‘Liesl Gibson’

Hello Dolly! with Oliver and S

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

On a glorious spring day, we had a fabulous turnout of eager crafters ready to make paper dolls with Liesl Gibson of Oliver and S.

Liesl has such great energy! She just makes everyone feel warm and at home right from the start. We were so glad to welcome her back to the NYPL.

That’s Liesl showing Lindsy, one of our unofficial volunteers, how to make a magnetic paper doll.

Our attendees dove right in and made a wonderful variety of dolls. Most of them were created from the Oliver and S paper dolls and templates, and many of them were dressed in the gorgeous Oliver and S fabrics or the fabrics from Liesl’s new collection of patterns and fabric for women called Lisette.

Some people made dolls from images Jessica Pigza had printed from the library’s collection. The Victorian lady on the left is one example.

Others just made their own templates and designs.

At our raffle, we had a plethora of generous donations: brand new patterns from Oliver and S (so new they aren’t available anywhere except to our lucky patrons!), a goodie bag from Pins and Needles sewing shop, some fashion kits for kids from West Side Kids and of course, Liesl’s book Little Things to Sew, donated by STC Crafts.

And here’s a fun post-script: I was happy to go home with a treat from an attendee named Janice.

Janice decorates these gorgeous little chocolate bars, which would make lovely favors for any party. I told her I’d spread the good word, so email Janice at Tante23@msn.com if you want to order some!

Of note: Janice heard about Handmade Crafternoon because she was in the audience the day we did the Martha Stewart Show. It’s nice to know our attendees find us in so many different ways.

Enjoy your sunny, crafty Sunday!

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Big Brooklyn Weekend: Saturday Crafternoon/Sunday Book Signing

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Hope you’ll pay a visitation to Spacecraft’s ornamentation decoration station or WORD’s writer-bookstore collaboration in the beautiful Brooklyn nation!

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Saturday, December 5th: Holiday Ornament Extravaganza at SpaceCraft in Brooklyn
Time: 1:30 to 3:00
 
Join me for an afternoon making ornaments for all the things in your life that need festive decorations. We’ll be crafting up some clothespin ornaments and adorable Christmas bagels, too, in the warm and cozy Spacecraft space!
 
Location: Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
 
Admission: $5
 
Link: http://spacecraftbrooklyn.com/
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Sunday, December 6th: WORD Holiday Open House

3-5 pm:
Lev Grossman (The Magicians)
Maura Madden (Crafternoon)
Michelle Knudsen (Dragon of Trelian and Library Lion)

The word on the event, according to WORD:

“Some of our favorite authors will hang out with us at the store,helping with gift-wrapping, recommending their favorite titles and personalizing signed copies of their books for your gift-giving needs! Get a head start on holiday shopping – join us for this festive two-day open house. Refreshments will be served.

Facebook RSVP here.

Location: Word, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
 
Link:     http://wordbrooklyn.indiebound.com/event/holiday-open-house-0

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November/December Crafternooniness

Monday, November 9th, 2009

November and December are gearing up to be the Crafternoon-iest months of the year. I’ve got two ‘noons each month in NYC, each with a completely different theme, and all of the delightful details are below.

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Saturday, November 14th – Handmade : Crafternoon at the New York Public Library
Time:  2:00 to 4:00pm
 
November’s Handmade: Crafternoon will be all about basic book making (both sewn bindings and not). Along with my co-host, Jessica Pigza,  our special guest will be the amazing, prolific artist Mike Perry. He will share his book arts expertise, and we’ll have lots of supplies on hand to share so that you can make your own handmade book!
 
Location: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room #227, located in the northeast corner of the second floor)
 
Admission: FREE
 
Links:  http://handmadelibrarian.com/
http://www.mikeperrystudio.com/info
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Sunday, November 22nd: Second Annual Charitable Crafternoon at WORD
Time: 2-4pm
 
Join me for an afternoon of crafting for a good cause. Crafters of all ages are welcome to help us make Thanksgiving cards and decorations for the food pantry at the Greenpoint Reformed Church.
 
Want to do some crafty homework? Donate a handknit or crocheted hat, scarf, or pair of mittens. And we’ll have some yarn and knitting needles on hand if you need to add a few rows to a scarf or a pompom to a hat.
 
Location: Word, 126 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY
 
Admission: Please bring two cans of food or a handmade winter accessory to the event. And feel free to bring other snacks and beverages to share with your fellow crafters.
 
Links:  http://greenpointchurch.org/ministries/emergency-needs
            http://wordbrooklyn.wordpress.com/
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Saturday, December 5th: Holiday Ornament Extravaganza at SpaceCraft in Brooklyn
Time: 1:30 to 3:30
 
Join me for an afternoon making ornaments for all the things in your life that need festive decorations. We’ll be crafting up some clothespin ornaments and adorable Christmas bagels, too, in the warm and cozy Spacecraft space.
 
Location: Spacecraft, 355 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
 
Admission: $5
 
Link: http://spacecraftbrooklyn.com/
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Saturday, December 12th – Handmade: Crafternoon at the New York Public Library
Time: 2:00 to 4:00pm
 
Join us as we welcome Heather Ross, author of Weekend Sewing and two other textile mavens: Denyse Schmidt, author of Denyse Schmidt Quilts; and Liesl Gibson of Oliver + S, will all be on hand to talk about their creative work. And as usual, we’ll have lots of Library books to look at, as well as a spread of materials on hand so you can get started stitching if you wish.
2:00 to 4:00pm
 
Location:Stephen A. Schwarzman Building , 42nd Street and Fifth Avenue, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Room #227, located in the northeast corner of the second floor)
 
Admission: Free
 
Links: http://www.nypl.org/blogs/2009/09/18/december-12ths-handmade-crafternoon
 http://heatherross.squarespace.com/weekend-sewing-gallery/weekend-sewing-photos-by-john-gruen/
 http://www.dsquilts.com/
 http://oliverands.com/

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