Recycle, reuse, refurbish is your mantra. And the mall’s boutiques, while sparkly and new, don’t have the proper gifts for you to give to your friends. Your punk rock dog sitter pants for flashy canine apparel, and your BFF, the landscape architect, leans toward refined lines with a DIY aesthetic. Where on earth will you find the perfect presents for everyone on your holiday list? At Stitch Rock, a one-day, craft-tastic festival of epic proportions!

Now in its second installment, Stitch Rock feels like something you would happen upon during a perfect day in Williamsburg, but thanks to our abundant local talent pool, you don’t need to hop a plane to check out a cornucopia of great home-made goods. Just check out the Old School Square Gymnasium (51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach) this Saturday.

That’s where you’ll find Lola Blue’s adorably packaged, soy-based bath and body products. Or Humblebumbleb —- a line of hand-crafted retro hats; from ‘50s aviator styles to updated pill boxes, these dome-toppers are a must-have for any glam diva. “I wanted everybody to see that crafts are cool,” says organizer and master of stitch witchery, Amanda Watkins. “These are not your grandma’s crafts.” It’s so true; your grandma would never sell subversive punk rock dog tee shirts, freshly baked cup cakes, put on a vintage fashion show, or get Miami artist Lebo to do a live painting demonstration — that’s Stitch Rock territory. Bring your craftiest friends, folding money, and an appetite for baked goods today and take part in the biggest indie craft festival in South Florida. For the full run-down and vendor list, check out
Sat., Oct. 4, 2008

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