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Calling All Crafters – Handmade Arcade Vendor Applications Due August 17

Handmade Arcade Deadline is August 17, 2008 – Calling all crafters! Pittsburgh’s premier handmade craft market application deadline is almost here. The craft culture has been on the rise around the US for the past few years and these markets have become big events around the country. For more info on the DIY movement check out Faith Levine’s website – she is working on a documentary called Handmade Nation (and was in Pittsburgh for this Symposium in the spring). Pittsburgh blogger and metblogger Liz Perry posted about the New York Times article on Handmade 2.0 last year.

Click here for the 2008 Handmade Arcade Vendor Application.

Craft Blog even has a post about Handmade Arcade – Handmade Arcade in Pittsburgh, PA – Now Accepting Vendor Applications

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Flow Fest


Even in the rain, the Flow Fest on Washington’s Landing today was a delight. Sponsored by PA CleanWays of Allegheny County, it’s a free art/music/eco festival celebrating Pittsburgh’s Rivers and it’s going on until 5:00 today. Great music, people to talk to, and hands-on art-making for all ages.


Gifts for Mom

In case you forgot, Mother’s Day is this Sunday. I was just reading about the contest that Handmade Detroit is hosting for the best handmade Mother’s Day gift. Which got me thinking about gifts in Pittsburgh.
I like to shop local and I like to buy unique things. One place to find a unique gift in Pittsburgh is Equita
located in the Ice House Studios in Lawrenceville and online Equita has all sorts of ethical gifts – fair trade foods, organics, green living. I just bought a business card holder made out of an old movie poster.

Another place to find a unique gift would be the Mattress Factory’s Craft Factory Event this Saturday, May 12.
Lots of crafters from Pittsburgh will be there selling their handmade wares.
Discards – stationary and other items
Fresh Popcorn Productions – I like the cop cruiser t-shirt on her site
Ray-Min Shoulderware – They have some amazing bags, that are made here in Pittsburgh. Not only are they very good looking but they are practical too.

Fabric Fair

I have been so busy this week that I have not had a chance to write about this event. But I wanted to share this tip for all of the sewing/crafting fans in Pittsburgh. They don’t advertise this very well. I discovered the fabric fair a few years ago. I got a little lost on my way to South Park, but that was a good thing. If you get there near the end (after noon) the sale is fill a big for $10 (it may be $5).
If you are an experience sewer you will know that it is hard to find good fabric to buy. This is an entire room filled with vintage fabrics, yarns and all sorts of craft stuff. I even bough a sewing machine for $5 the first time I went.

Here are the details from Trib events calendar:

Salvation Army Fabric Fair: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Annual fundraising sale of fabrics, yarns, notions, patterns and books sponsored by Greater Pittsburgh Women’s Auxiliary of Salvation Army. Free. South Park Home Economics Building, Brownsville Road near Buffalo Drive, South Park. 412-835-3162.


The Yarn Harlot was here and she liked Pittsburgh

Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, aka The Yarn Harlot, was here in Pittsburgh over the weekend. I didn’t know she was here but I was thrilled to read about her visit when I found Pittsburgh mentioned on her blog – she wrote two really nice posts (here and here) about her visit that are full of great info. I learned about tons of things about knitting in the burgh that I didn’t know. The Yarn Harlot is one of the top knitting blogs out there.
Here is a picture of the sock she is knitting visiting Mt. Washington and here is just one of the nice things she had to say about this visit…

The sock was impressed. Steeltown indeed, the place is beautiful.

I didn’t know that Pittsburgh had a clown who teaches knitting, but now I do and you can check out his blog here. She must gets lots of love because she has a ton of comments already.

This weekend: knit one, pearl two

knitting.jpgOnce upon a time knitting was just for grandmas; but that time has passed. Chances are old and hip alike will be heading to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in South Hills for the 3rd Annual Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival. It starts at 9am on both Saturday and Sunday and costs $10 advance per day ($15 at the door); there are several classes included for free, plus some that cost extra. Looks like there will be yards and yards and yards of yarn, too. I’m no knitting expert, but Julia — who’s made some fine stripey socks — recommends the event to local knitters. Which is good enough for us.

photo by Beard Papa via Flickr

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