Category: Events

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Volunteer Meeting – Sat, Jan 23 11am


If you’re in Chicago on Saturday, January 23 at 11 a.m. you should stop by the Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago Volunteer Meeting! I will be talking all about this amazing annual event and getting to know all the awesome crafters and craft-enablers who show up! We need your help!


  • Sewers – Take a shift assisting SORR participants at a sewing machine station.
  • Silkscreen Artists/Helpers – Submit artwork for the screens and/or assist participants at a silkscreen station.
  • Workshop Leaders – Teach a craft or technique to participants.
  • Musicians and D.J.s – Play a set or 2 to keep the energy high and creative juices flowing throughout the weekend.
  • General Helpers – Assist before and during the event with everything from putting up posters in your neighborhood to sorting clothing at the event.
  • Designers – Show off your 1st Hand designs using 2nd Hand materials in our Inspiration Fashion Show! Get your designs on a runway and win fabulous prizes!

All volunteers receive a free pass to SORR Chicago!

Sat, Jan 23 @ 11 am

Chicago Waldorf School
1300 W Loyola Ave
Chicago, IL
Map & Parking

(We’ll be meeting in a classroom in the storefront directly
across the street from the Main Office)


What is Swap-O-Rama-Rama?
Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing. At SORR Chicago 2010, we’ll also have an amazing inspiration fashion show, live music, a screening of indie-craft documentary Handmade Nation, and more!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago 2010
March 19-21

Chicago Waldorf School
1300 W Loyola, Chicago

All proceeds from SORR Chicago 2010 will benefit the following non-profits: Three Sisters Folk Arts School, Chicago Waldorf School & Swap-O-Rama-Rama (National Organization). Swap-O-Rama-Rama is licensed by a creative commons license. To learn more about past swaps or swaps in other cities, please visit We’d like to thank our sponsors, Yudu and Studio Chicago.

Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago on ABC7 Tonight

UPDATE 11/25/09: You can see the video here:

Tune in at 10 p.m. CST to Chicago’s ABC7 to see a story by Leah Hope about Swap-O-Rama-Rama with an interview with yours truly!

For the shoot, we took cloths from Rebekah’s closet (which the film crew had watched her “weed” out that morning) and created a new out fit by “frogging” or unraveling an old sweater, and altering and silkscreening an old t-shirt.

A big thanks to Cathey, Maddie, Jessica and Maureen from the Waldorf School, Betsy from Foxglove Accessories and Rebekah (both return volunteers from the 2008 SORR Chicago), Jake, a.k.a. Fearless Husband, and the always craft-tastic Kevin Reed without whom, I never would have been able to pull this off!







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Swap-O-Rama-Rama Chicago
March 20-21, 2010
Chicago Waldorf School

Swap-O-Rama-Rama is a clothing swap and series of do-it-yourself workshops in which a community explores creative reuse through the recycling of used clothing. Bring in all those abandoned clothes from the back of your closet, swap them for something new and then get creative!  At Swap-O-Rama-Rama you get unlimited access to Singer sewing machines, Yudu silk screens, and all the supplies and coaching you’ll need to make an amazing garment, some new accessories, or anything you can dream up. All while supporting some very worthy non-profits! | Facebook

Join me at Chicago Craft Social, Aug 14

I stumbled across Chicago blogger Megan Heep’s, My Plum Pudding Blog recently from a feature of one of her tutorials on Craftzine’s blog. (Aren’t those blocks and kids adorable!?)


While browsing through her other crafts and recipes, I found out about an awesome sounding event she’s helping to organize. The Chicago Craft Social brings together 100-150 crafters from the area to craft, chat and enjoy some desserts.


I’m going to go to work on some crafty goodness and see if I can make some connections (and steal some ideas) for Swap-O-Rama-Rama 2010! My buddy Sarah said she would join me. Anyone else want to come?

P.S. I’m working on an update of the SORR Illinois site, to be revealed soon! Aren’t you excited? You know you are!