etsy craft party toronto

Etsy throws a city-wide craft party

In the immortal words of The Burning Hell, do you love the things that people make? Then mark off June 6 on your letterpressed, hand-bound calendar with drawings of twigs on it, because Etsy is throwing a wild night of four (!) Toronto parties dedicated to the love of crafting.

The massive online craft marketplace has unveiled plans for its first-ever Canadian Craft Party, which will coincide with a worldwide event bringing the site's vendors and shoppers together for one big do-it-yourself love-in. (Crafters in Vancouver, Halifax, Montreal, and Ottawa will also take part in the festivities, so you can take solace in the fact that somewhere across the country, somebody else also just stabbed themselves with a pair of needlenose pliers.)

Here in Toronto, we've got our pick of crafty events happening that Friday evening, all featuring hands-on activities tied to the theme of reclaiming photographs (so come armed with your own snaps from home). At Etsy's Canadian HQ in the MaRS Centre, transform a photo into a work of art with a little help from Hoopla event design, while enjoying tacos and tasty cocktails from none other than Grand Electric. Over at the Textile Museum of Canada, create something cool with your chosen pic using heat transfers, embroidery (like the creation posted above) and other techniques.

At Airbnb HQ on Queen St. East, blogger Anabela of Fieldguided (she of the ubiquitous "There is thunder in our hearts" tote bags) will show you how to create home decor pieces from vintage photos. And at College St. maker space The Shop, if you bring some photocopied photos from home, you can transform them into an 8x8 art piece.

The catch? Space is limited, and everything's happening between 6 and 8 pm (the Textile Museum event starts a little earlier, at 5), so you'll have to pick your crafts carefully. Sign up for the events at their respective pages (Etsy HQ, Airbnb, The Shop and Textile Museum).

Photo via Etsy on Instagram.


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