As you meet the people behind the crafts, you find that they tend to have personalities as vivid as their work. On Saturday, May 11, we’ll host two of the Midwest craft scene’s most vivid personalities: Lish Dorset and Betty Floored. Lish will talk quilting 101, and guide us though a simple project – a mug rug! Betty will fill a pop-up shop with her retro-styled skirts, aprons, pillows, and bags. And of course, there will be free coffee, tea, and homemade vegan baked goods for everyone. It’s a day to relax, learn, and shop, while getting to know some of the people who make our local craft community so special.
She’s a member of Handmade Detroit, an organizer of the Detroit Urban Craft Fair, a craft writer for Metro Parent magazine, a former blogger for CRAFT. And she’s crafted with Martha Stewart! Wherever you find crafts, you’ll find Lish Dorset, wearing color-coordinated glasses, and telling a humorous story. We’ve worked with Lish on a number of projects over the years, and we’ve long admired her witty repartee, her boundless energy, and her personal style. So we’re looking forward to a lively introduction to quilting! And since we’ve seen her lovely quilts, we know Lish’s skillshare will be as informative as it is engaging.
All of our Small Craft events are fueled by endless sips of free coffee and tea. So what project could be more appropriate than a mug rug? This is not only a cute place to set your hot beverage, but also a great way to learn basic quilting techniques. If you’ve been intrigued by quilting, but feared it might be too difficult or pricey, this is your chance to get started. Rulers, mats, batting and fabric will be on hand for you to use. This project does require a sewing machine, along with some basic sewing skills. So if you’re making a mug rug, please bring your own machine, and have it threaded and ready to sew.
Don’t have a machine or are new to sewing? You’re still welcome to join us! Stop on by to see how it’s done, and leave with a handy how-to sheet. And if you’re not interested in quilting, that’s okay too! Bring your own creative project, and enjoy our coffee, treats, and companionship while you work.
When you see Betty Floored skating past with the Glass City Rollers, or selling crafts at Artomatic 419, you see the tough yet friendly spirit of Toledo, Ohio. As a founder of Handmade Toledo, and an organizer of the popular Maker’s Mart craft fair, Betty has been a key figure in the rise of her city’s indie craft scene. And as an avid participant in Michigan’s handmade celebrations, she’s helped to unify a regional craft culture. Betty’s been a dedicated regular at our Small Craft get-togethers, making the drive from Ohio in order to join us. This month, we’re proud to be hosting her Oh Sew Betty! pop-up shop. Oh Sew Betty! is best known as a line of dresses: custom-made, body positive, and retro-styled. In her shop, you’ll see her rock n roll sensibility applied to skirts, aprons, pillows, and bags.
Many of the Midwest’s personable crafters will be joining us at this event. And there’s always room for more! We hope you’ll drop by the Trumbullplex – a space with a vivid personality of its own – and introduce yourself!
Small Craft Pop-Up Shop and Skillshare
Saturday, May 11
Pop-Up Shop open 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Skillshare begins at 3:00 pm