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Minnesota's first Unraveled DIY Festival

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There will always be kids who favor modding their own clothes and using craft glue rather than shopping for store-bought clothing and gifts. In recent years the do-it-yourself mantra has gained popularity, inspiring homespun products with online craft stores like Etsy.


The Surface Design Association and the Textile Center, Minneapolis's center for fiber art, have teamed up this year to highlight creations from the younger DIY set with Minnesota's first Unraveled DIY Festival craft fair.

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The event will have a party atmosphere where people can mingle with fellow artists and crafters; the event coincides with the worldwide Etsy Crafty Party meet-up. Over 50 artists will showcase their wares, including felting phenom Christy Binoniemi, meme-maker Kate Funk, and strange softies maker Jessica Puckett of Plushroom Soup. In addition to lace and spinning demos, folks from StevenBe will demonstrate the art of yarn bombing (think graffiti art, only with yarn).

There will also be many accessories and supplies for sale, and plenty of opportunities to be inspired happenings, including fashion shows by Homic, a wearable art slam, and an MCAD student show. There will be free Peace Coffee and a Big Cartel raffle, too.

The Unraveled DIY Festival takes place Friday, June 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in and around the University of Minnesota's Rapson Architecture Center. Tickets are $3.