Learn how to take some everyday materials and turn them into fabulous, hip, wearable jewelry. In addition to a recycling project, we will also learn how to dye, cut and finish leather to make our own custom wrap bracelet. Modern paracord braided bracelets will also be made in class, as we will learn unique ways to upcycle parachute cords and turn them into versatile everyday accessories fit for camping or your favorite outfit. The concepts will be explained step by step and we will move as a class through the materials. There are no rules for creating something you love and everyone will come away with different, unique inspirations and renditions. By the end of the workshop, you will have created a strong base to grow from to create your own designs and execute your original ideas.
No experience necessary
- old belts (single ply belting, not bonded)
- metal ruler
- small paint brush
- "blue" painters masking tape
- rotary cutter
- small rotary mat
- pencil/ pen
$20 (includes strap cutters, paint, leather belting, leather scraps, dyes, poly cord, leather needles, leather punches, paracord, glue gun, sewing machine, rivets & press, screw posts, hair dryers, leather oil & sponge)
Elke Bergeron is the founder of "by elke”, a small handmade company that specializes in repurposed accessories & handbags. Elke is a local Boulderite that transplanted here with her husband and two boys from New York, where she spent 10 years working as a designer in the fashion industry.
After attending her first Makerie Retreat two years ago, she was inspired to pursue her creative dream, which started as the blog "by elke" and quickly grew into a successful handmade business. In addition, she is thrilled to have been invited to teach creative sewing classes at local establishments, Fabricate & Common Threads.
"The best part about what I do is that I get to play all day creating things and there is no one telling me what ‘direction’ I should be going in. Every found object takes on a new life and you never know where it will lead you."
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