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Come Stitch Pet Portraits With marysgranddaughter at Etsy Labs handmade and vintage goods

Pugs, and dachshunds, and kittens, oh my! I’m please to announce that Cindy Steiler, a.k.a. marysgranddaughter, will be joining us all the way from Gainesville, Florida for Craft Night on Monday, December 13. She’ll  share the ins-and-outs of embroidering custom pet portraits. Please bring an image of your pet, or a friend’s pet, or whatever critter you would like to pay tribute to, in the form of a black & white photocopy. (We also have a photocopier here, if needed.) The image will need to be smaller than 6″, as that is the size embroidery hoop we will be working with. The project makes a spot-on handmade gift for a pet-loving pal!

A big thank you goes out to Coats & Clark, for donating materials for this Craft Night.

Aside from stitching and drawing beautiful artwork for her Etsy shop, Cindy Steiler is also the author of the booklet, Pet Portrait Embroidery, which is one of twelve booklets contained in the set, Craft-In: 12 Projects for Your Own Crafty Gatherings, edited by Kathleen McCafferty. These little volumes are aimed at those of you who are looking to start your own craft night or host a creative get-together, but are in need of some good group project ideas. (You can watch a brief video about Craft-In here.)



The Craft Night scoop:

Where: 55 Washington Street, Suite 512 in Brooklyn, New York, 11201

When: Monday, December 13, from 4-8 p.m. ET
RSVP here.

And, online: Live far away? Join us online at 5 p.m. ET for a live how-to demo in the Virtual Labs, our online multi-user chat room. (See what time 5 p.m. ET is in your hometown.)




If you are attending Craft Night virtually this week and would like to craft along with us, you’ll need to round up the following supplies:

  • Embroidery hoop
  • Image of your portrait subject, sized to fit your hoop
  • Tracing paper
  • Transfer paper
  • Stylus or ball point pen (for image transfer)
  • Linen (cut to fit the size of your hoop)
  • Embroidery floss and needle
  • Scissors
  • Felt (to size of hoop)
  • Marker
  • Fabric glue

Upcoming Events with the Etsy Labs:
12/11: Kids Craft at Etsy Labs
12/14: Etsy at the Moth Storyslam. Theme: Crafty. Details here.
12/20: Open Craft Night
12/21: Church of Craft meeting at Etsy Labs
12/27: Craft Night is cancelled until late January 2011 — we’ll keep you posted!

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A photo from last week’s Craft Night.


Looking for further crafting inspiration? 

Embroidery Tutorials | How-Tuesday Projects | Pets on Etsy

Will we see you at Craft Night? Let us know in the comments below.