Brooklyn Craft Camp is the brainchild of the multitalented Brett Bara (she's a crafter, designer, TV host, and author). "I had the idea to try to connect more people with crafts instruction in an approachable, fun way," she told BuzzFeed. "I called all my favorite authors, designers and crafts experts from the NYC area and asked them to teach classes, added in great food, good music, cocktails and fun decor -- and Brooklyn Craft Camp was born!"
It took place all day Saturday in the basement of a church in Greenpoint (the neighborhood where Lena Dunham's character lives in "Girls," although sadly, no Lena Denim dresses were made). It consists of four 90-minute class sessions you sign up for in advance, on everything from printmaking to beading to embroidery. 101 people attended this year; some were full-time crafters with blogs and Etsy stores of their own, while some were math professors and oyster distributors and publishing professionals happy for a day they could devote entirely to some of their favorite hobbies. (And some were a hybrid of both.)