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Tell a Handmade Story at the Moth StorySlam handmade and vintage goods

Dinner party charmers and camp fire captivators, pull up a chair (or a log) and set your storytelling gears in motion! Next week Etsy is joining forces with The Moth to present an evening of true stories told live, without notes, around the theme of “crafty.” We invite you to tell your tales of handmade triumphs and DIY disasters. From the woodshop to the stitch-and-bitch circle, wielding a welding torch or felting needles, making zines or brief jerky, surely you have a story to share from your handmade life. 

The Moth was founded in 1997 by novelist George Dawes Green, who “wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings in his native Georgia, when moths were attracted to the light on the porch where he and his friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales.”

The Moth has since grown from a gathering in George’s living room to jam-packed StorySlams in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Detroit. It’s a forum for people of all stripes to convene and tell their stories. Even if you don’t call one of those cities home, you can MothUp and start your own local event. The Moth is also at the helm of all sorts of community and radio programming, including the Moth Podcast (one of my personal favorites), curated stories at the Moth Mainstage, and community outreach storytelling workshops.

Photo by Hilary McHone

The Moth low-down:
When: Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Doors open at 7 p.m. Stories start at 7:30 p.m. $8 at the door. Bundle up and get there early, as lines to get in can be epic!

Where: The Nuyorican, 236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B and C), New York, NY. Hosted by Dan Kennedy

How it works & tips from The Moth:

  • When the doors open, sign up to tell a story, volunteer to be on a judging team or just sit back and listen. 
When the show begins, we’ll pick the first name and each teller will have 5 minutes to tell his or her tale. After each story, the judges will confer and give a score. The teller with the highest score becomes the StorySlam winner. The winner will compete with the year’s other winners in the next GrandSlam Championship.


  • If you’re raring to participate, please, please read these tips from The Moth. We want you to be a storytelling superstar, and these little secrets will pave the way.


Photo by abbeychristine

And, as they say when signing off from the weekly Moth podcast, we hope you have a story-worthy week!

Whether you can make it to the Moth StorySlam or not, I invite you to tell your best handmade story in the comments below.

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  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry says:

    Love your article! Thanks!

    4 years ago

  • VeraVague

    VeraVague says:

    aw yeah!

    4 years ago

  • LoellaMedina

    LoellaMedina says:

    omg! How exciting! I wish I could make it! I listen to all the Moth podcasts. I love it! Have fun and I cannot wait to listen to this event!

    4 years ago

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage says:

    sounds like loads of fun!

    4 years ago

  • linguaNigra

    linguaNigra says:

    oh, this sounds like fun!!!!

    4 years ago

  • vintagebutterfly94

    vintagebutterfly94 says:

    SWEET! I can't wait to hear this on the podcast. I'm a huge fan of The Moth. want to hear a crafty story huh? When my now 11 year old daughter was just a wee toddler, she had a rubber spider which she decided to adore instead fear. She played with it constantly, but it literally freaked me out. One night, in tears, she brought it to me, heartbroken that the legs had come off. It was that horrible squishy rubber. I used clear quilting thread and sewed the legs back on, one at time, fighting down my own phobia the whole time. For love of the girl.

    4 years ago

  • neile

    neile says:

    I love the podcast! That would be a perfect break from the holiday madness...I might just treat myself to a day off: )

    4 years ago

  • julieincharge Admin

    julieincharge says:

    vintagebutterfly, now that is love!

    4 years ago

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu says:

    Sounds fun to me. Thanks for sharing!

    4 years ago

  • OffTheHooks

    OffTheHooks says:

    what a great idea!

    4 years ago

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie says:

    i love listening to the moth, if i was in ny i would be there!!! what a great theme, finally some crafty mayhem...i've got a good yarn about selling at bumbershoot one year and having a lady fresh from the snack shack wiping her toothpick on one of my tops! YEEECH! xo

    4 years ago

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi says:

    :) great !

    4 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Sounds like so much fun!

    4 years ago

  • richwithjewels

    richwithjewels says:

    Excellent Idea!

    4 years ago

  • CometWreckage

    CometWreckage says:

    OOooo! I love The Moth. Top five favorite podcasts! And I'll be in the city next week too. Not sure if I'm brave enough to wait in that line though.

    4 years ago

  • Floreal

    Floreal says:

    Superb Idea!

    4 years ago

  • vintagejane

    vintagejane says:

    Fun idea!

    4 years ago

  • RebekahLu

    RebekahLu says:

    This is so wonderful. I am curious and inspired. Thank You.

    4 years ago

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio says:

    Great article!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    how fun!

    4 years ago

  • NewDuds

    NewDuds says:

    This is awesome I LOVE THE MOTH, its great for listening to while making!

    4 years ago

  • stonz

    stonz says:

    This is awesome! My two biggest addictions: Etsy & The Moth collide! Yay!

    4 years ago

  • ploverdesign

    ploverdesign says:

    wow, very kwel!

    4 years ago

  • AllWittyKnitty

    AllWittyKnitty says:

    *Silently freaking out inside and cursing the heavens that I'm unable to attend* Two of my favorite things in the whole wide world coming together? Yes, please. I can't wait to hear it on the podcast!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • daniellexo

    daniellexo says:

    So exciting!

    4 years ago

  • BambuEarth

    BambuEarth says:


    4 years ago

  • Asianexpressions
  • doveandflower

    doveandflower says:

    Oooh! I want to start a Moth in my town. Sounds like fantastic fun! Thanks for turning me on to this:-)

    4 years ago

  • lindaketelhut

    lindaketelhut says:

    I Love The Moth! Sounds like so much fun + a great idea to get crafty stories.

    4 years ago

  • knockknockstudio

    knockknockstudio says:

    sounds sooo cool! can't wait to hear the stories. i wonder how early you've got to get there to actually get in...

    4 years ago

  • ShopMarigold

    ShopMarigold says:

    SO fun~ would love to have of these here on the West Coast.

    4 years ago

  • kimmchi

    kimmchi says:

    so excited to go to my first moth event next week!

    4 years ago

  • swyatt

    swyatt says:

    I love the Moth too!

    4 years ago

  • shop1848

    shop1848 says:

    Great article, so much fun! Thanks for sharing.

    4 years ago

  • DalkullanJewelry

    DalkullanJewelry says:

    Sounds interesting!

    4 years ago

  • FunWithNeedles

    FunWithNeedles says:

    cool! i have never heard of this... i will check it out!!!

    4 years ago

  • BeatificBijoux

    BeatificBijoux says:

    Awww...I wanna go....!

    4 years ago

  • HulaGirl1922

    HulaGirl1922 says:

    cooool beans!! gonna check out the moth for sure...Thanks ♥

    4 years ago

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit says:

    Those relaxing moth lamps---what a beautiful idea and recycled---it's the best!!!!!!

    4 years ago

  • theroyal

    theroyal says:

    good ol moth

    4 years ago

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 says:

    Sounds fun. Will definitely check out the podcast.

    4 years ago

  • Prittyfy

    Prittyfy says:

    Very nice article. Thanks.

    4 years ago

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio says:

    story telling is truly an art! sounds like a great night out!

    4 years ago

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou says:

    Sounds fun!

    4 years ago

  • pinkbijou

    pinkbijou says:

    Sounds fun!

    4 years ago

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom says:

    Love this article!

    4 years ago

  • akcopperraven

    akcopperraven says:

    I love the beached stories !! Cant wait to get one of those for my neice !! Great story, ideas and finds !!

    4 years ago

  • Ayun

    Ayun says:

    If I can get out of the cage, I am so there.

    4 years ago

  • wabisabibrooklyn

    wabisabibrooklyn says:


    4 years ago

  • JohnBirdsong

    JohnBirdsong says:

    I love the moth podcast. I can't wait to hear this one.

    4 years ago

  • lrobinson

    lrobinson says:

    "your chocolate is in my peanut butter." IN THE VERY BEST OF WAYS! loving this...!

    4 years ago

  • riorita

    riorita says:

    Seems to me like lots of fun!

    4 years ago

  • philippaJones

    philippaJones says:

    Fantastic! I can't wait to listen to the podcast!

    4 years ago

  • grainger

    grainger says:

    love the moth!

    4 years ago

  • dirtdancestonewerks

    dirtdancestonewerks says:

    Can't wait 'til we have this in San Diego! Quick story: You never know what to anticipate until you put your art out there... I have discovered that the painted dots that I take weeks to layer up to create my designs are a fascinating target for kids who try their best to pick off! Keeps me on my toes! :)

    4 years ago

  • MariesBoutique

    MariesBoutique says:

    I love those sultry summer nights of the south! The Moth seem like it would be a lot of fun.

    4 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    sounds like fun

    4 years ago

  • Jungle

    Jungle says:

    Sounds like so much fun :)

    4 years ago

  • PattiTrostle

    PattiTrostle says:

    Great article!

    4 years ago


    ANNALEE63 says:

    very interesting piece

    4 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    Oh, now this is something I would LOVE to be a part of! How exciting and fun! Great story!

    4 years ago

  • Nikifashion

    Nikifashion says:

    Superb article:O)

    4 years ago

  • kateendle

    kateendle says:

    I LOVE The Moth AND Etsy!! Wish I could be there. I have a great story about how I became a collage artist. It involves a terrorist attack, great heart break and famed glass artist Dale Chihuly. Oh well, someday...........

    4 years ago

  • twopoochpaperie

    twopoochpaperie says:

    The Moth and Etsy, two of my favorite things in one place... oh to be in New York on that day!

    4 years ago

  • ArtigianoJewelBox

    ArtigianoJewelBox says:

    NPR fans - don't forget the Moth Radio Hour on WNYC - great stories!

    4 years ago

  • natureseason

    natureseason says:


    4 years ago

  • RedOnionWoodworks

    RedOnionWoodworks says:

    This might be the best combination EVER! Can you please, PLEASE convince Amy Sedaris to tell a story that night, too? I would fly 500 miles for Moth + Etsy + Amy Sedaris for sure!

    4 years ago

  • hotstreets

    hotstreets says:

    Love a good story, truth, or fiction. The rhythm and the tension of a good tale has great appeal.

    4 years ago

  • ericawalker

    ericawalker says:

    I LOVE the Moth! It's one of my very favorite programs / podcasts. Who doesn't love a good story?

    4 years ago

  • HeartFelt4Kids

    HeartFelt4Kids says:

    Great idea!!

    4 years ago

  • katiebobs

    katiebobs says:

    Ah! Even though I live in the UK, I'm delighted about this. My two favourite American exports/institutions combining forces - sounds like a match made in heaven. I hope it will be podcasted...

    4 years ago

  • RitaWattersArt

    RitaWattersArt says:

    Oh what a wonderful plan...wish I could be there. I would...but I live in Arizona. Have fun.

    4 years ago

  • katebaerfossils

    katebaerfossils says:

    my story still hurts to tell...We go to art and craft shows for a living and after a consultation on my current jury shots I spent six months and lots of $ on five new jury pieces..I was just about done...called the photographer to tell him I was sending them...when we fired them...all in the same firing...take note..never do this...Dave is doing my firing and we had an analog pyrometer ..when I came in my moms house (we live off grid) I said "they have been at 1200 waaaay too long" we open the door and they are all puddles of silver and stones on the bottom of the kiln...

    4 years ago

  • katebaerfossils

    katebaerfossils says:

    analog pyrometer stuck we have a digital kiln

    4 years ago

  • twigandleafbotanical

    twigandleafbotanical says:

    the first time i ever made soap, i caught my antique 30's stove on fire. never heard of the moth, signing up for the podcast, now! semi-related: they found a new species of moths in russia that drill into human skin and suck blood!

    4 years ago

  • Frankenkitty

    Frankenkitty says:

    I'm not sure if this qualifies as a craft tragedy, but I did have one thing after another go wrong when I was trying to shoot this self portrait. I go into detail about what happened in the comments. I'm freaking out, because I couldn't get the water to turn off, and here I am naked in the tub, in a creature from the black lagoon mask and bubbles everywhere. I thought I would have to wake up my landlord to have him turn off the water. Finally when I get it turned off, my camera's battery dies and I have to swish around the apt., mask half on, looking for another one and by the time I did, all the hot water and bubbles were gone. It was truly a comedy of errors.

    4 years ago

  • bunnycrave

    bunnycrave says:

    “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.†Jim Stovall

    4 years ago

  • SnuggliMumCreations

    SnuggliMumCreations says:


    4 years ago

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig says:

    Nice :)

    4 years ago

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery says:

    Interesting idea, never come across anything quite like this! We all tell stories just not always to a crowd of people, got to be brave to do something like that!

    4 years ago

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry says:

    What a great venue! I love telling stories about my triumphs and failures... Although the 5 min time limit could be a problem. Worth a try and sounds like so much fun!

    4 years ago

  • DogCityBakery

    DogCityBakery says:

    Awesome, this looks like such fun!!!

    4 years ago

  • FeltShmelt

    FeltShmelt says:

    Oh I wish I could be there! I love the Moth, what a great idea to tell crafty stories! :) Moth + Etsy huzzah!!

    4 years ago

  • Ayun

    Ayun says:

    Oh BOY! They're letting me out of the cage! I'll be there w/ something approximating bells on!

    4 years ago

  • jaipuronline

    jaipuronline says:

    Excellent Idea.......

    4 years ago

  • artlife

    artlife says:

    love this concept!!

    4 years ago

  • sugarcookie

    sugarcookie says:

    I always listen to the Moth podcast! This is a great theme!

    4 years ago

  • indigobjects

    indigobjects says:

    Word of Moth.

    4 years ago

  • FavreBijoux

    FavreBijoux says:

    Thanks for the post--will look for podcast. My earliest creative crafting memory is of making a wardrobe for my troll dolls (fold and cut armholes) from upholstery fabric scraps complete with pom poms and fringe.

    4 years ago

  • oddballartco

    oddballartco says:

    Sounds great but I'm in Canada so won't be attending but I have a tragic story that I'll share with everyone..... Preparing 10 paintings for my most recent exhibition back at the beginning of December and I had very little time to get these 10 done. I finished painting #2 and set it to dry across from where I was working at my easel on painting #3. I was using a sponge and I guess got a little carried away because my easel came crashing down like a dagger ripping through painting #2 (which was 36" x 24" in size) ripping a hole the size of a softball right through the middle of it and a slight tear through painting #3 that I was working on. I was devastated!!! But the good news is that I was able to repair both paintings back to good as new with extensive research, a helpful art supply clerk and many hours of paitience. And in fact painting #2 that suffered the worst sold within 10 mins of the exhibitions grand opening night. What I learn from this is 'Never Give Up!'

    4 years ago

  • randomgypsy

    randomgypsy says:

    What an amazing idea! I live in Iowa...not close enough to come in person but I will for sure be checking out the Moth podcasts. Wonderful contribution to the world. A+

    4 years ago

  • hopscotch22

    hopscotch22 says:

    My worst but best art show. Picture it, Bergen Performing Art Center, NJ, Blind Boys of Alabama show and my 3d touch exhibit for the blind. So excited!!!! Driving to set up, van full of art exhibit, me and my daughter. I had to pull over, I wasn't feeling well at all. Wound up being put in the hospital, had a heart infection. The van was still in the parking lot off of Route 46 in NJ. The show must go on. With the help of family and friends it did. I finally saw the exhibit when I went to pick it up 6 weeks later. I had to laugh and cry. It was so beautiful, they even extended it 5 weeks because it got such a great response. Some of the abstract pieces were hung upside down. My brother is a mechanic and did his best. To this day it is my favorite show I ever didn't do.

    4 years ago