Ding dong, Etsy calling! Brush up on your craft skills in delightful social settings

Prick your finger at the Thread Den
This ‘sewing lounge’ offers classes (and hens’ days, sewing soirees and kids’ crafty parties), so you’ll be stitching up your own projects in no time. We particularly love the three-hour ‘Remake, Refashion’ workshops, in which you bring in an old frock and have it reworked into something sassy. 422 Brunswick St, Fitzroy. $35-$235.

Fold and staple a zine at the Sticky Institute
Get your creative juices fl owing onto the page by creating your own zine. The Sticky Institute’s Festival of the Photocopier includes the Zine Fair at Melbourne Town Hall on 12 February. 10 Campbell Arcade, Degraves Subway, Melbourne. Wed-Fri 12 noon-6pm; Sat 12 noon-5pm.

Get knitting at the CCCK
Call it whatever you want: stitch’n’bitch, craft-a-noon, or craftwork. The CCCK’s four mantras are coffee, cake, crocheting and knitting. If you share these passions, you’ll be in quicker than a dropped stitch. 31 Sydney Rd, Coburg. Tue-Fri 10am-6pm; Sat-Sun 12 noon-5pm. Classes from $25.

Make an impression at the Australian Print Workshop
Acid, wax, and copper make a welcome change from easy cameraphone snaps. Enrol yourself in a printmaking course – covering etching, lithography, monoprinting and more – to find your perfect intaglio moment. 210 Gertrude St, Fitzroy. $195-$595.


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