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Weave Weave Weave All the Way Home

Weaving happens all the time in the MAKESHOP on our big floor loom, and sometimes on its little cousin the table loom: We use it to make scarves, mostly, which hang we hang up for display and inspiration. The weaving pulls in many visitors because it takes about three weeks for a full eight- or nine-foot-long scarf to be completed. This time scale sets it apart from other MAKESHOP activities; there’s no chance
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Art Conference + Sewing = ???

In September, Pittsburgh hosted the Arts and Education Partnership National Forum (AEPF). Our executive director, Jane Werner, was asked to speak at the Forum and we were asked to have an accompanying table with a small taste of what goes on in MAKESHOP. We brought along a lot of example projects, wooden joinery blocks, circuit blocks, soldering tools, etc. We also brought along a lot of sewing materials. The plan wa
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Katie and Molly swaddled in the Shibori quilt

PERSERVERANCE (subtitle: What I Learned While Quilting on a Deadline)

Have you ever agreed to something without thinking about what it actually entailed? I’m a Yes Person. I say yes all. the. time. By nature, I love helping people, staying busy, being creative and feeling accomplishment. Sometimes I don’t think about what the steps are to actually get me to where I need to be—but I’ll usually say yes to a challenge regardless. I was recently asked to work with the MAK
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Chain Reaction Machine

A couple of Saturdays ago we experimented with chain reactions in the workshop in MAKSEHOP. Dan, one of our MAKESHOP Educators, and I  spent the entire day building and adding to our chain reaction machine with any visitor who wanted to participate. We built our machine out of recycled materials, tape and some of our circuit blocks. Essentially our chain reaction machine was a series of ramps and ball that either kno
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Saturday: Play by the Fire

On Saturday, September 13, MAKESHOP will be participating in an awesome event at Pittsburgh Glass Center called Play by the Fire from 6:00-9:00pm. Teens are invited to work with local arts organizations to try something new and connect with other young creative people and artists. There will be music to dance to provided by Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Swag Monkeys and Tracksploitation. We’re excited to try pizza b
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MAKESHOP visits the Strip District

On August 2nd, I got the chance to attend a “Maker Party” at the Society for Contemporary Craft located in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District. First off I must say that the SCC is an amazing space (I had actually never been there before). There are classroom spaces along with gallery and exhibit space with lots of different art on display. If you are ever in the Strip District I highly recommend t
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