CraftStylish Had It Made at Maker Faire Austin 2008

comments (5) October 21st, 2008     

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MichaelaMurphy Michaela Murphy, contributor
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The Austin, TX, sunset got a blasting pyro-tech assist from Maker Faire 2008.
Look, Ma, I can ride a bike and play several guitars at the same time!
Robots duke it out at the Maker Faire Robot Wars 2008.
Unique car detailing—with yarn!
Happiness is seeing a Texas-dust mural in your rear-view mirror.
Karen Hickman of the Austin Lacemakers Guild works her magic with over 50 bobbins and two hands.
Alden Davis (standing left) of BurdaStyle  with Sew Crafty Houstons Lady in Charge Sarah Gabbart and Erin Blatzer, and Abby Wright of the American Sewing Guild.
Austin Craft-o-Ramas Becky and Amanda show off their amazing craft goodies. We fell in love with the great skeins of sequin-twisted yarn.
Austins own Jenny Hart, of Sublime Stitching fame, rocked the Maker stage all weekend with her embroidery demos. You can check out Jenny and her Sweet Tea Towel project in CraftStylish Gifts to Make, Vol 2.
Maggie Hattan proudly displays the lunch bag she made over at the Singer Show booth. Six-and-a-half-year-old Maggie told us she has been sewing since she was six.
CraftStylish Editor Nikki Smith and her Singer Lunch bag.
Vicky North earned her CraftStylish sewing badge at Maker twice-over, with this CraftStylish T-shirt restyle tote and Singer lunch bag. Read about Vickys Foxy Monster bear hat adventure with Bill Murray here.
The Austin, TX, sunset got a blasting pyro-tech assist from Maker Faire 2008.

The Austin, TX, sunset got a blasting pyro-tech assist from Maker Faire 2008.

Photo: Gregg Snodgrass

Wow and Whoo-wee! CraftStylish had a whirlwind of a weekend at Maker Faire Austin. We hobnobbed with the crafty faithful, cheered on robots as they fought to the death, and met up with old and new friends in the DIY community. Plus, corn dogs, rings-of-fire, nonstop Rick Astley, crafty car detailing, DIY robotics of every conceivable action, hands-on craft tutorials in knitting, sewing, spinning, jewelry-making, lace-making, housebuilding, and just about every kind of tactile and techno sensory experience imaginable—and that's just a smidgen of what Maker Faire is all about.

Thousands of people travel from all across the United States to attend this two-day DIY extravaganza for a truly mind-blowing, state-of-the art experience of science and craft. One of the best features of this family-friendly fair is that it is a hands-on adventure. You can learn how to make whatever it is that is making your jaw drop, right there, in a few minutes, from masters of the craft.

The CraftStylish booth was jamming all weekend long. Thanks to all of our members who stopped by to say hi and many thanks to all of the new people we met who were so excited to hear about us—it was the perfect celebration of our six-month anniversary.

Once we're unpacked and have returned to our respective time zones, we'll do a roundup of the Maker Faire crafts. Right now we're Maker-happy, craft-inspired, and Texas-tuckered-out!

Thanks, Maker Faire! We had a ball!

posted in: event, Maker Faire, Austin, 2008

Comments (5)

sewcraftyhouston writes: Great pictures! It was awesome meeting you Michaela!
Posted: 6:47 pm on October 22nd
abbywright writes: Awesome! Thanks for posting the pics! What a great time! See you at the Sewing and Stichery Expo!
Posted: 2:41 pm on October 22nd
Angelique71 writes: It was a great event. I just love that yarn car. The owner of the car was pretty cool too. Gives yarn a whole new use.
Posted: 10:58 pm on October 21st
MichaelaMurphy writes: You're on. Gregg and I have over five hundred Maker Faire pics! It took me hours just to look at them all. Wow, last weekend was the longest month:)
Posted: 9:05 pm on October 21st
VictoriaNorth writes: So much fun! I love Gregg's photos. You totally owe me a cd with everything. I feel like I missed so much while I was in the booth. I guess it pays to have a photographer in the family.
Posted: 8:26 pm on October 21st
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