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Welcome to week 2 of the #buststitchalong! We're working on this fantastic Broad City-inspired counted cross stitch project by Julie Jackson, to celebrate the updated release of her updated tome, Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs for Your Sassy Side. Last week we went over what supplies you needed and how to get'em. Today we're actually gonna start getting stitchy with it. But first, here's the chart: Click here to nab  the larger version of this, suitable for printing That's what we're going to be making. Read More
In this world we live in, there are wonderful crafts—the brilliantly executed, aesthetically pleasing DIYs we  long to get off of the internet to create ourselves with Popsicle sticks and hot glue guns  But for every amazing craft project, there is an ugly equivalent forged while someone was a bit tipsy on Cupcake wine.  Lucky Peach is no stranger to dualism: Bloggers Anna and Gabrielle have taken to celebrating  unfortunate  experiments with a monthly blog installation called "Deranged Crafts," in fact. Read More
To celebrate the release of Julie Jackson's updated tome, Subversive Cross Stitch: 50 F*cking Clever Designs for Your Sassy Side, we're going to be running a "stitchalong" here on And Julie's even designed a special pattern just for us. Cool, right? If you've never heard of a stitchalong, don't worry. Basically we will all be working on this sampler at the same time, and can share progress shots and ask questions (and have them answered) on the site. And since I'm the HSIC (Head Stitcher in Charge) here at BUST, I'll be leading this thang. Read More
A Japanese Tinting Technique That’ll Perk Up Your Linens The fabric-dye trend is everywhere right now; people are going crazy for tie-dyeing, immersion dyeing, natural dyeing, and of course, shibori. The last one is often mistaken as tie-dye, but it’s actually in a category of its own. Shibori is a Japanese method in which fabric is made into a three-dimensional form via binding, folding, twisting, stitching, plucking, and plaiting; then it’s dipped into indigo dye. Read More
Fresh linens, minus the chemicals Tips and Recipes For a Cleaner, Greener Wash Walk the laundry aisle of your local supermarket, and you’ll see images of snow-capped mountains, vibrant lavender fields, and serene rivers. That’s way more appealing than what they’re concealing: toxic chemicals and dyed animal fats. Fortunately, we’ve got choices when we wash our clothes, and it’s damn easy to whip up homemade alternatives that clean well, don’t harm the environment (or your skin), and save you money. Read More
The BUST London Craftacular is taking over The Islington Metal Works this Sunday and we've thrown one heck of a raffle into the mix. Head upstairs to the BUST stall and just pop your email on our list to be in with the chance to win! For starters, there's this print by Rob Ryan, who will also be selling the season's must-have wrapping paper, in a design that is exclusive to Craftacular. He'll be signing the paper and selling it for just £5 a pop. There's a brilliant bunting necklace from Craftacular stallholder Lucie Ellen up for grabs. Read More
It’s less than a week to go until the Bust Christmas Craftacular London. There will be shopping galore and fab workshops you can get stuck into throughout the day. Join  N1 WI at 3.30; they will show you how to make that someone special a card to remember. There’s no need to bring anything, just your creativity! In the workshop you’ll be shown how to effectively make a lino print block design and be given all the tips to ensure it prints well (for freee). Read More
Artist Kate Park has created some snuggly, knit Morrissey dolls that are full of character and perfect for the holiday gift buying season. You need to check out the awesomely stern expressions on these handmade Moz Dolls, which don detailed Morrissey-inspired outfits, and are even holding itty-bitty microphones. Read More
The BUST Holiday Craftacular in Brooklyn is quickly approaching! This Saturday and Sunday (December 6th & 7th) from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. you can head over to 79 Franklin Street in Greenpoint, Brooklyn to get your holiday shop on for yourself and others…. Did we mention that there will be cats there?! You won’t find a better way to spend your weekend--- it’s a one-stop holiday super-shop! We’re offering tons of goodies for our BUST-ies, including the best shopping in indie craft, handmade and vintage goods from more than 200 awesome vendors. Read More
The season of love, giving, and unadulterated stress is upon us. You empty out your wallet and watch as the last piece of lint drift to the floor like a snowflake. In the background you can hear Bing Crosby crooning Christmas tunes, but there is no joy to be had in the land of poor college students and post-grads. Before you sink to the floor with a notepad, tissues, and possibly some Kahlüa to figure out how you're going to buy Tiny Tim that gift, check out this round up of D.I.Y. gifts  found on Pinterest. None of the projects will land you in the holiday poor house. Read More