Made By Hand: Camp Wolf

A few months ago we were introduced to the adorable, handcrafted designs of Camp Wolf.  Designers, Cristin and Cora, repurpose denim along with Pendleton wool to create one-of-a-kind pieces that endure the active lifestyles of little ones.

Check out our Q&A with Cristin and Cora to learn more about Camp Wolf and the inspiration behind each of their handcrafted designs.

Plus be sure to enter the Minnetonka + Camp Wolf giveaway for the chance to win a Camp Wolf vest for you and your little one, along with matching Minnetonka mocs!

Tell us about yourself and your background and how Camp Wolf came to be?

Camp Wolf was born in Portland, Oregon out of a love for the Pacific Northwest and our passion for making unique things for the people we love.  Camp Wolf started as a kid’s clothing and accessories line, but since our launch in September 2013 has grown to include styles for men and women, too.

Believe it or not, we met through Instagram just over a year ago and live on opposite sides of the country (Portland OR & Richmond VA)!  We are both mamas to boys (Miles, 2; Henry, 3; Jack, 2) who keep us super busy.  We’re pretty amazed by how much we’ve grown in our first year, and sometimes we still just can’t get over seeing photos of our amazing customers and their children wearing things that we’ve made!

Tell us about the handcraftsmanship that goes into each Camp Wolf piece. How is each piece unique?

When it comes to our products, we believe in function, craftsmanship, and above all, individuality. All of our denim garments are repurposed and feature authentic, 100% pure virgin Pendleton wool, made right here in the USA.

Because all of our denim has been carefully selected from all over the country and is embellished by hand, no two pieces are exactly alike. This is what makes them truly unique!

Describe your design process.

If we had to pick one area of our business where living so far apart presents the most challenges, it’s here!  Since we aren’t able to work together in the same studio space, we begin designing a lot of our products independently.

Thankfully, it’s really easy to stay connected between endless phone calls, texts, emails, Skype sessions, and the good ol’ USPS, so we’re still able to be involved in one another’s creative processes.  Naturally we are drawn to different styles, and the way we create new products allows for each of them to be represented within our line.  We love that!

Where do you find inspiration for your designs?

We are endlessly inspired by the gorgeous materials that we use daily for our line.  Pendleton wool comes in so many beautiful prints and colors, and we love challenging ourselves to find new ways to use it.

Our boys are also a constant source of inspiration!  They all have such different personalities, and it’s so much fun to see our designs come to life on them.  It’s also a great way to test the durability of our products.

What’s been your favorite piece that you’ve created so far?

Our denim jackets are, hands down, our favorite pieces.  They are what started it all, and they are what truly embody our line.  The process of hand-picking a jacket and pairing it with the perfect Pendleton print to give it a whole new life is so much fun, and we’re always in love with the final product.  Knowing that our garments will be worn with love on adventures great and small is awesome!

 Photography by:

Margaret Jacobsen
Aspen Summit
Clair Morgan

DIY Spotlight: Embroidered Mocs

We can’t wait to try this adorable DIY Tammie from Dear Whimsy created using her favorite pair of Kilty Mocs.

Check out the tutorial below on how to colorfully embroider your favorite pair of moccasins and be sure to visit Tammie on Instagram for more design and DIY inspiration!

Supplies:

Embroidery yarn

 - Black
 - Coral pink
 - White
 - Mustard yellow

Sharp Stitching needles
Thumbtack
Chalk pencil
Scissors
Turquoise beads

Step 1: Draw your design using a chalk pencil. Use it lightly just incase you make a mistake.  If you happen to make a mistake, have a soft toothbrush nearby and brush lightly to remove the marks. I started my design with triangles one inch apart.

Step 2: After I was done drawing out my design, I used a thumbtack to prepare holes for my needle so it’s easier to sew.

Tip: I like to lightly coat the tips of my yarn with glue stick to keep it from fraying. To be honest with you, I chose this simple design because this is my first time trying embroidery! Let’s just say YouTube was very helpful.

My YouTube searches included: “how to thread an embroidery needle” & “how to make frenchknots.” It’s very easy, I promise, just pretend your needle is your pen.

Threading an embroidery needle is little different than threading a regular needle. Instead of doubling the yarn you leave a short tail and a long tail, tying a knot at the end of the long tail.

Step 3: Trace out your triangles. Once you finish one, you move on to the next one until you have completed all four.  Then make a small knot inside to finish it off.

Step 4: Since the triangles are one inch apart, make a line at the half inch point using your white yarn. Just like the previous step, once you finish one, move on to the next until you’re done with all four and make a small knot inside.

Step 5: In between that line you’re going to make a upside down “V” to make an arrow using your mustard yellow yarn.

Step 6: This is where I had to YouTube “How to Make a French Knot” it’s easy, don’t worry. If you’re unsure, get yourself an embroidery hoop and practice. I loved making them, it’s such a cute little detail.

Step 7: BEADS! Okay, this might be a little tricky. When I was at this step I realized my bead didn’t fit through the “eye” of my needle SO, this is where coating the tip of my yarn with glue stick came in handy. I removed the needle, threaded the yarn through the bead and then I threaded the needle again to sew them to the shoe.

Tah-dah! It might look a little crazy from the inside but in this case it’s what’s outside that counts.  I hope you enjoy this DIY!

 

DIY Spotlight: Painted Flower Mocs

Looking for the perfect summer moc? You’re in the right spot!  Today Courtney from A Little Craft In Your Day will be teaching you how to paint your White Smooth Leather Mocs with nail polish. These floral guys are the perfect DIY shoe for any occasion from fancy country club events and polo matches to a family barbecue or a casual day in town.

Check out the tutorial below on how to give your smooth leather mocs a makeover with nail polish and be sure to visit A Little Craft In Your Day for more fun DIY inspiration.

Supplies:
Minnetonka White Smooth Leather Mocs 
nail polish in a variety of bright colors
adhesive flower stencils

Step One: Pick a place on the shoe to start the pattern. Place the first stencil there. The rest of the design will stem off of your first flower.

Step Two: Using the nail polish, paint in the stencil. Let it dry before removing. These adhesive stencils are reusable which is very helpful.

Step Three: Going off of your first flower, create a pattern with the different shaped flower stencils. Try to alternate colors to get the best effect on your pattern. I try not to have two of the same color flowers right next to each other, but sometimes it is inevitable. Cover the entire top section.

Now, go enjoy your new floral mocs!

Festival Hair How-To

Music festival season has officially hit! As we pack our mocs (naturally) and boho threads for a weekend at Coachella, let’s not forget our mane asset — Sporting amazing hair like we just rolled in with the band. Here’s our first “kinky and knotty” style to get those hairs concert ready!

Step 1: Unless you’re already sporting 2nd-day hair, dirty up those tresses with a bit of dry shampoo. Then add a little “kink”, rocking a flatiron back and forth along random hair strands. Need help with that flatiron? Check out my old “boho wave” tutorial here.  Otherwise sleep in a few pigtail braids overnight for next-day crimps!

Step 2: Grab a handful of bobby pins and get twisting! Twist, braid and secure those tresses at the back of the head. Remember, the messier the better!

Step 3: Don’t forget to add a few hippy braids throughout and secure the ends by rubbing in a tiny dollop of pomade! Spritz with hairspray to finish. Voila! Rocker-chic tresses!

About Blair Badge:
Blair is a gal that doesn’t like to sit still. Communication and creative consultant, fashion blogger, (part-time) model and undercover nerd. She’s addicted to Instagram, eats vegan (mostly), is obsessed with almond milk lattes and listens to trance too loud. Currently residing in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband Ross.

DIY Project: Beaded Fringe Mocs

A new DIY Project try this month!  Today Shio from Sweetnessaboos shows us an adorable and easy way to accessorize your Double Fringe Side Zip Boots for spring.

Check out the tutorial below on how to add beads to your favorite pair of fringe boots (or mocs!) and be sure to visit Sweetnessaboos for more fun DIY ideas.

Supplies:
Minnetonka Double Fringe Side Zip Boot
Turquoise seed beads
Sewing needle
Black thread
Scissor

Step 1: Measure around top fringe, and double that measurement, plus some extra. Cut thread measured length. Fold thread in half so that you are doubling it up to make sure the thread is strong enough and won’t easily break. Thread your needle, then insert thread into hole on bottom of fringe, double knot it and make sure it is secure. (make sure you start at the fringe closest to the zipper then when you make your way around it meets up with the other end that sits by the zipper as well. that way you don’t thread over the zipper)

Step 2: After you tie off thread and secure it in the first hole, add your first bead, then come from back of fringe through the hole, then add another bead, and continue this until you meet back up with the beginning. Once you get to the end, double knot it and make sure its secure. (tip: try not to make it too tight while beading around or the beads won’t lay right and may appear hidden and the fringe may end up laying on top of one another)

Step 3: Grab more thread (make sure to double it up for more strength), add bead to thread, place bead under silver disc, then tuck thread under each side of disc and double knot at top. Cut off excess. I’m so glad I ended up adding this last minute detail, because it really pulled the whole look together!!