Monday, February 25, 2008

DIY @ MAD with COC

Volunteer Opportunity!! Fun Craft Party!! FREE!!

If you came to the MAD Museum's Knit Night last year you know how much fun we had!!
This one promises to be even better...

The DIY Salon
with the Church of Craft

Thursday, March 6, 2008, 7:00 - 10:00 PM

Join MAD and the Church of Craft for a night of hands-on art-making, music and
refreshments in celebration of the Museum’s current exhibitions Pricked: Extreme
Embroidery and Cheers: A MAD Collection of Goblets. Local do-it-yourself artists
will demonstrate their personal skills and help guide you in creating your own
projects. Techniques will range from unconventional embroidery to button-making
to fiber text and many other contemporary twists on classic crafts. In addition to
do-it-yourself workshops, the Salon will offer a selection of craft beers,
hand-decorated snacks and live DJ. The DIY Salon is a free event, open to the public
with all materials provided. Guided tour of Pricked: Extreme Embroidery at 7:30 PM.

Participating artists include:
Cal Patch, Alison Shanik, Iviva Olenick, Mary Izet and others, who will each provide
instruction for the beginner to the advanced creator. DJ Brett Webb will spin all
night and Elaine Cohen of the Cupcake Caboose will serve up artistic treats.

*** Volunteers also needed to help set up, work with the craft stations, & break-down.
No embroidery experience necessary! You could volunteer for the whole time or from
6:30-8:30 or 8:30-10:30. Super fun!!! Email me to volunteer. Thank you!!!

I absolutely can't wait to see you.

Your Humble Servant
The Very Esteemed Callie Janoff


for more about the Church of Craft, please visit

Saturday, February 23, 2008

poem crown vote 2008 tote

Dear Friends,

VOTE 2008

I am really excited for the upcoming elections and designed this 100% organic cotton tote bag as a POEM CROWN project. I set up a website at to purchase the bags.

Thank you!


Friday, February 22, 2008

BUST spring fling: call for vendors!


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Vendor applications due March 30 for BUST's Spring Fling Craftacular!

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BUST Magazine is excited to announce the first ever Spring Fling Craftacular set to take place on Sunday April 27, 2008 at The Warsaw in Brooklyn! After 3 years of enormously successful Holiday Craftaculars, BUST is ready to spring into step with our first ever Springtime craft fair and '90s themed dance! We're bringing the party back to Brooklyn with over 50 vendors, DJs, dancing, and drinks.

We are handpicking the most unique and talented crafters we can find from across the country to sell their wares from 11am until 9pm at the Warsaw in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not only will we have the best in DIY shopping in town, but our Craftacular DJs will be spinning your favorite jams from the '90s for a Spring Fling dance that is too cool for school!

If you would like to participate as a vendor, applications are now available! There are no exceptions as to who can apply, and we'll consider everything: hip handmades, accessories, housewares, vamped up vintage clothing, knitwear, silk-screened items, cosmetics, paper goods, handbags, cards, and whatever else your crafty canny brings to the table. Here's how to participate:

1. Fill out our online vendor application, which can be found at
Applications will only be accepted online and must be submitted by March 30, 2008.

2. Pay the required non-refundable $10 application and processing fee that is payable at the time you submit your application. Checks and money orders should be made payable to BUST Magazine (78 Fifth Avenue, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10011, Attention: BUST Spring Fling Craftacular 2008) and must be postmarked by March 26, 2008 for your application to be considered. We will notify all applicants of their status on Tuesday April 1, 2008. If you are accepted as a vendor, your deposit will go towards the full booth fee of $225 due by April 11, 2008. All application and processing fees are non-refundable.

For a list of frequently asked questions, go to

Got questions? E-mail us at

Be a sweetheart and tell all your crafty pals about BUST's Spring Fling Craftacular by forwarding this email widely!

Saving the last dance for you,

Dawn Mauberret (your Craftacular coordinator)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

apply for renegade brooklyn

(the link doesn't work in the previous post, so here's a fresh one with the note from the renegade website):

Hi there!

We're happy to announce the 2008 dates for Brooklyn's 4th Annual RENEGADE CRAFT FAIR!! This year's event will be held June 14 + 15 from 11am - 7pm at the McCarren Park Pool!

If you're interested in participating as a vendor, the application will be available on our website from February 15 - April 4. Please read our FAQ, and then click here to apply!

Peace out for now!
XO Sue

it's that time of year again...

Friday, February 08, 2008

vendor call for brooklyn flea market

Howdy all.

As some of you know, for the last month or so I've been working toward launching the Brooklyn Flea, a new flea market in Fort Greene every Sunday, starting April 6. I'm doing it with the guy who does Brownstoner, a blog you might know.

The Flea is starting to take shape, and I'd love your help putting it over the top. If you know anyone who would want to be a vendor at the market, please send 'em my way. So far we have everything from vintage furniture and clothing dealers to cookie bakers and ricotta makers to record and bicycle sellers and jewelry designers. Plus, we'll have yummy food for marketeers to munch on. But we want more. And I bet you know someone who'd be perfect for the Flea.

There's some basic info at (I'm also starting a blog there in the next few weeks.)

So rack your brains and scour your address books. That guy who built your coffee table or the gal you bought a handbag from on Prince Street once--I want to call them. Your uncle is an antiques dealer upstate--send me his info. You just met someone who bakes the most amazing granola and wants to start selling it--perfect! (I like odd people and generally get along with them, don't worry about that part.)

The other thing I ask of you (I've resolved to be more needy in '08) is that you try to visit the market one Sunday in April. A lot of the vendors are committing to one week or one month to "see how it goes," meaning no peeps=no vendors=no more Flea. This would mean a lot to me and this random/fun/unique new business I'm starting. Hopefully one of your friends will be there selling something, so you'll already be part of the Flea community.

There are lots of other cool components to the market that I'm working on but that aren't quite ready to reveal yet. So if you don't mind I might email you all again in a month or so to let you know how it's going. (Just tell me if you don't wanna hear all about it.)

In addition, I'd love any and all feedback or constructive criticism for how to make the Flea even better--fire at will.

Thanks in advance for listening,

Eric Demby
ericdemby AT

Thursday, February 07, 2008

plush class with jenny harada

PLUSH CLASS 3/01 Design and Sew Your Own Huggable Plush Creature

PLUSH CLASS Design and Sew Your Own Huggable Plush Creature

Date: Saturday, March 1, 2008
Time: 1pm -5pm
Location: Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Create a loveable plush creature to give as a gift or keep for yourself. Learn lots of tips on working with faux fur and making plushie creatures. If you've always wanted to work with plush but were too intimidated, you will now see how easy it can be! Students will take home printed instructions and patterns to jump start plush making at home.

There are only 8 spaces available in total so sign up quickly!

Class fee is $35 + $15 materials fee.

Jenny Harada has been making original plushies since she was ten years old. That's a quarter of a century. Wowzers. This will be her fourth plush workshop. Her patterns have been published in a handful of books including Plush You! Learn more about Jenny and the stuff she makes at Her Etsy shop is

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

love is in the trees!

cocktails, cupcakes, sales and more...get ready for a real love affair at treehouse this friday, february 8th. from 6-9pm. we'll be raising a glass to st. valentine with sales and sweets aplenty. need a gift for a special lovebird? get toasty in the trees while picking out that special somethin' for your little dumplin'...
warm hearts and cozy corners await!

and don't forget, fabulous crochet in a day with cal patch is this sunday, from 4-7 pm...there's still time to hook up your loved one with a handmade gift, made just for you! sign up here.

cal's february classes

CLASS 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 BEGINNER SEWING, DESIGN YOUR OWN TOTE workshop at the Etsy Labs

Beginner Sewing Class: design your own tote! at the Etsy Labs $120.00

Date: 3 week Tuesday Series: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 2008
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm
Location: Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

If you've been wanting to learn to sew, this introductory class is for you! You will learn how to operate a sewing machine and design and complete your own tote bag. We will cover various techniques such as pockets, straps, lining and trims, and you can choose which to incorporate into your first project. With these skills, you'll soon be stitching up whatever your heart desires...

1 yard of fabric for tote
thread to match
basic sewing kit: scissors, pins, pincushion, seam ripper, tape measure, tailor's chalk

*** optional: 1 yard of lining fabric, scraps of contrast fabric or trims for decoration, pockets and/or straps

click here to register!

Sewing 101 (Beginner): Wrap Skirt at Brooklyn General $150

Four 2-hour classes
This class will teach you all the basics: how a sewing machine works, cutting from a pattern, and how to sew a simple wrap skirt. With these techniques, you’ll be on your way to stitching up all kinds of projects!

2 yds light- to medium-weight woven fabric
thread to match
1 pkg extra-wide, double fold bias tape to match
basic sewing supplies: scissors, pins and pincushion, seam ripper, tailor's chalk

Session C: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 2/19, 26, 3/4, 11

click here for more info or call 718-237-7753 to register

Sewing 102 (Beginner/Intermediate): Tote Bag at Brooklyn General $150

Four 2-hour classes.
Step up your stitching skills with this very practical “All-Day Tote” bag from Lotta Jansdotter's book Simple Sewing. You'll learn how to do pockets, linings, topstitching and straps, and become much more confident with your sewing. Beginner sewing skills required.

1 yard medium- to heavy-weight fabric for bag
1 yard medium-weight fabric for lining
1/2 yard of twill tape (1" wide)
thread to match
optional: quick-release metal key clip
basic sewing supplies (scissors, pins, pincushion, ruler or tape measure, tailor's chalk, seam ripper)

Session A: Wed 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 2/6, 13, 20, 27
Session B: Tues 6:30 to 8:30 pm, 3/18, 25, 4/1, 8

click here for more info or call 718-237-7753 to register

Saturday, February 02, 2008

beds and quilts @ greenjeans

A group show of small quilts with new sculpture by Jane Kaufmann

February 7 – March 20, 2008
Opening Reception: February 6, 6-8pm

This winter, Greenjeans is presenting “Under-Cover,” a juried group show of small quilts with a new sculpture series by Jane Kaufmann.

Celebrated clay artist Jane Kaufmann of Durham, New Hampshire, created a brand new sculpture series around the theme of beds for this exhibition. Each of the 20 “beds” (most of them raku-fired) features a figure cheerfully emerging from under a narrative blanket. The “Flower Bed” (shown left) is festooned with yellow roses, and the “Feather Bed” plumes with real feathers. The “Day Bed” incorporates her classic Sunman figure.

The other half of “Under-Cover” features small quilts (all under 14-inches square) ranging from the experimental to the traditional, handmade by quiltmakers from around the country. Selected with Brooklyn quiltmaker Erin Wilson following a national call for entries, the group of quilts offers a taste of what quiltmaking is today.

All works in “Under-Cover” will be available to view and purchase from Greenjeans Online. The complete quilt submissions will also be on

'Handmade for Conscientious Living'
449 Seventh Avenue (btw 15th & 16th Sts.)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
F train to 7th Ave. stop in Brooklyn