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*DIY workshop with marimekko fabric ~ boston fashion week*

ok, had fun with alexa chung.  lemme rewind to what happened before meeting her :)  now as part of boston fashion week, there were not only the runway shows and parties and other things you would associate with a fashion week.  at different locations around boston, certain stores & venues were also offering other fun events to be involved in.  one of those was crate & barrel in boston’s back bay.  in honor of its new marimekko section, they held a workshop with marimekko fabric that we could use to DIY necklaces, bracelets, scarves, whatever we came up with!  or if you’re like me…and my fellow DIY crafters, melissa & natalie of the boston day book…even collars or fringe bibs for our dogs!

i just love marimekko fabric!  how could you not?  so colorful & pretty.  so HAPPY!  the staff at crate & barrel had basketfuls of pretty striped & polka dotted fabric already cut up into strips & ready to use!  they were so helpful too…demonstrating how to make everything from simple braids to more complicated fringe necklaces.  some of us (like me) weren’t all that creative & went with simple (or copying what other people were doing…hahaha!).  others (like natalie’s husband) made totally huge & wacky projects that kind of took on a life of its own.  it could be a dog collar or a dog chew toy or a belt for natalie?  who knows?  hahaha!  

it was really fun to hang out with melissa & natalie before heading out on our other later night adventures, as well as talk to other crafters & kind of just get all tangled up in the marimekko fabric!  my final projects were this kind of tapered layered flowering fabric necklace (which doesn’t it look like i just got some old school jump ropes looped around my neck??? hahaha!) as well as this simple braided pink mega chunky friendship type of bracelet.  

but the ULTIMATE DIY project for sure was peenut’s little fringe collar!  isn’t he just stinkin’ cute?!  first, it started off as a bib necklace that he kept dusting the floor as he walked & then it sometimes swung around to his back, like a little shredded cape!  he was such a good puppy too…indulging his mommy quite humorously & not even trying to shake or bite it off!  that’s my sweet little boy! anywho, that workshop was super fun & i’ll keep checking the boston fashion week schedule to see if there are any more awesome events to participate in!

1st photo via natalie of the boston day book; all others via moi ^_^

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