Sunday, May 9, 2010

The Renegade Craft Fair

Come on down to the 1st Ever Renegade Craft Fair in Austin on May 15 + 16, held indoors at the Palmer Events Center!

This FREE TO ATTEND craft, art, design and DIY spectacular will run from 11am – 7pm each day + feature over 200 of today’s finest indie-craft talents from all over the nation!!

You can expect to find all sorts of incredible handmade goods at the Fair! Get a sneak-peek of who will be setting up shop at this year’s Austin event on our Artist Page!

We hope you’ll join us by biking or taking public transportation to the Fair! If you’re driving, the Palmer offers low-cost parking in their garage just adjacent to the building!

Please see our FAQ for details, directions + lots more info!

Everyone can get to crafting by participating in many Workshops + Demonstrations!

Join the pioneering ladies of The Austin Craft Mafia in their craft-making adventures!

Screenprint your own tee with Susann Keohane at the ACM booth, and then transform it into a one of a kind creation with the help of Stitch Lab!

Mafia members Leslie Bonnell, Jenny Hart and more will be leading a variety of textile and fashion-related classes at the Stitch Lab booth!

The fellas from Public School will be in attendance sharing their design and photography skills. Make sure to stop by and have your “school portrait” taken and check out limited edition prints, tote and other work from this incredible, Austin-based design collective!

Part boutique, part classroom – The WonderCraft will have their shiny, new 32-foot airline streamer (a.k.a.Stella!) on site, leading a slew of workshops in jewelry + accessory making!

Be sure to join the fantastic folks from at their hands-on booth! Stamping, sewing, printing – you name it! Etsy will guide you through many quick + simple, make + take projects!

Boisterous pandemonium is sure to erupt when Austin’s Minor Mishap Marching Band makes their way through the Fair + only the best in independent music will be on blast with DJs from KVRX on hand! Also be sure to catch a set by Americana folkster’s Shotgun Party!

Swing by the Renegade Craft Welcome Station to pick up a free issue of Juxtapoz Magazine while they last + sign up for one of our free raffles, provided by Uppercase Journal,, Beautiful/Decay and Jenny Hart’s Sublime Stitching!

And don’t forget to get your photo snapped in a free-to-use photobooth provided by The Magnolia Photobooth Co.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

First Samples Fabric Bazaar

Fabric Bazaar
The first First Samples Fabric Bazaar will be:
Date: Saturday, February 9th
Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for general public 8:00 - 9:00 for Sewing with Style Meetup Members
Where: First Samples sewing class room (120 Academy Drive #303)
The First Samples Fabric Bazaar will play matchmaker between local Austin designers who have fabrics to sell and seamsters on the prowl for unique and high quality apparel fabrics. There are so few places in Austin to buy fabric aside from the usual big box craft and sewing stores, and even fewer places that offer unique and fine apparel fabrics. We have a large handful of designers participating in this first event and if it goes well, we will hold this event monthly and bring in more and more consignees-for-a-day. More fabrics, more selection, more fun!

When the Fabric Bazaar is in full swing, we will be able to accept fabric, trim and notion consignment for a day from anyone. For example, right now we have a friend in India who says that she can get the most exquisite silk fabrics for about $.50 per yard but just doesn't have a reason to buy alot of it because she can only sew so much. So... if she does end up buying more than she could use, she can utilize the Fabric Bazaar to share her surplus. She makes money, we get access to exotic fabrics.

Seamsters! Let go of your fabric stashes that stymie you and curtail your fashion progress and update your fabric inventory at the same time. Meetup members! Join us for the first hour of the sale, open only to you from 8-9 a.m., to preview and buy before the general public arrives. We'll greet you with tasty breakfast goodies and plenty of fresh coffee to start your Saturday right.

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Craft-o-Rama Super Sale!

Super Sale at Austin's own Craft-o-Rama!

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 11am-8:30pm
20% off all locally handmade wares and art
30% off the rest of the entire store!

Thursday, Feb. 7th, 11am-8:30pm
20% off all locally handmade wares and art
30% off the rest of the entire store!

Friday, Feb. 8th, 10am-7pm
25% off all locally handmade wares and art
40% off the rest of the entire store!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Guild of Tailors

"As early as thirteenth century, an enterprising French tailor devised a crude set of basic patterns made from thin slabs of wood. From these, a few varieties of design could be developed which reflected the fashionable silhouette of that era. But the Guild of Tailors restrained him from commercializing his wood-pattern slabs-because, in so doing, he might reveal the secrets of their profession to the common classes. Even in this modern day, when so much depends upon the cultivation of our creative minds in America, we have modern versions of that "guild of tailors." We have craft men and creators who are jealously secretive of their knowledge. These shortsighted individuals fail to realize, however, that, through basic principles of a craft or art be made available to everyone, only a limited number of truly creative and artistic persons rise to recognition and leadership in the interpretation of this knowledge. And these few people, in each generation, receive recognition and tribute commensurate with their individual talent and ability.

Our modern "guild of tailors" overlooks the fact, too, that our present day art has been endowed by the unselfish teachings of artists of a former day. Without this endowment, how little could our artistically gifted men and women of today reveal their talents! Costume designing is an art. As in all other related arts-painting, music, sculpture,architecture,and literature-ambitious students find much available reference material for supplementary reading. They acquire their first basic training in established schools; they go to museums and libraries to search further-to gain that deeper appreciation of what has been accomplished by artist before them."
Harriet Pepin Modern Pattern Design 1942

I myself have been guilty of this. Just think how much more we can accomplish as a group than we can as individuals. It's better to relish in the fact that we help each other move ahead than to rot in jealousy or envy of others work. Nothing we create is new, it is only our interpretation of what has gone before.

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Who's Going to be at Stitch 2007!

The verdict is in, after a 7 hour long meeting on Thursday we have chosen our Stitch participants. It was a tough job with so many awesome applicants, but we only have space for so many and we had double the number of people as we have space available apply. Nov 10th in Austin is going to be beyond awesome. Just check out all the craft bazaar vendors and runway designers we have lined up.

Craft Bazzar
31 Corn Lane
All Dressed Up and Shy
Anne Marie
birdcage jewelry
Blue Genie
Bob and Truffle
Bolsa Bonita
Boudoir Queen
Burger and Friends
Cahoots Handbags
Coco Couture
Dawn Houser
Felt Good Fibers
feto soap
Figs & Ginger
Filly Designs
First Samples
Flux Studio
Fondue Art & Design
Fort Cloudy
Freshie & Zero
Gauge Knits
Handcrafted by Vera
House of Dang
Huge Wonder
Husak Design
I-Rok Gems
JNA Designs
Bun Bun Babythreads
Juggernaut Art Studios
Kailo Chic
KK Shirts
Let's Get Healthy
Lollibomb Beauty
M Squared
M. Schopper
Made by Hank
Madeline Wood
Margret Helene Designs
Merchant Ship
Model Citizen
My Imaginary Boyfriend
Optic Waste
Ornamental Things
Pagano Designworks
Pamela Michelle
Queen Puff Puff
Rebel Craft Alliance
Round Robin Press
Ruffeo Hearts Lil' Snotty
Rural Rooster
Scardey Birds
Sheriff Peanut
Southern Draw Studios
Sparklepants Industries
Squasht by Les
Steel Toe Studios
Sublime Stitching
Swear Jar Designs
Take Off Your Clothes
Tanya Monique
tasty jewelry
The Cherry Box
Tyler Bender Book Co.
Victrola Design
Viva Ortegacy
Will Heron

Coco Couture
Rebecca Yaker
Louise Black
Boudoir Queen
House of Dang
I-Rok Gems
Madeline Wood
Squasht by Les
All Dressed Up and Shy
Built by Wendy for Simplicity
Hot Pink Pistol
Tina Sparkles
Naughty Secretary Club

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Stitch Applications Due Today!

Stitch Applications are due TODAY!

“The town’s most interesting night of fashion-Stitch, a runway show that’s as much about the community as it is about the clothes” – NYLON Magazine.

So if you have been debating whether of not to come to Austin, TX and show your clothing line on the runway or sell you handmade goodies in the craft bazaar on Nov 10th, debate no longer. Stitch must have your application in today as we are choosing the designers and vendors on Thursday. Click here to apply to Stitch as a fashion designer, click here to apply for a craft bazaar booth, click here to apply for both. We can't wait to see your fantabulous handmade goodies!

We are also still interested in swapping sponsorship packages for tote bags. If you want your tote bags in the hands of 500 Austinites email Jennifer at We ask that the bags be large enough to hold magazines and that you can donate at least 10. Tote bags must be received by October 1st.

Want to sponsor Stitch? Join companies like Simplicity, Etsy, Duncan, Sublime Stitching, Sakura, Baby Lock and more by supporting Austin’s largest independent fashion show and craft bazaar. We have packages for as low as $100! Email Jennifer at if you are interested.

We’ll see you at Stitch Nov 10th at the Austin Convention Center (note the new bigger location!).