Detroit Urban Craft Fair 7 APPLICATIONS are LIVE!

Applications are LIVE until the third week of September. Please check out the FAQs before applying!
DETROITURBANCRAFTFAIR.COM/APPLY
Thanks – we cannot WAIT to see what everyone’s been working on!
Yours in the crafty […]

Meet Your Crafters at Maker Faire Detroit

Maker Faire Detroit is just three days away – are you ready?! With more than 400 makers this year, the show is bigger than ever. The Henry Ford is busy […]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair Pre-Info

There’s been a buzz starting already for this year’s DUCF, and although the DUCF site is currently down for maintenance, we can give you some of the details now!
The 7th […]

Beth’s Ruffled Corsages

If you weren’t able to snag one of the corsages Beth made for Mother’s Day at Craft Revival this weekend, fear not! Here’s Beth’s tutorial showing how you, too, can […]

Craft Revival Apps Go Live Friday, February 24!

Handmade Detroit has experienced a baby BOOM and we decided a fun way to celebrate this is would be moving our Spring craft show Craft Revival to May!
The show will […]

Thank You for the Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2011

Another year of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair is on the books and we couldn’t be more thankful to the visitors, vendors, volunteers, sponsors and everyone who helped make year six happen with a bang!

DUCF Buzz

Are you getting excited for DUCF yet?! You should be! I kid, I kid. But seriously, DUCF is tomorrow and our crafters are working hard finishing their lineups to share […]

Vendor Preview 3

1UP Gallery

All Things Grow

Clay Lab Detroit

Jodi Lynn’s Emporium of Doodles

little gold poppy

Tourist Park

Bettula

chain chain chained

Courtney Fischer Jewelry

Ellie Rose Designs, LLC

Hannah Hoffman
Mimi and Ferne

Mitten Metalworks

Pretties by Meg

Re-Zip It!

So Very Charming

Three Birds […]

Coming to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair? Get all the details here!

Time flies! The 6th Annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair, or DUCF as we locals call it, is this weekend! Here’s what to expect, the when and where, and even how […]

Learn to Weave and Win a Copy of Craft Sanity Magazine

I’ve always been really enamored with the art of weaving. The construction of fabric — and all the materials you used in the process — is fascinating and meditative. That’s […]

DUCF Vendors: Roundup 1

Art

enamor

Kill Taupe

mywireempire

Paintings by Jason Gibner
Bath Products

Cellar Door Soap Co.

DressGreen
Candles

JKM Soy Candles
Children’s Items
bem & gene
bioME 5

Sandwichseat Puppet Shop

Slightly Smitten Kitten Designs

What Good Have I Done Today?

Etsy Shop Success Reading List

Etsy’s Seller Education Coordinator Danielle Maveal shared these helpful reading links in the Etsy Success Team last week. There’s some great ideas in here, so with the holiday selling season […]

Meet Your DUCF 2011 Vendors

We’ve got a great lineup this year and can hardly wait for Dec. 3. Here’s who you’ll see at the show. For all up-to-date news, make sure to keep an […]

Volunteer for DUCF 2011

Calling all volunteers! If you’d like to help out at this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair, here’s your chance! We’re officially on the hunt for volunteers. Check out our form […]

DUCF Program Ads Still Available for Small Biz

Attention small craft business owners: We’ve got some space left in our 2011 Detroit Urban Craft Fair program guide and we want to feature your Etsy shop or other small DIY […]

Small Craft docks this Saturday!

Amy here!
I’m so excited to share with you that my family and I are embarking on a new business adventure in Detroit called Small Craft! Small Craft will sell upcycled […]

Candy, candy candy – I still love you so

Detroit Urban Craft Fair is nearly a month away and although hard to believe, it’s true. And in our sixth year we’re letting our sweet tooth be our guide. We’re […]

Don’t Forget, Apply Now for DUCF!

Just a friendly reminder – applications close for Detroit Urban Craft Fair on Sunday the 25th at midnight! We’re seeing some really amazing new applicants this year, and are happy […]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2011 Vendor Applications Live Through September 25

Interested in becoming a vendor for the 2011 Detroit Urban Craft Fair? Vendor applications are now live through September 25, 2011.

Save the Date: Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2011

The 2011 Detroit Urban Craft Fair will will return for two full days of craft fun on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, at a new location, the Masonic Temple.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair – Your Wrap Ups!

We don’t think we could’ve have said it any better ourselves … here’s what some of our shoppers had to say about this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair:
The Fillmore was packed […]

Happy DUCF Day!

Hope to see everyone at the fair today!

It’s Time for Open Skate

Like the Red Wings? We do! Make sure to stop by Open Skate’s booth this weekend at DUCF to learn more about this fun program.
Just the basics, please! Open Skate
Tell […]

Sponsor Spotlight: Freshtight Designs

Freshtight Designs will be joining us as an awesome sponsor at DUCF this weekend. Here’s a little bit about who they are!
Who the heck are you?!
Freshtight Designs. Check us out […]

Get to Know the Trumbullplex Zine Library

We’re proud to introduce a post by guest blogger Ethan Cronkite. A member of the Trumbullplex Zine Library, he’ll be on hand with his fellow zine lovers during DUCF to […]

Yee-Haw! EL Wire Cowboy Hats

One of i3 Detroit’s make-and-take activities will be an EL Wire Cowboy hat. Teaching you how to make this awesome accessory is Matt Switlik. Matt used EL wire to go […]

Handmade Detroit, Detroit GT visit Fox 2

It’s time for a craft fair – we’ve been on TV. Let’s do this!

Etsy’s Tips on Shopping Handmade

If you’re a lover of all things crafty, then you’re probably hitting the craft fair circuit this month stocking up on one-of-kind gifts for the holiday season. Of course, Etsy […]

Yelp Has Your Presents All Wrapped Up

I’m guessing a lot of you will be shopping for the holidays this weekend at DUCF. Good! Support indie crafters! If you’ve got a busy holiday schedule, make sure to […]

AIGA Detroit Wishes You Were Here

We proud to have AIGA Detroit join us this year at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. You can visit their booth and learn more about their “Wish You Were Here” […]

Get Hands On with Hackerspaces at DUCF

We’re pretty excited to keep the Maker Faire Detroit spirit alive and kicking this year at DUCF. Long-time pal (you can say that after a year, right?) i3 Detroit joins […]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair vendor preview: Part two

Yesterday, we gave you a sneak peek at the totally awesome work available at the 5th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair, set for Dec. 4 and 5 at the Fillmore […]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair vendor preview: Part one

We’ve got an insanely talented — and large — group of folks vending at the 5th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair, set for Dec. 4 and 5 at the Fillmore Detroit. With over 70 vendors, DUCF is sure to have the perfect hip, handmade gift for your friends, family, boss and partner at a price point to match your budget.

Coming to the Detroit Urban Craft Fair? Here’s the knitty gritty

With DUCF just around the corner, we thought it was a good time to write a little post that gathers all the important details in one place. Here’s what to expect, the when and where, and even how to get there. The 5th annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair is an indie craft fair hosted by Handmade Detroit featuring over 75 vendors selling hip, handmade goods.

Take the Night Move to DUCF 5

If you’re like us, you’ve probably seen the Night Move cruising around town on the weekends to some of your favorite hangouts. Well, we’re very excited to announce that the […]

DUCF notices are out — please check your spam folder

DUCF 2010 vendor notifications went out last week. This was a particularly hard year of judging. We had just over 190 applications for the 74 spots — not an easy […]

DUCF apps are closed, THANK YOU!

Applications are closed for this year’s DUCF, thanks to all who applied! It’s always so exciting to get applications in, and see all the great talent in Metro Detroit and […]

DUCF 5 Applications Due Sept. 24

You’ve still got some time left to get your applications in for this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair. Applications are due FRIDAY, SEPT. 24. Don’t wait – apply now!

Reduced-Fee Applications End Sept. 1

There’s still time to apply for DUCF ‘10 for just $5. Do it! Apply here.

Detroit Urban Craft Fair 5.0 apps are…GO!

Vendor applications for the fifth anniversary of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair are now live on the Detroit Urban Craft Fair site. This year’s fair takes it up a notch […]

What do you get a craft fair for its 5th anniversary?

Wood? Silverware?
How ‘bout a super duper party?
It’s our 5th Anniversary of DUCF, and we are so proud to announce that this year’s event will take place at The Fillmore Detroit […]

Announcing the second Craft Revival, April 17 in Ferndale

We are so excited to announce that the Second Annual Craft Revival will take place on Saturday, April 17th.
25+ of the area’s finest crafters will have their goods for sale […]

DUCF 2009: The Video!

Thanks to everyone who came out to this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Holiday Crafternoon this Saturday!

It’s hard to believe but another December is whizzing by and our annual Holiday Crafternoon is already upon us! Years past we’ve taken over the downstairs room at Ferndale’s very popular […]

DUCF video by Final Five Productions

Click here to view the embedded video.
Detroit Urban Craft Fair from Six Minute Men on Vimeo.
We love this video made by Final Five Productions of this year’s Detroit Urban Craft […]

DUCF 2009 roundup and thanks!

Hi everyone,
Has it really been over a week since DUCF 2009? We just want to send out a big thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make year four […]

Become a DUCF reporter

One of the worst things about not being able to go to a craft fair out of town is waiting to see photos from the event and read blog posts […]

DUCF Preview #5

Vendors from left to right: Top row: Rhymes with Twee, Sloe Gin Fizz, Small Screen Designs, Sparklepants Industries 2nd row: Spokepunchers, Stinkybomb Soap, Talking Squid, Tekstila 3rd row: The Bang!, Tiny Astronaut Press, Wee Revolution, Wei’s Open Secret 4th row: YumYumChumChum

Steph’s top 5 things I love about DUCF

This is so my favorite week of the year. Why? Silly, it’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair week! So, I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 favorite things about the […]

DUCF Preview #4

Vendors from left to right: Top row: Reware Vintage, Liz’s Handmade Books, LMNOP, make-out goods 2nd row: Mimi and Ferne, Miss Mossy, my marigold, My Vintage Kitschen 3rd row: Nicole Lindner, One Straight Shot, Phantom Limb, Rar Rar Press

DUCF Preview #3

Vendors from left to right: Top row: Little Men, Hands and Notions, herb + ginger, JD Makes Things 2nd row: Jennifer Joy Creative, katie muth, Kill Taupe, killmonkies 3rd row: kirkiture, Kristen Perkins, La Otra Camilla, La Femme Monkita

A little DUCF in the Metro Times

Photo by Doug Coombe
Make sure to grab your copy of the Metro Times today to see Handmade Detroit chat about this year’s DUCF! You can also read it online, too. […]

DUCF Preview #2

Vendors from left to right: Top row: Glittersniffer, Chain Chain Chained, Claylab, Cleodee 2nd row: Courtney Fischer Jewelry, dang argyle, Detroit Lives, detroitGT 3rd row: Einfach Skate, eve vandalsen, Garbella, Glass Action!

DUCF Preview #1

Vendors from left to right: Top row: Bx Ceramics, All Things Grow, Always the Forest, AmyD 2nd row: Angela Duncan, Artemesia, ASTA, AusGerCo 3rd row: Bettula, blue-thimble, bluedotpapershop, BE Handmade

DUCF vendors in the news

A couple of Detroit Urban Craft Fair vendors popped up with in some nice articles recently.
Time’s Detroit Blog gives much deserved attention to Detroit Lives!
“There are so many projects and […]

Volunteers needed for Detroit Urban Craft Fair

Year four of DUCF is coming up quick! It’s two days of events this year including the Friday night Tweetup and the official show the following morning, that takes the better […]

Your 2009 DUCF vendors!

Announcing the 2009 Detroit Urban Craft Fair vendors (links and logos on the DUCF vendor page very soon!) …
323East
All Things Grow
Always the Forest
AmyD
Angela Duncan
ARTEMISIA
ASTA
AusGerCo.
BE Handmade
Bettula
Blue Thimble
Bluedotpapershop
bX Ceramics
Chain Chain Chained
CLAYLAB DETROIT
Cleo […]

DUCF poster mania!!!

I’m hoping to incite it.
Cause the 2009 DUCF posters and flyers are ready for download — and shortly will be back from the printer, all happy and ready for volunteers […]

DUCF application breakdown

DUCF notifications are out today! Narrowing down 217 apps into 56 vendors was very challenging for us, congrats to those who were accepted!
For a little insight, here’s the breakdown of […]

DUCF vendor announcements are out

Please check your e-mail for DUCF vendor announcements!

DUCF 2009 vendor list to be announced ASAP!

It’s an exciting time of year- the time when the vendors for the next 2009 DUCF are announced, yeah! (Sorry, I’ve had a lot of tea this morning.) We’re putting […]

Eek! MICE! at the Market!

Not to worry, this is the good kind of mice! Join the MICE (Michigan Indie Crafters on Etsy) group this weekend at the Ann Arbor Sunday Artisan’s Market from 11 […]

DUCF vendor deadline extended just a bit

We’re extending the vendor deadline for DUCF 2009 just a bit to allow for some additional interest that may come out of our promotion at the DIY Street Fair in […]

DUCF 2009 vendor applications are live

Calling all handmade artists! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here!
Vendor applications for 2009 are now on the Detroit Urban Craft Fair site. This year’s fair takes it back […]

DUCF helpful hints

Applications for this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair will be available soon, and we want to help you get ready!
We recently took part in an Indie Biz Chicks Conference about […]

DUCF is baaaacccckkkk!

Drumroll, please! Us kids here at Handmade Detroit are extremely pleased to announce that the fourth installment of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair returns to its roots this year; get […]

Reminder: Craft Revival apps due Friday!

Just a quick reminder that applications for Craft Revival are due this Friday, Feb 27. Apply here: http://detroiturbancraftfair.com/spring/

Announcing Craft Revival, apply today!

Don’t you wish the Detroit Urban Craft Fair could happen more often? The energy and fun of DUCF is contagious — so contagious, in fact, that it has spread to another craft show. Handmade Detroit is excited to announce a brand new addition to our line-up: Craft Revival.
Thirty alternative craft vendors will gather for Craft [...]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2008 recap and thank you!

Thanks to so much to everyone who came out to shop, eat and support our event on Saturday. We all had a blast — can we say best DUCF yet? Despite […]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair… the video

A huge “THANK YOU” to our own Dan Nixon for making this sweet video. Rock!

Detroit Urban Craft Fair Porn

Yeah, I know. I needed a minute alone after I saw this tonight, too.

You know it’s time for craft fair when…

I usually get somewhat annoyed when my mom sends me the “You know you’re from Michigan when…” e-mail for the 10th time. You know the one. You can pay for […]

Get yer DUCF press clippings right herrrre

Damn, we’re popular! Here’s just a sampling of who’s cool to Detroit crafts. And don’t forget to watch us on Fox 2 Saturday morning between 9 and 9:20… We’ll be […]

DUCF Vendor Preview Part III

Top row, from left: Spaceship kiddie shirt by Mogo; Vinyl belt by Miss. Allison; Unflattering portrait by Misantrope Specialty Co. Middle row, from left: Original collage work by Michele Maule; Modern […]

DUCF Vendor Preview Part II

Top row, from left: Loopy purse by Zebula Design; Comics by Tiny Astronaut; Anatomy tile by The Nest Middle row, from left: Paper dress collage by sparklepants industries; Apron by space […]

DUCF Sneak Peek: CRAFT Magazine Make and Take area!

I’m really excited about this! CRAFT Magazine has been a super generous sponsor to DUCF and we’re going to be making button rings right from the magazine’s pages. This is a super simple project and — with all the possible combos of buttons and colors — an addicting one, too! You’ll also get a chance to [...]

DUCF directions, parking and important info

Here is a quick run down of some Detroit Urban Craft Fair basics — now you have no excuse not to make it Saturday! TIMES AND GENERAL INFO Fair runs from 10 […]

DUCF Vendor Sneak Peek Part I

Top row, from left: Recycled t-shirt cat toy by Talking Squid; Shadow puppet set by Owly Shadow Puppets; Strawberry Skirt by Jennifer Joy Creative Middle row, from left: Knitted cowl by […]

Meet the Detroit Evolution Lab

This weekend your tummy will be treated to the tastes of the Detroit Evolution Lab at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair. Care to learn some more? Maybe cook something delish, […]

DUCF Sneak Peek: a bag: a dress

One of the most exciting things to hit DUCF this year is A Bag: A Dress. 23 dresses made from a paper bag full of items will be displayed and judged, with the winner being announced at DUCF and featured on Handmade Detroit. The early buzz is that the creations are super amazing and not [...]

Get in on the DUCF volunteer action!

I just sent an e-mail out to everyone who has expressed interest in volunteering for DUCF. If you’d still like to help, we could totally use you! E-mail stephanie {AT!} yahoo {DOT!} com to sign up.

DUCF sneak peek: Crafty Planet

Faithful readers of this blog will remember that I posted about Crafty Planet after visiting this past spring. The store is filled with fabrics and notions that are hard to find in Detroit — including Japanese fabrics, designer patterns and, perhaps my favorite item, giant rick rack!
Here’s a photo I took of just a small [...]

Countdown begins: DUCF in 15 days

The 3rd annual Detroit Urban Craft Fair is just 15 days away!
Beginning this Monday, we will posting about all the fun stuff and important info that will make up this year’s show, so make sure to come back to Handmade Detroit or the Detroit Urban Craft Fair sites often (the feed runs on both).
5 ways to [...]

Call for DUCF volunteers

It’s that time again. With a little less than one month until the Detroit Urban Craft Fair (Nov. 15) we are seeking volunteers.
Volunteers do everything from distributing posters to DUCF-day stuff like greeting shoppers and decorating. We are happy that people talk about the DUCF experience as one of their favorites — and volunteers are [...]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair posters for you to enjoy

I hope you guys are looking forward to Nov. 15… A HUGE thanks to Josh Weston for all the 2008 DUCF designs!

DUCF 3 vendors now online

Wondering where your money is going to go on Nov. 15th? Vendors for the third Detroit Urban Craft Fair are now up on the site. And a friendly reminder for the vendors, don’t forget to send your 175px by 80px logo to Amy at ducfvendors {AT!} gmail {!DOT!} com. JPEGs and GIFs please.

DUCF: We’re ahead of the game!

Sweet! Our vendor acceptance and rejection letters for DUCF 2008 are going out as we speak today. This is nearly three weeks earlier than we thought they would be ready — and can be directly attributed to the online voting process we are now using. (Thanks Dan!) We saw no need to sit on them [...]

2008 DUCF applications now closed. Thanks much!

Hurray! The DUCF applications are now closed for the 2008 show. Thanks to everyone who applied — we are again awed by your talent and excited to get the selection process going. Our final tally is still happening, but we got just under 200 applications this year. Amazing!
A quick note: Some people were having trouble [...]

Help us spread the word about DUCF and win!

We need your help!
Every year the deadline for applying to be a vendor at the Detroit Urban Craft Fair passes and a few people don’t hear about it in time. We have to tell them to wait until next year to be considered. We hate that.
This Friday, August 15th is the last chance to apply [...]

DUCF Alumni Spotted: Sweetie Pie Press

I was in Chicago this past weekend and spotted some Sweetie Pie Press buttons for sale at one of my favorite vintage clothing store, Clothes Option. Of course, I picked up a pack of Missy Kulik designs.
Color me impressed, my favorite crafty Canadians!
And since you’re reading a post with “DUCF” in the title, I’ll take [...]

DUCF application reminders

A few important reminders for those applying to DUCF:
1. When you hit submit on your DUCF application, please wait until you see the confirmation page. Do not close your browser window until you see this page! Applications may take a while to load if your images are big. A suggested size is 1000 px maximum.
2. It [...]

Cooking with Amy: Lentils and Vegetables

By Amy
This is a fairly quick, simple dinner I whipped up tonight.
Olive oil
1 cup dry lentils
Water (per lentil directions) or vegetable broth (for a little more flavor)
1 medium onion sliced thin
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
Carrots
1 bag fresh spinach
Cook the lentils per the directions. I use “Better Than Bouillon” vegetable base to add some extra flavor, [...]

Handmade Detroit Etsy shop back up

Etsy
Buy Handmade
handmadedetroit Some of you may have already noticed that our Etsy shop is back up and running. If you haven’t checked it out, please do. It’s the easiest place to pick up a Mitten pin or other HD merch — and all proceeds help fund DUCF and the group.

2008 Detroit Urban Craft Fair vendor applications now live

Calling all handmade artists! The moment you’ve been waiting for is here!
Vendors applications for 2008 are now available on the newly redesigned Detroit Urban Craft Fair site. This year’s fair will take place on Saturday, November 15, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at The Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theatre).
Before we get to [...]

Announcing “a bag: a dress” @ DUCF 2008

Adrienne of Sliptease Vintage is bringing a really awesome competition to this year’s DUCF. Fashion designers take note “a bag: a dress” is for you!
Here’s how it works: Each contestant gets a brown paper bag full of stuff (”some normal sewing stuff mixed with some maybe not so normal sewing stuff”). Everything in the bag [...]

Big news: DUCF moves to November, new location!

Drum roll, please! We’re excited to announce that the 3rd Detroit Urban Craft Fair will happen Saturday, Nov. 15, 2008 @ The Fillmore in the Detroit Theater District.
Interested in applying to be a vendor? Applications will be on the DUCF site in early July, 2008. That site is a getting a super snazzy re-design as we speak, so [...]

Detroit Urban Craft Fair 2008 pre-announcement

I know some of you are anxious to hear about DUCF 2008 and we don’t want to keep you wondering. So here’s the skinny: DUCF round 3 will happen in November, 2008. Date and such still to be confirmed. Vendor applications will be on the DUCF web site in June, 2008 — and we’ll post [...]

Apps now closed; SSM, Scarlet Oaks ready to rock HDHM!

Applications for the Handmade Detroit Holiday Market are now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied! You’ll be hearing from us very soon.
Now for the news part of this post: We’ve booked our entertainment for Friday’s VIP night (Nov. 16th). Rocking us into the wee hours will be the sweet sounds of Scarlet Oaks and SSM. [...]

DUCF in pictures

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DUCF on YouTube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCzmPbukXVU Big thanks to Grace for this super cute video of DUCF 2007.
EDIT: Just spotted this short clip on craftspace, too!

Don’t forget!

If you blogged about this year’s DUCF, please make sure to send me your mailing address. I have presents waiting!
lishdorset706@yahoo.com

Local artists at Motor City Brewing Works

Every week, the Motor City Brewing Works features a different local artist. Well, aren’t we pleased as punch to see 2007 DUCF vendor Jessica Brown setting up shop next Wednesday, Aug. 15, from 7-11 p.m.! I’ll be sure to be there for some deeelish brews as well as some great art. You should, too!
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Michigan Daily shows some crafty love

Check out this great review!
The whole kitsch and caboodle