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The 4th Detroit Urban Craft Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Saturday on November 21st at the Majestic Theater!  You can also join The Detroit Urban Crafters  the night before, this Friday, in the Cafe for the DUCF Tweetup from 7 to 9 P.M.  Crafters say the trends in Detroit are driven by everything around them, politically and ecologically.  Everything from a slow economy to the desire for community, enjoyment of working with hands, desire to support local businesses, and a...

EEEEEKS! If you're just sitting around and wish you had something to do right now (and are in the NYC area), you can head down to Etsy Open Craft Night at Etsy Labs (55 Washington St., Suite 512, Brooklyn) to sew some reusable bags with Bags for the People and Katherine Bell, author of the new book, Quilting for Peace. If you can't make it to the event, which ends at 8 PM this evening, you can view an online tutorial right now! To take a look-see at the...

Last spring a screening of Handmade Nation made its way to Portland, OR, where I was living at the time. Because I was a little slow on the up-take, the screening at the Museum of Contemporary Craft sold the hell out and I was left a little bummed. Now how was I going to catch this documentary on the DIY craft movement that has made its way into every corner of America?! Well well, just in time for the holidays is the release of Handmade Nation...
Picture this: You're walking alone late at night, minding your own business, when suddenly you realize you're being followed. What do you do? How about turning the corner and  pulling your skirt over your head? That's exactly what an inventor in Japan thinks women should do if they find themselves in these circumstances. Designer Aya Tsukioka's skirt can be worn by day, then turned into a (realistic?) vending-machine disguise when needed, simply by flipping it over one's head. Of course, there are some limitations to this brilliant...

Thanks to a handful of new DIY-fabric companies, you can now take your handmade creations to a whole new level of customization. Are you obsessed with your pet bunny? Reupholster your favorite chair in fabric printed with her likeness. Can’t stand the holiday-inspired textiles at your local craft mart? Create your own neon plaid. The options are endless; all you need is an Internet connection and a little creativity. The following resources let you turn uploaded photos, scanned images, or Photoshop designs into patterned fabric...

The lady cop that is responsible for stopping the lunatic that shot and killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood on Thursday is being recognized as a fearless, fast acting heroine. Sgt. Kimberly Denise Munley is a 34-year-old mom of a 3 year old daughter and lives with her husband in Kileen, TX. According to the New York Times, she ran head-on into a dangerous situation, even while being fired at by the suspect. Luckily she was not seriously injured. She has been...

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New Sites Make It Easy To Create Your Own Fab Fabric by Jen Ng Thanks to a handful of new DIY-fabric companies, you can now take your handmade creations to a whole new level of customization. Are you obsessed with your pet bunny? Reupholster your favorite chair in fabric printed with her likeness. Can’t stand the holiday-inspired textiles at your local craft mart? Create your own neon plaid. The options are endless; all you need is an Internet connection and...

London. Heatwave! Well, without trying to jinx our recent run of sunshine, come the August London Summer Craftacular we don't want punters overheating or experiencing any kind of shopping meltdown. So, we couldn't think of a better way to beat the heat and keep stylishly refreshed than with a vintage tea party. By the way, all you crafters can STILL apply! The deadline is July 13th and fast approaching. Coming courtesy of London's queen of the kitchy charm Lady Luck Rules OK ...

Congratulations to our grand prize raffle winners from the BUST Spring Fling Craftacular Raffle! Here is Lauren who won the Batavus bike care of the Hub Station! Here is Sara Cecilia with her Yudu personal screen printer! And last but not least Nicole with the Vendor showcase chock full of special items from most of the vendors who participated in the event, like socks from Ashi Dashi, t-shirts from PASTE, items from Glitterlimes, Oliba Soap, Tugboat Printshop, and so much more. If you didn't get to...