Handmade crafts, a hearty brunch, and a Corktown bar: these are some of the best ways to share a relaxing Saturday with friends. And on January 12, you’re invited to enjoy all three! We’re bringing our Winter Tour to PJ’s Lager House, where the bar will be open, and renowned zinester J Rae Warren will be cooking brunch. Blogger and crocheter Sarah Shackleford will host a granny square skillshare. Artist and illustrator Kelly Mitchell will show us around her Burrowing Home pop-up shop, filled with beautiful drawings of woodland wildlife. You can craft, shop, eat, drink, and socialize, without ever leaving this storied venue in the heart of Detroit’s oldest neighborhood.
“Learn to make the most well-known crochet pattern,” writes Sarah Shackleford. “The most versatile item, something classic and timeless and only a little cheesy. The granny square! A great simple pattern for beginners or a good refresher for people who haven’t hooked in a while!”
You may know Sarah through her blog, Bring More Yarn. Or you may have encountered her crocheted creations at the Rock, Paper, Scissors holiday craft and vintage market in Ferndale. Maybe you took one of her classes at Maker Faire, or met her at a local stitch ‘n bitch. Perhaps you were introduced at one of our previous Small Craft events. If you know Sarah in any context, then you know her skillshare will be both fun and informative.
Kelly Mitchell’s intricate illustrations of adorable animals are always a highlight of area craft fairs. Her work combines skilled draftsmanship with a deep knowledge of the natural world. The resulting cats, squirrels, birds, foxes, and other creatures are incredibly cute, but with just the right touch of feral attitude. In her Burrowing Home pop-up shop, you’ll find her menagerie on everything from flasks and temporary tattoos, to giclee prints and original drawings. Even if you’re not taking part in the skillshare, you’ll still want to stop by and see this lovely artwork.
This month, we’re proud to be gathering at one of Corktown’s most beloved and enduring landmarks: PJ’s Lager House. This cozy neighborhood tavern has a long and colorful history. In 1914, it was a bakery. During Prohibition, a speakeasy. More recently, it became known internationally for its live music. The current incarnation features a used record store in the basement, and our friend Jessika Rae Warren in the kitchen.
Every Saturday, J Rae cooks brunch at PJ’s. She offers all the comforting classics you’re looking for on a dimly lit Saturday, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. Food is only one aspect of J Rae’s boundless creativity. In the zine community, she’s well-known for having created publications such as Do Not File Under Manifesto, and I Still Believe (In Fire); for having run the Towanda Zine Distro; and for co-founding Detroit’s 2003 Midwest Zine Fest. She was a volunteer at Idle Kids Books and Records, and is currently a member of the Trumbullplex Theater collective. So yeah, this is our kind of brunch: casual, inclusive, and deeply rooted in Detroit’s DIY culture.
Everyone is welcome to join us, so feel free to bring your own project. Or just hang out! If you do choose to take part in the granny square skillshare, you will need:
– A crochet hook, size G – I. If you’re just learning, a metal hook is recommended.
– Worsted weight yarn. Any brand will do, but Vanna’s Choice is suggested, since it comes in lots of colors and is cheap.
– OPTIONAL: A basic knowledge of crochet, mostly how to tie a slip knot and how to chain.
Small Craft Pop-Up Shop and Skillshare
Saturday, January 12
Pop-Up Shop open 11:00 – 3:00
Skillshare begins at noon
PJ’s Lager House
1254 Michigan Ave.