Posted by Susan Liane, The Smuggler's Daughter on 12/7/2013
Trying to find something a bit different and don't have time to make all of your gifts this year? The only reasonable answer is to shop at craft shows. If you like original, hand-made gifts, and if you like shopping local, try out your local craft show before resorting to the mall or to a superstore.
In Seattle, we have the Urban Craft Uprising - a large indie craft show with some great sewn items, and lots of other things like pottery, jewelry and the like. But I've got to tell you about the sewn products.
Upcycled Clothing from Bella Sisters
Started about ten years ago by cousins, this company takes vintage jackets and adds artful applique, sleeve extensions and hoods from cashmere or wool, and back details for interest. The result is a fabulously original garment from mostly recycled materials. When you see these jackets you will understand why they are taking off quickly. And, they are made in the USA, right here in the Pacific Northwest. www.bellasisters.com
Awesome Aprons from Hardmill
Hardmill Aprons will not only protect you from hot cooking ingredients, but they are built to last for generations. Founded by two brothers in Seattle, Hardmill makes Aprons that are simple, rugged and traditional. They are the antithesis to cheap little cloth aprons found in chain stores and they look like something your husband will be happy to wear in the kitchen or the shop. Made from high-quality denim and canvas, these aprons are worth every penny, in addition to being made locally here in Seattle. www.hardmill.com
Great Product from Quality Sewing & Vacuum
Carmen LaPonte from Quality Sewing & Vacuum was on hand to demonstrate the new ScanNcut machine, the Brother CM 550 DX. This machine is going to be a "must have" for every quilter and crafter because it is a true innovation. No more design cartridges and you don't need a PC - this machine has the scanner built in. Quality Sewing & Vacuum has 14 stores around the Puget Sound Region and you can check out the machine online at www.QualitySewing.com
Of course, there were many other sewn items at the show - lingerie, Christmas Stockings, clothing, bags and more. And Urban Craft Uprising is still open on Sunday, December 8 from 11:00am to 5:00pm at the Seattle Center.
Was led to you by your offer to ASG members. Thank you for your direct and honest approach to life! Look forward to reading your blog. I have too much in my untouched fabrics storage to be making a purchase at the present but I will still enjoy your site.
Hi Trisha - Thank you for your kind comments. I appreciate your reading the blog and look forward to more comments from you in the future! - Susan Liane