Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library: Spring 2014

I’m thrilled to announce our Spring 2014 dates for Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library! Please join me and my co-host, talented rare books curator (and new author!) Jessica Pigza for our hands-on crafting workshops. We are so proud that these events are FREE and open to the public, and supplies are provided. So come on out to make stuff and meet other crafty New Yorkers.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 2-4pm

Our guest author will be none other than our very own librarian co-host and crafter, Jessica Pigza. Jessica has been working tirelessly for almost two years to bring us her wonderful new book, Bibliocraft. The book highlights a variety of brand new craft projects along with valuable suggestions on how to use libraries for crafty inspiration. Jessica will be teaching us one of the crafts featured in the book, and she may even have a contributor or two on hand to celebrate. I am so proud of her and cannot wait to celebrate her tremendous accomplishment! Check back closer to the date for more info.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 from 2-4pm

Join us to celebrate the community of making which has blossomed during the five years of Handmade Crafternoons, which grew out of my own Crafternoon gatherings and which inspired Jessica Pigza to write BiblioCraft. For this session, we’re encouraging our crafters to show us any projects that you’re working on now, or your favorite craft projects from the past. And if you design, teach classes, or otherwise make your living from your creative work, you are invited to share those details too. Jessica will share a favorite project from BiblioCraft, inspired by the rare books she works with every day –hand stitched watermark embroideries.

CANCELLED: Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 2-4pm

UNFORTUNATELY, WE HAVE HAD TO CANCEL OUR MAY DATE. PLEASE CHECK BACK IN THE FALL FOR ADDITIONAL DATES. Jessica Alexandrakis is the author of Quilting on the Go: English Paper Piecing Projects You Can Take Anywhere. We’ll learn how quilting and patchwork projects make excellent portable projects for longer trips or your daily commute, and we’ll make a bookmark project of fabrics and ribbon as you learn the basics of an easy hand stitching technique called English paper piecing. To learn more about Jessica and her book, visit her blog, Life Under Quilts.

This series takes place at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (on the Second Floor, Room 227), on 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue. 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. Check back here or at Hand-Made at NYPL for any additional details as the event nears.

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