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A Hands-On Year at the Etsy Labs

Jan 24, 2012

by Julie Schneider handmade and vintage goods

Our beakers and test tubes are bubbling and sparkling with the potion we have been concocting for our newest experiments at the Etsy Labs. As you may recall, our Brooklyn events have been on hiatus for the month of January, while we’ve been refining our platter of 2012’s public programming. Well, January is winding down, and we’re ready to share some news with you. Drumroll, please!

We’re excited to announce a new series of creative programming called Hands-On Etsy. This is an evolution of our beloved Craft Night series at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn, and will feature a focused monthly event with an extra big creative bang. We invite you to join us at our Hands-On events to engage with special guest artists and our rock star community, while learning new processes to spark creativity and engaging in a meaningful exchange of ideas and skills, using a variety of media, tools, and perspectives. Expect well-crafted happenings centered around themes and seasons, with lots of opportunities to get your hands dirty.

The Hands-On series will be held one night per month, and the day of the week it’s held will vary from month to month to accommodate for different work and life schedules. While this will indeed replace the weekly Craft Nights of the past, we’re confident that our creative programming will be better than ever! If you find yourself hankering for those unstructured evenings of making, formerly dubbed Open Craft Night, we invite you to join us for one of the monthly Church of Craft meetings. The Code as Craft technology talks and an assortment of other events will also continue happening at our space. The creative programming we host and sponsor in other cities and countries (such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Germany, France, England, Australia, and the Netherlands) will carry on as usual, and will continue to grow and evolve as they have been. Keep up to date on what’s going on at the Etsy Labs in Brooklyn by keeping your eyes on the Events page and subscribing to the Etsy Labs newsletter.

Details for our first Hands-On event will be announced tomorrow. In the meantime, save the date for a special Valentine’s activity on Tuesday, February 7!


  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 8 years ago

    Still hoping to attend an event here/near Atlanta :)

  • VintageEye

    VintageEye said 8 years ago

    I visited the Etsy labs during Hello Etsy in September 2011 & the space is wonderful! Well worth a visit!

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    VoleedeMoineaux said 8 years ago

    I like these laby thingys.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 8 years ago

    Wish I could attend. Hopefully one will come to my city (San Diego). :)

  • AmberGypsySky

    AmberGypsySky said 8 years ago

    Hoping to plan a trip to NYC soon again and will make sure I do so next time I here an Etsy Lab is happening in Brooklyn :) Wish you guys could have one here in Buffalo!

  • taramade

    taramade said 8 years ago

    The hands drew me right in to this post! Pretty, pretty. Will be signing up for the newsletter for sure...

  • RivalryTime

    RivalryTime said 8 years ago

    Sounds like fun.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 8 years ago

    i see mooti designs is in san diego... me too! please come visit us :)

  • klinker

    klinker said 8 years ago

    sounds good! i hope i can make it to a few and learn how to sew a pillow with zipper!

  • maggiesraggedyinn

    maggiesraggedyinn said 8 years ago

    I wish I lived in your neighbourhood because it sounds so creative!!!!

  • AlisaDesign

    AlisaDesign said 8 years ago

    Cool!!! ;)

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique said 8 years ago

    Sounds like 10 lbs of fun in a 5lb bag! :) I just wish I lived a little closer to where these are held..

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 8 years ago

    Nice article thanks for sharing.

  • CrushedBotanicals

    CrushedBotanicals said 8 years ago

    totally awesome!

  • IceCreamCandy

    IceCreamCandy said 8 years ago

    great read and love the photo:)

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 8 years ago

    someday I will hop a plane and take part @ hands on Etsy! If only you were just a car ride away!

  • giorgiejewelry

    giorgiejewelry said 8 years ago

    Great idea!

  • thevicagirl

    thevicagirl said 8 years ago

    Sounds fun.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 8 years ago

    I will get there this year for sure! =)

  • volkerwandering

    volkerwandering said 8 years ago


  • johni333

    johni333 said 8 years ago


  • LiddoKiddo

    LiddoKiddo said 8 years ago

    I wish i could go.... Super cool!!

  • stepbackink

    stepbackink said 8 years ago

    Sounds great even though I sell vintage on Etsy I do I creat things to sell in a different market :)

  • emilythomas884

    emilythomas884 said 8 years ago

    I'll be there too Krystyna81! Bring etsy to Atlanta.

  • FullCircleRetro

    FullCircleRetro said 8 years ago

    Like the front pic..! =)

  • justinpotts

    justinpotts said 8 years ago

    Looking forward to hearing more!

  • AcmeFun

    AcmeFun said 8 years ago

    The End of Craft Night!! HEARTBRAKING That beautiful ever changing continuous community scattered to the four winds. This is not an evolution, this is an unfathomable loss.

  • lalalandglass

    lalalandglass said 8 years ago

    It's so cold in Wisconsin right now. I wish you guys were located here to take our minds off the weather!

  • KnitKnit

    KnitKnit said 8 years ago

    Oh wow, looking forward to the the graduated Craft Nights! Can't wait to join in :)

  • HappyAccidents10

    HappyAccidents10 said 8 years ago

    I just learned about Craft Night a couple of months ago and from what I've heard, I'm also sorry to see it go. Luckily, I live close enough to attend the new monthly sessions so I'm really psyched about that. I've had an Etsy shop fpr almost 3 years aqnd haven't taken advantage at all of all the help they provide. I'll definitely be peeking into every corner I can find from now on.

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak said 8 years ago

    I do not live close to where crat night was happening. BUt still sorry to see it go away.

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 8 years ago


  • LavenderField

    LavenderField said 8 years ago

    I wish.....

  • LisasCottage

    LisasCottage said 8 years ago

    I add my vote to stopping in San Diego (maybe instead of LA?). We have a huge, crafty community down here, less traffic, beautiful scenery and great venues for you to hold the workshops. You won't regret it!

  • iphoto

    iphoto said 8 years ago

    As a regular at Craft Night I am devastated to see it go. It was a "too good to be true" program - that I guess really was too good to be true. It was my Monday pick-me-up, the thing I would look forward to all week, a way to meet other crafty people on a regular basis. Really sad to see it go :(

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    NicoleNicoletta2 said 8 years ago

    sounds fun!

  • cougarvintage

    cougarvintage said 8 years ago

    I wish i can attend some in Florida! :(

  • bricolagelife

    bricolagelife said 8 years ago

    hey julie! we need etsy lab in chicago, too! + thanks for using my hand collection photo for your post :)

  • stylehouseartistry

    stylehouseartistry said 8 years ago

    I can't wait to go to one of these events..Sounds like fun.

  • xanadu37

    xanadu37 said 8 years ago

    Another reason to move to NYC...

  • janekelly10

    janekelly10 said 8 years ago

    I don't want to sound like a moron, but just to clarify, there are no more Monday craft nights? I went to the Church of Craft link & they said there are.... just a lil we come tomorrow night or is the only craft event on 2/16 w/church of craft?

  • janekelly10

    janekelly10 said 8 years ago

    I meant to say "in Brooklyn" haha

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