Hand-Made Crafternoons at The New York Public Library – Spring 2013

Join me and my co-host, the lovely and talented rare books curator Jessica Pigza for our hands-on crafting workshops at the New York Public Library. These events are free and open to the public, and supplies are provided. This series takes place at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (on the Second Floor, Room 227). That’s the big library with the lions out front! Reservations are welcome because space is limited. To reserve your spot, please write to with your name and the date of the event you wish to attend. They are a wonderful gathering for the crafting community, so we hope to see you there!

Saturday, March 9th from 2-4pm: Beading with Bert & Dana Freed of Well Done Experience

Special guests will be mother and daughter bead artists Bert and Dana Freed. They’ll share some beading skills and discuss their creative DIY outreach as founders of  A Well Done Experience. This is our first beading Crafternoon, and we are thrilled about it! Additional info can be found on the library’s website.


Creativebug is a great source for art and craft instruction. We’ll be joined by some of their stitching teachers. Additional info can be found on the library’s website. SADLY, I WILL NOT BE IN ATTENDANCE AT THIS EVENT. BUT YOU SHOULD GO AND GET CRAFTY WITHOUT ME!

Saturday, April 20th from 2-4pm: Amy Azzarito from Design*Sponge

Amy is a former NYPL employee (she helped create the NYPL video series Design by the Book). She’s now managing editor of the popular blog Design*Sponge. Her new book, Past and Present: 24 Favorite Moments in Decorative Arts History and 24 Modern DIY Projects Inspired by Them comes out this spring. Amy show us how to make a project from her book, and we’ll have some wonderful decorative arts books from the library’s collections for browsing. Additional info can be found on the library’s website.

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