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Upcoming classes at the Claremont MakerSpace

Greetings Upper Valley Makers:

We have an exciting list of upcoming classes at the Claremont MakerSpace that we think might interest you.

For most classes and events, CMS MEMBERSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED. That said, members receive a discount on registration and there are some classes/events that are for members only (this will be clearly noted in the event description).

Class policies (liability waiver, withdrawal, cancellation, etc.) can be found here.

Instructors: Interested in teaching a class at CMS? Please fill out our Class Proposal Form.

Tours: Want to see what the Claremont MakerSpace is all about? Tours are by appointment only. Contact Us to schedule your tour where you can learn about all the awesome tools that the CMS offers access to, as well as how membership, classes, and studio spaces work.

Upcoming Events

Events that are currently open for registration.

Learn How to use the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine

Fri Jul 7 2023, 10:00am EDT — Fri Jul 7 2023, 12:00pm EDT

Learn all the basics of how to operate the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine so you can professionally finish your treasured quilts.  Skills covered include machine parts, inserting a needle , winding a bobbin and inserting the bobbin carriage, threading the machine, thread tension, clamping a quilt in place, and stitching the quilt

The cost of the class includes a follow-up certification which will allow members to use the machine on their own.

About the Instructor(s): 

Allison Zito serves as Shop Lead in the Fibers Department at Claremont MakerSpace. She has been teaching The Mid Arm Quilting Classes for six years.

Allison Zito received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a considerable variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has been teaching studio art in the Upper Valley with excellent results at AVA Gallery, Claremont MakerSpace, CraftStudies at The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and Artistree.

Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency in 2019 at Claremont MakerSpace where she created an art installation and symposium to inspire positive action, addressing the issue of Global Warming. In 2021 Allison Zito created an outdoor mural for The Sullivan County Public Cidery Building. She was part of a team of five artists who created a mural in Lebanon, NH. You can see her Bee and Monarch Medallions in the Lebanon Art Tunnel Way.

Allison Zito was awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and her work in arts education.

Class Fees: $45 members/ $60 non-members

Materials Fee: none

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: all levels

Age requirement: adults 18 and older

Register for this class now!

Open Sew-In

Tue Jul 11 2023, 04:00pm EDT — Tue Jul 11 2023, 06:30pm EDT
Bring your sewing projects and supplies and have fun visiting with other Fiber Artists and Enthusiasts. Work on your projects in our roomy and comfortable sewing department. We have plenty of table space and 5 Singer heavy duty sewing machines, irons, ironing board, and a variety of sewing notions to use in the Fiber Arts Studio.
Allison, our shop lead will be available to help with any questions you may have.
The Polar Bear quilt was quilted by Susan Hoffsteter

About the Instructor: Allison Zito received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Arts. Her artwork has been exhibited in numerous museums including The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, MA, The Delaware Art Museum, The Pennsylvania State Museum in Harrisburg, and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Allison has decades of teaching experience, having taught a variety of classes at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, at Harcum College in Bryn Mawr, PA, and at the University of Pennsylvania Morris Arboretum. She has taught Studio Art in the Upper Valley at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Craftstudies at Hanover League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, ArtisTree, and Claremont Maker Space with stunning results.  Allison Zito was awarded The Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 for her work as an artist and art educator. In 2019 Allison was awarded an Artist in Residency at The Claremont Maker Space. There she created an art installation addressing the issue of Global Warming and she organized a symposium on site, to inspire positive action within the greater community. Allison created two local public art murals in 2021, one for The Sullivan County Conservation District in Unity and Allison created the Bee and the Monarch Medallions on the Lebanon Art Tunnel Way Pollinator Mural. Making a statement and creating beautiful art as a way to open a conversation that leads to a better world, is the cornerstone of Allison’s career as an artist and art educator.

Age requirement: Youth and adult (15 years and older)

Class Fees: Free for members and $5 for non-members.

Materials Fee: None

Register for this class now!

Summer Bike Clinic

Sun Jul 16 2023, 01:00pm EST — Sun Jul 16 2023, 03:00pm EDT

Drop in and ask your biking questions, work on your bike, or just hang out with other wrenches. Kids with parent partners encouraged to attend. Come build a bike community in Claremont. We’ll even have the bike wash station running out back.


  • Rosanna Lloyd: Hello! My name is Rosanna Lloyd and I love anything on two wheels. I worked as a bike mechanic for 8 years, for 4 of that I travelled the country as a race mechanic for SRAM and Cannondale. I also raced. I’ve also done a little frame building! I love all things fast and downhill. Uphill….not so much these days!
  • John Lambert is an avid cyclist, mechanic, maker, DIYer, and all around great volunteer, if it can be fixed, John can fix it.

Class Fees: Free for CMS Members. Non-Member: $5. There will be some tubes / parts available for purchase from the kind folks at The Wheel House.

Register for this class now!

Ongoing Events

These events are ongoing. Registration is currently closed, but these events may be offered again in the future.

Entrepreneurship for Makers

Sun Feb 5 2023, 01:00pm EST — Sun Jul 9 2023, 02:00pm EDT

Happy Makin’!
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