CRAFTERNOON EVENTS

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 handmade@nypl.org 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.

PAST EVENTS

FALL 2013: HAND-MADE CRAFTERNOON AT THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY

It feels like it’s been forever since we’ve gathered together to craft in the hallowed halls of the New York Public Library, but Hand-Made Crafternoons are back! Please join me and my co-host, the lovely and talented rare books curator Jessica Pigza for our hands-on crafting workshops. These events are FREE and supplies are provided. That’s right, FREE. I’m so proud that we are able to host such an amazing program that is completely inclusive and open to the public. Just bring your enthusiasm and your craftiness.

This series takes place at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (on the Second Floor, Room 227). Yes, the Ghostbusters library! Reservations are welcome because space is limited. To reserve your spot, please write to handmade@nypl.org 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. We look forward to seeing many of our regulars from seasons past, and to meeting lots of new crafters.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 2-4pm

We’ll be joined by artist and quilt designer Denyse Schmidt (author of, most recently, Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration). We’ll have supplies on hand for a little history-inspired stitching project–patchwork coasters inspired by postage stamp quilts–as well as a spread of wonderful books from the Library’s collections for browsing. We’ll have everything you need to make your own patchwork coaster, but if you have favorite sewing supplies or fabric scraps  (8″ squares of three cotton fabrics will be all you need) you are welcome to bring them!

Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 2-4pm

We’ll be joined by Kayte Terry, author of Paper Made (and visual designer for Anthropologie), who will share some of her loveliest tricks using paper and glue to make unexpected creations. We’ll have all the supplies you need on hand, as well as a selection of craft-related books from the Library’s collection for browsing.

Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 2-4pm
We’ll be joined by Jessica Marquez, author of Stitched Gifts and creator of the embroidery line Miniature Rhino. We’ll learn how to make something simple and stitched. And as usual, we’ll have all the supplies you need on hand, as well as a selection of craft-related books from the Library’s collection for browsing.

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 handmade@nypl.org 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.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH FROM 2-4: CREATIVEBUG

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.

Handmade Crafternoon at the New York Public Library – Fall 2012

Join me and the lovely and talented rare books curator Jessica Pigza for our hands-on crafting series at the New York Public Library. This series takes place at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (on the Second Floor, Room 227). These events are free and open to the public, and supplies are provided. Reservations are welcome because space is limited. To reserve your spot, please write to handmade@nypl.org with your name and the date of the event you wish to attend. I hope to see you there!

September 15th, 2012 from 2-4pm

Kelly Rand, Program Director at Hello Craft, will be celebrating the publication of Handmade To Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz. The book dishes out advice to entrepreneurial crafters, and Kelly will field questions from our attendees while showing us some DIY projects. More info on the event at the NYPL website.

October 13, 2012 from 2-4pm

Sarah Goldschadt, author of Craft-A-Day, will be showing us one of the multitude of very cool projects from her book. More info on the event at the NYPL website.

CANCELLED: November 3, 2012 from 2-4pm

This event with Denyse will be rescheduled for the Spring. Sorry for any inconvenience.Denyse Schmidt, artist/quilter/author/inspiring woman, will share ideas from her new book Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration and guide us through a historically inspired stitching project. More info on the event at the NYPL website.

Spring 2012: Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL

Join me and Jessica Pigza at the Stephen A. Schwarzman branch of the New York Public Library for Handmade Crafternoon this spring.

March 3, 2012 The NY Guild of Handweavers Members of the New York Guild of Handweavers will demonstrate the basic tenets of handweaving and share some information and inspiration about this textile art. You’ll be able to try your hand at weaving with a little DIY loom and watch other looms in action as well.

April 14, 2012 Noah Scalin, author of Skulls, Unstuck, and 365, will share with us some ideas for kickstarting our own creativity every day.

May 12, 2012 Jennifer Paganelli, author of the books Girls World and Happy Home and designer of the vibrant and joyful Sis Boom fabric line, will show us how to make festive garlands.

Handmade Crafternoons are always from 2-4pm. More details will be announced closer to each date. For advance registration, send an email to HANDMADE@NYPL.ORG. Include YOUR NAME and the DATE you want to attend.Please arrive by 1:50pm for the event; at that point we’ll offer open seats to walk-ins.

Creative Art-Making at the Brooklyn Museum

A Valentine’s Crafternoon

Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York
Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor
http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/4944

I’m thrilled to return to The Brooklyn Museum, where I’ll be leading a workshop on how to make creative collage pieces inspired by love and Valentine’s Day.

There is a $15 materials fee, and registration is required. Register at www.museumtix.com or at the Museum’s Visitor Center. A limited number of free tickets are reserved for Museum members on a first-come, first-served basis. Members should call (718) 501-6326 for tickets.


Fall 2011: Handmade Crafternoon at the NYPL

Join me and Jessica Pigza at the Stephen A. Schwarzman branch of the New York Public Library for Handmade Crafternoon this fall!

September 10, 2011  design*sponge celebrated the release of their new book with a hands-on crafting demo at Handmade Crafternoon! Author Grace Bonney demonstrated how to design a personal stamp and create beautiful custom-printed fabric with it!

October 15, 2011 Our delicate October Crafternoon featured talented lace designer Lisa Daehlin. Lisa showed us a few lacemaking techniques and talked all about lace. She teaches at Cooper Union, knitting shops, and elsewhere, and is an opera singer as well as lacemaker.

November 19, 2011 Join us for a feisty and fun BUST DIY Day with Debbie Stoller and Laurie Henzel. We’ll be celebrating the Bust Guide to Life by making friendship bracelets! Feel free to BYOEF (bring your own embroidery floss) in 4 different colors.

December 17, 2011 Fabric lovers, you are in luck. To say our fond farewell to 2011, we’re having a sewing party with the sweet and talented Brett Bara!

Handmade Crafternoons are always from 2-4pm. More details will be announced closer to each date. This season we’re trying something new with Handmade Crafternoons — advance registration. We’ll still take as many walk-ins as space allows, but you can sign up in advance if you want.Here’s how it works: Send an email to HANDMADE@NYPL.ORG. Include YOUR NAME and the DATE you want to attend.Please arrive by 1:50pm for the event; at that point we’ll offer open seats to walk-ins. Can’t wait to get crafty with you!

Maker Faire: Party Decor Demo at the CRAFT Booth

Sunday, September 18th at 1pm

Join me for Maker Faire, the most completely awesome DIY tech and craft fair EVER. This event is two days long and takes place out at the New York Hall of Science. If you haven’t been before, you are in for a major treat. Learn how to do all kinds of crazy tech things,or go to a lecture on the molecular pathology of cancer. Buy a two day pass and see John Hodgman reveal the secrets of famous magic tricks on Saturday at 2pm!

I’ll be demoing Total Craft Party: Ideas for Decorating Your Next Celebration by Hand at the CRAFT Demo Booth on Sunday 9/18 at 1pm. Hope to see you there!

8/27/11: Crafternoon at the San Francisco Public Library

I’m thrilled to be kicking off the San Francisco Public Library’s new Crafternoon series at the Presidio Branch on Saturday, August 27th, 2011. Supplies will be generously donated by EKSuccess Brands. Looking forward to bringing Crafternoon to the beautiful city by the bay.

Handmade Crafternoon: Zine Making Party!

Get ready for some independent publishing at our zine making day with the awesome Ayun Halliday, author of Zinester’s Guide to New York City. We’ll also be joined by the New York Public Library‘s Periodicals Librarian who will be on hand to showcase the library’s zine collection. FREE

Saturday, May 7, 2011 from 2-4pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

Handmade Crafternoon: Sewing with Liesl Gibson

We’ll be welcoming the wonderful Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S back to the library to celebrate her new book Little Things to Sew! FREE

Saturday April 2nd from 2-4pm

New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue
Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

http://www.oliverands.com/blog/

Handmade Crafternoon: The Artful Bird

We learned how to make beautiful birds with Abby Glassenberg, author of The Artful Bird: Feathered Friends to Make and Sew . FREE

Saturday, March 5, 2011 from 2-4pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

http://www.whileshenaps.typepad.com/

Handmade Crafternoon: Valentine Making Party with Martha Stewart Living

We spread the love by making valentines inspired by the feature story on Handmade Crafternoon in the February 2011 issue of Martha Stewart Living! The magazine sent several representatives, including Athena Preston, Senior Associate Craft Editor who gave a great talk. Vanessa Holden, Editor in Chief was also on hand, along with Cassidy Iwersen, who created some of the valentine designs featured in the magazine.We had loads of gorgeous supplies to share, generously donated by Martha Stewart Crafts. FREE.

Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 2-4pm
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue

Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

http://www.crafternoon.com/blog/2011/01/martha-martha-martha/

Creative Art Making at the Brooklyn Museum

I led a sold-out workshop on how to make creative collage pieces inspired by Norman Rockwell, with an introduction to basic decoupaging techniques.

Saturday, January 15, 2011
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, New York

http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/calendar/event/3946

Crafternoon at Stone Barns

At the Winter Farm Weekend at Stone Barns, I showed kids three craft projects: winter wax paper sun catchers, holiday cards made with stamps, and paper cut snowflakes.

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Tarrytown, NY 10591

http://www.stonebarnscenter.org/winter-on-the-farm-weekend/
http://www.crafternoon.com/blog/2010/12/stone-barns-and-knitty-cities/

Handmade Crafternoon with Jodi Kahn, author of Simply Sublime Gifts

Jodi Kahn showed us how to stitch up some sweet little fabric gifts using fabric printed with winter scenes selected from the Library’s own collection of vintage greetings and cards.

Saturday, November 20th, 2010
New York Public Library,  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0307464466/1n9867a-20
http://www.nypl.org/blog/2010/11/19/simply-sublime-winter-sewing

Hand Prints: Stamps You Can Make and Find at Maker Faire

Inspired by a project from my book, I taught makers how to personalize wrapping paper, cards, notebooks and even clothes with simple stamping and printing techniques.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010
Craft Demo Stage, Maker Faire, New York Hall of Science, Queens, NY

http://makerfaire.com/pub/e/4671
http://makerfaire.com/newyork/2010/

Handmade Crafternoon with Julia Rothman

Julia Rothman, author of The Exquisite Book, led us in a group art project based on the surrealist artist’s game called “The Exquisite Corpse”. Julia brought along some of the fabulous artists who contributed to The Exquisite Book: Jen CoraceChris Kyung, Arthur Jones, Laura Ljungkvist, and Maxwell Holyoke-Hirsch to make stuff with our attendees.

Saturday, September 18th, 2010
New York Public Library,  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

http://www.nypl.org/blog/2010/09/14/exquisite-handmade-crafternoon-julia-rothman-sept-18th
http://www.exquisitebook.com/
http://www.crafternoon.com/blog/2010/10/last-month-in-crafty-pictures/

Handmade Crafternoon with Natalie Chanin

Natalie Chanin, creative director of Alabama Chanin and author of  Alabama Stitch Book and the forthcoming  Alabama Studio Style, visited to share techniques and inspiration behind her work.

Saturday, May 15, 2010
The New York Public Library,  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, NY, The Berger Forum

http://www.alabamachanin.com/store/alabama-studio-style
http://www.nypl.org/blog/2010/05/10/alabama-chanin-handmade-crafternoon

Handmade Crafternoon with me, Maura Madden, author of Crafternoon!

I led the session by sharing my favorite tips on how to host an extra-fun and successful Crafternoon of one’s own.

Saturday, April 17, 2010
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and  42nd Street, New York, NY, The Berger Forum

http://www.nypl.org/blog/2010/04/15/share-crafty-fun-april-17ths-handmade-crafternoon
http://www.crafternoon.com/blog/2010/04/bring-your-own-crafts-to-the-nypl/

Handmade Crafternoon with Kata Golda, author of Hand-Stitched Felt

Get felty! Hand-Stitched Felt author Kata Golda visited and shared some of the tricks and techniques she uses to make her charming and whimsical felt creations.

Saturday, March 20, 2010
The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue and  42nd Street, New York, NY, The Berger Forum

http://www.katagolda.com/
http://www.katagolda.com/index.php?page=diy-katagolda-book
http://www.nypl.org/voices/blogs/blog-channels/hand-made?page=1

Handmade Crafternoon with Esther K. Smith, author of How to Make Books

Esther K. Smith, author of How to Make Books, Magic Books & Paper Toys, and The Paper Bride, wowed us with her super paper-folding and book arts skills.

Saturday, February 20, 2010
New York Public Library,  Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and 5th Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

http://www.purgatorypiepress.com/howto.html
http://www.nypl.org/blog/2010/02/15/book-arts-handmade-crafternoon

Crafternoon at the NYPL — Modern Women of Craft

Heather Ross, author of Weekend Sewing, will be joined by Denyse Schmidt, author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts and Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S for an afternoon of hand sewn fun.

Saturday, December 12, 2009, 2-4pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, The Berger Forum

www.nypl.org
http://www.nypl.org/blogs/2009/08/04/mark-your-calendar-handmade-crafternoons

Holiday Ornament Extravaganza

I hosted an afternoon crafting up some clothespin ornaments and adorable Christmas bagels in the warm and cozy Spacecraft space!

Saturday, December 5th 2009
SpaceCraft, 355 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

http://www.crafternoon.com/blog/2009/12/big-brooklyn-weekend-saturday-crafternoonsunday-book-signing/
http://spacecraftbrooklyn.com/

Crafternoon at the NYPL — Book Arts & Design by the Book Reunion

Grace Bonney, editor of Design*Sponge and Mike Perry, author of Hand Job, will lead a book-making afternoon in the company of the library’s hallowed collection.

Saturday, November 14, 2009, 2-4pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, The Berger Forum

www.nypl.org
http://www.nypl.org/blogs/2009/08/04/mark-your-calendar-handmade-crafternoons

Crafternoon at the New York Public Library — KnitKnit

Sabrina Gschwandtner, author of KnitKnit, and Teva Durham, author of Loop-d-Loop and Loop-d-Loop Crochet, will share some purls of wisdom and knitty-gritty yarns about their crafting experience. Knitting instruction will be available.

Saturday, October 10, 2009, 2-4pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, The Berger Forum

www.nypl.org
http://www.nypl.org/blogs/2009/08/04/mark-your-calendar-handmade-crafternoons

Handmade: Crafternoon at the NYPL — Alternative Crafts

Hannah Rogge, author of Hardwear and Jessica Vitkus, author of Alternacrafts, will demo some cool craft projects to make with stuff you can find in your recycling bin, your sewing kit and your tool box.

Saturday, September 12, 2009, 2-4pm
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, The Berger Forum

www.nypl.org
http://www.nypl.org/blogs/2009/08/04/mark-your-calendar-handmade-crafternoons

Papercraft Crafternoon at Word

Sunday, August 2, 2009
Word, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY

http://wordbrooklyn.wordpress.com

Crafternoon Earth Day Workshop at Kreatelier in Providence

Sunday, 4/26/09, from 12-3pm Kreatelier, 804 Hope Street, Providence, RI

http://kreatelier.com/happenings/

I headed to Providence for an “Earth Day” workshop event at Kreatelier! I guided crafters of all ages as they transformed bins and bins of trash and recyclables into Recyclobots and Green Doll Houses.

Crafterhours at Spacecraft: Recycled Mother’s Day

Thursday, 4/30/09 from 6:30-8:30pm at Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY

http://spacecraftbrooklyn.com/

We had an evening of crafting earth-friendly gifties for all the mommas in our lives. Boring t-shirts and cloth tote bags were turned into something mommalicious with fabric paint, sequins, buttons and more. We had lots of paper from our recycling bins to turn into cute collaged bookmarks and one-of-a-kind cards.

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