The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 09 – Topiary Talents, Letterboxing Lessons, and Our Introduction to Jesmonite

In season 3, episode 9, Haley gets organized (again), Heidi braids and weaves with unexpected materials, and Mollie gets a bit self-conscious about her pronunciation of “embroidery.”

The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 09 – Topiary Talents, Letterboxing Lessons, and Our Introduction to Jesmonite
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The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 09 – Topiary Talents, Letterboxing Lessons, and Our Introduction to Jesmonite

The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 9 – Topiary Talents, Letterboxing Lessons, and Our Introduction to Jesmonite

In season 3, episode 9, Haley gets organized (again), Heidi braids and weaves with unexpected materials, and Mollie gets a bit self-conscious about her pronunciation of “embroidery.”

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The Very Serious Crafts Podcast, Season 3: Episode 09 – Topiary Talents, Letterboxing Lessons, and Our Introduction to Jesmonite

S3E9 Show Notes:

Here’s a roundup of the resources, patterns, and projects mentioned in this episode:

Yarn Ball Cat Bed

♥ The fail (which doesn’t link to the actual creator):

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♥ The tutorial that the maker probably used: http://meowlifestyle.com/diy-yarn-cat-ball-cave/

Indoor Plant Topiary Resources

♥ Quick overview of topiary types: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/hpgen/growing-topiaries-inside.htm
♥ Creating Indoor Topiaries: https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/topiary.htm
♥ How to Keep an Indoor Topiary Alive: https://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Gardening/diggin-it/2010/1126/How-to-keep-an-indoor-topiary-alive

The Big Fib

♥ Watch (or don’t!) on Disney+: https://disneyplusoriginals.disney.com/show/the-big-fib
♥ Guest knitting expert, Louis Boria: https://www.brooklynboyknits.com/

Jesmonite and Creative Exploration

♥ One of BookyMargoof’s Jesmonite projects on Instagram:

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Dedicated the entire long weekend to playing with a very fun new material: Jesmonite! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I learned about @jesmonite_ltd through the beautiful terrazzo work of @ktgillies_surfacedesign. This stuff is fascinating—it’s a solvent-free eco-friendly resin that can replicate all kinds of surfaces and textures. It cures quickly, is forgiving when mixing, and has the most lovely texture (like strong, matte ceramic).⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Since I’m currently in Germany, I ordered a starter kit through a Jesmonite distributor in the Netherlands to tinker with. (Unfortunately, it seems like they don’t distribute in North America? You can order kits from artists like Katie above though!) My kit came with coaster molds, but I didn’t want to use up the materials quickly so I used the frame on the back of the molds to make some test circles and smiley faces instead. I also experimented with household materials like keys, aluminum foil, and sliced-up ikea picture frames to make test molds in other shapes. I posted a ton of process videos in my stories—peek at “Jesmonite” in my profile to see them all.⁣ ⁣⁣ I’m very new to casting and need to invest in some practice and supplies—kitchen scale, variety of sandpaper, silicone molding rubber—before I can really dig too much further into this material, but I am buzzing to try again soon. 👀⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #jesmonite #terrazzo

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♥ BookyMargoof’s IG highlights on the process: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/17858503582925873/
♥ Jesmonite: https://jesmonite.com/
♥ Haley’s Resin Thread Spool Bracelet Tutorial: https://www.redhandledscissors.com/2014/12/tutorial-resin-thread-spool-bracelet/
♥ Haley’s Resin Sewing Thread and Embroidery Floss Pendants: https://www.redhandledscissors.com/2014/10/tutorial-resin-sewing-thread-and-embroidery-floss-pendants/
♥ Photos of Haley’s resin projects:

Letterboxing

♥ Atlas Quest, and online letterboxing community/resource source: https://www.atlasquest.com
♥ More about the history of letterboxing: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Letterboxing_(hobby)

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By Haley Pierson-Cox

Haley Pierson-Cox writes the craft blog https://www.redhandledscissors.com/. She's a knitter, sewer, maker, cross-stitcher, lover of cats, purveyor of quirk, an author of cross-stitch books, and avid swearing enthusiast! (But not on this podcast!) She's also sometimes an irritable cartoon called Tiny Cranky Haley.

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