A new shop in the heart of Lauraville seeks to fill the needs of modern domestics and fabric enthusiasts alike.
Want to gain a whole heap of new skills in one delightful evening? That’s the idea behind the Charm City Craft Mafia’s latest venture: the Tiny Workshop. It’s a quick and dirty (okay, not that dirty) intro to three different art forms as practiced by some of Baltimore’s favorite crafters. All supplies are provided, and the level of instruction is perfect even for those with little or no experience. And did we mention the workshop is being held at Artifact Coffee? That means you can sip on some of the best java in town or snack from their always-delicious menu while you master your new found craft skills.
For kids, snow days generally mean sledding, building snowmen, making snow angels, and otherwise getting outside to play in the cold, wet, wintry mix. But as we mature, somehow the draw of indoors tends to get stronger. Plus, even during Snowmageddon a few years ago, Baltimore wasn’t exactly cross country skiing and snowshoeing terrain. So what are we adults to do when the city (maybe) shuts down thanks to a few anticipated inches? Do what the snowed-in have done for centuries: take up a knitting project.
Yes, we know. It’s not even October and already we’re talking Halloween. But we blame all the grocery stores already trotting out their pumpkin-shaped Peeps and ghost-themed breakfast cereals. We’re just keeping up with traffic. And there’s so much to love about Halloween that we think starting early can’t really hurt. After all, it’s a holiday with no gift shopping and no elaborate meals to prepare. Just decorating, getting into the fall spirit, and playing dress up. And thanks to Mud and Metal, we can also get our arts and crafts fix in, too.
Maybe on Friday you heard this strange, high-pitched hum/squeal/sigh-of-relief/shout-of-jubilation throughout the city. That was every Baltimorean who sews, knits, crochets, felts, weaves, spins yarn, or otherwise involves themselves in fabric or fiber arts. Why the exultant shout? Well, Friday was the day when Baltimore Threadquarters threw open their doors, making so many fabulous (and hard to find) tools and supplies available to Baltimore crafters and artisans. Handmade buttons? Check. Vintage fiber arts supplies? Check. Spinning tools? Yarn for the discerning knitter? A super-inspiring list of events and classes? Check, check, check, check, check.