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Maker's Circle & Art Lab

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  • Nova Labs (large classroom)

    1881-F Metro Center Drive, Reston, VA (map)

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  • Immediate left after turning onto Metro from Sunset. May also list 11409-F Sunset Hills Rd in older GPS / maps
  • 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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  • fae p.

    See you next time!

    February 14

  • Carrie H.

    With Regrets I am cancelling tonight's Maker's Circle. I drove over to the Labs and while the space is accessible and the roads clear, I am concerned about re-freeze and homeward travel. The sloped drive up to our unit is drivable but covered with approx 3 inches of slush, there are no side walks and way too much run off in the surrounding streets that can re-freeze quickly.

    February 14

  • Donald K.

    If the lab is open I'll be there!

    February 13

  • Carrie H.

    I have not yet cancelled this for V-Day. Waiting to see how the roads etc. Look tomorrow mid day. If the weather has changed your plans please update your status. Thanks!

    February 13

  • Samer N.

    I am indisposed this Friday, thanks though. However, as I will be sure to post something on the Soc/Ops area. Photos are, of course, in the Instructable.

    January 28, 2014

  • Carrie H.

    If Feb 14 is too far away... Check us out this Fri Jan 31, and keep an eye on the Calendar for updates as we post new events!

    January 28, 2014

  • Carrie H.

    You can always bring pictures of larger projects in progress to see if others are interested, and to get feed back too.

    January 27, 2014

  • Samer N.

    While I won't make this one, I will be at NL in the am. What I'd like is help finishing my 'Beast' which is a 6 wheeled ATV. Transmission is in place and working, 4 wheels are on and I just need to bolt on frame parts for the front and install steering. Then comes engine and seat. The vehicle is meant to work in multiple modes (hence Multi-Mode-Vehicle or MMV) -- 2x6, 4x6, 6x6, half track and fully tracked. If anyone is interested in helping me get this thing running, have a look at this unfinished instructable and ignore the URL verbiage (like all of us, I have way too many projects):­

    If anyone is, I'll bring it over to NL to work on.

    January 27, 2014

    • Carrie H.

      I think this project and question may match up better with the Wed night Soc/Ops set. They tend to work on more technical projects. Also consider asking for help or input on our Chatter mailing list.

      January 27, 2014


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