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Maker's Circle & Art Lab (Was - Crocheting and Knitting)

Maker's Circle & Art Lab

MC&AL is intended to be a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

Your project should be something you can work on with other other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Feel free to bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!


Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

Maker's Circle & Art Lab group (aka MC & AL) now covers events you may have seen listed in the past like:

• Clay Dates

• Crotchet and knitting

• Costuming

• Sewing and threads

• Crafters Social

This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!

Eventually as NOVA LABS looks forward to new space we hope to be able to co-host with other like minded groups occasionally such as the Tues Night Costumers, FIAAC, various Stich N Bitch groups, Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, local photography groups or ArtKlub and the like for special events. We will also be look at targeted activities or special guests / events that may interest MC&AL members..

Suggested activities may include: Meet and Greets, Stash Exchanges, Biz Tips, Field Trips, Design Meetings, Special Guests, or Tech for Low Tech.... Suggestions welcome.

All general MC & AL meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. Drop in donations to NOVA Labs for hosting us are always welcome, see our tip jar! Special MC & AL events may have fees.

Please ask for a tour of NOVA Labs, come to an Open House, and consider becoming a Member. Our Members keep the lights on and allow us to host events and group projects and have an active community of Makers!

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  • Susan N.

    It was a funny evening! I had a lot of interesting conversations while working on my crocheting.

    January 18, 2014

  • Carrie H.

    A few of you couldn't make it... But we had a nice turn out. Everyone was working on something and it was really cool to see what people were making.

    1 · January 17, 2014

    • Roni B.

      Sorry I couldn't be there-sick child. I'm looking forward to trying again on the 31st!

      January 18, 2014

  • Thierry

    I wish I could be there, but I am going home early with a migraine today. I hope to be included in future events.

    January 17, 2014

  • fae p.

    Sounds fun.

    January 9, 2014

  • Carrie H.

    You may also be interested in the Nova Labs open house tonight Thursday Jan 9th. Same place.

    These are going to be semi-regular gatherings. So missing off and on is no big deal. The RSVPs are more of a way to gage general interest and let people know that someone will be at the labs to have the door open since we are volunteer run.

    January 9, 2014

  • fae p.

    Interested in checking it out. I'm an artist that works in watercolor, oil, and drawing mediums.

    1 · January 5, 2014

  • HazelMeade

    Thinking about it... I have a bunch of stained glass stuff that I've been planning to get around to working with.

    1 · December 30, 2013

    • Erin W.

      I would love to see that- with the express intent of admiring, without starting yet another project

      December 30, 2013

    • Mary D.

      Why not come and finish a UFO? Or show of something you've made? We'd love to see what you've been working at, too.

      December 30, 2013

  • Carrie H.

    We've re-branded this meetup - for the purposes of a hybrid group of Makers interested in low tech making; like hand crafting things. We've also set a date for the first meetup. Please update your status if the date or focus changes your plans.

    December 30, 2013

  • Ari J.

    Thursdays work for me.

    October 14, 2013

  • Erin W.

    Thursdays are good- once Lego League is over, hopefully November 2.

    October 14, 2013

  • Justin L.

    What is a good day for everyone? Thursday nights are generally available at Nova Labs.

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • Ari J.

    I'd be interested, although my fiber interests are more at the weaving end of things, as I do crochet as well.

    September 10, 2013

  • Masoud

    Yes, if beginners are welcome and can learn from others.

    September 10, 2013

  • Erin W.

    Love to crochet- yarn, rubbon, wire, with beads, plarn, etc. Would love to see what everyone else is working on, or techniques they are learning.

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    what age? is it open to kids?

    September 10, 2013

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