These days Greenpoint seems to have everything going for it–a ton of record stores, new restaurants and pretty soon, Beacon’s Closet. Up until now though, resident crafters have had to trek on over to 3rd Ward in Bushwick, Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg or Brooklyn Brainery in Prospect Heights to master their kitchen skills and perfect their needlepoint technique. That will all change next month when Brooklyn Craft Company opens in a 1,500-square-foot loft in the Pencil Factory (the building not the bar) on Franklin and Greenpoint. The peeps who brought us the all-day Brooklyn Craft Camp, are launching this permanent space, which will host classes on nights and weekends.
“We see Craft Camps as being like a tasting menu experience where you get to try lots of different things, and classes at the Brooklyn Craft Company space are more in-depth and focused,” says Brett Bara, founder and organizer.
At a craft camp you can take four different classes, all the while sampling locally-made doughnuts, enjoying cocktails and taking breaks to pose in a photo booth. At the new space, classes will be more focused but still incorporate the same fun vibe as the camp, including refreshments, a photo backdrop and a curated playlist from BCC’s vinyl collection. “Our goal is for classes to feel social, like a little getaway–not just a staid classroom experience,” Bara says.
Classes will range in subjects from mixology to DIY nail art to cookie and cake decorating. Bara says they’re “offering a combination of traditional crafts–sewing, knitting, embroidery–and trendier subjects like dyeing, printmaking, terrariums and jewelry. We’re selecting our classes based on what we see as current and emerging trends.”
The cost of each class covers the price of materials–you’ll never have to bring your own–as well as the space and teachers, who range from Etsy sellers to craft book authors to textile designers. Registration has not started yet, but sign up for the BCC mailing list to be among the first to know when it begins. The new space in the Pencil Factory won’t be open until mid-October, but there’s another all-day camp coming up on Oct. 5, hosted at the Messiah Church in Greenpoint. The camp costs $285 and includes four 90-minute craft sessions (you choose from more than a dozen options), as well as breakfast, lunch and happy hour.