Tasseltry 101

One of the many perks of working at The COMN is being around such creative energy. There are times where I need to work around town and "off campus" on other projects. Unfortunately, that's currently the case. I truly miss the quiet beauty of those who create around me while I am there and being able to see the sophisticated, yet unfussy, pieces they create.

One of those people is local clothing designer, Lisa Hackwith of Hackwith Design House. Lisa is a trained artist who discovered her love of working with textiles and sewing after art school. Hackwith Design House has been up and running ever since. Lisa's clean, simple, modern aesthetic comes across in every garment she creates. Her artistic eye means she takes special notice of the details in her clothes; the feel of the fabric, the stitching, the color of the fabric, the cut of the silhouette and even creating the fabric used to make a piece truly one-of-a kind. Lisa's studio is based in The COMN and she creates her looks from concept to finished product all in one space.

Lisa's approach to making clothes is refreshingly different then what's currently going on in the fashion industry. She does not believe in mass production. So each piece is hand-made (I can attest to this) and garments are created in a limited edition run of less than 25 pieces. Lisa also sources most of her fabrics locally, she works with others artisians to create unique pieces and she employs all local workers. The anthesis of "fast fashion," HDH's clothing is intentionally made to be season-less and versatile so the same piece can be worn with cozy wraps in the winter and breezy skirts in the summer. The result? A high quality garment that you'll want to keep (and wear) forever. No more throw away cheap clothes which have a devastating affect on the environment.

In furtherance of her responsible garment production practices, Lisa found a phenomenal use for the left overs scraps of fabric after a piece is finished: Tasseltry.

The Tassletry (tas-uhl-tree) is a new venture by Hackwith Design House inspired by the ancient idea of using a tapestry to bring warmth and beauty to a space. These unique wall hangings are a result of my unwillingness to throw away baskets and baskets of scrap fabric. After making some in my spare time for friends with all different decorating styles, I realized that they can complement any space, bringing just the right amount of structure and whimsy. Each Tasseltry is handmade and different than the one before, guaranteeing one-of-a-kind decor...
— Lisa Hackwith

Lisa and her staff take the left over scraps and create beautiful wall hangings making sure nothing from HDH goes to waste. The scraps are artfully arranged in a simple design using nothing more then string and a wooden dowel. You can buy these creations on her website or, if you are in the Twin Cities area, you can make your own this weekend.

Hackwith Design House is hosting a Tasseltry Making Workshop July 13th at the COMN from 1-5 pm. For $85 you will be able to make your own tasseltry of any size. There will be piles of HDH fabric scraps to pull from and the HDH crew will be on hand to help out. Refreshments will also be served as well. All you need to bring is your own pair of fabric scissors. I can tell you, the people who make up the HDH team are all lovely...and patient. So this is sure to be an enjoyable (and inspirational) afternoon! For more details or to register for the workshop go here

All photos via Hackwith Design House