Category: DIY workshops

got craft? :: Workshops!

Spool of Thread Got Craft 2015Got Craft? will be hosting three FREE hands-on workshops this December led by Spool of Thread sewing lounge, District Dogs Designs, and The Rice Babies!

Here’s the schedule for both Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th at the Pipe Shop Building in North Vancouver:

10:00am to 5:00pm - Visit the Spool of Thread‘s DIY table throughout the event and learn to make their signature pinwheel brooch.

11:00am to 1:00pm – Join District Dogs Designs and learn a little about the revival of letterpress. Get inky and print your own ephemera on vintage tabletop presses.

2:00pm to 4:00pm – Make a mini candy cane piñata with The Rice Babies (pay what you can).

All workshops are drop-in (first come first serve) and free of charge unless noted. Advance registration is not required.


Got Craft? Holiday Edition
Saturday, December 12th and Sunday, December 13th, 2015
The Pipe Shop Building (next to Lonsdale Quay Market)
115 Victory Ship Way, North Vancouver

To purchase tickets in advance and save 40%, click here!

NEW :: Brush Lettering Workshop Level 2 at Got Craft?

Studiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0004WEBStudiojeanie_2015LondonFieldsShoppeCOR_0009WEB1236124_10152830527308011_4130611553228634865_nBuilding on the beginner brush lettering workshop where students learned how to use the brush to create the basic strokes that make up letters, John Lennig of Big Top Sign Arts returns with a level two session for those looking to build on their skills. Using the techniques covered in level one, John teaches you how to take the same brush to create the block letter, which is similar to the Bullnose, but has square corners on the stroke endings. This workshop will cover script, both slanting and upright, composition and layout, negative space, and the vital concept of B & L – big and little // bold & light (based on the book – Mastering Layout on the Art of Eye Appeal by Mike Stevens).

John will also discuss topics such as “Don’t go making up your own letter styles until you understand the fundamentals of letter construction”, materials, and if you have any specific questions, he encourages you to bring a list! For those that attended one of John’s previous workshops, please bring your #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush to class (a new one will be issued if you can’t find it).

You’ll take home:
Your take home project
A #6 Langnickel Nocturna brush
A small container of paint


This workshop takes place at:
Got Craft?
Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (at Victoria Drive)

REGISTER online >> here << or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

Space is limited to 10 students.

image via [stu-di-o] by jeanie // see John’s bio here

NEW :: Block Printing on Textiles Workshop at Got Craft?

BlockPrintingblockprinting bag high resJoin Heather Young from The Craft Lab for a three hour textile block printing workshop. Using simple tools, students will learn how to carve printing blocks and transfer the designs onto fabrics. Repeat techniques for half drop, half brick, centered and mirror will be covered. Play with the immediate and versatile technique and build up a variety of patterns. At the end of the workshop students will have sample patterns to take home and a completed print on a cotton drawstring bag. Novice and experienced makers welcome. The fee includes all tools and fabrics as well as a cotton drawstring bag.

Students will make:
* A lino cut stamp
* A string stamp
* 10 print samples
* A finished textile design on a drawstring cotton bag


This workshop takes place at:
Got Craft?
Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (at Victoria Drive)

Cost: $60.00 plus tax (includes $20 material fee and entry to Got Craft?)

REGISTER online >> here << or in person at London Fields Shoppe located at 692 East Hastings (at Heatley Street) in Vancouver (open 11-5pm Wednesday to Sunday).

Space is limited to 12 students. Advance registration required.


Heather Young is the founder of The Craft Lab. She has an extensive background in clothing & textile design spanning twenty years. She completed a fashion design degree from LaSalle College in Montreal and returned to her native Vancouver to begin the clothing line Dust. She designed and sold the woman’s line to stores in New York, Montreal, Tokyo and Vancouver. In 2013 Heather completed a Masters of Fashion and Textiles from the Glasgow School of Art specializing in textile design using natural dyes. Her interests lie in sustainability and fashion, design process and building community through making. She has been teaching in fashion schools since 2006.

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got craft? :: Free Workshop with Delish General Store

WashiTagThe fine folks over at Delish General Store happen to think shipping tags and washi tape are a match made in heaven. Add in some baker’s twine and a fun stamp or two, turn on the Christmas tunes, and you’ll be happily crafting tags for everyone on your list. Pop by our DIY table to get some great ideas and practice one or two, and then pop over to our booth at Got Craft? to get all the supplies you’ll need to make them at home!


DIY Workshops with Delish General Store at Got Craft?
Saturday, December 13th and Sunday, December 14th, 2014
10:30am to 1:00pm
Maritime Labour Centre
1880 Truimph Street, Vancouver
cost: FREE

image used with permission from emilie guelpa

got craft? spring 2014 :: DIY workshops


Got Craft? aims to bring together a community that fosters handmade and D.I.Y. culture. As a part of this goal, we feature hands-on workshops at every event (both free and paid). Looking to learn a new skill? Need something to do on Mother’s Day or a gift? Check out our workshop line up below. Remember, space is limited, so register today!

Beginner Sign Painting Workshop with BIG TOP Sign Arts
Saturday, May 10th
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
$65.00 plus tax

Did you attend the screening of the Sign Painter movie last summer? Sign Painter, John Lennig from BIG TOP SIGN ARTS, will be at Got Craft? hosting a workshop discussing brush lettering in general and specifically the BullNose letter style, one of the most basic of hand painted styles. Consisting of 6 basic strokes, John will teach you how to create both upper and lower case letters as well as proper brush handling, brushcare, and the types of paints used. The first half of the hands-on workshop will cover the above, along with getting your brushes into the paint and practicing the 6 basic strokes. While the second half will move into letters and finish up with the creation of a few pieces to take home. “The Swoop” will also be discussed, demonstrated, and if time allows, be put to use in the finished pieces.

Read more here


DIY Nailin’ it Workshop with Element Botanicals
Saturday, May 10th, 2014
between 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
$5.00 plus tax
Drop in only || Register at the front desk

Join Amber Haase, owner of Element Botanicals and DIY body care enthusiast at this super fun “hands on” workshop and learn how easy it is to blend your own “clean” nail polish! In this drop-in session, you will learn how to create a custom blend nail polish (one) that you will take home with you. Ditch the commercial nail polishes that contain nasty chemicals and try your hand at custom blending a “3 free” polish. Amber will guide you as you create your own nail polishes that are free of harsh irritants using natural colours, pigments and micas.

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Linocut Workshop with District Dogs Design
TWO DAYS – Saturday, May 10th AND Sunday, May 11th, 2014
3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
registration closed

This workshop will introduce you to the linocut printing process including materials, designing, carving, and printing. Day 1, we will touch on designing for relief printing, transferring your illustrations, and carving. You will be able to take your linocut block and tools home to complete the carving at your own pace. In day two, we will discuss printing methods, tools and equipment, inks, paper and mediums. Then we’ll get inky!

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All class fees include entry to Got Craft? on Saturday, May 10th and / or Sunday, May 11th, 2014 from 10-5pm at the Maritime Labour Centre located at 1880 Triumph Street, Vancouver (EXCEPT for the drop-in session). Please contact info(at)gotcraft(dot)com if you have any questions or require additional information.

image one via [stu-di-o] by jeanie || image two via Spark Box Studio