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Nick Andersen

Nick Andersen


Name: Nicholas Andersen
Job Title: Senior Associate Crafts Editor
Date Started at company: September, 2006
First Story: Summer Good Things, 2006
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Education: University Of Michigan, Ceramics & Graphic Design
First Job: Selling art supplies at Ulrich’s Bookstore in Ann Arbor
Astrological sign: Cancer
Personal crafting/artwork: mostly sewing, I like to make my own pants
First craft memory: Making a popsicle stick snowflake with blue glitter for Christmas in preschool
Things you collect: Fabric, I have too much!

FAVORITE . . .
Color (Pantone): Pantone # 7446U
Holiday: May 1st is Lei Day in Hawaii, a day to give and receive leis, as children, we learned how to make plumeria and ti leaf leis in school
Pizza topping: Fresh Mozzarella
Type of fabric: Ikat
Dessert: Yakimochi from Café Zaiya (Japanese baked mochi filled with sweet red bean paste)
Source: dharmatrading.com, I used their dyes in the Ombre story Ribbon Stars Ombre Bed Tissue Paper Pom Poms

Editor's Archive

Inspiration Board : Featherwork from Hawaii

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Hawaiian Feather Lei While I was in Hawaii I visited my favorite bookstore, Native Books Na Mea Hawaii, in Hololulu. They also sell clothing, art and crafts all made by people in Hawaii. I found a great book The Art of Featherwork in Old Hawaii. The image above is a feather lei from the 19th …

Inspiration Board : A Visit Home

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I’m traveling to Hawaii this week to visit family. My mom usually greets me with a lei of plumeria flowers from our back yard (if they are in bloom). Lei making is one of my earliest crafting memories, they can be really simple or very elaborate and made from a wide range of materials; flowers, …

Celebrate : My Birthday

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I turned 30 this june 24th. That makes me a Cancer, intuitive, dependable, moody? Anyway I thought it was a great idea to work my astrological sign into my birthday treat decor. Blake used a crab punch to great effect, gluing some to the ends of toothpicks and sprinkling them around the table. Everything was …

Around Town : Sewing Class Part 3

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This week we had out last skirt sewing session with Becky Hanson of Singer. Click here to see the first and second classes. Everyone was looking forward to finally have a finished skirt to wear. In this last class Becky showed everyone how to make a facing for the waistband of the skirt as well …

Open Studio : Nick Andersen

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This is where I sew at home in Brooklyn. I don’t have a great view of the city but I love my sewing machines. I have a a Juki DDL-5550-6, a single needle industrial machine, it was rebuilt and it’s seen better days but it was a steal. I also have  a Juki home serger that really needs to …

Around Town : Sewing Class Part 2

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This week we had our second sewing class with Becky Hanson , a Singer Education Manager. Everyone brought in their pre-washed fabric and it was time to start making the final skirt. Everyone was very comfortable on the sewing machines this time. Making the muslin in the first class made cutting and sewing the actual …

Inspiration Board : Handmade in Portland

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I love this bag from Sara Barner, I’m really into the twisted handles. She and I used to work together at a leather accessories shop in the lower east side of Manhattan. She moved to Portland and started her own line of leather goods, Rose, all made by hand in her studio. She uses simple …

Make It : Sewing Class

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I attended a “Make a Skirt” class with my fellow crafter Corinne. The class, open to employes and held in our offices, teaches you how to make a basic A-line skirt from scratch. Becky Hanson , a Singer Education Manager, is teaching the class. The first session covered taking your measurements, making a pattern, making a muslin and …