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Making a very big costume…

I’m not an expert at anything, but I am really good at asking questions. I wanted to make a JEDI KNIGHT robe for Halloween.  Problem: I have never sewn anything this big or complex before.  Thankfully, I was able to ask Rebecca, a fellow Teaching Artist, and Lea, one of our interns, for help.  They showed me the importance of sketching your project before you do anything.  It is important to visualize the piece
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A plethora of projects…

Augustine and his sister were already hard at work in a corner of the MAKESHOP when I came back from break.  They were working on two intricate projects: a wooden truck and a tadpole.  These two projects were brought to my attention because Augustine wanted to cut a piece of scrap wood to a certain size.  I helped him with this task and talked to his sister about her fabric tadpole. It was then that I noticed several
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Identity Fun: Superhero Costume Tutorials

With Halloween right around the corner, costumes are popping up in many stores, offering people of all ages the opportunity to take on a new identity, even if it’s just for one night.  Rather than dress up for just one night, why not create an easy, DIY superhero costume that will allow you or your little ones to take on a new identity whenever the mood strikes? There are an array of tutorials walking you, step
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Meet a Maker!

Do you sometimes wonder who is lucky enough to work in MAKESHOP? Well, here is your chance to meet one of our talented makers! Check back every week to meet new people. This week, we introduce you to one of our Teaching Artists, Rebecca! Name: Rebecca How long have you been at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh? I worked at the prototype MAKESHOP in the summer of 2011, and joined the team again in January 2012. Wh
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Community Highlight: Free Workshops!

Constructing Identity: A series of workshops in costume making Interested in costume making and  performance art? Want to be in a fashion show? Now is your chance… Sign up now to participate in a summer-long series of FREE workshops at the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Center with local artist Scott Andrew.  Youth ages 13-17 are invited to participate in workshops that span art history, sewing, performance, and fa
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MakeShop Bloopers

We have been weaving on hula hoops and other circular looms for the past month.  We decided to create a giant circular loom by bending yardsticks and taping them together. We thought it would be a great way to make a giant, circular rug.  Unfortunately, the material that we used bunched up and created something that we never intended…. Check out these great instructions for hula hoop weaving!
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