Twiddle Your Thrums Contest

thrumideaIt’s been almost a year since our last contest! That’s too long!! We miss seeing what you guys make, so here we go again.

Inspired by a large donation of thrums, given to us by Chris Gustin of Homestead Weaving Studio, we are challenging you to create something starting with a thrum.

That’s a thrum, not a thumb. A thrum is a fringe of warp threads left on the loom after the cloth has been removed. It is, essentially, waste and usually gets thrown away if something better doesn’t happen to it. That’s where you come in!

Put on your thinking caps, grab a thrum, and create something!

Here’s how it will work:

1. Between now, 8/29/2014 and Saturday, 9/13/2014, come in and sign up to participate by giving us your name and email address. Then select up to 2 thrums from us. In the event that we run out, first come/first served rules apply. (We just ask that you, please, only sign up if you truly intend to finish the project. :)

2. Between now and September 20th, create something out of your thrum. Remember, we want to see YOUR work, so be creative! Feel free to be inspired by something that already exists, but make it your own.

5. Submit your project to Indy Upcycle by emailing photo(s) of it or by bringing it in for us to photograph no later than 5:00PM September 20th. (We will send out a couple reminders by email and on Facebook.)
Along with your image we need: Your Name and a Title for your project.

6. Photos of the projects will be uploaded to Facebook by 10PM on September 21st. From then until 10PM on Saturday the 27th, Facebook fans will vote for their favorite project. (“likes” will earn a project 1 point, comments will earn a project 2 points, shares will earn a project 3 points, and our three favorites will earn an extra 5 points.)

7. The 1st place winner will receive a $25 Indy Upcycle gift card and a Indy Upcycle Bumper sticker.

Ornament Exchange

When my dad was in Vietnam, he made Christmas tree ornaments out of spent artillery shells, glue, and glitter. Growing up, these were some of the most highly prized ornaments that went up on the tree. I remember being fascinated with them more than any other ornament. (That is not to say I was not interested in the salt dough ornaments my mother made and I ate when no one was looking.)

This winter, Indy Upcycle will take part in the Broad Ripple Lights Up Tour. As part of that, we will have on display a tree and we need your help!

Our theme is handmade ornaments and trimmings, so we’ve decided to hold an ornament exchange. Here’s what you have to do to be a part of it:

Create two identical ornaments and bring them to Indy Upcycle by November 30th. (Wow! That happens to be Small Business Saturday!*) Make sure to attach a tag with your name to each ornament.
* One ornament will be exchanged with another participant
* The other ornament will go on our tree and be returned to you after the first of the year.

We will have the exchange ornaments ready for pickup on December 2nd.
We will have the display ornaments ready for pickup on January 2nd.

So, are you in? We hope so!

We can’t wait to see what you make!

P.S. Do you create for a living or a hobby? We’re totally OK with you putting your business name or online store URL on the back of your name tag. Show us a sample of your work! It’s a great time to advertise!

*If you spend $25 at  any small business with your American Express Card on November 30th (Small Business Saturday) you’ll get a $25 credit on your next statement. As it happens, our gift cards are $25!