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Upcoming classes and events at the Claremont MakerSpace

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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? 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.

Image for Bike Repair Workshop!Bike Repair Workshop!

June 1, 2024 10 a.m. — 12:30 p.m.

Welcome to the bike workshop!  We are going to shine up and tune our bikes for the summer and learn a little in the process.  Come on down with your two wheeled vehicles and bring parts and a can-do attitude! 

Topics that will be covered:

– flat fixes
– bike safety checklist (will my bicycle kill me?)
– brake adjustments
– gear adjustments
– various other solutions to common problems


Please bring your bike and any parts needed for repairs. 


About the Instructor(s): I’m Rosanna!  I love bikes and fixing bikes.  I love talking to people about bikes too.


Class Fees: $5 members/ $10 non-members

Materials Fee: none


Skill Level: beginner

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

Register for this class now!

Image for Introduction to Foundation PiecingIntroduction to Foundation Piecing

June 4, 2024 2 p.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Precise points! Seams that match!

If “regular” piecing leaves you frustrated because the blocks don’t always fit together* the way the pattern shows, you will love paper piecing. Students will make four 6” blocks of simple, classic designs. These could later be put together for a pillow, or used as the start of an entire quilt.


*I am all for “wonky” quilts! no judgement here! It’s always nice to have options, though.


<<< This class requires a kit that can be purchased at Golden Anchor Quilting in Claremont, NH >>>

The cost of this kit is $19.99 and includes an Add-a-Quarter Ruler, a fabric glue stick, a “finger presser”, the paper patterns that we will be working on and a coupon for a discount on any fabric purchased during your visit. The cost of this kit also covers additional supplies that will be used during class.

Please bring your own fabric. Bring at least 2 different coordinating fabrics, more variety (4-6 fabrics) will be more fun to play with. A scrappy look works well, too. A total of a yard-ish should be plenty. Some fabric from the instructor’s stash will be made available in class. 



About the Instructor(s): Michelle Goldsmith has been sewing since she was eight and quilting since she was eighteen (no, she’s not doing the math for how long ago that was). She has experimented with many different sewing, quilting and mixed media techniques. She has had many pieces of her work in shows and juried exhibits.


Class Fees: $10 members, $20 non-members

Materials Fee: $19.99 (not included in the class fee, see note above)

Prerequisite(s): Able to use a sewing machine independently

Skill Level: beginner

Age requirement: Adult, 18 and up

Register for this class now!

Image for Learn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting MachineLearn How to Use the Mid-Arm Quilting Machine

June 8, 2024 9:30 a.m. — 11:30 a.m.

Intro to Mid Arm Quilting Machine is designed for people looking to learn how to use our mid-arm quilting machine, a Brother Dream Quilter 15. It can be used to quilt all sizes, from baby quilt to king size. Premade clothing can also be fitted onto the frame for quilting! The cost of the class includes a follow-up certification session. Members may use the machine on their own after passing the certification.

About the Instructors: 

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: $50/member $65/non-member

Materials Fee: none

Age Requirement: Adults only (18 and older)

Skill Level: All levels

Prerequisites: none

Register for this class now!

Image for Open Sew-InOpen Sew-In

June 12, 2024 4 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.

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.

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: Adults (18 and older)

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

Materials Fee: None

Register for this sew-in now!

Image for CMS Amateur Radio Club (W1CMS) Monthly MeetupCMS Amateur Radio Club (W1CMS) Monthly Meetup

June 16, 2024 1 p.m. — 3 p.m.

The Claremont MakerSpace has an Amateur Radio club! Before makers, hackers, and DIY, there was Amateur Radio. 

Join us on June 16 at 1 p.m. for our monthly meeting (every third Sunday) You do not have to be a licensed ham to participate, just bring your curiosity and energy! Everyone is welcome! Each month, we feature a presenter (45 minutes to an hour), and after we adjourn to MakerSpace’s Digital Fabrication and Electronics Lab for open-time kit building, sharing, studying, and socializing.

This Month’s Presentation: TBD 

What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur Radio (often called ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics, and communication together. People use Amateur Radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

How is Amateur Radio used?

Amateur Radio is used for a variety of recreational and service-related activities. Amateur Radio operators, also called “hams,” use Amateur Radio equipment to engage in two-way personal communications with other hams, as well as:

  • Aid communication during public events, such as parades and road races
  • Act as a vital communications link during emergencies and disasters
  • Advance their technical skills and build their own radio components (ever wanted to talk to an astronaut in orbit?)
  • Participate in competitive events and earn awards in contests

Who can become a ham?

Anyone of any age who is not a representative of a foreign government can be an Amateur Radio operator in the US. Before you can get on the air, you’ll need to be licensed and know the rules to operate legally. In the US there are three license classes — Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. The Claremont MakerSpace has resources and support available to help you learn and prepare to take your exam. 

You can learn more about amateur radio here:

Register for this club meeting now!

Image for Make a Copper Cuff BraceletMake a Copper Cuff Bracelet

June 18, 2024 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.

 Students will learn how to create a hammered copper cuff bracelet using basic metalworking techniques. Techniques to be taught include safely and accurately measuring and cutting the copper sheet; smoothing and texturing the copper piece evenly; forming the copper piece into a comfortable and well-shaped cuff; finishing and polishing the cuff to a smooth and attractive finish. Students will go home with a finished cuff!


About the Instructor(s): Melanie Hooker has been a member at CMS since 2018 and is currently the Jewelry co-lead at the Makerspace. She loves working with copper and silver and has been metal smithing since 2019 after taking a class at CMS! She also works full time as a film wedding photogrpaher and loves everything and anything creative!


Class Fees: $30 members/ $40 non-members

Materials Fee: $5 included in the fee

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: all

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

Register for this class now!

Image for Cyanotype Printing for BeginnersCyanotype Printing for Beginners

June 19, 2024 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.

Creatively arrange objects or negatives for exposure on the specially coated paper, develop and rinse the paper and you have art worthy of framing!

Students will learn the process of creating cyanotype prints, understanding the chemical reactions involved, and exploring artistic creativity through this photographic printing process.

Please bring: Any flat found objects such as leaves, dried flowers, ferns, lace, and anything that creates shadows.


About the Instructor(s): Melanie Hooker graduated second in her class from Hallmark Institute of Photography in 2015. She has a passion for film photography and has been a member at CMS since 2018. Melanie runs a successful wedding photography business and loves sharing her enthusiasm for all type of photography and prints. 


Class Fees: $15 members/ $20 non-members

Materials Fee: $5 included in the class fee

Prerequisite(s): none

Skill Level: all

Age requirement: any – ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult

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.

Image for Laser Cutting BasicsLaser Cutting Basics

May 22, 2024 6 p.m. — May 29, 2024 8 p.m.

Happy Makin’!

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