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Maker Moment: Crafting in times of crisis with Lei Ann Resurreccion

Posted by Melissa Massello  December 6, 2013 09:52 AM

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crafting_crisis_lei_ann_typhoon_haiyan.jpgPhotos: Lei Ann Resurreccion

In the crafting community, when crisis strikes we know exactly what to do: we make things & sell them to raise money for the cause.

In this week's Maker Moment, we're excited to introduce local fashion blogger, acupuncturist, Kung Fu instructor, avid DIY-er, and all-around Renaissance woman Lei Ann Resurreccion, who recently picked up her needles & hooks in epic fashion to make dozens of handmade baby hats as a fundraiser for the Philippines. Tomorrow in Watertown, Resurreccion will be selling her "woodland creatures" crochet baby beanies at the 3rd Annual Mount Auburn Club Holiday Fair for a $20 to $30 suggested donation — with 100% off the proceeds going to Typhoon Haiyan relief.

Want to learn more about this selfless local maker? Read on.

What's the first project you remember making/crafting?
I can't really remember, but my mother taught me how to crochet when I was young & living in Hawaii. So, my 1st project was probably a potholder or something simple & square.

Most successful project? Biggest fail?
I'd say my most successful project was the Princess Leia hair wig I crocheted for my 8-month-old niece for Halloween! The felt "hat" that came with her costume was so ugly, so I whipped one up...big hair buns & all.

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My biggest fails are the projects when I buy all the materials, they stay in a plastic bag for weeks or even months, and then by the time I get around to them, I'm no longer interested in whatever DIY I had planned.

What do you DIY the most?
Anything knit or crochet are the easiest for me to whip up...these baby hats, scarves, etc. I like to knit/crochet when I'm watching TV & just relaxing or during a long car/plane trip.

Favorite/least favorite tools/materials?
My favorite material is really big, thick, chunky yarn! I would love to make a HUGE knit blanket with it, but I would most likely need 100 skeins of yarn...hahaha!

What's the best advice you've ever received?
I haven't had any, really. I'm mostly a figure-it-out-myself kind of girl. I am thankful, though, for the blogs that I read that give helpful tips & tricks.

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What's your top tip for first-timers?
Just keep at it! It's rare that a first time project is 100% successful. It used to take me so long to make a crochet baby beanie, but now that I have my patterns practically memorized, it takes less than an hour!

Anything you DIY now that you never thought you would?
I've recently gotten more into cosplay (costume play) for Halloween & comic book conventions. I never thought I would even attempt at mostly sewing my costume, but I did!

What won't you ever DIY/when do you call in the experts?
Hmmm...never say never. I really admire cosplayers who make "armor" for their costumes, which I don't think I could ever do but you never know.

"When I'm not making stuff, I'm..." on the Internet, looking for the next greatest project to DIY!

For more before & after photos of Resurreccion's DIY adventures, subscribe to her Tumblr blog or follow her on Instagram, or head on over to the Mount Auburn Club Holiday Market tomorrow (10 am to 3pm, 57 Coolidge Ave, Watertown).

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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