Procrastinator's Sale 5-8PM
Dec
21
5:00 PM17:00

Procrastinator's Sale 5-8PM

  • 40 melville st. pittsfield, MA 01201 United States (map)
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This Friday December 21st from 5-8PM

Stop in the studio and get your last minute gifts, pick up your custom orders, have a glass of wine and wrap your presents while you are here. Come to the glass door tucked under the fire escape on the parking lot side of the building.

Head over to the website if you'd like prior to coming in case you'd like to place anything on hold!

Crispina

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Used Clothing Alchemy Retreat
Sep
21
to Sep 22

Used Clothing Alchemy Retreat

Join us for a Used Clothing Alchemy Retreat — a whole weekend of community and creativity with Crispina ffrench! The specific location of this retreat will be determined in early 2019.

LIIMITED TO 12 ATTENDEES! Saturday & Sunday from 10am–5pm

Recreate your wardrobe by cutting, sewing, and fitting out-of-style, stained, ill-fitted or otherwise un-wearable clothing into a new favorite. Participants should bring 3–6 freshly laundered garments to restyle and/or swap. Things will kick off with demonstrations of restyling techniques. Then, individual consultations will help each student devise a game-plan to create a custom fitted, wonderfully styled new garment of their own design.

You may also choose to make gifts or home decor with your material — we’ll have lots of ideas and samples on hand to inspire you!

We plan to offer retreats four times each year, and we’re partnering with Hotel on North in Pittsfield, MA and local restaurants for convenient, discounted lodging and meals. We’ll send along detailed information to registered folks. Check out our events calendar for other Used Clothing Alchemy Retreat dates!

Sign up! Be sure to sign up for our email list so we can let you know when registration is open for this retreat!

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2018 Holiday Shindy
Dec
9
11:00 AM11:00

2018 Holiday Shindy

Shire City Sanctuary will again host one of the most spectacular craft fairs in the region. For over a decade the Holiday Shindy has been a magical destination shopping tradition with over 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Long-time returning vendors and emerging talents will meld in our delicious pool of festivity. 

The Shindy will be held Saturday, December 8th from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, December 9th from 11AM to 4PM. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site for the duration of the Shindy.

Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free. Admission fees will help fuel the promotions and use of the lovely Shire City Sanctuary.

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2018 Holiday Shindy
Dec
8
10:00 AM10:00

2018 Holiday Shindy

Shire City Sanctuary will again host one of the most spectacular craft fairs in the region. For over a decade the Holiday Shindy has been a magical destination shopping tradition with over 60 artisan vendors, yummy food, warm drinks, and live music. Long-time returning vendors and emerging talents will meld in our delicious pool of festivity. 

The Shindy will be held Saturday, December 8th from 10AM to 6PM and Sunday, December 9th from 11AM to 4PM. Live music will be performed throughout the event. An Angel Tree will be on site for the duration of the Shindy.

Admission is $3 for the general public. Children under the age of 12 are free. Admission fees will help fuel the promotions and use of the lovely Shire City Sanctuary.

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Community Make Day
Nov
23
1:00 PM13:00

Community Make Day

Ring in the holiday season with Community Make Day with Crispina ffrench!

FRIDAY, Nov. 23, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Makerspace at Shire City Sanctuary on 40 Melville Street in Pittsfield

People from around the county are invited to learn how to create garlands and wreaths out of recycled fabrics to spark creative repurposing during the holiday season. 

Bring yourself and your BRIGHT 'n SHINY red, green, orange, and blue fabrics (ie old clothes) and we'll turn them into festive winter decorations for the Holiday Shindy! Get inspired to MAKE your holiday gifts this year!

There is NO FEE for Community Make Day and all ages are welcome. Hot, spiced apple cider and cider doughnuts will be served. 

For more information, contact Crispina’s team at hello@crispina.com.

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FESTIVE Holiday Market
Nov
17
10:30 AM10:30

FESTIVE Holiday Market

FESTIVE is a handmade holiday market celebrating local food and design from the Berkshires and beyond. Crispina will be there with favorite sweaters and blankets, super-cool new ottomans, and more. Come say HELLO!

Set in an expansive, light-filled former cotton spinning mill, the 30,000 square foot open marketplace will feature the region’s best artisan makers, including culinary crafters, local farmers, fermenters, and more.

$5 entry | kids under 12 free

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Weekly Theme — Fall Festivals
Oct
22
to Oct 28

Weekly Theme — Fall Festivals

Team Crispina decides upon a theme each week, inspired by things going on in the world at large and in our cozy studio. We welcome our tribe (that’s you!) to share a meaningful quote or saying related to the theme-of-the-week, and we will choose our favorite to feature on a screen print in our shop. If your submission is used for our Monday Manifesto poster, we'll mail you a print! Please email us with your ideas!

This week's theme is FALL FESTIVALS.

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Sap Bucket Denim Alchemy Knitting Bag
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Sap Bucket Denim Alchemy Knitting Bag

  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (map)
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Join Crispina ffrench, the mother of used clothing alchemy, for a fun-filled three-hour class at the 2018 New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. Using layers of recycled cotton denim pants, we will create stylish and eye-catching bucket bags, big enough to carry your knitting or use as a purse. Interior and exterior pockets help keep you organized and a closure keeps things a little more secure. Stay focused and show-off your finished bag at the show! The use of all tools, materials, and equipment are part of the deal. No experience necessary!

Workshop fee: $90

A material fee of $25 is included in the registration fee and includes everything you need. You might consider bringing ortable lighting such as "Beam N Read."

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Sweater Alchemy Drawstring Pocket Skirt
Oct
19
9:00 AM09:00

Sweater Alchemy Drawstring Pocket Skirt

  • New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Crispina ffrench, the mother of used clothing alchemy, for a fun-filled three-hour class at the 2018 New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. Using recycled sweaters, we will create bespoke drawstring pocket skirts for any body type.  

Learn the basics of creating with used clothing and make a warm and functional skirt to wear to the show! Basic handsewing skills helpful, but not necessary. These skirts are great over yoga pants, tights, and even jeans adding a layer of warmth right where you need it, making the fall and winter a whole lot more cozy. 

Materials, the use of tools, and all the guidance you need to finish your skirt in class are part of the deal. No experience necessary.

Workshop fee: $90

A material fee of $25 is included in the registration fee and includes everything you need. You might consider bringing portable lighting such as "Beam N Read."

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Weekly Theme — Dressing for the Weather
Oct
15
to Oct 22

Weekly Theme — Dressing for the Weather

Team Crispina decides upon a theme each week, inspired by things going on in the world at large and in our cozy studio. We welcome our tribe (that’s you!) to share a meaningful quote or saying related to the theme-of-the-week, and we will choose our favorite to feature on a screen print in our shop. If your submission is used for our Monday Manifesto poster, we'll mail you a print! Please email us with your ideas!

This week's theme is DRESSING FOR THE WEATHER.

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Weekly Theme — Hiking
Oct
8
to Oct 14

Weekly Theme — Hiking

Team Crispina decides upon a theme each week, inspired by things going on in the world at large and in our cozy studio. We welcome our tribe (that’s you!) to share a meaningful quote or saying related to the theme-of-the-week, and we will choose our favorite to feature on a screen print in our shop. If your submission is used for our Monday Manifesto poster, we'll mail you a print! Please email us with your ideas!

This week's theme is HIKING.

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Great Barrington Arts Market
Sep
29
9:00 AM09:00

Great Barrington Arts Market

Join community festivities at the Great Barrington Arts Market in collaboration with the Great Barrington Farmers Market. I will be selling there the last Saturday of each month while the market is open this summer. This month we are already thinking about the cool weather on the way with a fresh batch of cozy things sewn from recycled sweaters.

If you can't make it in person, check my shop for listings.

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Weekly Theme — Community
Sep
24
to Oct 7

Weekly Theme — Community

Team Crispina decides upon a theme each week, inspired by things going on in the world at large and in our cozy studio. We welcome our tribe (that’s you!) to share a meaningful quote or saying related to the theme-of-the-week, and we will choose our favorite to feature on a screen print in our shop. If your submission is used for our Monday Manifesto poster, we'll mail you a print! Please email us with your ideas!

This week's theme is COMMUNITY.

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Clothing Alchemy — the Chop Shop!
Sep
22
10:00 AM10:00

Clothing Alchemy — the Chop Shop!

Recreate your wardrobe by cutting, sewing, and fitting out-of-style, stained, ill-fitted or otherwise un-wearable clothing into a new favorite. Participants should bring 3–6 freshly laundered garments to restyle and/or swap. Things will kick off with demonstrations of restyling techniques. Then, individual consultations will help each student devise a game-plan to create a custom fitted, wonderfully styled new garment of their own design.

Workshop Fee: $260
Materials Fee: $35

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