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Makers of All Stripes Come Together

If I lived in the San Francisco Bay area, you can bet that I would be attending Maker Faire Bay Area 2011 come May 21 and 22. This annual event, tantalizingly billed as “part playground, part science fair, part welding shop, and part county fair” brings together DIY crafters and “makers” of every kind as exhibitors showing their innovative work.

It’s a celebration of textile arts and crafts as well as engineering, green design, food, music, science, and technology that sounds simply fascinating. Of particular interest to sewers and textile artists: roaming free-motion embroiderer Paul Noda; Pacifica Computer Pros’ unique combination of needlework, beading, mosaic, sculpture, and silversmithing; the eco-friendly apparel of Ana Apple Designs and the hand-printed, eco-friendly home goods and accessories of Bird Mafia; the Embroiderers’ Guild of America’s “Metallic Meets Textiles” postcard tutorial; the cut-and-sew work of EVarize Fashion Cafe Cut & Sew Boutique; Thomas Maiorana's shoemaking demonstration; clothing and costume-maker Erin Mahoney’s display of costumes for Carnival in Venice--and many others.

During the festival BurdaStyle will have a Make + Take Lounge where they’ll be offering education to new sewers, holding project sew-alongs, and other sewing-related events.

Unfortunately, I’ll just have to wait until the Sept. 17-18 Maker Faire New York rolls around. For those interested in this month’s event but not SF Bay-area adjacent, there will be several other Maker Faires and even Mini Maker Faires around the country on other dates, including Kansas City, Mo., Raleigh-Durham, N.C., Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich., Vancouver, British Columbia, and Toronto, Ontario.

For tickets and event times, visit

Has anyone attended any of these events and found them as fascinating as they sound? Do art and craft festivals like this get your creative juices flowing and inspire you to take on new and exciting challenges as sewers?


Comments (3)

Robzikshi Robzikshi writes: Love your work
Posted: 6:40 am on May 22nd

Stitchintheditch Stitchintheditch writes: The May 8th workshop for teaching sewing, pattern making, and Inkscape at Montreal's Studio XX for the 6th annual Libre Graphics Meeting in Montreal was awesome!

The most frequent comment I heard was about how great it feels to do something away from the computer.

Six male and four female computer geeks participated. Most had never touched a sewing machine before. And they loved it.

Thanks to Singer Canada, Prym Consumer Canada, Fabricville, Cansew, and Players Press for making it possible.

The younger generation doesn't have gender bias against sewing - they love it!

- Susan Spencer Conklin
Posted: 10:47 pm on May 17th

kkegeland kkegeland writes: AH!! this is sooo much fun!! I can't wait to go this year!
Posted: 11:09 pm on May 11th

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