Handmade Philly’s Crochet Basics: Rescheduled


Saturday’s class is rescheduled due to the Women’s March.



9-16-08 Update: Unfortunately, the Cheltenham Arts Center has closed down. We are in the process of finding a new location for these workshops. Check back for details…

$15/workshop *unless otherwise noted.
Fridays, 7PM

See below for additional information regarding registration and transportation…

Crochet Basics and Intro on 3D Crochet Techniques / Toy Design/ Soft Sculpture
September 26, 2008
You will learn the basic crochet stitches and how you can put them together to make different patterns. Supply list will be provided upon registration.
Instructor: Angela Davidson
Angela Davidon is a graduate student of Art Education in Philadelphia, PA and a member of the Philly Etsy Team.
Papermaking Techniques Class
October 3, 2008
The process of papermaking was discovered nearly 2000 years ago in 105 A.D. by Chinese court official Ts’ai Lun. William Rittenhouse founded the first paper mill in North America at Wissahickon Creek in Philadelphia!
Papermaking is a great way to recycle all those bits of paper lying around your home and turn them into works of art. Learn how to prepare paper fibers with your assortment of recycled paper and discover basic papermaking techniques, such as sheet forming, pressing, and drying. Then, take your paper and use embellishment techniques such as coloring, watermarks, pressing, casting, and pulp painting to create unique papers to use at your leisure. Supplies: Any paper or cardboard lying around your home! If you have one or can locate one, please bring an old blender too. If not, we will share.
Instructor: Lynn Roberts
Lynn Roberts currently takes many classes at Tyler School of Art and the Clay Studio of Philadelphia and is interested in textiles, fibers, design, photography, and ceramics. She majors in fine art and music. She handles her own independent art business online and is soon to be featured in many art galleries and consignment shops with her professional photography. She is a Tang Soo Do Korean Karate instructor and yoga instructor and enjoys connecting with nature through her artwork and creating pottery with her boyfriend. Lynn is a member of the Philly Etsy Team.
Oil Paint and Gesso
October 3, 2008
Learn how to use gesso and oil paints together and have fun. This is completely irreverent and un-called for. But, it’s messy and fun as heck! All you will need is a piece of wood (any size, preferably recycled/ reused), oil paint (1 or 2 tubes) and some gesso. Oh, and some gloves…and something to engrave with – like a stick.
Instructor: Jon Vitale
Jon Vitale is an artist, a recorded musician and a film enthusiast. He recently relocated back to Philadelphia after living for a few years in Rhode Island and California.
Swap and Craft!
November 7, 2008
$5 to participate
Come join us as we Swap and Craft! What is a Swap and Craft, you ask? It’s a supply swap and community craft time followed by light-hearted show-and-tell time. When you attend the swap bring your unwanted art, craft and design supplies (and maybe a snack to share). Every swap begins with piles of supplies, the unwanted supplies of all who attend. Everyone is welcome to dive in and find their next new/ used items from the piles. Take as few or as many supplies from the piles as you like, it’s all free!

Now is the time to clear out that studio, workspace or closet. Those supplies you haven’t used in forever? Help them find a nice new home. Help reduce waste while meeting new people and having some fun together in an arts environment. Here are a few tips on what to bring…

  • Fabric, remnants
  • Notions (buttons, zippers, ribbon, thread, etc.)
  • Beads (gemstone, glass, seed, lampwork, etc.)
  • Jewelry findings, wire
  • Painting supplies, pencils, paper products, drawing supplies
  • Various project supplies (screen printing, fabric printing, scrapbooking, book making, paper making, etc.)

DIY Workshops: After you have chosen your new supplies, slide on over to one of the sewing/ craft/ art/ design stations and start creating! If you’ve got skills you want to share, lead a how-to session/ tutorial. Or just sit back, relax and get to work.

Swap and Craft is organized by: Beth Richey: www.TranquilityJewelry.etsy.com and Traci Nelson: www.tremundo.etsy.com. Beth and Traci are members of the Philly Etsy Team.

Sewing Basics (with Machine)
December 12, 2008
Students will learn and perform sewing techniques and machine functions such as threading the machine, winding the bobbin and most common stitches. Students will have a choice of working on a pillow or tote bag. Supplies: A sewing machine if you have one; one spool of thread, scissors, pins, one yard of woven fabric (not knit). If you are working on a pillow, bring a pillow form or fiber fill. Optional: Bring notions such as lace, buttons, ribbons.
Instructor: Amber Zaraza
Amber Zaraza has over 10 years sewing experience. She holds a BA in Fashion Design. In 2004 Amber started her own company, Phea Jean, and she is currently at work designing one-of-a-kind handbags and accessories. Amber is a member of the Philly Etsy Team. www.pheajean.etsy.com
Elements of Knitting
January 17, 2009
We’ll learn the basics! How to cast on, knit, purl and bind off. Supplies: 2 knitting needles (size 8 wooden needles) and 2 skeins of worsted weight yarn.
Instructor: Lynda Schwechtje
Lynda Schwechtje is a life long learner and crafter. In the past she has constructed and tailored clothes (and doll clothes), sewed gowns for a church choir and she was formerly part of the Philadelphia Area Polymer Clay Guild. These days she has been focusing her attentions on knitting; she’s made sweaters and quilts for countless babies. Lynda holds a masters degree in social work.
Create your own Stamps & Stencils
February 6, 2009
In this workshop you’ll learn how to create your own stencils and stamps, how to choose inks, and how to make prints in a variety of ways including potato printing and printing using freezer paper.
Instructor: Sarah Greiner
Sarah Greiner is a professional packaging designer. She also independently designs stationary and is a member of the Philly Etsy Team.