Cut The Craft

Gift Guide: Supplies to Give for Making

If you have a friend who is crafty, maybe supplies to create something is more up his or her alley than receiving a pre-made gift. From knitters to scrapbookers, there are all sorts of supplies to buy at Crafty Bastards this year.

Gioconda Padovan Atelier Grafico

If you know any friends that are paper artists or do scrapbooking then make sure to stop by Gioconda Padovan Atelier Grafico. These rubber stamp sets are from original drawings and all come with a story behind their origin. They come in small sets up to collections as big as 22 stamps. The bigger sets come with an illustrated silkscreened box to house them as shown above.

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Folktale Fibers

For all your knitter, crocheter and other fiber artist friends make sure to pay a visit to the Folktale Fibers booth. You'll find yarns "…made from local and sustainable fibers, including luxury fiber from [her] own small herd of pygora goats." Also for sale are batts for spinning or felting and fiber animal themed knitting project bags.

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My Paper Crane

If you have friends handy with a sewing machine then some fabric from My Paper Crane is a great gift. My Paper Crane says, "I create my own fabric, and cross stitch patterns of things that make me happy like smiling nuns and pumpkin headed people." See a sample of fabric from My Paper Crane above.

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The Small Object

The rubber stamps from The Small Object will add a little something extra to any paper project. She says the "collection inspires you to create your own handmade pieces using wooden block stamps — the perfect beginning craft project for any age." New this year are the packaging of stamp sets in paper pulp containers that are fully biodegradable, as seen above.

See all of the previous 2012 Gift Guides here.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We're moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Vendor Spotlight: Metamorphosis Metals

Ever dream of finding that perfect kite-flying-kids necklace?  Or one featuring a tiny family of adorable frolicking bears?  Perhaps you’re more of a farm scene girl.  Well, if minis get your motor running, be sure to check out Crafty Bastards newcomer Metamorphosis Metals. Jewelry designer Sonya Coulson Rook from Raleigh, North Carolina, offers up beautifully intricate metal and leather designs with a twist.

“I found a few miniature figures at an antique store and thought they would be perfect to incorporate into jewelry.  They sat around for a 6 months or so while I tried to figure out what to do with them,” she said. “Then one day it hit me that I should make metalwork scenes for them.  I loved how the first one turned out so much that I started looking for more figures, the whole idea kind of snowballed from there.”

Like a lot of crafty dreamers, her road to Crafty Bastards started in her one bedroom apartment in 2006.

“I started my business as a very part time creative escape from my day job.  As it grew I started working less and less hours at my day job and more and more hours on my business until making jewelry became my full time job.”

By 2010 she’d turned her hobby into a full-time job and moved her crafting space from her one bedroom apartment to a dedicated studio in downtown Raleigh. With the recent addition of her husband Jackey, she hopes to start creating a men’s line this fall.

So make sure to go by the Metamorphosis Metals booth and say hi to one of our newest Crafty Bastards! And be warned, if you don’t get there early enough I may have just cleaned her out.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We're moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Gift Guide: For The Cyclist

Looking to pick up a gift for someone who's bicycle is their main mode of transportation? Have no fear, below are ways to get that shopping done at this year's Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair.

Fabric Horse

Fabric Horse designs and hand-sews a line of urban living accessories like their U-lock holster as seen above. Fabric Horse says, "We combine style with function and sustainable business practices, which has made us popular not only with the style conscious, but with cyclists, craftsmen, stylists, photographers, film production crews, gardeners, and anyone who needs a functional solution to their everyday life."

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Kozie Prery

If a bike is your mode of transportation, then keeping your ears and head warm can be difficult when a little bit of wind makes the wind chill feel many degrees lower than the actual temperature. Kozie Prery uses recycled knits to make cycling caps for all seasons.

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Vaya Bags

If messenger bags are what you're looking for then make sure to stop by Vaya Bags this year. They gather old bike tubes from local bike shops and collect canvas scraps from a local sailboat factory to make the messenger bags and accessories. Plus all products are eco-friendly and 100% vegan.

See all of the previous 2012 Gift Guides here.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 in Washington, D.C. We're moving this year to Union Market!

Get Your Crafty Bastards Tickets! Tickets are available online now. Buy tickets online in advance for $5 and enjoy 2-for-1 admission. Admission at the door is $5.

Gift Guide: How to Stay Warm This Winter

Let's face it, Washington DC doesn't get as cold in the winter as the rest of the country. Yet cold weather is on the way and so is the need to keep warm. Here are some vendors at this year's Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair to shop from that offer outdoor accessories for the cooler months.

DeNada

If soft knitwear is more up your alley, then make sure to check out DeNada who offers accessories for both women and men. I'm especially digging the knit turbans, as seen above, that can also serve as a cover up to a bad hair day as well as keep you warm.

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Rocks and Salt

The artist statement from Rocks and Salt say they "strive to keep men, women, and children across our beautiful planet looking good and feeling awesome in our handmade, stylin' and practical headwear." The piece as seen above is especially awesome as it gives protection to both the head and neck areas.

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Becky Helms

For those looking to make a fashion statement as well as keeping the chilly air out, check out Becky Helms this year. Her chunky crocheted pieces in a wide range of colors can give the extra boost of style to any outfit. I especially like the bold color combinations as seen above.

See all of the previous 2012 Gift Guides here.

Crafty Bastards at Union Market: Now Even Bigger

Crafty Bastards Moves Outdoors, Expands

And now, an update on Washington City Paper's Crafty Bastards arts and crafts fair: It's going outdoors again.

The fair, which will be held at Union Market this year, was originally scheduled to be inside the market building. But City Paper and the market's organizers have been able to expand the festival to take over the Union Market parking lot, which means there will be room for more than 140 vendors under large tents.

Tickets, on sale now, cost $5 and will admit two people if purchased in advance. (If you buy tickets at the door, they'll only admit one—so buy now.) Kids will be free.

The ninth annual fair will be Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.—which makes it a good spot to start your holiday shopping.

For more information, including vendor profiles, check out the Crafty Bastards site.

Vendor Spotlight: In the Seam

No wall space left for art? How about your sofa? Is there any space free there? New Crafty Bastards vendor, In the Seam creates couch art: an ongoing collection of handmade pillows using their photographs. I am particularly excited to see these in person because they are so striking.



All pillows are printed on fine art photographic canvas backed with black cotton-twill fabric and stuffed with love.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C. We're moving this year to Union Market!

Get your Crafty Bastards tickets online now!

Vendor Spotlight: We Need More Skulls

Around this time of year, most people need more skulls. Human skulls, mostly. But have you considered adding some bird skulls to your collection? Or perhaps the lovely skull of a bat? Or even better, the skull of a domestic cat? That is exactly what you will find from new vendor, Skullery, at Crafty Bastards this year. Oh, I must mention, they are not real, but are in fact amazingly pretty replicas of animal skulls. No animals were harmed by Marisa Rand in the making of these fantastic pieces. Have a look.

The 9th annual Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Washington, D.C. We're moving this year to Union Market!

Get your Crafty Bastards tickets online now!

Got a Story to Tell?

This year, we are collecting audio stories from our vendors and festival-goers to create a series of audio podcasts. We would love to hear from you if you have a story to tell. The best stories will make it into the final series.

How to record?
You can call a toll free voice-mail line and record your story. The number is 1-866-463-3190. You can speak for up to 10 minutes. If you mess up, just call and do it again. The audio file will be emailed to us, so don't be shy!

What story to tell?
You have all likely heard of Storycorp or The Moth podcast. We are looking for compelling stories about you or your work, your past experiences at Crafty Bastards. Why this event is important to you. Why making a living making things is important to you. How you prepare for the show. People you have met at the show. If you have a good story, you will know you have a good story!

Want to participate, but have questions? Email tinatheseamonster@gmail.com

We are looking to get stories as soon as possible, so stop reading this post and do it right now!



Image by Seeing in Fabric.

Gift Guide: For The Soon-To-Be Parents

Folks who are expecting usually have baby registries at big box stores to make shopping easy, but let's be honest and admit that most of those items are lame. I personally like to buy one useful gift, like a baby gate, and then something off the registry that I'd be proud to splurge on for my own child when it's time.

At this year's Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair there are plenty of vendors to shop from for all the soon-to-be parents on your list.

Wooly Baby

Wooly Baby makes footwear for wee-ones that looks great and is also practical as the soles have treading to avoid slipping when a baby is just learning to walk. On top of that, the footwear is ecologically friendly as it is made from felted wool sweaters and leather apparel. Slippers are also made in adult sizes so if you're looking to gift something for parents too, here's an easy way to knock off multiple people from your shopping list with one stop.

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60 bugs

60 bugs lets you gift a highly usable gift, like a onesie, with added humor via stitching. Phrases like 'So Rad' and 'Heck Yeah' are presented by Debbie Lee who says 60 bugs is "a love for words combined with a love for hand embroidery." While you're visiting 60 bugs also check out the super awesome fingerless gloves with the more adult themed stitching of 'Hell Yeah' for yourself.

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My Paper Crane

My Paper Crane creates "plush and 3D soft sculptures, happy (& sometimes very sad) plush veggies, donuts, toilet paper rolls, and other everyday food & household items." In my opinion, a nursery isn't complete unless it is cheered up by the amazing leafy tree plush as seen above.

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Sweet Pepita

Sweet Pepita makes clothes for children you wish would come in adult sizes. See Ramones shirt above. Each piece is crafted from recycled fabric and 100% organic cotton. Sweet Pepita says, "our goal is always to create an environmentally and socially conscious product that is just as cool as the kids wearing it."

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Cutesy but not Cutesy

Cutesy but not Cutesy creates hand-stitched monsters and fur-lined monster hoodies, as seen above, for kids and adults alike. Each monster comes "fully equipped with horns, or antlers, and a tiny bird-friend to travel along with it throughout its many adventures." Not only would a monster from Cutesy but not Cutesy be visually appealing for a newborn, it will serve as a perfect play companion in just a few years.

Check Out the Vendor Gallery

Crafty Bastards is November 10th, but you can browse the Vendor Gallery right now by clicking here.

Waitlisted vendors will also be added to the gallery soon. So to those on the waitlist, keep an eye on your email this week.

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