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Yep, I’m pretty obsessed with Etsy (note button to your right), and always dream of one day making the time to attend an Etsy Lab craft session. This week’s lab is so close to home I just have to share it with you: San Francisco’s Museum of Craft and Folk Art is hosting a quick and easy hat knitting project (pictured above) this Thursday December 3 from 6–8pm. It’s free, open to all skill levels and materials are provided!

All that and more! Felting demo with SF artist Jackie Huang, fiber store A Verb for Keeping Warm shares techniques for spinning yarn and locally brewed Trumer Pils to quench the thirst!

For those afar, a live demo project will be broadcasted via webcam in Etsy’s Virtual Labs at 1pm. To knit along, download the free pattern.

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Get ready, the holidays are approaching fast! And to help you get your cards out in good, crafty fashion—and on time—Brickelltown Crafternoons is hosting a Holiday Card Making Class tomorrow, Monday November 23, 4:30–7:30 pm, at the Brickelltown compound in downtown Truckee. Linocut stamps, fabric and recycled paper are just a few of the items available to embellish cards, and the goal is for each person to make at least 15.

RSVP to truckeecrafternoons@gmail.com

up to dry
Next week’s Brickelltown Crafternoon brings the basics of screen printing with Bryan Hassemer of Green Bikes North Tahoe. I’ve admired his work for some time now (see his designs at Truckee’s Riverside Studios), and plus he’s just an all-around amazingly nice person. In fact, he was instrumental in helping my old roommate screenprint the save-the-dates for her wedding. Think of what he can teach you!
Here are the details for the class; RSVP today as spots fill up.

Basics of Screen Printing: how to print & make your own tools at home

Tuesday November 17 4:30 p.m. @ Truckee’s Brickelltown

*cost: $20 (additional supplies available to purchase)
*bring: paper to print on, stencil ideas, exacto knife (if you have one), high contrast b/w photo
RSVP to truckeecrafternoons[at]gmail.com

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Woo hoo! It’s time for another Brickelltown Crafternoon already! You know I’m a sucker for the crafty ways of the Brickelltown shop owners, so I’ll be there for sure. Plus, I can’t break my streak now; I’ve made it to all the Crafternoons thus far.

Here’s the skinny if you’d like to join me:

Custom Collage Pillow Class, Tuesday October 20, 4:30–7pm

You’ll learn to cut, collage and sew a one-of-a-kind pillow slip, creating “your very own masterpiece of comfort.”

RSVP to truckeecrafternoons@gmail.com, and visit the Brickelltown Crafternoons blog for more info.

the bruder-designed building

The Nevada Museum of Art’s E.L. Cord Museum School has a good thing going. With instruction on everything from watercolor painting to Burning Man illuminated costume-making, the class menu leaves no art unturned.

Thursday October 8 the school’s instructors are hosting an open house, 6–8pm, to discuss their upcoming classes and display and demo their work.

And why should you go?

1) it’s free! *just stepping inside the architecturally beautiful building is worth the trip alone

2) class tuition discounts! *museum members get 10% off, and non-members get member pricing

3) you’ll be inspired to take a class (or gift one, like I did for a friend’s birthday last year), and then you’ll have a new skill

For more info, visit nevadaart.org or check out the flyer.

Seriously people. Someone snuck into my room at night, snatched my dreams and then wrapped them up in this cute little Crafternoon package. I am so excited I want to run outside with my spray paint and go crazy… but that would just be silly, and wasteful.

I’ve always wanted to take a printmaking class with Sierra Nevada College’s Mary Kenny. Now, I can at Brickelltown’s first Crafternoon session. I’ve already RSVPed. You should too!

Please note the time is incorrect on the flyer. Class is from 4:30 to 7pm, same date.

(now all I need is a pet…)

yes!