Sunday, February 27, 2011

She's Crafty

by Megan S.

Learn how to knit Jayne's hat from Firefly.
There's no argument, the San Francisco Bay Area is the best place to be a geek.  We're home to Silicon Valley, LucasFilms, Pixar, Mythbusters and io9 just to name a few nerd loves.  Thankfully for the rest of the States, other cities are beginning to embrace their inner-nerd and supporting crafty girls everywhere. 

Find out where you can get your craft on all around the country, ideas for projects and share what you're working on after the jump.

Etsy, an online service that allows artisans all over globe to sell their wares, has been hosting crafting events in three different cities across the country this year under the Etsy Labs program.  The site teamed up with I Heart Art: Baltimore along with the Maryland Institute College of Art on Friday, February 25 in Baltimore.  Crafters were invited to the American Craft Council Show to get hands-on experience with bookmaking, polymer clay, and button-making.  Etsy is also hosting a series of Labs in Brooklyn with artist-led technique classes.  Monday, February 28th's class features artist and author Carla Sonheim giving drawing tips.  San Francisco's next lab, CRAFT BAR (crafting and beer!) will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at the Museum of Craft and Folk Art.  Two workshops will be available, one teaching how to make felt jewelry using German paper cutting techniques and the other on how to write, draw, and assemble your own comic books. Admission is only $5 including the cost of materials. 

TechShop opened this month San Francisco.  The chain of workshops in the Bay Area, North Carolina and Michigan provide industrial tools for personal projects to anyone willing to pay the membership fee and take a safety class. The organization offers instruction on a wide variety of topics including laser cutting, textiles and woodworking. 

Not sure who created this wallpaper but it's awesome!
GeekGirlCon, the organization behind the convention of the same name, hosts a series of craft events in Seattle.  February's Craft Day taught attendees how to make fascinators.  Two upcoming events in March will focus on helping to build a TARDIS.  The would-be time machine will be entered into BBC America's Doctor Who contest.  GeekGirlCon's project will then be auctioned off at the convention in October with the proceeds being donated to special needs children's charities.

Steampunk goggles found on Instructables
If you want to get crafty but are unsure where to begin or what to make, there are numerous online resources brimming with ideas and instructions.  Epbot is run by Jen of CakeWrecks fame and provides details of her personal home decorating and accessory projects.  Instructables has a seemingly endless database of projects with instructions and photographs generated by members.  All sorts of ideas are available over on Geek Crafts.

So, what projects do you want to work on?
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