Archive for the ‘craft events’ Category


Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Craftcation Conference logo


 Craftcation is a three-day indie business & DIY conference featuring lectures and DIY workshops with leading industry professionals on art, craft and food-centered small business in Ventura, Ca March 22-25 2012. Craftcation features more than 50 workshops, lectures and events led by over 30 presenters like Jenny Hart, Kathy Cano-Murillo, Cathy Callahan, Christine Haynes, Lauren Venell, Nicole Vasbinder (that’s me!), Aida Mollenkamp, Evan Klieman, Rena Tom and The Urban Craft Center.

If you want to start, maintain or grow your indie business or take a break from your routine and learn new skills while networking, then Craftcation is for you! Craftcation will ignite the entrepenurerial business spirit and strengthen skills and abilities of both seasoned business owners and newcomers to indie craft business.

Events and topics include:

Indie Business: how to start a crafty business, maximizing social media, blogging, in’s & out’s of indie craft shows, etsy, wholesaling, merchandising, accounting, legal issues, branding, website design, marketing on a budget and more.

DIY Workshops:  screenprinting, sewing, canning & preserving, cheesemaking, needle arts, terrariums & edible gardens, organic bath products, jewelry, embroidery, bookbinding and more.

Community: meet & greets, pop-up shops, yoga, bbq & cocktail socials and so much more!

For more info please visit or find us on facebook

Handmade Nation - San Francisco Screening

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Do you know about Handmade Nation? It’s a documentary movie (and book) about the indie craft movement. Faythe Levine traveled thousands and thousands  of miles to all the big craft fairs like Renegade, Felt Club, Bizarre Bazaar and interviewed all sorts of designers and artists. She also visited many of them in their studios and the results are fascinating. Some of the designers you will recognize like Austin Craft Mafia founders Jenny Hart (Sublime Stitching) and Jennifer Perkins (Naughty Secretary Club) and also Susan Beal of West Coast Crafty and Susan Stars. Here is a sneak preview trailer for the film which is being screened on March 11th by the San Francisco Film Society. I can’t wait! Hope to see you there!

Following the screening there will be a conversation with Lisa Congdon, owner of retailer Rare Device; Tina Barseghian, editor-in-chief of Craft magazine; Derek Fagerstrom, co-owner of the Curiosity Shoppe and the Craft and DIY editor of design*sponge; and Stephanie Syjuco, fine artist and professor. Also, local artists and vendors (such as Needles and Pens, Dutch Door Press, Diana Fayt, Miss Natalie, and Little Otsu, just to name a few) will be on hand to sell their work. It promises to be a fun night! You can find more information about the event here:

Tickets are $8 for SFFS members and $12 for non-members; must be 21+ to attend. Mezzanine is located at 444 Jessie Street in San Francisco.

Anniversary Sale!

Thursday, February 12th, 2009



We just marked our first anniversary and we are celebrating with a sale on fabrics, patterns, notions and more! In this scary economy surviving is definitely something to celebrate! From today through February 28th all full priced supplies are 20% off. In the past year at StitchCraft, hundreds of adults and kids have learned to sew for the first time or have improved their skills to new levels and we look forward to teaching hundreds more this year! So come on down and took a look at the new fabrics that just came in this week (new Amy Butler!) and sign up for some of our new classes like Serger Basics and the Frenchy Bag!

Thanks Petaluma for making our first year such a success. Couldn’t have done it without you!

Bazaar Bizarre sewing frenzy

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

Bazaar Bizarre sewing frenzy!, originally uploaded by queen puff puff.

I am in a total sewing frenzy right now. I totally did not budget my time well over the last week and now it’s crunch time. Tons of bags and headbands and makeup bags are all cut and in various states of construction. But nothing in actually FINISHED. OK, back to the the grindstone.

But first, I need an ice coffee. Mmmmmm…….sweet elixir of the gods!

Bazaar Bizarre this weekend at the Maker Faire!

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008


This weekend is Bazaar Bizarre at the Maker Faire in San Mateo. I will be vending there with the Queen Puff Puff line and sure hope I’ll see you there! I might be a little glassy eyed as I am frantically sewing my little heart out this week. I forsee lots of coffee in my immediate future! But I will have tons of new items to sell like a new bag that fits a laptop and market shoppers. And of course all of the best selling items like Francie bags and headbands will be available in new prints. Yay!

If you go:

Saturday May 3rd, 10am-6pm
Sunday May 4th, 10am - 5pm
Bazaar Bizarre & Maker Faire SF
San Mateo Fairgrounds

Check out the other vendors here and here.

Craft Con!!!

Friday, April 4th, 2008

blogbutton1, originally uploaded by queen puff puff.

This weekend, April 4-6 in San Francisco is the 2nd annual Craft Con (formerly known as Craft Congress). All events are taking place at the Brava Theater in the Mission District and this will truly be an awesome event.

The Craft Con website describes the events as follows:
Craft Con is a business development conference for the craft community. People who make things of all types, of all backgrounds, will come together to talk about the business side of crafting, how they market themselves, and the philosophies behind it all.

Everyone is going to be there! Faythe Levine will be showing a trailer for Handmade Nation. Many of the organizers behind shows such as Renegade Craft Fair, Crafty Bastards, Handmade Arcade will be attending as well folks from Craft Magazine, ReadyMade and more.

I am super excited to attend and to participate on the panel for the Teach Your Craft discussion. My panel will be on Saturday, the 5th from 12:05 to 12:35 in the Dance Theater.

They are still accepting applications so if you want to attend be sure to check out the website:

I’ll take lots of pictures!