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Tinker’s Big Move Home

June 20, 2020

Want to know what it’s like to have to close your business during a pandemic? I can answer that… NO. You don’t. It looks a lot like that photo, with some things neatly packaged and others just gaping open and disorganized. It is a mixed bag of emotions and thoughts ranging from despair to relief to…

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How to Make Tinker’s FrogFaces Mask

May 8, 2020

After much fiddling and navigating a gigantic learning curve or two, I have finally finished the pattern, instructions, and videos for Tinker’s FrogFaces Mask. (Scroll to bottom for pattern download.) The video tutorial is now available! The links to this 3-part tutorial are: FrogFaces Mask Tutorial Part 1 FrogFaces Mask Tutorial Part 2 FrogFaces Mask…

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​Tinker’s Pretty Big List of Online Bag Designers & Pattern Sellers

January 16, 2020

It’s been a long time since I posted anything, busy with building the business and all. So I wanted to update the blog with something useful. Here’s a list of all the bag pattern designers I was able to find recently. As I did with Tinker’s Big List of Online Fabric Stores in Canada, you’ll also see…

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Studio Teacher Spotlight: Amy Obodo of QUEENDAVIS

March 5, 2019

Over the coming months we’ll be spotlighting some of the wonderful teachers at Tinker TradeSpaces. Tinker TradeSpaces is excited to welcome fashion designer Amaka (Amy) Obodo to the studio classroom. She will be teaching courses that require someone with professional expertise in pattern drafting and advanced garment construction.  Her first collaborative class with our studio…

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New Year, New Classes

January 16, 2019

It’s taken quite a while to feel like the studio is coming together, but today is feeling almost magical. The date I’m posting this is, after all, 1-23, a curious, interesting set of numbers.  There are many other references to 23 all by itself, everything from Discordianism to the movie 23 with Jim Carey. In numerology and…

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Holiday Upcycle – Make a Beautiful Tree Skirt (Part 2)

December 9, 2018

This is part 2 of the tutorial. Click here to go to part 1. ​Turn your tree skirt over to the right side and see if your petals line up nicely. Mine didn’t all look fantastic. (I mean, they are from the dollar store…). I admit that I am probably the only soul in my house…

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Holiday Upcycle – Make a Beautiful Tree Skirt (Part 1)

December 8, 2018

While doing some research for this blog and for my studio, I ran across some fantastic info, reams of it, in fact. It took weeks to get the Big List together, and as I searched for Canadian online fabric stores, I found more and more categories of things I wanted to save–organizational tools, expert tips and advice,…

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Tinker’s Big List of Online Fabric Stores Based in Canada

November 23, 2018

  UPDATED 29 April 2020 Like it or not, there are fewer and fewer fabric stores in Canadian towns and cities, so whether you have a special project in mind or you just want to keep your stash from dwindling, it’s a good idea to have one or two (or a few dozen) online fabric…

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You’ve got to start somewhere

November 19, 2018

Since this is my very first blog post here, I guess I should explain who I am and what I’m doing. My name is Dayna, and I own this brand new company…which is currently without a physical location. I’m working hard to remedy that, by the way. I am married (he’s husband 2.5…long story), and my…

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