Folsom Faire was great, hello it is time for All Hallows!

The Folsom Renaissance Faire was a blast. I’ve been consistently impressed with the folks from Renaissance Productions all season and this Faire was probably my favorite of them all so far.

The Cap is not doing any more shows with me this year (gosh darn that need to earn a living) so I could not use our wooden market stall. It takes two people to set up, at minimum. One of those people must know how to use the power tools and how all the bits go together. Of the two of us, I am not that person. The alternative was the pop up that we use at non-Faire festivals.

One problem with using pop ups at Faire is that you have to disguise them in clever and crafty ways.

It’s a good thing that I am both clever and crafty.

The new tent

So here are some important things that I learned when I was adapting the pop up for Faire.
1. When you dag a canvas wraparound (dags are the little scallops) that was 40 feet long to start, you are basically doubling the amount of hem around which you will have to painstakingly fold and iron those little bits of bias tape.

You might want to pack a snack.

2. Did I mention you’re ironing that shit on, with your iron set on “Wool”? Buy some band-aids and burn cream.

3. When doing interesting things at 3am with fabric, toxic chemicals, and a very hot iron, it’s more than likely that you will get more help than you need, whether you asked for it or not.

Please, stop helping.

4. When the iron-on Velcro that was supposed to hold the roof and back wall of your booth together fails spectacularly, do not fall to the ground and sob hysterically. That’s what G-d made spring clamps for.

5. This remains true when the Velcro that (in theory) anchors the wraparound to the edges of your roof fabric also fails.

6. Spilled Fray-Check will inevitably wind up dried into clumps in the long-haired cat’s tail. You will probably never get it all out.

In the end it all worked out and I spent <$200 to get it all together, if you don’t count having to replace the iron and ironing board.

Not bad for $200 and a little elbow grease!



About Maia Rainwood

Owner and Maker at Maia Rainwood Design. Wearable art for wise women, birth keepers, witches, and world-builders.
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6 Responses to Folsom Faire was great, hello it is time for All Hallows!

  1. Bjo Trimble says:

    Back when John and I were merchants, we used disguised popups, including making a billowy ‘ceiling’ of white cotton voile that looked very pretty, and made the booth look “finished”. I sewed thin strips of white tape to the ceiling to tie it (do this first) to the middle point, then we raised the popup to full height and tied the ceiling up under the inside edge of our dags. A friend took our idea and made hers from lacy thrift store curtains that went well with her fun hats. If this sounds good, file the serial numbers off and run with it. Share with fellow merchants.

    • Rainy says:

      Bjo, thiat’s such a great idea. I wrapped the supports in muslin but I really like this – I am totally going to do it. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. Marilyn says:

    I really like your pop up! You did a great job!

  3. HLH-B says:

    I always enjoy hearing your process as well as the end result. And glad I nipped down to Etsy to find some skelly earrings this year. I missed them last year and was waiting for them to return. Love the way the skelly earrings are more shy this year, peeking out of the flowers and bling. These will be fun to wear in years to come!

    • Rainy says:

      I hope you like them! I did like the smaller skellies with the flowers a lot – they are shy little peepers this year. I am on the hunt for some actual sugar skull beads for next year. I may make some molds and paint my own.

  4. HLH-B says:

    I am wearing the bronze hoops today in fact! Love them! 🙂

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