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Simplify to Complexify (Weaving, Part One)

I have a tendency to over-design things on occasion. Many makers have, I think, experienced this—the impulse to be inventive at the expense of simplicity and ease of use. This is a lesson I’ve learned the hard way several times in the past year as I built and tinkered with a table loom intended to expand our weaving offerings in MAKESHOP. Weaving starts out simply enough. You take string or yarn, arrange it in parall
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Shop tips: Sandpaper

Sandpaper is a great tool, which we often use in our workshop.  It is very safe to use, compared to some tools, so even our youngest visitors can experience wood shaping. Sandpaper is essentially, as the name suggests, sand stuck on paper.  These hard particles will scratch into wood, plastic, and other materials.  The size of these particles determines the roughness of the sandpaper.  This is called the ‘grit&
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At Home with Making

Do you know how MAKESHOP started? It didn’t just open it’s doors and look like the way it does now. The road to MAKESHOP is a long story itself, but I bring up history to raise an important question: If you don’t happen to have a museum, where do you make things? Let’s talk about making at home. What do you need to start? In MAKESHOP we have staff, tools, materials, furniture and lots of curio
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Children and Parents at the Avonworth Primary makerspace

Guest Post: Unleash the Parent Makers

This post is part of a series that will explore making in elementary, middle, and high schools. The series is part of the Kickstarting Making in Schools project in which Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh will choose six schools to integrate making along with using Kickstarter, an online crowdfunding platform, to raise necessary funds for their projects. by Scott Miller, Avonworth Primary Center Over the past year
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MAKESHOP staff goof around. Includes 2014 Maker Corps Members Crystal and Ethan, and 2013 Maker Coprs Member-turned-Teaching Artist Lauren.

LAST CALL: Maker Corps 2015 Now Accepting Applications!

  Looking for a summer job? We’re looking for Maker Corps Members to join our team, from roughly the beginning of June through the end of August. Positions are up to 40 hours/week. We’re looking for a summer-long commitment, but dates and times are somewhat flexible based on availability, so go ahead and apply even if you have to go back to school in the fall, or aren’t available on June 1! All
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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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