Urban Craft Uprising

Seattle is a city of whimsy. Concrete trolls guard our bridges. We build museums in the shape of smashed guitars. Our most iconic landmark is essentially a UFO on a stick. So it should come as no surprise that this weekend’s Urban Craft Uprising, Seattle’s largest indie craft fair, is so darn popular. Just the names of the retailers—Wooly Bison, Mugwump, Thug Fairy Designs—are cute enough to charm even those with bristling pincushions for hearts. Other wares, including sock monkey kits, plush pickles, and bright red bellbottoms inspired by Japanese street fashion, raise the quirk factor further still. Should you find yourself inspired to make your own plaster cupcakes or felt teas cozies, yet aren’t sure of how to start, the show also provides hourly demos. REBECCA COHEN

Sat., July 10, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., July 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 2010

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