This post is dedicated to all of the people out there who have ever had an Etsy account or thought about an Etsy account or just plain love to do crafts. A lot of folks wouldn’t consider crafting to be an art form, but the number of hours that go into some of these pieces and the amount of skill that is needed to execute them leads me to believe otherwise. I’ve even seen exhibits that include extensive quilting, embroidery and crochet in museums and galleries across the country.

So for this post, we have two great crafting events for you to curb your urge to craft:

On Sunday, October 15th, the New York Public Library will host a crafting event hosted by librarian Jessica Pigza of the Rare Book Division and Crafternoon author Maura Madden, with special guest Lisa Daehlin, who will share her knowledge of knitted and crocheted lace. The NYPL has a limited amount of supplies and tools to share so please check out the website to see what you can bring to help complete your crafting project. Doors open at 1:30pm and the event is from 2:00pm to 4:00pm. There is only room for 96 crafters, so be sure to come early and make a reservation by emailing with your name and the date of the event.

Every Monday the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, NY teaches a craft lesson that ranges from physical computing to sewing. This week will be a lesson in papier-mâché: a type of sculpting with layers of paper usually dipped in a flour-water paste. The guest artist is Maria Berrio, a Brooklyn based artist who earned her BFA at Parsons School of Design, and MFA at the School of Visual Arts. She currently has her studio in the same building as the Etsy Labs and you can visit her website or Etsy shop to see some of her work. Etsy provides all the supplies needed for this project but suggests that you bring a any special paints or collage materials that you may want to have on hand. The event is from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and if you plan to attend, please RSVP, but if you can’t make it in person, they will be hosting an online lab that afternoon at 3:30pm.

Both of these are a great way to spend time with fellow crafters, family or a great idea for an easy and free date with that special someone! Just remember to reserve a spot and arrive early for a good seat!