_nikki_Nicole Smith, Brooklyn, NY, US
For more on me, visit my blog at: http://www.StyleSchematic.com
Originally a Texan, I can usually be found wandering around Brooklyn or practicing my banjo while concocting things edible or crafty in my Flatbush apartment. After moving to the Big Apple, I had the lovely pleasure of working for several publications including Seventeen, Teen People, Cutting Edge, and Adorn. My work has also been featured in several publications including Adorn, Knit.1, BUST and many other books and magazines.
I guess you can say that I'm an omni-crafter, but I mostly dig sewing and pattern making. I currently design clothing, jewelry, accessories and sewing patterns, while working as an editor for STITCH magazine. Previously I was the lead editor for SewStylish and the Associate Editor for Threads . I also teach workshops, private lessons and classes at 3rdWard in Brooklyn.
craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, home decorating, jewelry making, quilting, restyle, sewing
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Member Since: 05/06/2008
Jacquard fabric paint and a bit of embroidery turn a basic T-shirt dress into a stunner. Embroiderer extraordinaire, Erika Kern, created this floral design that can be paired with black leggings or jeans for an effortlessly stylish look.
Fold and crease an elegant, geometric detail.
This knit dress is perfect for your work or nighttime wardrobe.
Take a cue from the runway and make a necklace using fabric and ribbon.
Dress up any dinner party with these gorgeous no-sew place mats.
Transform an everyday oversized flannel shirt into a super-cute plaid vest.
Keep warm with this designer-inspired accessory from SewStylish Fall Fashion 2010.
Your votes are in. Read on to see the first, second, and third-place winners.
Find out who is heading to the finale.
This Monday is the deadline for the SewStylish jacket challenge. Upload your entry now for a chance to win!
This week the designers were challenged to create a collection of three designs for Heidi's active wear collection.
This week the challenge to create original textile patterns inspired by a personal experience made for an emotional episode.
Upload a photo of a jacket you designed for a chance to win great prizes from Singer, Wild Ginger, and Spoonflower.
Check to see if you one of the three lucky winners of this great book by Alicia Paulson
Get to know author and blogger Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy, and comment for a chance to win a copy of her new book!
Check to see if you were one of the winners of this great book by Chris Fanchetti Michaels.
Comment for a chance to win a copy of this great title by Chris Franchetti Michaels
The votes are in, and UnfinishedProject's dress inspired by her grandmother comes out on top.
Take a look at this amazing work of art by German designer Siren Elise Wilhelmsen
Help pick the winner of our summer dress challenge.
Check out these crafts inspired by umbrellas made by Etsy sellers.
Don't miss your opportunity to win a prize package including prizes from Manne-King and Britex Notions.
Congrats to the three winners of this fantastic book by Catherine Woram!
Comment for a chance to win this great book by Catherine Woram including 45 fun and creative papercraft projects for kids
Help choose the winner of the Duck Brand duct tape prom contest.
Check out this tutorial from designsponge for a quick and easy way to decorate your space.
Share what you like to make as the temperature rises outside.
Share what you'll be making to celebrate the holiday weekend.
Looking for a way to spruce up your outdoor space and stay stylish at the grill for a July 4th BBQ? Check out these tutorials.
Whether you're sewing a tie or making a custom tool belt, share what you're making Dad for his special day.
Share how you transfer markings from your pattern to your fabric.
With Memorial Day just around the corner, share what is on your sewing plate this summer.
Share what you like to make to accessorize your ensembles.
Create a prom outfit for you and your date from duct tape for a chance to win a $3,000 scholarship from Duck Brand Duct Tape.
Upload photos of accessories you've sewn for the opportunity to win $250 of City Girl fabric!
Coil a basic notion into a statement accessory.
Share how you keep your sewing tools organized.
Share what you will be working on for the upcoming season.
Share what makes you unique in the sewing room.
Molly at The Purl Bee shows how to make these adorable spring-time toys.
Share what you would like to learn if you could attend the workshop of your dreams.
Be a runway darling in this designer-inspired reversible stole.
From books to magazines to your best friend, share where you find your sewing advice.
A little nautical and a little nice, this necklace by ...love Maegan is a super-quick project you can make in less than 15 minutes.
Make a fashion statement with some fabric, chain, and ribbon.
Sew a chic hat with a charming cutout design.
Use up fabric from your stash to create a new project for a chance to win.
With fashion week starting up, share which designers you can't wait to see.
Catch a glimpse at McQueen's last show, his spring 2010 collection.
Learn how to screen print your designs with this YouTube tutorial from Make and Etsy.
Whether you're an embroidery extraordinaire or an applique afficiando, share how you love to adorn your designs.
Do you follow the trends and latest styles? Share how your favorite designers inspire your designs.
Share a project you have found especially challenging, difficult to complete, or emotionally satisfying.
Whether you're cutting up old garments or using scraps from old projects, share how you stay green in the sewing room.
Restyle your basic throw pillow in a few easy steps.
Almost every sewist has an ever-growing collection of fabrics. Share how you keep yours organized.
Learn how to make a stylish topper featured in Threads magazine.
What fitting issue gives you the most problems?
Are you making gifts or decorations, or a great new party dress to celebrate in?
After shopping for Thanksgiving groceries, use those plastic bags to create a gorgeous holiday decoration.
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this tutorial by the folks over at Design*Sponge helps you get your table guest-ready with items from the grocery store.
These stuffed pumpkins by Danielle Thompson make the perfect decoration for this holiday season and beyond.
This year Threads challenged you all to create the ghouliest, scariest, most creative, and coolest costumes for a chance to win a prize pack from Threads. Check out who won.
From A-line skirts to pajama pants, each of us has a unique story of what project they first learned to sew on.
There's a whole world of fabric out there. Which is your favorite to sew?
We all do it--that's why we all have a seam-ripper at the ready. What sewing mistake taught you the most?
Comment on this post by November 3rd for a chance to win one of five free copies of Wenlan Chia's new book.
This amazing tutorial from Design*Sponge shows how to make your own temporary wallpaper motif. Use it to embellish your walls or even to decorate for a themed party.
Brighten your home this Halloween with a festive door decoration.
Do you look forward to making Halloween costumes every year or do you love decking the halls with homemade gifts in the Christmas or Hanukkah season?
This week the designers created ensembles inspired by destinations. Did you agree with who the judges sent home this week? Cast your vote now.
It was a VERY close race, but Very Prairie took home the win with her Vivienne Westwood-inspired top.
We've narrowed the entries down to our top five from more than 60 entries in the SewStylish Fall Fashion Challenge. Vote now to pick the winner of more than $1,200 in prizes.
Last night the Project Runway contestants were paired off to create ensembles fit for the aisles at Macy's. Read on to see all the looks and backstage photos from Brother Sewing Machines.
Feather headbands dress up any ensemble, and they’re super-easy to create. This low-sew project can be finished in no time for a night out with friends; it could even be completed with a bit of glue if you don’t feel like sewing at all.
This week's challenge was to make a costume fit for the silver screen. Find out the winner of this challenge and who was out?
Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of five copies of Cal Patch's new book Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified.
For a chance to win more than $1,200 in prizes, simply upload a picture of a garment you've created inspired by a designer. It's that easy!
This week's challenge was to make create garments for "the models of the runway". Were the designers able to live up to the high expectations of their models?
Yet another week has gone by and another designer was sent home. Click to vote now and comment on who you thought should have won or lost. See all of the designs along with exclusive behind-the-scenes images from Brother.
From setting sleeves to stitching a zipper, what gives you the most difficulty in the sewing room?
After I learned my former college roommate was having her first baby, I went a little overboard with making her and her little one gifts...
Read on to see all of this week's designs and vote on your favorites.
This week blogger Tubbypaws shows how to create your own paper cat who actually plays the keyboard.
When my old roommate first told me she was pregnant, I knew exactly what I wanted to make her little one--tiny Chuck Taylors just like his mom's
Don't forget to tune into Lifetime at 10/9c tonight for episode 2 of Project Runway. Then come back here to vote on your favorites.
This week's How-Tuesday on Etsy features a project from my new book, Dorm Decor. Read on to see how to make your own faux zebra rug with this no-sew tutorial.
This season of Project Runway kicked off last night, and the designers showed off their red-carpet-ready sewing skills. Comment and dish on who you thought was in and who was out.
Back-to-school clothes or your next favorite new jacket? Share what you're sewing for fall.
Be sure to tune into Lifetime tonight (10/9c) for the season premiere of Project Runway, and come back to CraftStylish to dish who you thought did or didn't "make it work."
CraftStylish contributor and crochet extraordinaire Linda Permann's new book is packed with lovely crochet inspiration.
Share what tools you use to make your sewing go smoothly.
Learn how to make my Savvy Tote in a video produced by Bernina Sewing Republic.
See how easy it is to sew a designer-inspired exposed zipper.
Share what machine you love to sew on and why.
Check out this excerpt from my new book, Dorm Decor. This low-sew throw gives new meaning to the phrase “college sweater-vest.”
From crafty mothers to inspiring home-ec teachers, who first taught you to sew?
Thanks to everyone for voting! Check out who won the contest.
Time's almost up! Upload photos of your creations for a chance to win more than $380 in prizes
Show off your sewing know-how by transforming a SewStylish pattern to win a sewing machine, pattern drafting software, and more!
Here's a very personal handmade something special for your guy that he can carry with him wherever he goes. This project will show you how to hoop and embroider on a handkerchief without distorting it.
Find out how you can make a difference with your quilting needle.