Show and tell: Renegade SF 2013

A foggy day in San Francisco is the perfect day to go to the Renegade Craft Fair. Renegade was a couple weekends ago and in case you missed it I thought I'd share some of my show favorites and new discoveries. Luckily these days you can access these creative wares off the show floor.

Sofia Lacin


These little triangle cards first drew me into Sofia Lacin's booth. The world is definitely missing more triangle cards but it turns out each one of these cards is paired with a piece of jewelry created from oil paintings. 


I've been watching Amy from Stitch and Hammer grow her business over the last couple years. Her business started here in the bay and continues to blossom since her move a year ago back to Colorado. The words stitch and hammer explain so much. It's obvious that Amy continues to explore all the possibilities of her tools and craft. I've been following her on social media and she always seems to be up to something in her maker community.  

Unfortunately I neglected to get pics of Amy's booth mate Another Feather. This was the first I'd encountered of Hannah Ferrara's jewelry and I'm already a fan. 

This is the piece I'm coveting. Perfect for business cards.

This is the piece I'm coveting. Perfect for business cards.


This booth stopped me in my tracks. You can judge why. This booth also proved to be the most difficult for making purchase decisions. I'm not kidding when I say I spent a good 10-15 minutes trying to decide which cards to buy. Kate Funk is doing what every cat owner wishes for. Free cat labor. AC is a very tolerant cat.


T-We is definitely one of my show favorites. Christopher the founder of T-We won me over at the Made in SF show last fall. Besides having the puniest and wittiest tea names his concoctions are designed with a lot of love and thought for the taste without adding oils, sugars, or flavorings. I took a tea blending class taught by Christopher at Workshop SF and came away with a new appreciation for tea.

Find out more about their teas at their pop-up shop in the Crocker Galleria in the Financial District. They're open weekdays only. It's worth it to shop during one of their KiKi tea parties where they sometimes come up with tea cocktails. I also hear they're offering the tea blending classes in the store now.

I walked away from Renegade with one of their new blends; Flailing Princess. My other favorite caffeinated T-We tea is Renegade. That's right created with the spirit of Renegade craft fair.

Christopher and Alix.

Christopher and Alix.


These tiny packages from Leaf Cutter Designs were adorable. Each little box is really a three dimensional greeting card. Their booth was full of other paper and postal ephemera references. They also sell the tiniest post office in a box for writing very tiny letters.

Everything in this pic and on the tiny desk is miniature except the pen and the magnifying glass.

Everything in this pic and on the tiny desk is miniature except the pen and the magnifying glass.


A needle felting kit is a great way to try out this craft. It's the first way I tried out the craft but I didn't know about Wool Buddy at the time. Truthfully I'd had my kit for years and then finally decided to try it out one day. I think I would have been more motivated with one of these. If you're not familiar with needle felting it's essentially like using loose wool as a clay. You use barbed needles to bind the fibers together. It's very sculptural as you can see from that giant dinosaur.


Everything wool. Even the signage.

Everything wool. Even the signage.

This square block of wool may not look cute but it's become one of my favorite tools for needle felting.

This square block of wool may not look cute but it's become one of my favorite tools for needle felting.

// A bit of some post script to this post. As a creative person I'm drawn to explore what others are doing. I frequent local craft fairs and pop-ups. I'm often exploring new tools and resources. If someone asks for my resources I always share what I can so it would seem obvious that I should share these things with you here on the blog. It's just now occurred to me to do so. So from now on I'll be showing and telling more often about the creative things I encounter. You'll be able to find an archive in the Show and tell tab on the site //

Felted sleep mask; Breakfast at Tiffany's edition.

This is not the first time I’ve made a felt sleeping mask for a theme. This gift was inspired by the theme; my friend is moving to New York! People either use sleep masks or they don’t so when I heard she does I knew what I’d be making her. And with the NY connection, Breakfast at Tiffany’s seemed like the perfect additional inspiration. If you haven’t seen this classic film watch it!

Because I was making her the mask I thought she should have the ear plug ear rings to go with. Still not sure what to call these; ear plug rings?

Overcome by color

Back in April a couple events happened creating for me the perfect craft storm. First I went to the annual jewelry trunk show at the SF MOMA. I always want to purchase more than I can afford and I am always delighted by all the artists. The second thing that happened is I discovered there’s a bead store behind my place of work. I haven’t yet figured out if this is a good thing or a bad thing.

There had been spring color in every store. I myself had purchased two pairs of colored crop pants for the season. So overcome by color and inspired by colorful jewelry at MOMA I made some spring necklaces.

On the friendship trend wagon

There are several grown-up friendship bracelets that I’d been anxiously wanting to make. One Saturday a few weeks ago I made them all. I found tutorials for them all on the awesomely named blog; honestly…wtf.

For the wrap bracelet I strayed from their tutorial a little bit in that I only wrapped the string around one length of leather instead of two. I really like the look of this but I think it might have been better to stick to the tutorial. I’ve had one bracelet come unraveled while wearing. I tried the waxed twine but ended up liking working with embroidery floss instead. 

I’ve seen a lot of people making the hex nut bracelets with rope. I used waxed twine.

The materials for the woven chain bracelet were the most expensive mainly because I had to start with a pre-made chain bracelet. (Fosil, half off from Nordstrom Rack)