Handmade Philly: This Saturday at Philly Swap!

As mentioned a few weeks back, some of the folks from Handmade Philly will be holding workshops at Philly Swap this weekend. We will be leading a workshop on how to Make Fabric Necklaces from T-Shirts and we will be leading another workshop on Printmaking/ Stenciling.

Philly Swap will be held at the Broad Street Ministry on Saturday, May 12 from noon to 5 pm. This will be Handmade Philly’s 4th year leading a workshop at this event. So come on out, and don’t forget to bring those clothes you no longer want! Whether you leave with a sack full of goodies, or just one or two special treasures, you’re also bound to leave having gained some new insight on reusing clothes and textiles.

To give you an idea of what we’ll be working on, here are some pics of us making necklaces from t-shirts:

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So, what is Philly Swap? It’s a huge clothing swap complete with sewing machines and workshops, so that you can embellish and re-create all those fabulous finds.

Here’s the back story: In 2005, the Swap-O-Rama-Rama was created as an event to offer alternatives to consumerism.  Its creator and founder, Wendy Tremayne, saw an opportunity to showcase the creative talents of local artists and DIY specialists through recycling clothing and textiles while addressing consumerism head on.  Since then Swap-O-Rama-Rama has reached an international level with clothing swaps happening in cities like Istanbul, Jerusalem, Panama City, and hundreds of others.  Through the sponsorship from the New York Foundation of the Arts the program obtained its status as a 501.3C giving it a non-profit status.  A Creative Commons License protects the Swap-O-Rama-Rama while allowing the event to continue to be affordable and open to the public.

For three years (2008-2010) the Philadelphia Sewing Collective held the Philly Swap here in Philadelphia.  New producers have now stepped forward to relaunch the Philly Swap in Spring of 2012.

Blizzard Buys: winter blues & whites to reflect our 71.5 inches!

Over the last week, Philadelphia has been hit with more snow than it has received in at least 100 years. Some are happy about it. Others are not. But either way, many of us find a bit of extra time on our hands to peruse Etsy for wonderful local purchases. The following selection highlights local crafters, used by clicking on the “Shop Local” option on the left side of the main Etsy home page.  To shop for items from Handmade Philly members, simply use the search “Philly Team”. The important point is that we all support buying local, and often you can contact local sellers about drop-offs and pick-ups to reduce shipping costs. As the proprietress of Lilith’s Apothecary, I can tell you that I do this all the time!

Blue Ballon pot by Allisonsceramics.etsy.com

Blue Balloon Pot by Allisonsceramics.etsy.com

Allison Ostertag, an Etsian with several shops showcasing her multiple talents, showcases these lovely blue ceramic balloon pots, or vases, in her Allison’s Ceramics Etsy store.  As an ikebana practitioner, I’d love the aesthetic of these pots, not to mention the luminous blue tones that seem to suit the wintery mood.

hand-crocheted hat on a baby

Handmade hat by Irish Hooks and Yarn

A beautiful photograph can bring a handcrafted item to new heights. Add a gorgeous little baby into the mix, and one almost forgets that the hat is for sale. It’s adorable. It’s soft and sweet. And it’s handmade by local artisan and proprietress of Irish Hooks and Yarn, an Etsy endeavor that caters to those who seek out hand-crocheted hats, sweaters, and booties for children.

Mobile by PoppyandBean.etsy.com

Mobile by PoppyandBean.etsy.com

Poppy and Bean is a new Etsy shop that deserves some attention. Specializing in handmade lovelies for the home, this shop includes such beautiful fabric-art pieces as this ethereal mobile. Mobiles are not just for children, mind! I have a mobile in my own bedroom which adds another ~ shall we say, airy ~ dimension to the room. I think Calder would agree. This piece would look beautiful in many a Philadelphia home!

The Gathering by Moonlight Photography on etsy

I have a special place in my heart for pigeons. Why? I’m not sure, but they seem somehow an integral part of this landscape.  In any case, this haunting photograph jumped out at me when encountering Moonlight Photography, as did many other photographs in this Etsian’s shop. The proprietress features many highly professional images that are almost meditative in their still-life quality. Rather than finding oneself privy to a scene of human life in action, one finds a focus on rare moments of beauty, mystery, or tranquility.

Blue Glass Vase from the Wallflower company

Blue Glass Vase from the theWallflowercompany.etsy.com

The Wallflower Company, a one-of-a-kind glassworks is chock full of gorgeous handmade glass pieces made by proprietors Genevieve and Sam. Looking for an amazing wedding, engagement, or even Valentine’s gift? Check out beautiful glass vases such as this one in cobalt blue. Who doesn’t love blue glass? For those of you familiar with my shop, you might know I’m a bit biased 🙂

Booksignings: Franklin Habit & Heather Ross

Friday after work I headed over to South Street. First I stopped at Loop, where I picked up a copy of Franklin Habit‘s  It Itches: A Stash of Knitting Cartoons. There are more pics from the event on Loop’s blog. I then headed over to Spool, where Heather Ross was signing her book Weekend Sewing. If you missed it, team member Sarah of RedRedOrange interviewed Heather last week.

(posted by flying fox design)