New York

Handmade Nation Is Coming To Town

I’ve been dying to see Faythe Levine’s documentary Handmade Nation since I heard about it almost two years ago. The premier is finally here!

MAD Museum of Arts & Design

Thursday February 12, 2009, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

2 COLUMBUS CIRCLE, NEW YORK, NY, 10019, 212.299.7777

Get your tickets here.

I’ll also be moderating a panel discussion after the screening between Faythe, artist Mandy Greer, & typographer/illustrator Kate Bingaman-Burt!

C U there!

NYC Social at the Rubin

Please join me for a very special social hour at

The Rubin Museum of Art
150 West 17th Street
New York, NY 10011

here’s a map

Friday, 1/23/09

6-7pm – Happy hour! 2 for 1 drink specials!

followed by an exclusive Church of Craft tour of their current exhibition “Color & Light: Embroidery from India and Pakistan”

Admission is *free* on Friday evenings and they are open ’till 10pm! They will reserve a couple of tables for us from 6-7 in the lounge. Look for us there, the tour will be leaving promptly at 7 so if you want to be a part of that part, be sure to be there by then.

I can’t wait to have a hang out night with you all. Winter bums me out so I love to have fun stuff like this too look forward to.

Incidentally, this place is a great for a date. If you have been looking for a way to introduce your significant other to your Church of Craft friends, this might be a fun one. My dude will be there!

Shine on Winter diamonds.

Craft-on In NYC


Please join us for the next monthly meeting of
the Church of Craft
Sunday 1/4 2-6pm
at Etsy Labs!
325 Gold Street, 3rd Floor
Downtown Brooklyn

Happy New Year! I’ve said it before: I don’t do resolutions, I just don’t like to think of it as a once of year kind of thing. So I’m not going to ask you to resolve to honor your own creative spirit more than you already do. I’m not even going to ask you to resolve to make it to the meetings you always mean to attend. The Church of Craft just isn’t that kind of thing. You already are the incredible crafty person you dream of being, and you don’t need me to tell you so, and you don’t need to prove it to anyone. What I’m offering you this month is a place to come to see your love of creating reflected in the faces around you. If you make it this month or not, know that your making is important! Craft on!

The Etsy Labs are well stocked: all the favorite tools and supplies are still there, and they are so well organized! There are lots of tables and chairs and a couch for us to spread out on. More about the labs at in the profile section.

Etsy is all about encouraging people to make stuff, just like us, so we get to have this special event craft-on every month, where access to all of their goodies is totally free. If you like it there you can go back and craft Monday evenings!

Our meeting will be the usual casual drop in affair, come any time, bring anyone, bring anything you are working on or come & just check out what everyone else is up to. Snacks are welcome.

Book Corner

I’ve been delinquent in letting you all know about three awesome new books out in the last few months, all from devoted friends of the Church of Craft.

Firstly: Faythe Levine’s companion book to her forthcoming documentary Handmade Nation! Gorgeously illustrated by the talented Kate Bingaman-Burt, including essays by Yours Truly, Andrew Wagner, Garth Johnson, Susan Beal and Betsy Greer, and is co-authored by Courtney Heimerl.

The documentary and the book follow the rise of DIY culture over the last 10 years. If you are familiar with or new to the Craft Scene this is an inspirational taste of the crafty lives Faythe has documented.

And Betsy Greer‘s essay finds full bloom in her new book Knitting For Good. This book has lots of personal tales of a craftily considered life, in addition to great patterns you can knit for yourself or for charitable giving.

Last but certainly not least is Two Bits, from our very own Parson Chris. Who is this dude who devotes so much unpaid time to make the Church of Craft website look and work so smashingly? Well he is a really smart guy who studies and teaches about humans and information technology. This book is all about free software. He says it is really all about craft.

Get them at your library or wherever you can afford to get books these days!!

NYC Stitch Op @ El Museo del Barrio

stitch n’ bitch: Se te fue el hilo!?
Wednesday, November 19, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Come mix and mingle with artists, friends, and neighbors while lending a hand to El Museo’s 32nd Annual Three Kings Day Parade! Pick up punto e hilo and jump in to help us stitch and create beautiful and festive costumes for our parade. Fabric / friends/ food / fun!!!!

El Museo del Barrio, 3rd floor TALLER, 1230 Fifth Avenue at 104th Street, NYC

Please RSVP in advance to