Every few weeks we will be sharing an updated list of all upcoming classes and events at the Makersmiths in both Leesburg and Purcellville. This will be a great way for you to see everything coming all at once as well as class samples.
Please note that dates and times may change from the time this was published, for the most updated calendar please visit meetup.
Ok, Now here are all the upcoming events from today, March 12th until Saturday March 31st:
Monday, March 12th:
3D Printing - Level 1 - 7:30-9:30pm in Leesburg
Tuesday, March 13th:
Create Homemade Soaps Friends and Family Will Love - 5-6:30pm in Leesburg
Thursday, March 15th:
Open House in Leesburg - 6:30-9pm
Friday, March 16th:
Fabric Baskets- quick and easy sewing - 6:30-8:30pm in Leesburg
Saturday, March 17th:
Workday in Purcellville - 9am-3pm
Monday, March 19th:
Easter-egg Bling Eggery Class - Level 1 - 7-9pm in Leesburg
Thursday, March 22nd:
Friday, March 23rd:
Saturday, March 24th:
Basic Sewing - Zig Zag Stitched Rope Bowls - 10am-12pm in Leesburg
Sunday, March 25th:
Block of the Month Quilt Party - 3-6pm in Leesburg
Monday, March 26th:
Red Tool Training Wood shop tools - 7-9:30pm in Leesburg
Tuesday, March 27th:
Laser Cutter Introduction - 7-9pm in Leesburg
Thursday, March 29th:
Saturday, March 31st:
Beginner Weaving Class - Any Age / Kid Friendly - 12-3pm in Leesburg
Some of these events are free and some are paid classes or certifications.
Please make sure you register for any event you plan on coming to so the instructors or hosts can prepare.
Hopefully we will see you soon!
Saturday’s rain kept us indoors, but there’s no lack of things to do getting our Purcellville location up and running!
Ten volunteers built out storage areas within our woodworking furniture, prepared ceiling electrical spool/plugs for mounting, measured out our lower building as part of our plan to make a ceramics shop, made some of our long-stored equipment look new again, and generally organized the wood shop.
Here are some pictures showing our equipment transformations...
There are still workdays coming up with loads of tasks on the to-do list, so if you have some time, please come by and help! More helps means everything gets done faster!!
I saw someone at the space post about etching slate coasters using the laser cutter, and I thought, "Hey! That's a super cool idea. I should do that!"
So, I started looking around for blank slate coasters. I found some locally, but the price was *way* high. After a lot of searching, I found a guy on Ebay selling them for around $6 per set of 4, but I had to buy a case. Thinking that this would be a thing that I could resell, I went ahead and bought them.
I had no real guidance, but after taking the Laser cutter intro class, I had a clue as to how to go about it -- I'd need vector images that I could resize seamlessly so they'd fit.
Google was my friend, here, and with only a little effort, I was able to find what I was looking for: free vector silhouette images. As an aside - nearly all of the free image locations had sneaky redirect links to paid sites like istockphoto and shutterstock.
With my images located, I just followed the instructions from the Laser Cutter Intro class. (protip: KEEP THE HANDOUT THEY GIVE YOU!)
One thing that kept catching me out, though, was that someone had turned on "Auto Z", so after I'd set the Z (which is the distance from the laser to the item being etched) and hit go, the table would move! It took a while to find that setting (it's on the "Settings" tab of the print driver)
Each image took about 5 minutes to burn, and I did both front and back. 8 images, x 5 minutes == 40 minutes of cutter time
Keep an eye out on this space! Pretty soon it will be full of useful Makersmiths information, photos, tutorials and more...
Makersmiths Leesburg: 106 Royal St SW, Leesburg, VA 20175
Makersmiths Purcellville: 785 S. 20th St, Purcellville, VA 20132
Normally the best way to join in is to just come on by, but due to Covid19 we are now by appointment only.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a tour.
We're here to help the best way we can! :-)
Makersmiths is a 501(c) non-profit organization. 106 Royal St SW, Leesburg, VA 20175