Connect with like-minded artsy types at these social DIY events.
Fri Apr 1 2011
Photograph: Courtesy of Etsy.com
Craft Night at Etsy Labs
If you were the camper who preferred papier-mch and Popsicle sticks to soccer balls, chances are you're familiar with online DIY marketplace Etsy. Luckily for New Yorkers, the e-commerce site calls Dumbo home, and opens up its headquarters every Monday night for an instructor-led project. On Monday 11, Etsy admin (and designer of handmade handbag line Tiny Hearts) Kim Grassie will show you how to make your own wallet on the lab's new Bernina 350 sewing machines. 55 Washington St between Front and Water Sts, suite 712, Dumbo, Brooklyn (meetup.com/etsylabs). Mon 4--8pm; free.
Ladies Night Out at PortraitBug
This photo wonderland regularly hosts scrapbooking and card-making classes, but it's the weekly Ladies Night Out events that draw the biggest crowd. Relax with a glass of wine as creative director Mattie Ettenheim showcases a new technique to the group of 20 to 30 design-hounds. Reserve a spot online for the gathering on Thursday 7, when you'll learn how to make customized cards with a home letterpress machine. 2466 Broadway between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-600-4457, portraitbug.com). Thu 6:30--8:30pm; $5.
Church of Craft at Spacecraft
Every first Sunday of the month, this quirky art supplies shop hosts an open-studio, where you can bring your current project along with "friends, pets, snacks and whatever inspires you." Knitters, embroiderers and bookmakers have all been known to take advantage of the three-hour artistic affair. Basic tools are provided. 355 Bedford Ave between South 4th and 5th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-599-2718, spacecraftbrooklyn.com). First Sunday of each month 2--5pm; free. Next gathering May 1.
Men's Knitting Night at Knitty City
Marginalized male knitters can embrace their hobby at this guy's-only get-together. Every Wednesday, about six to eight yarn aficionados gather to practice their craft and engage in lively banter at this Upper West Side knitting destination. Bring your own supplies and make some progress on that rainy-day sweater. 208 W 79th St between Amsterdam Ave and Broadway (212-787-5896, knittycity.com). Wed 6--8pm; free.
Friday Night Sewfest at City Quilter
Partake in a complimentary glass of vino while working on your own project. You'll have free rein of City Quilter's Bernina 440QE (quilter's edition) sewing machines and aid from the shop's knowledgeable instructors every first Friday of the month starting May 6. Register in advance for a two-hour ($25) or four-hour ($45) time slot—only 12 quilters are allowed into each session. 133 W 25th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-807-0390, cityquilter.com). First Friday of each month 5--9pm.
Drink n' Draw at 3rd Ward
Like the name implies, this boozy Wednesday-night artfest lets you down brews (usually PBR or Stella) while you sketch the provided model. This novel idea now attracts 75 to 100 urbanites who are looking for a creative outlet—and perhaps a little company. 195 Morgan Ave between Meadow and Stagg Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-715-4961, 3rdward.com). Wed 8--10:30pm; $15, with a friend $10, members free.