Archive for the ‘make’ Category

yarn it! lounge
March 24, 2008

yarn it

ArtCenter/South Florida
800 Lincoln Road Gallery
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Upcoming dates: 1-4pm on 4/5, 5/3 & 5/17
$10 donation
RSVP + 305 674 8278 ext 15

make When one thinks of possible hobbies in sunny South Florida, knitting doesn’t jump to the fore. Macramé, sand art, and clamshell ashtrays all rank higher on the recognition scale than the idea of knitting down here. But hold your horses, jenny. In case you haven’t heard, knitting has been back with a vengeance in most of the rest of the country, with super-hip alterna-knitting circles, books, blogs, and sites like and knitknit leading the way. It’s even being used for guerilla art. Yes, this isn’t your grandma’s knitting, folks. Which is why the Yarn It! Lounge at ArtCenter/South Florida is such a cool idea. (Don’t just take my word for it.) Forward thinking art-minded institution meets fantastic mixing opportunity. Here’s a chance to come together, scope out some like minded-people, screw around with some stringy stuff, and maybe cultivate a new pastime. At only $10.00 per, including coffee, treats, and expert advice, this is one of the best deals in town. Don’t feel like making a sweater? Then how about a monster. Or a super-chic clutch. Or a weasel. And of course, there’s always edible underwear. Sweet!

BTW: If you’ve never checked out ArtCenter/South Florida, you’re way past due. In addition to this great activity, they have a killer schedule of all kinds of educational opportunities. Lectures, drawing, jewelry making, photography and tons more. They’re just the place to cultivate your chops so you actually have something to say on your next crawl around Wynwood besides “Where’s the wine?”.

AMBITION BONUS: Check out this two-part video workshop by MAKE magazine on how to create a pattern in photoshop for a f*&%$#! awesome skeleton cardigan. (It would take many, many Yarn It! Lounges to carry this off, but you can always dream.)


arnold’s fabrics ‘n trim
March 13, 2008


12918 N.W. 7th Ave.
North Miami, FL 33168
+305 685 2666

Open hours: 10-5:45p tu-sat

makeOne of the first things I was trying to find when I hit town was a good fabric store. You know–one that has all the cool stuff that the vanilla shoppers at JoAnn’s were afraid of, so it got sold to the secondary market and is available to the über-creative. The one where all the Latin ladies shop when they are making their over-the-top confirmation dresses, like my old fav Sewfisticated in the slums of Cambridge, MA. Great stuff at killer prices. Well, this isn’t that exactly, but it’s the best source I’ve found for bulk fabric at rock bottom prices. Need to dress a poolside vista with yards and yards of billowy white fabric? Doing a little amateur dramatics and need cheap black fabric for set-dressing? Feeding a hundred, and want 50 yards of fuchsia organza for table cloths? Go see Arnold, and you can buy bolts and bolts for between $1.00 and $5.00 a yard. This isn’t the place for fancy sparkle, but on solids he can’t be beat, and he has some pretty good deals on fur. He also has some good looking upholstery and decorator fabrics for $10.00 a yard. This is definitely the place to go when you want to make a big statement with a small wallet.

kats beads
November 29, 2007

Kats beads

12583 Biscayne Blvd
North Miami, FL 33181
+1 305 893 9969

Open Hours: 10a-5p m-f, 10a-3p Sat

make iconCrows: take note. In a totally nondescript strip mall on Biscayne Avenue at 125th, behind the old Smokehouse and sandwiched between a French Bakery and a Latin market, there is this wonderful old-school button, bead, trim, and notions shop. For twenty three years, Kat has been in the sparkle business. On walls, in cases, on counters, on the floor, and even from the ceiling, beads, baubles, colorful ribbon, and bright twinkly things glitter in every corner. Although she specializes in glass and vintage beads, there’s something here for everyone, no matter your project or budget. Her prices are great because she does a good part of her business with designers who will make their own jewelry for resale. Plus, you’ll find lots of quirky stuff like a huge bin of funky patches, unusual trims, and great vintage jewelry just waiting to be worn to your next hip soiree. When you go in you’ll see Kat behind the counter, and if you are lucky enough to hear some of her stories, you also hear the dulcet tones of her Brooklyn accent that hasn’t gone dull after thirty years in Miami. She’s great, and so is her place.

gr8 tat2 maker
November 28, 2007

DIY tattoo

Spin Master Toys
Suggested Retail: $14.99

make iconEducational toys? Bah! In a town like this where there’s more skin hanging out than good sense, why should Miami Ink be for adults only? At last, some genius at Spinmaster has come up with the answer–the GR8 TaT2 Maker. (Get it? It’s hip tween speak, yo.) Why mess around with mere toys when you can have “your very own pretend play tattoo parlor.” Clearly playing doctor is for sissies. If this thing works as well as it promises, I think crafty DIY-ers could have a field day. It’s like a Print Gocco for your bod. Give me a few Mojitos and a bare patch of skin and now we’re talking fun.