinderloop
september 12th, 19th, and 26th 6:30-8:30pm

don't we all think the same thing every year as the weather cools down and we start to pull out sweaters, scarves, and hats? "i wish i'd taken the time to learn to knit!" well here is your opportunity!!! this is a class for beginning knitters; no previous experience is necessary. by the end of this three-week workshop, you will have made a scarf in the design of your choice. you will learn to knit and purl, as well as explore simple pattern stitches. along the way you'll pick up lots of tips and advice to help you with future projects, including how to choose yarn, how to read a pattern, and how to avoid common pitfalls and fix mistakes. this workshop is a great way to start your knitting career!

supplies needed:

*4 balls of worsted wool yarn: 2 in a main color, 2 in a second color
*set of size 9 double pointed needles
*tapestry needle for weaving in yarn ends
*point protectors for ends of needles
*small scissors
*size G or H crochet hook

there are 3-sessions in this workshop and the cost is $125.
september 12th, 19th, and 26th 6:30-8:30pm

Antoinette Indge is the designer of the Cinderloop clothing line and has been knitting for many years. before she started Cinderloop, she taught knitting classes professionally. she especially loves lace knitting and designing sweaters.

supply source suggestions:

Brooklyn General
128 union street between hicks and columbia
brooklyn 718 237 7753

398 atlantic avenue, corner of bond
brooklyn 718 797 3305

Downtown Yarns
45 avenue A
manhattan 212 995 5991

137 sullivan street
manhattan 212 420 8796

back to school!

yes, after this holiday weekend it'll be that time of year, the one that feels just as much like a 'new year' as january does... maybe even more? it's most definitely a time of new beginnings: a new school year (no matter if we don't actually GO to school, we just FEEL it!) a new season, the desire for new clothes, new shoes, a new coat, a new haircut, the instinct to start nesting and baking and hoarding acorns, and quite likely the itch to learn something NEW!

well, why not combine some of those urges and learn to sew? then you can make your own new wardrobe, piece by piece! my beginner class at Brooklyn General will get you sewing and you'll complete a wrap skirt that's all your own! their selection of prints is mind-boggling, so the hardest part is choosing what to use for your first skirt. classes begin september 4th so check your calendar and sign up NOW, before all the spaces are filled...

Sewing 101
Four 2-hour classes
This class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a simple wrap skirt. With these techniques, you’ll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!

Materials: 2 yds light- to medium-weight woven fabric, 1 pkg extra-wide, double fold bias tape to match, thread to match, scissors, pins and pincushion, seam ripper, tailor’s chalk.
Session A: Tues, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm, 9/4, 11, 18, 25
Session B:
Wed, 11 am-1 pm, 9/12, 19, 26, 10/3
Session C:
Sat 11 am to 1 pm, 10/6, 13, 27, 11/3

to register, please call the shop at 718–237–7753 (leave a message!) or email us at you must register in advance in order to insure a spot in the class.

to see the complete schedule of offerings at Brooklyn General, (i'm also teaching crochet, embroidery, and 'altered states', plus they have classes in knitting and quilting too) look here.