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Upcoming Claremont MakerSpace classes

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.

An Intermediate Wire Weaving Class for Making a Pendant

Thu Aug 24 2023, 05:30pm EDT — Thu Aug 24 2023, 08:30pm EDT

This is an exciting class for anyone who enjoys wire weaving and wire sculpting jewelry with gem stones. The frame and bail are woven with different weaves.  The front of the stone is covered in wire netting and the back has a simple wire sculpture. Students will develop their expertise with wire weaving and wire sculpture for jewelry.  Each participant will produce a beautiful wire woven gem stone pendant.

This is an intermediate class so the participants should already know how to weave wire.  We will create an intricate pendant using an oval gemstone and copper wire.

About the Instructor(s): Angela Hill has been making jewelry for over 50 years. She has taught classes for 30 years. She has sold her jewelry in stores, online and in market places for 20 years. She especially loves Wire work jewelry, but also does silversmithing, stringing, knotting, seed bead weaving and mixed media metal work.

Class Fees: Free for Members/$20 for non-Members

Materials Fee: $10 payable to the instructor at class

Prerequisite(s): This is an Intermediate class. The participants should already have taken the beginning wire weaving class or be comfortable with wire weaving and wire sculpture.

Skill Level: Intermediate

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

Register for this class now!

Serger 101

Sun Aug 27 2023, 01:00pm EDT — Sun Aug 27 2023, 03:00pm EDT

A serger, often referred to as an overlock, is a specialized sewing machine that finishes raw edges of fabric to prevent them from fraying. They’re commonly used to finish and reinforce seams, hem clothing, and more.

In this beginner-level workshop, users will learn how to safely operate the MakerSpace’s ELNA Pro 5 DC serger and there will be several other machines available to see and practice on. We’ll explore the factory presets and explore the basics, including threading, how the cutting blade works, and how to adjust the machine correctly. Come learn how to operate the serger and discover how you can put it to use for your next project!

Supplies and materials will be provided for the class.

Note: Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to get certified to use the MakerSpace’s sergers on their own. If you already have substantial experience using sergers, you may be eligible to test out of this introductory class. For more information, contact the CMS Fiber Arts Shop Lead at: [email protected]

About the Instructor(s): Ann Campbell has been sewing since she was 6 years old. She made Barbie clothes! She has also been sewing with the Claremont MakerSpace since it opened. She’s had a few classes in sewing and was actually able to wear the results.

Class Fees: Free for Members/$10 non-Members

Materials Fee: None. Plenty of scraps and fabric to practice with (or bring your own)

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: 13 and up (13 – 15 years-old need a parent partner)

Register for this class now!

Beginner Cricut

Mon Sep 11 2023, 04:00pm EDT — Mon Sep 11 2023, 06:30pm EDT

Open up a whole new world by learning how to use the Cricut machines! You will get the basics of the Design Space software to use with any Cricut device. Depending on what you’d like to use it for, learn to do the basics. We will be using the Cricut and different devices and tools.

  • Learn about the devices in the Cricut family and the differences between them.
  • An introduction to the Design Space software and learning your way around it.
  • Setting up the machine to print and printing your design.
  • How to weed and transfer your print.
  • Discuss different types of vinyl and tools and their uses.

Why wait to learn something new! Join us!

About the Instructor(s): JoAnn Weeks has taught a variety of classes for the major craft chain stores plus numerous adult ed classes and at senior centers over the years. She has also created seasonal displays for craft stores. JoAnn created the Welcome signs in the photo by applying vinyl appliques cut with a Cricut to pre-stained pine wood, finished with a top coat of urethane.

Class Fees: $20 members/ $40 non-members

Materials Fee: None

Prerequisite(s): Basic computer skills

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: Adult (18 years and older)

Register for this class now!

Make a Basic Cutting/Serving Board

Thu Nov 2 2023, 06:00pm EDT — Thu Nov 9 2023, 08:30pm EST

Would you like to learn how to use basic shop machinery to make a lovely hardwood serving/cutting board?  Then this is the course for you.  Starting with raw lumber you will learn how to make a useful and beautiful piece that can serve you or a special friend for years to come.

You will learn about wood selection, milling it “foursquare”, and designing a layout.  Then you will practice gluing it up and sanding it (wet and dry) before applying mineral oil and beeswax.

All tools, materials, and safety gear will be provided – though, students are welcome to bring their own tools and gear.

About the Instructor(s): Peter Gunn is a long time high school history teacher who loves wood from trees to the table.  Eight years ago he began taking woodworking courses and has been practicing steadily ever since.  He loves working on the lathe and with the jointer and planer to reveal the beauty of wood and make useful things.  Learning to make a cutting board encouraged him to develop his skills and nurtured his appreciation of what wood can become.  During the holidays in 2020, when Covid altered so much of our world, he began making cutting/serving boards to raise money for local food pantries.  Almost three years and over two hundred boards later, he is excited to share his knowledge.  He hopes people will enjoy making something uniquely beautiful and growing their skills and self-confidence in the process.

***This class meets twice***

November 2, 2023 6pm-8:30pm


November 9, 2023 6pm-8:30pm

Class Fees: $50 CMS members/ $60 non-members

Materials Fee: Included in class fee

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: Beginner

Age requirement: Any age (children under 16 years old must be accompanied by their adult)

Register for this class now!

Happy Makin’!
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