Most of us are spending more time at home than ever. As we all do our best to stay home and stay safe, one question in particular has swept the nation over the last few months… “What do I do with my new-found free time?”

For many of the Goodman staff makers, the answer has been to work on old hobbies or perfect new skills. Over the next few pages we will be highlighting a select few on our staff who would call themselves crafters. You’ll learn about what they do, how they do it, and how you can do it too!

Table of Contents

Cross Stitching with Garrett
Mask Making with Cori
Macrame with Mishari
Knitting with Amber
Diamond Painting with Alma

Cross Stitching with Garrett

By Garrett Reeves, Digital Marketing Associate

I began cross stitching just over a year ago, and after developing my skills with a few store bought patterns, I decided to take on the challenge of creating original patterns that reflected the things I love. From Theater, to the city of Chicago and even family portraits—if you can think it, you can stitch it.

The best part about cross stitching is that there are projects available for every skill level, so I’d like to invite you to try a simple stitch of my favorite Chicago landmark, the Goodman Marquee!

This design calls for a 4 inch hoop, 14 count Aida cloth, and only three colors of embroidery floss (bright red, dark red and black).

If you are a pro-stitcher and this pattern is too simple, I welcome variations! Show us what the Marquee looks like in funky vibrant colors. Maybe add the rest of the building if you’re feeling ambitions. The possibilities are endless.

If this is all new to you, you’ve never heard of Aida cloth and you’re wondering what embroidery floss is, below is a YouTube video that I recommend for beginners.

Be sure and share your creations on social media and Tag us @GoodmanTheatre

Happy stitching!

Mask making with Cori

By Cori Lewis, Senior Designer

I made a few masks the other week, and I’m really happy with how they turned out! This design has a pocket for a filter, space for a nose bridge wire and adjustable elastic. If you wear glasses, I’ve found the nose bridge wire really helps them not fog up as much. 

After a ton of research on the best materials and mask features, I finally landed on a great tutorial video (below). It’s super easy to follow, and it’s especially great because you can use hair elastics which I found at my local walgreens—sewing elastic is really hard to find right now! The second video below is an example of the technique I use to keep the elastics in place while sewing. 

Macramé with Mishari

By Mishari Lee Zambrano, Coordinator of Stewardship and Community Engagement Events

I first got into macramé at the beginning of Goodman’s work from home period. I had been watching a lot of HGTV and decided to try to redecorate my living room. macramé wall art seemed to be a common choice for a lot of the designers, so I decided to give it a try DIY style instead of buying one.

Once you get the hang of it, it’s incredibly relaxing. When we are able to the office everyone is going to get a little macramé piece for their office!

Try it yourself! Below is a video that helped me get started.

Knitting with Amber

By Amber Porter, Production Coordinator

I learned to knit while I was on a run crew for a show back in 2005 (crazy to realize this has been a hobby of mine for that long).  The show had a very long run (10 weeks) and I was responsible for setting the props, getting the space ready before the show and then there was one big shift where I had to help at the very end of the play so I had over 2 hours a night, 7 days a week with some time to kill. The wardrobe person and the sound board operator both happened to be a very talented knitters and they agreed to teach me.  My first project was a ridiculously long scarf, which I still have.  As time has gone by and my favorite things to knit are for family and friends, especially little gifts for new babies.  I always love receiving a homemade gift, just knowing how someone took the time to make something special for someone, so I just hope that others feel that way when they get something from me. 

Fun Fact: A couple of these projects were gifts for friends at the Goodman.  The circle blanket was a gift for Christine Obuchowski’ s first child. I gave the turtle to Ashley Jones for her second kiddo, I think. 

If you’re looking for your own knitting inspiration, here area few sites I like to visit;

Diamond Painting with Alma

By Alma D’Anca, Graphic Designer

Diamond Painting is the perfect way to pass the time while also creating unique wall art and decorations for my apartment. I was introduced to this craft by my aunt and it has now quickly made it’s way to much of my family. While at home, it’s been a fun way to connect with them all by sending updates on our progress each week. The options for kits are endless—anything from popular TV shows to beach photos, even holiday scenery—which makes it great for anyone looking for an easy craft!

Try it yourself! Here’s a helpful video about how to get started.