Monday, October 3, 2011

Turn your workshop into an eventful experience!

Have you registered for a Tinsel Trading Workshop yet?! 

Whether you've signed up for this season's extraordinary selection of workshops or not, here are a couple of suggestions to turn your workshop experience into a memorable event!

Invite a friend!
Are you coming to the workshop alone?  Well how about inviting a friend to share the experience with you?  The more people we have at a workshop, the more enjoyable it can be.  Have breakfast with a pal at a chic cafe, shop in Macy's at Herald Square and then hop on over to TTC for your exciting workshop.  

"Show and Tell"
TTC provides a light lunch for all students attending 4-6 hour classes.  During this quick lunch break students are invited for an optional  "show and tell"; so you are welcome to bring a piece of your own art to share with your classmates.  Whether it be for networking, inspiration or critique, we would love to see what you create!

Traveling by car
If you want to park in a garage, go to garages near either the East River or the Hudson River.  They are much less expensive than in Times Square Garages and go for about $19 per 24 hour period.  On West 43rd Street between 10th and 11th Ave there are also several lots and some are indoors. Rates for 24 hours is about $16.  The 10th Ave- 11th Ave garage is a park and lock garage so you keep your keys. 

Make it all day and all night!
Plan a day in the city so that you make the most of your visit (and get your money's worth of parking fees).  Some (perhaps seasonal) "must-stop shops" of fellow TTC customers are:  
Hell's Kitchen Flea Market, The Antiques Garage and The Annex -
Chelsea Antique and Collectible Flea Market -
67th Street Flea & Farmer's Market -

And don't forget the endless selection of New York City evening entertainment after your workshop!  Stop for dinner at a restaurant and then head to a Broadway Play or Musical.  TKTS offers tickets to Broadway Performances for up to 50% off.  The closest ticket booth to Tinsel Trading Company is a quick walk away on Broadway and 47th; underneath the "red steps".  The line may be long but it always goes by fast.  

Thanks for registering for a workshop at Tinsel Trading Company and we can't wait to see you there!

Monday, September 12, 2011


Snowmen Class at Tinsel Trading Co. with Sue Pelletier…. A magical place to create magical art!

Come create whimsical ,sparkly ,silvery snowmen with a vintage flair!  Vintage tinsels and baubles galore! We will create 3 sculptural pieces each inspired by treasures and trims from Tinsel Trading! These snowmen graced the cover of Cloth Paper Scissors 2 winters ago, causing quite a flurry!   

Students should  bring:
*  3 narrow neck bottles  (vintage are fabulous or with a vintage flair) 
Optional:  The instructor will share her stash of embellishments with you but it is suggested you bring your own such as words, trim, numbers, inspirational quotes etc.  Tinsel Trading is also happy to supply your flowers, glass glitter and other embellishments to make your piece personal.

For more information about Sue Pelletier and her work, please visit her website at

A light lunch will be served.

Vintage Snowman Jar
Instructor: Sue Pelletier
Saturday, December 3rd, 11-5 pm
Workshop Price:  $115

Registration Closed

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Finding the Heart of the Book

Right in the heart of an altered book you will create a cozy nest for a little lost bird.  This bird's nest altered book will be created using gesso and modeling paste among other amazing techniques. This is an old book in the middle of which a hole has been cut and the pages torn to give the effect of a nest. The little bird lies snuggled in the center. The spine has been embellished with a collection of beads and ribbons.

Students are encouraged to bring their own X-acto knife.

For more information about Beryl Taylor and her work, please visit her website at  or her blog at

A light lunch will be served.

Finding the Heart of the Book
Instructor:  Beryl Taylor
Saturday, October 15th, 11-5 pm
Workshop Price:  $125

Registration is closed 

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Friday, September 9, 2011


Spun Cotton Spooky Hollow Treat Box

Learn the basics of spinning cotton in Crystal Hanehan of Vintage by Crystal’s spun cotton Spooky Hollow Treat Box workshop.  Crystal has been making and selling Victorian inspired spun cotton figures and ornaments for the past 5 years and has been featured several times on the Martha Stewart show.

For the same price as the finished piece itself, learn how to make your own spun cotton figure on an arbored box from scratch using cotton, wire, crepe paper, old flowers, glitter and other vintage doodads.  You’ll learn numerous new tips for crafting and by the end of the class you’ll take home a completely original and one of a kind spun cotton figure along with a decorated box base and arch.  Follow the sample piece and make a pretty red witch, or Crystal can help you make a pumpkin person, bat person or anything else your Halloween heart desires.

This class is fun and easy for everyone and allows you to be as creative as you want.  Come join Crystal and get your craft on!    
For more information about Crystal Hanehan and her work, please visit her website at or her blog at

A light lunch will be served.

Spun Cotton Spooky Hollow Treat Box

Instructor:  Crystal Hanehan (Vintage by Crystal)
Saturday, October 22nd, 11-4 pm
Workshop Price:  $85

Registration is closed

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Halloween Masquerade Workshop

In this four-hour workshop instructor Gabriela Delworth will teach you how to design your own Halloween head pieces. You will be making crown/masks and will work on crown making techniques to assemble and combine them to perfection into a unique piece.
You will be able to wear them as one piece or separately.  Get inspired working with crystals, glitter, feathers, paper doilies, 3D paint and metallic trims and Gabriela’s medieval crown templates.
Imagine yourself designing pieces for a play…and at the same time feel like one of the characters. Dream of MardiGrass, Carnival, Vegas, and a Show Girl perhaps…

Giveaway:  You could win and go home with a crown making kit during the Halloween Masquerade Workshop! There will be a few draws…are you among the winners?

Halloween in the City: The group will be heading out right after the workshop to Jekyll & Hyde Club for some scary fun, drinks and food.  Check Gabriela’s Halloween Masquerade Workshop project samples!
Visit her YouTube Channel:
Visit her website at:

A light lunch will be served.

Halloween Masquerade 
Instructor: Gabriela Delworth
Saturday, October 29th, 11-4 pm
Workshop Price:  $100

Registration is closed

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Ruby Red Charm Bracelet

Come learn the basics of jewelry making in French General's Jewelry 101 Workshop.  Kaari Meng, visiting from Los Angeles, has been designing jewelry for the past twenty years and will bring all the materials and tools needed to create this beautiful ruby red charm bracelet - which can be converted into an elegant necklace by adding a length of burgundy silk ribbon.  The jewelry basics  include, jump ring work, charm making and wire looping.  Come spend the evening with Kaari and learn a simple, but decorative craft!

For more information about Kaari Meng and her work, please visit her website at or her blog at

Ruby Red Charm Bracelet
Instructor: Kaari Meng
Friday, October 7th, 6:30-9:30pm
Workshop Price:  $85

Registration is closed

Visit our Policies page for more information on registration and payment.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fall/Winter Workshops Announcement!

Starting October 2011, Tinsel Trading Company is proud to announce an amazing selection of workshops taught by talented internationally known artists and instructors.  From lavish costumes to festive home decor, this Fall/Winter Workshop season will stimulate your creative talents as you construct unique pieces of art and home keepsakes.

All workshops have a minimum of 8 students.  4-6 hour workshops include a light lunch.

Here is just a preview of what is to come as more workshops will be added!

Spooky Hollow Treat Box
October 22, 2011 

Kaari Meng

Ruby Red Charm Bracelet
October 7, 2011

 Beryl Taylor
 Finding the Heart of the Book
October 15, 2011

Gabriela Delworth

Halloween's Masquerade Ball (mask and body painting)
 October 29, 2011

Debby Schuh
November 19, 2011

 Sue Pelletier
 Vintage Snowman Jar
 December 3, 2011

 Debbie Hodge
 Faux Soldered Christmas Banner
 December 10, 2011

More information on individual workshops will be available early September!  Save the dates for your favorites and call the store at 212-730-1030 or click here to register!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Workshop Survey

Have you imagined the surprise on a loved ones face when they receive a gift personally created by yourself?  Or have you dreamed of walking down the street in an eye catching wearable piece of art?  Wouldn't you love to reuse and re-purpose something that would have normally ended up in the trash polluting the environment?  Then let us know what kind of workshop you would like to see offered at Tinsel Trading Company!

Simply complete the Workshop Survey (in the sidebar) or send us a comment with any ideas you may have.  You can even let us know if you'd like to see a particular artist offer a workshop.

Help us help you bring your imagination to life!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Summer Workshops Cancelled

Due to extenuating circumstances, all Spring/Summer Workshops have been cancelled.  But there is good news....Workshops will resume during the Fall/Winter Seasons!  The new schedule will be available September 2011.

In the meantime, new Tinsel Trading Company Demos will begin this summer.  Stay tuned!

Monday, May 16, 2011


"T-Shirt & Jeans, just fabulous! Have fun with fashion" 

Be part of the fashion scene this spring in the heart of the Garment District in New York City.  Join author, professional crafts designer & instructor Gabriela Delworth at the Tinsel Trading Company for her “T-Shirt & Jeans, just fabulous! Have fun with fashion workshop.”

In this 4 hour workshop you will learn how to personalize two of the hottest garments in the fashion world: T-Shirts & Jeans. Discover your style… Learn how to layout and create 3D designs using handmade stencils, fabric crystals, glitter and metal lace fashion trims from the exclusive Tinsel Trading collection.

Participants need to bring:
Bring your own {pre-washed} dark jeans and a grey or black T-Shirt. Pre-wash them to remove sizing; do not use fabric softener or dryer sheet.

Optional (otherwise, there will be some to share)
Craft brushes, Crafts tweezers set, Fabric scissors {small and medium sizes}

Sign up with your daughter, friend, Mom, sister, etc.! Share some creative time together, have fun and learn new skills.  Take the runway and show off what you designed!

View a fantastic video about the workshop for more information!

To learn more about your instructor and her work visit her website at:

"T-Shirt & Jeans, just fabulous! Have fun with fashion" 
Instructor: Gabriela Delworth
July 23rd, 12:30-4:30pm
Workshop Price: $85

Two great discounts!

Tinsel Trading Company is now offering the following two great discounts to Workshop registrants!

Discounts are given on the phone or in the store only (online purchases do not qualify).  If you have registered for a class previous to May 17, 2011 and would like to take advantage of this offer, please notify the sales representative for a price adjustment.

Friday, May 13, 2011


“Bannière Rêveuse"
French "DREAM" Banner
By Danielle Muller

Come spend the afternoon creating this charming banner made from French ticking, crepe paper, German glass glitter & glorious trims from Tinsel Trading Company!

You will have the option of personalizing your banner with the following colors of crepe paper: brown, cream or pink. You will also have the option of choosing your trim from several colors on the day of the workshop. If desired, you may purchase additional trims from Tinsel Trading’s vast array of vintage goodness!

The following supplies will be provided to each student:

~ French ticking fabric
~ Mat board
~ Jute twine
~ German glass glitter
~ Ruffled crepe paper
 ~ DREAM text
~ Limited selection of trim
~ Cupcakes? Anyone? : )
It is suggested that you bring the following supplies to the workshop (otherwise, there will be some to share):

~ 2 pairs of scissors: one for paper & one for fabric
~ Self-healing craft mat
~ X-Acto knife and extra blades

Danielle Muller is a mixed media/paper artist who lives in Long Island, NY with her husband, three children and two cats.  She enjoys creating vintage styled whimsies using many of the antique bits and baubles she picks up during her tag and estate sale excursions.  Her work has been seen in various Stampington publications and can also be seen in the January 2011 issue of Romantic Homes Magazine.  Danielle shares her passion for photography and living an inspired life on her website, The Vintage Dragonfly. Keep up to date on all sorts of things...swap announcements, workshops, trunk shows, shoppe updates and more by visiting  For more information or questions contact Danielle at

“Bannière Rêveuse" - 
French "DREAM" Banner
Instructor: Danielle Muller
June 11th, 1:00-4:00pm
Workshop Price:  $75

Visit our Policies page for more information on registration and payment.

Monday, May 2, 2011


Victorian Parlour Bird

Art instructor, Pamela Huntington, has always been fascinated by the lovely
old Victorian parlor pieces filled with birds, butterflies and other fauna.  Come join her in a workshop where you will learn to make your own faux Victorian parlor piece.  We will learn to make a tree branch using wire, wrapping and adding glitter to make it look old and weathered.  We will add moss, a nest little flowers and embellishments and a glass bird before covering it with a charming glass globe.  The birds may vary. 
The piece with cloche is 11 inches tall.  The inside is about 7 inches.  So, come spend a lovely summer afternoon creating with Pamela Huntington and fellow students in one of the most fabulous and delightful stores in NYC!

Instructor will bring: glass cloche, glass bird, materials for base, nest, tinsel garland, moss, wire and
floral tape and wooden bases.  Tinsel Trading is happy to supply your flowers, glass glitter and other embellishments to make your piece personal.

Students Please Bring:
Intructor will have a glue gun or two, but if you have one to share that would be nice.

For more information on Pamela Huntington and her work, please visit her website at or her blog at

Victorian Parlour Bird
Instructor: Pamela Huntington
July 16, 12:30-4:30pm
Workshop Price:  $110

Visit our Policies page for more information on registration and payment.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Bohemian Romance – An Illuminated Journey

Mixed media, jewelry artist and avid recycler of vintage items, Kecia Deveney, of Lemoncholy’s Studio, joins us here at Tinsel Trading as we transform a metal lampshade using a variety of materials and techniques.  Weaving a story using vintage  items, our lampshades will become a vessel of memories as we adorn it with old buttons, lace, flowers, trim and found objects.  We will start off our journey learning how to solder a charm that will become the focal point of our funky chandelier.  You will leave the class with a one of a kind, personally created ceiling ornament to hang over a workspace in your studio, over the vanity in your bathroom, next to a cozy chair in the den or in any other empty space in your home.*
To create your lampshade you will be provided with: lampshade, buttons, lace, trim, glitter, flowers, use of glue guns, vintage
image, use of soldering supplies, glass for charms, wire, various
tools and jump rings.

Students need to bring the following:
a few small doily’s
optional- personal items from your own collection, such as a small photo, mementos, extra lace,
* please note that the class sample is made of a variety of personal items, however, Tinsel Trading is happy to supply loads of trim & embellishments to accessorize & beautify your lampshade.  The lampshade will be similar to the one on the left in the photo above.  The lampshade is meant solely for decorative purposes. 

For questions or ideas of things you might want to incorporate in your piece,
feel free to contact Kecia at see more of
Kecia’s art and life at

Bohemian Romance - An Illuminated Journey
Instructor: Kecia Deveney
June 25, 12:30-4:30pm
Workshop Price:  $95

Visit our Policies page for more information on registration and payment.