Last year was the first time I went to the September Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago, and I was excited to go again this year. It’s the largest of the Renegade Craft Fairs and it is such a fantastic experience. I follow a lot of the vendors on Instagram and it was great to finally see their work in person.
Last year I left with quite a few purchases, but all I got this time was a headband. I still haven’t framed and hung up all my prints I got last time, so I refused to let myself but any this time. Since I don’t have purchases to show off, I’m just going to show off some of my favorite vendors this year.
Poppy and Fern
This was one of only two needlework artists I saw and Renegade and the work was amazing! I love the intricate necklace frames and the delicate stitching.
I love Genevieve’s style and I couldn’t resist her amazing, furry sign! That orange monster is too adorable! She has such a sweet, beautiful style and it just made me smile. I especially love that she has rubber stamps available, what a neat idea!
52Lasers has made me pay a lot more attention to laser cut items, so between the laser cutting and the hexagons, I couldn’t help but stop and look! There was a lot of fun pieces and I loved seeing the hand painted wooden pieces, especially that ice cream cone!
Family Tree Design
I absolutely love Family Tree Design, Josh actually has a set of their monster friends prints in his office. I was so, so tempted by the Belefonte print because I love A Life Aquatic, but I ultimately decided against it didn’t look like a size I would easily be able to get a frame for. But it was very difficult to pass it up! I also loved the idea of the “digital business card”!
Biggie Handmade Goods
My mother-in-law lent me a couple looms recently because I’ve been really wanting to try weaving. The colors and the patterns of these were so amazing! I find weaving to be so fascinating and I loved examining these up close.
BRIKA is a curated online marketplace featuring handmade goods. I loved seeing the wide variety of different styles and makers together in one booth.
Perfect Hair Ties
Perfect Hair Ties is where I got my headband. I had to include them because I really loved that they had a laser cut sign and their scrappy hexagon wall hanging with a Mary Poppins’s quote needed to be shown off!
I loved the colors and patterns on the products by Innad. I’m not really a backpack user, otherwise I would have been very tempted! The shoes were so fun and the designs are all just so unique and fun!
There were so many more amazing vendors that I didn’t include because you would be reading forever. It was so great to see so many talented makers together in one place! Have you ever been to a Renegade Craft Fair?