It’s the anniversary of our first ever Free People craft swap! Valentine craft swap 2008 starts now.
For those of you who have not swapped before, here’s how it works…
You sign up to swap and are sure to give me you correct mailing address and email. I hook you up with another swapper anywhere in the world (or just in the US if you prefer). I email you all of your partner’s information. You have a few weeks to make your partner absolutely anything you want based on the theme of Valentine’s Day. Then you mail your gift to your partner, and they mail you one in return. And everyone has a happy Valentine’s Day!
Sign up for the swap here. It will be fuuun. Sign up deadline is Wednesday January 30th.
Check out last year’s photos here. You can view all of the photos if you sign in to flickr. Only a handful of them appear if you are not signed in…

skunkboy -Feb 20, 2008, 12:59PM
I haven't really heard anything about the crafts that people received this year... is there a way to post them on fickr yet? Also, my partner was a bum and I never received a craft, only sent one. I was wondering if there was anyone else like me who got stiffed and if there's anything to be done about it?
Sarah -Feb 17, 2008, 5:14PM
did my valentine get lost in air traffic ?

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doily chair

I just had to post Tara Murray’s doily chair. Free People is always attracted to the modernization of old crafts, and Tara’s work explores that concept. Here’s a bit about the chair from her website
The Doily Chair was an exploration in designing a new furniture piece utilizing an outdated object. The new composite linen doily has found its home supported on a wide walnut chair frame. The recontextualized doily provokes images of grannies and formal parlours of the past yet maintains its contemporary proportions and usage. The Doily Chair is a project from the thesis work on attachment and thus employs the six developed Design Tools to Encourage Emotional Attachment.

Diane Edwards -Jul 12, 2013, 4:28PM
I love the chair at Bloomingdales. Would love to buy it. Low - made for short people
jon -Jan 03, 2008, 12:16PM
this is really beautiful

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mod gingerbread

Black Eiffel posted these modern gingerbread houses. I love them! CBGBs is pretty funny. I have to say, the old classic gingerbread houses definitely lend themselves to the use of candy a bit more. Much more fun and whimsical. But I do love the idea of these mod houses! Check out Black Eiffel for links to the photos…
Check out the Free People gingerbread if you haven’t seen it! Video and pics!

kathryn -Jun 15, 2008, 11:41AM
Hey, I'm super flattered that you liked my CBGB gingerbread house photograph, but could you please take it down? Thanks.

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holiday crafts

Over on the small object, there are some really great holiday craft ideas. Two of my favorites are made using recycled fabric scraps. If you do any sewing and are a pack rat, I know you have tons of little scraps you’re saving “just in case”. So here are two awesome ideas to use em up! Check out the stacking fabric trees and chain link garland


shrinky dinks

Yoonie-at-home posted her tutorial for making shrinky dink holiday ornaments. She gives a super detailed step by step and even gives you a template to download. I love crafts that involve a childhood pastime for a modern craft. Check it out and get shrinking!

fpgirl -Dec 12, 2007, 11:46PM
Hi Emily. You can use scanned images or images you design on the computer and then you print them on to the special plastic. There is actually a shrinky dink website, and you can probably get the plastic at craft stores too. Here's the link...
emily Warpinski -Dec 11, 2007, 8:10PM
so confusing!! so do you need to decorate then scan it onto your computer? what kind of plastic do you use and where do you buy it?

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crochet trees!

We got some comments asking for more details of our giant crochet tree display. Here you go! This is the prototype tree our display team made in their workspace at the home office.
The visual team crochetters worked from the top down, starting with a styrofoam ball, crochetting around it and then down, connecting to big rings as we went. Then we crochetted garland to drape on the tree, and crochetted around little styrofoam balls to be “ornaments.” Then we had to chop the rings in quarters, folded the tree up, and sent it to india to be reproduced. As you can see from the pictures of the final one in the stores, they’re all a little different. But it looks great and is a wonderful handmade treasure.


Rose -Feb 15, 2010, 3:59PM
absolutely wonderful tree. we'll feature it!
fpgirl -Dec 12, 2007, 11:48PM
Hey Sara. I'll check with the display team and hopefully get back to you with an answer!!

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this week

There are some cool events happening this week in NY that I thought I’d share…
One is the Bust Holiday Craftacular. This is one of my favorite spots for holiday gifts and new crafty ideas for stuff to make myself. It keeps getting better every year, so check it out this Saturday, Dec 8th at The Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City, 125 West 18th Street.

Also this week, is GenArt’s SHOP NYC, full of amazing designers selling their wares for amazing prices. This Wednesday at the Puck Building from 6-10pm.

emily -Dec 05, 2007, 12:16PM
thanks for the info, i'm definitely going to go check it out!
fpgirl -Dec 03, 2007, 11:23PM
Hi Georgia. I wouldn't recommend wearing them outside. The bottoms are suede and probably wouldn't last more than a day or two on the concrete, plus the knit part goes all the way down to the edges of the sole. They definitely wouldn't be good in any kind of moist ground... You could probably wear them as thick socks though, peeking out of some roomy boots...

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Post image for etsy fiber art show & sale

Let fiber keep you warm during the Etsy Fiber Art Street Team sale, trunk show, online events … and all year round!
Who: The fabulous independent spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters, and fiber artists of, your place to buy handmade!
What: A giant event, online and in person, celebrating all things handmade and fiber!
When: Sale in online shops from Nov. 1 – Nov. 16. Trunk show date is Nov. 16, online and at Etsy Labs 6 – 8 p.m. EST.
Where: Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street, 6th Floor, Brooklyn NY 11201 , and also online at and
Why: Warm up your November with our great fiber artists! Great sales on items for the holidays, supplies, and more! Interact with our members, learning more about these products and techniques! Buy handmade.
How: RSVP at labs [!at], check for more info, and be sure to visit us during our sale and show Nov. 16!
For more pictures, visit here

dark fairy swap photos

Our Dark Fairy Swap flickr group is filling up with photos of the amazing crafts you all made! Check out the photos, read about the swappers in the discussion page (come on swappers, introduce yourself!) and leave the crafters some comments. And FYI, if you have a flickr account, or want to set one up, you can view ALL of the photos in the group. If you don’t have an account, you can only see a limited #. Not sure why…
I’ll be featuring some individual photos from the swap in the sidebar to the right. So check back to see yours featured!

Marissa -Nov 21, 2007, 9:43PM
they are all so magnificent, i can't even begin to describe it. such amazing detail and love in all of them. they look like things that you would find in a free people store. thank you for sharing the photos, they have made my day. :)
-Nov 15, 2007, 3:16AM
What fun! I don't know why my photos never show up, unless I'm signed in. They are marked "public"... I'm Rusalka on the swap page.

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modern needlepoint

Recently I met the designer of AMH Design. She does these super cute, portable needlepoint kits and the end result is functional as well. Here’s a bit from Amy’s bio…
Amy Holbrook, the founder of AMH Design, discovered needlepoint when it was recommended to her as a great stress relief activity. After living in Italy for several years where her most stressful daily event was trying to navigate Rome’s traffic on her Vespa, Amy returned to New York and enrolled at Columbia Business School where she soon became a stressed out, sleep deprived MBA student looking for a job. To combat the stress of her grueling schedule, Amy started needlepointing. She was instantly hooked by this craft that kept her hands busy, calmed her nerves and put her into a meditation-like state.
After stitching numerous floral motifs, eyeglass cases and pillows with cute sayings, Amy decided that if she was going to continue stitching, she wanted to be making something that would fit in with her urban lifestyle and home decor. She searched needlepoint shops and online stores and couldn’t find what she was looking for. So, she decided to design them herself- AMH Design was born shortly after graduating from Columbia.
Check out her site for fun ways to craft and customize your own journals and photo albums!

Skye -Nov 12, 2007, 10:36PM
Your video is awesome, and i love your clothes and shoes. My favorite jacket is a 4 year old free people and i wear it every fall :) Your colors and your adventures are an inspiration... Good luck with everything you create, and if you ever need a model it would be an honor

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Laura B -Nov 03, 2007, 4:59PM
I am so jealous that I'm not a part of your company yet! My mom and I used to make houses like this every year when I was little. We used poundcake mostly so it wasn't as easy for me to break when I really got into the decorating! :) Such a cute idea!
-Nov 02, 2007, 1:47PM
please, free people, PLEASE make more adorable clogs!! I bought a pair from you a few years back and they are starting to fall apart :( I don't know what I will do without them!

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pumpkin patterns

How About Orange posted these free pumpkin carving patterns from World Wildlife Fund. Check her site, she also posted some other pumpkin carving sites. I did a google search to try to find really amazing pumpkins, but all I could find were pumpkins carved into creepy animals or presidents’ heads. Does anyone have any cool links???

Sue -May 29, 2011, 3:15PM
I get my patterns from It's the Best Pumpkin Pattern Site on the Net. they offer 1000's of patterns.
tammi jean -Oct 22, 2007, 4:23PM not exactly artsy & pretty, but definitely funny and worth checking out.

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