The Crafter’s Box Subscription Review – October 2016
The Crafter’s Box is a box for people who love to make. Each month, you’ll get unique crafting supplies and tools along to make an artist-designed craft for your home. In addition to the physical items in the box, membership includes access to an online community and an online workshop taught by an experienced maker.
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The Subscription Box: The Crafter’s Box
The Cost: $65 a month, or $60 a month with a 3-month subscription.
The Products: A curated box of craft materials and specialty tools assembled in collaboration with an artist/maker.
Ships to: US (for free), $10 to Canada and $20 everywhere else.
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The October Crafter’s Box included all the materials needed to make a contemporary embroidery art piece. I’ve been seeing beautiful contemporary embroidery work on Instagram so I was so excited when I opened this box!
The embroidery pattern for this project was made by Sarah K. Benning, a fiber artist who helped jump-start the contemporary embroidery movement with her botanical designs. Signing up for this subscription also means getting access to an online workshop taught by Sarah K. Benning.
The box included all the supplies needed to for this project except a print-out of the pattern. I had a little trouble finding the pattern at first but here’s how: log into your account on The Crafter’s Box website, click on Membership in the menu bar, scroll down and click on Online Workshop Gallery, scroll down and click on your box. This is where you’ll find all pattern downloads, maker videos, maker podcasts, and more!
The box included a double-sided card with inspirational sentiments.
Here’s everything that came in the October The Crafter’s Box. It included everything needed except for the pattern download.
The printable pattern has a guide to tell you which embroidery floss colors to use with which shapes. It’s like a paint by number.
They included two embroidery hoops, one to use while working and a larger one to use to display the finished product.
The Crafter’s Box folks worked with Sarah K. Benning to make a stitch glossary as a quick guide to get started with the project and to show common stitches.
The glossary is well illustrated and includes step-by-step instructions for different stitch types.
In addition to the craft supplies, this month’s box came with a large zipper pouch. The pouch is made of a lovely linen fabric and screen printed with a cactus design. It is fully lined in black fabric and has a metal zipper closure with a leather zipper pull. It is a very well made, sturdy piece and I absolutely love it!
The bag was designed and made by Amelie Mancini, a Brooklyn-based artist. She uses quality materials like natural fibers, leather, non-toxic inks, and solid brass hardware. Amelie Mancini designed this bag just for The Crafter’s Box, which makes it feel extra special.
The pouch makes an excellent project bag to keep everything together and organized. When I’ve completed this embroidery project, I know I’ll have a number of new uses for this lovely bag.
Here is my work in progress. Sarah K. Benning suggests working with the string like you would with ink – fill in larger areas of color and then add detail on top. I used a lamp as a lightbox to trace the pattern onto the fabric.
I love having this embroidery project to work on while I binge watch my favorite shows. I like to stay busy while sitting in front of the tv and carefully crafting something to hang in my home is much more rewarding than staring at my phone.
Verdict: I absolutely love this box. I am a maker at heart with very specific taste and this box is perfect for me. This is not a box with a high retail value, low purchase price but instead a box where the value is in curation, quality, style, and convenience. I appreciate that The Crafter’s Box works directly with artists to create each month’s project. This embroidery project is something I’ve reached for every evening and has helped me spend a little less time on my phone. I can’t wait for next month’s box!
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