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Makers Circle & Art Lab

June 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT

MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn’t need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize – make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you’re a maker!

Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist’s lab or bench time too!

Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet.


Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn’t it? Well it is… MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don’t want to be locked in to any one thing.

SPECIAL NOTE: Those people who come may notice some gamers, and on alternating Fridays we have Game Night where you may see some MC/AL regulars, that is because we have several people and couples who do both events, so don’t be shy about which Friday is which, the emphasis is just placed on one or the other to prioritize space use for the event group who is hosting.

Makers Circle & Art Lab group (aka MC & AL) now covers events you may have seen listed in the past like:

• Clay Dates

• Crotchet and knitting

• Costuming

• Sewing and threads

• Crafters Social

This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you’ve gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I’m sure you’ll get plenty of suggestions even if we’ve never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!

Eventually as NOVA LABS looks forward we hope to be able to co-host with other like minded groups occasionally such as the Tues Night Costumers, FIAAC, various Stich N Bitch groups, Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society, local photography groups or ArtKlub and the like for special events. We will also be look at targeted activities or special guests / events that may interest MC&AL members..

Suggested activities may include: Meet and Greets, Stash Exchanges, Biz Tips, Field Trips, Design Meetings, Special Guests, or Tech for Low Tech…. Suggestions welcome.

All general MC & AL meetings are open to the public and are free of charge. Drop in donations to NOVA Labs for hosting are always welcome, see our tip jar! Special MC & AL events may have fees.

Please ask for a tour of NOVA Labs, come to an Open House, and consider becoming a Member. Our Members keep the lights on and allow us to host events and group projects and have an active community of Makers!


June 14, 2019
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm EDT
Event Category:


NOVA Makers


Nova Labs
1916 Issac Newton Sq West
Reston, VA US
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