Jessica Carey

Hey, everyone! I’m Jessica, the founder behind The Hook Nook, and I REALLY like to make pretty things. For the last several years I’ve gone from teaching myself to crochet, to selling my makes to friends and family, to opening an Etsy shop, to pattern designing and now I am so fortunate to have worked with some of the biggest brands and companies in the fiber industry from all around the world. You can now find my own The Hook Nook brand designer crochet hooks, yarn and craft accessories at in my online shop and at various retailers!

Textile Design Workshop with The Crafter's Box and Bookhou!


Alright guys, I’m so excited about this.

I’m assuming that if you’re here visiting THNLife Blog, you may or may not have an itch to create. You may love to explore crafts, find new ways to be creative, and just really love discovering fun ways to hone in on those things that make you feel expressive. If you haven’t heard of The Crafter’s Box, I’m beyond thrilled to share more with you.

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In January 2017, I was fortunate to host a crochet basket workshop with my friends at The Crafter’s Box (TCB) and have since been able to explore several other workshops hosted by TCB and various other makers. For their June 2018 workshop, they are working with Arounna of Bookhou to create these beautiful textile designs to apply onto the included ethically-resourced canvas pouches. Arounna explains how to explore “mark making” and playing with this craft by creating different shapes, patterns, and even how different tools can create different designs and textures. Each workshop kit includes everything you need to make this project, including:

-a detailed, digital workshop led by Arounna

-a month-end live Maker Chat Q&A

-a half circle canvas cross body bag with brass details (designed by Arounna and sewn in collaboration with To The Market) roughly 10x8" in size

-an accompanying canvas pouch with brass details roughly 4x5" in size

-a length of vegetable tanned leather cording, adjustable to one's own personal cross body length preference (in collaboration with a leather studio in the US)

-black opaque fabric paint

-two specialized paint brushes chosen by Arounna

As mentioned on TCB website, Mark making is a term used to describe the different lines, patterns and even textures we create in a piece of art. It can apply to any art material on any surface, though for this project Arounna is working with a specialized fabric paint on canvas. Arounna uses marking making in her textile design throughout her work - on bookbags and totes, for pillows and clothing, it’s found in the wall collages that adorn her studio and throughout her sketchbook as she puts brush to paper to practice her creativity. Mark making is so diverse! It pushes us out of our creative boundaries and gives us a wonderful opportunity to play and explore.  

If you haven’t had a chance to try a kit from The Crafter’s Box, I highly suggest trying this one! Such a fun, easy and explorative project that is perfect for this warm weather. You can sign up for this Mark Making workshop until Sunday, May 20! Be sure to click here to sign up! 

If you receive this kit, I want to see what you make! Be sure to share online and tag @thecraftersbox, @bookhou and myself (@the.hook.nook) so we can see! 

Happy making, friends!



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