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Photo: Megan Senior; Model: Naimah Terry; Hair/Makeup: Mary Guthrie; Nails: Miss Pop; Dress: Modcloth; Location: The Landing at Industry City You don’t need knitting needles to whip up this quick chunky scarf! Whether you’re a knitter or a quitter, you can make this easy scarf using a technique called “arm knitting,” in which your limbs are used as giant knitting needles to create super-chunky knit fabric. It’s easy to learn, and best of all, it’s fast—you can complete a scarf in far less time than it...
Light up your life with delicious-smelling DIY candles! Now that the days are short and the nights are long, a little candlelight makes everything cozier. I jokingly tell people that I started making candles when I realized it would be cheaper than continuing to buy them at the rate I was going — but I’m only half-kidding. Whether you’re a wick-burning addict like myself, or just want to kindle your own flame, here’s a great starter tutorial (that I adapted from CandleScience.com, a great place to get...

I actively avoided embroidery for almost two decades. In my mind, it was linked to patriarchy, ideals I could never meet, and other old-timey hobbies I saw as a waste of time. My grandmother taught me how to embroider when I was little and I adorned every pillowcase and zip-up sweater I owned. I thought I was the coolest kid on the block, but my fellow middle-school students didn’t agree. I stopped sewing after I got picked on for having embroidered cats on my sweatshirt. In...
Just a note to let you know, there's a grand event and we hope you'll go! The 7th annual BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire is going down at the New York Hall of Science in just two weeks and you're not going to want to  miss this weekend long interactive shopping event!  RSVP on Facebook today to get updates and reminders! This is what we´ll have for you this year: 60+ vendor booths stocked with unique handmade items using a fusion of new...

The immersion of feminism into craft is arguably the best thing that’s ever happened. Knit vaginas, crochet crop tops, and snarky embroidered decor are all becoming very popular in the world of women makers and consumers. Today, I’ll show you how to make your own feminist embroidery hoop to not only decorate your space with positive affirmations but also to teach you the basics of an age-old art. Here’s What You’ll Need: An embroidery hoop. The one I’m using for this project is 7inches, but you can...

Photographed By Julia Stotz; Ceramic Vessel: Toools.co Pattern Recognition CUTE UP YOUR KITCHEN WITH A BLOCK-PRINTED TEA TOWEL Tea towels don't have to be basic. With this easy, custom block printing technique, you can give your kitchen any look you want. Plus, creating your very own pattern is a super satisfying endeavor (I do it on the regs as the textile designer behind Cotton + Flax, my modern handmade home décor line). Bringing it to life is just icing on the tea cake.  What You'll Need  Pre-sewn blank tea towel (choose...

The Big Fix REMEDY MAKEUP MISHAPS WITH THESE DIY TIPSBeauty products ain't cheap. So when you’ve treated yourself to a lipstick that breaks on the first application, splurged on the perfect glitter polish only to never use it again ’cause it’s impossible to take off, or dropped that brand-new blush, there’s an added sting. But all is not lost. Try these fix-it tips and save the day.   Peel Off Polish Taking off glitter nail polish usually requires a gallon of remover per digit. Avoid the annoyance and acetone...
There are a couple of things that leap out about handmade-in-Hertford beauty brand and BUST London Summer Craftacular vendor The Dirt Creative. First is the great name. Second is the tempting branding and product shots. And that’s without even smelling or using these gorgeous soaps, bath salts, scrubs and candles made from all-natural ingredients. “Dirt Creative products are handmade in small batches,” explains owner Leanne-Jay. “All the flowers and herbs we use are grown from the garden and hand dried, while organic and vegan ingredients are...
For BUSTy gals (and boys) in London Town there is one bar you simply must check out: Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross. Not only can you grab tea, cake and cocktails in this beautiful bright and airy space housed in a former bath house, there are daily craft workshops and events to join in with – from Modern Calligraphy and Tie Dye to Madonna Bra Making and  Sass Your Sunnies. This simply brilliant place is the brainchild of two school friends – Kristie Bishop...
Photo by Kay Wang Stitch, Please BE A BLUE JEAN QUEEN WITH THIS JAPANESE DENIM-REPAIR TECHNIQUE Sashiko, which translates to little stabs, is a traditional Japanese hand-repair technique developed by the working class in the 18th century as a way to fix holes in apparel and home textiles. Back then, indigo was the most inexpensive textile dye, so it was most common among the poorer classes—farmers, fishermen, and laborers—who often fixed blue items using white thread with this “functional embroidery.” Now the technique pulls double duty, extending the life of denim with its...