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Brooklyn Craft Camp: The Best One Day Vacation Ever


Brooklyn Craft Camp took place on a snowy Saturday but even the cold could not keep dedicated crafters from having a fantastic time! The jam-packed day of DIY fun was the brainchild of Brett Bara, crafter extraordinaire and author of Sewing In A Straight Line.

The day started with delicious coffee and donuts that made us all nice and perky. Once we had our breakfast, we sat down to the first of four 90-minute craft classes (a great variety of classes was offered: everything from knitting and embroidery to terrariums, jewelry, crepe paper flowers, printmaking and more). I started with embroidery, and the lovely Jessica Marquez from Miniature Rhino was our teacher. She had lots of different templates to choose from—leaves, feathers, hearts and arrows—to make a four-inch sampler. We learned three different kinds of stitches and I was super pleased with the finished project!

The time went so quickly that it was time for the second class before I could blink! Next up was the crepe paper flower making class with Katye Terry. I learned to manipulate double-sided crepe so that it curled just like real flowers do. This was very relaxing and satisfying and I’ll definitely be using those techniques again!

I was so involved with making the flowers, that I could hardly believe that 90 minutes had again passed and it was time for lunch. The adorable, pink boxed lunches were filled with mini brioche sandwiches, fennel, saffron and potato soup, quinoa salad with roasted baby beets, and for dessert, a candied ginger shortbread cookie. Yum! While we ate, we listened to the keynote speaker, Jay McCarroll, winner of Project Runway Season 1, talk about crafting, being on TV, and his fabric line.

Purl SoHo set up a wonderful, crafting table during lunch where participants could make enormous, luscious pom-poms out of their soft merino yarn. After making a fuzzy, orange pom-pom, I took some photos in the fantastic photo booth and learned a few tricks at the Nail Art Bar hosted by Cara Albanese.

The day was rounded out by two more classes and a cocktail party with rockin’ tunes played by DJ Darren Fried.

And of course the goody bags! They were filled to the brim with fun stuff. Yarn! Washi tape! Scissors! Patterns! Beads! Discount coupons! And more!

Brooklyn Craft Camp was complete and utter fun and a true one-day vacation for any crafter! I can’t wait for the next one!

Check out my photos from the event!



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