An Etsy craft party

Tonight I’ve been to my first Etsy craft party. I think I heard about it through Twitter several weeks ago. That was a funny thing; there were others who also couldn’t remember how or where they signed up to go.

Mollie Makes have been publicizing Etsy craft parties, it’s a big thing apparently and they’ve happened all over the world today. Have you been to one? Ever heard of an Etsy craft party?

It was a very relaxed evening with various tables set up for craft activities: bunting to make for the venue who work with Crisis, friendship bracelets, card and stationary making and china decorating. There were drinks, nibbles and cakes – always a good thing.

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I don’t think anyone’s going to spot my chain stitching on the 2, but it was relaxing to do. Of course I should have used a contrasting colour.  I must have been tired, or too busy chatting to think (or too much Buck’s Fizz?!)

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My table’s bunting (photo’s a bit fuzzy, sorry.) They look pretty with ready-made crochet flowers and sequins etc sewn on.

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While I was embroidering, my friend was busy decorating a bowl. I love it.

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She then moved on to card making and created this for her sister and family who are emigrating to Australia next month. My photo was taken before it was finished, she added some text too. Love those thumb print people!

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Yes well, no comments required about this piece. The purple line down the middle was an end of evening ‘what was I thinking?’ mistake that didn’t completely come off even with some rubbing with a baby wipe. I’ve donated it to my arty friend to clean and decorate.

Who knew you could use Sharpies on china? The ink will come off with washing, but I’m told you can bake it in a low temp oven for 30 mins to set the pen, then I guess you just don’t use it for anything other than for decorative purposes. I liked the idea of having a lovely bowl for my ends when I’m darning, perhaps I’ll hint a bit when we next meet.

The space was light and airy, it’s obviously used by ongoing art groups as there were many works in progress.

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It was a relaxed time with no pressure to craft in a certain way. The resources were ready, we paid our £5 (raising money for Crisis) grabbed a drink and chose where to start. I’d definitely attend another Etsy craft party and hope that the tentative suggestion about meeting again as a group happens in the future. I’m always up for social crafting and love meeting new people, especially when it’s going to be in a pub next time.

16 thoughts on “An Etsy craft party

  1. This sounds pretty good! I’m not much of a team player myself, and also don’t love large groups of total strangers, but I think I could have managed this :-) I think your plate is lovely. And the purple line can be for keeping the digestives on one side and the chocolates on the other.

  2. Ooh I really wanted to go to an Etsy party but there weren’t any taking place near me. I would have run one but the sign-ups were in the middle of my essay deadlines so I just didn’t have time to look into arranging it! Maybe next year! It looks like you made some stunning things though!

  3. Why was it an “Etsy” craft party?? As opposed to just a craft party?? Am I missing something? Sounds most excellent though. Shall have to watch out for one near me.

    • They’ve happened now as it was a one-day event. A result of ours is to maybe have more get togethers with anyone who’s interested. We signed a sheet if we were interested in meeting up again in pubs with our own crafty make.
      Perhaps you can arrange one in your area next time, if you can’t find any nearby?

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