Stitch Austin and a prairie girl apron contest! November 9, 2007

I wish I could teleport to Texas this weekend! I’ve always wanted to make it to Stitch and so far it’s never worked out… hopefully next year, though. If you are in town, it should be a super crafty weekend of fashion, drinks and fun!

First, of course, there’s Stitch itself: close to 20 runway designers, make-and-take booths galore, super amazing goodie bags to the first 500 attendees, DJs, and ice-cold beer!

stitch austin

And then there’s the guerrilla craft bazaar, featuring over 100 crafty vendors — here’s a tiny sampling of all the indie goods you’ll find there:

stitch photos

One of my favorite designers, Queen Puff Puff, will be selling her beautiful handbags, totes, and accessories. Love her stuff…

queen puff puff

And then after the show winds down, stop by the afterparty!

stitch afterparty

If you’re not within shouting distance of Austin (sob!) here’s a crafty assignment for the weekend: whip up a Prairie Girl-inspired apron for CRAFT’s contest! Just send in photos of your handmade apron for a chance to win.

the Prairie Girl's Guide to Life

Taunton has generously offered a copy of Jennifer Worick’s new book, the Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life, to each of the five winners, and their aprons will be featured in the Curio section of the next issue of CRAFT. Send photographs of the aprons you’ve been working on to by November 12th. (Be sure to include your website or Etsy shop!)

I just got a copy of the book and it’s lovely. There’s such a nice mix of 19th-century-meets-21st craft projects to try (think mixing up lavender linen water, making a nine-patch quilt, canning cherries, designing calling cards on a home printer, making candles… even predicting the weather!) and it’s charmingly illustrated and full of sweet little extras. There’s a great CRAFT interview with Jennifer Worick to check out too. I grew up reading all the Laura Ingalls Wilder books and this is the perfect complement to them — don’t miss it.

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