Handmade Detroit

Crafty Changes

Good gravy. I promise my next craft fair booth will look 100 times better. DUCF 2007, Majestic Theater.
Good gravy. I promise my next craft fair booth will look 100 times better. DUCF 2007, Majestic Theater.

Like a LOT of us, I can’t wait for this year’s Detroit Urban Craft Fair December 6-7 at the Masonic Temple. This year’s show will be a bit different for me; you won’t find me behind the Handmade Detroit table but instead behind my own booth.

Late this summer I stepped down from Handmade Detroit after nine years and eight DUCFs. I’ve loved being a part of Handmade Detroit and DUCF, but it’s time for my next DIY chapter. I’m looking forward (and slightly panicked) to returning to the role of crafty seller this winter and seeing all of the great new products this year’s class will be offering. For those who have followed Handmade Detroit’s off-shoot events over the years, you might remember Rethunk, our green-themed arm. That upcycling passion has fueled my latest creations as I work on turning craft scraps into new pieces of art, useful items for the home and more. And let’s be honest – my fabric scrap stash is out of control!

I can’t wait to see the lineup at DUCF this year and chat with the loyal shoppers, volunteers, significant others and friends of the fair and the group that have been there since DUCF 1. And I can’t wait to meet all the new faces, too.

To anyone who’s ever stopped me to say how much they love shopping indie, tried a new hobby or even changed careers because of DUCF, thank you. That has meant the world and will continue to mean the world to me from here on out.

See you at the fair,

Stitch n’ Pitch Returns to Detroit Sept. 28


Calling all knitters, crocheters and anyone who crafts with a needle! Stitch n’ Pitch is returning to Detroit Sept. 28 for a crafty meetup at Comerica Park.

Returning for the seventh year, Stitch n’ Pitch not only brings together craft lovers at the ball park, but collects new mittens for the Michigan Veterans Foundation, located in Detroit. Whether you make them yourself or purchase a new pair, this donation goes to help a great charity.

Sponsored by The Black Sheep Knitting Guild and Mittens for Detroit, attendees may purchase a ticket to this special game here. Your admission includes a ticket in the upper box with the rest of the Detroit Stitch n’ Pitch gang as well as a souvenir T-shirt. But hurry on getting those tickets – the special pricing is good only until Aug. 28.

Sponsor DUCF 2013

hd_logoSo, you’d like to sponsor the 2013 Detroit Urban Craft Fair? Fantastic! We’d love to have you help us celebrate our eighth show. Here’s how you can get involved this year.

We welcome all ideas for sponsorship inquiries. The following levels are guidelines to which we’re happy to discuss and find the right fit for your organization, brand or product we’re more than happy to create a custom sponsorship option based on your needs and ideas. (These levels reflect monetary amounts, but would still apply for equal in-kind services or donations.)


  • Booth at DUCF
  • Logo inclusion on all printed information, web site sponsorship information
  • Full-page ad in collectible DUCF program
  • Homepage sidebar ad on HandmadeDetroit.com for 3 months
  • Blog sidebar ad on HandmadeDetroit.com
  • 5 Facebook and Twitter shout-outs
  • Product/handout inclusion in vendor gift bag


  • Booth at DUCF
  • Logo inclusion on all printed information, website sponsorship information
  • Half-page ad in collectible DUCF program
  • Homepage footer ad on HandmadeDetroit.com for 2 months
  • 2 Facebook and Twitter shout-outs


  • Quarter-page ad in collectible DUCF program
  • Homepage footer ad on HandmadeDetroit.com for 1 month


  • Quarter-page ad in collectible DUCF program


  • Inclusion and link in “thank you” list on HandmadeDetroit.com, DetroitUrbanCraftFair.com, and printed collectible program


  • Name and link on special HandmadeDetroit.com blogroll

Other Ways to Support
If you’re a business that can provide a service or donation, we’re always looking for items in the
following areas:

  • Volunteer time (setup, showtime, teardown)
  • Gift bags (Paper bags, shopping bags, etc., for giveaways)
  • Vendor gift bag gifts
  • Media trades

To get involved, leave a comment here or email Lish Dorset at lish [dot] dorset [at] gmail [dot] com.