Christmas Crafting at Tog

Now that it’s December, we can officially discuss Christmas in public!  As always, there’s plenty of crafting to do for the season.  On Saturday the 8th, Tríona will be running a crocheted baubles workshop and on Tuesday 11th will be the final craft night of the year (sadly, we won’t be meeting on the 25th, nobody’s available for some reason…).

The crochet workshop will run from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 8th of December.  No prior crocheting experience is required, all levels will be welcome.  During the workshop you will learn very basic crochet skills to create a beautiful net to go around a bauble to hang on the tree.   The workshop will cost €2 for members and €7 for non-members.  Spaces are limited, so sign up below if you can make it.

Last Christmas, our final Craft Night of the year was a sugar fuelled craft fest, and this year will be no different.  Crafting will occur as usual on the night but we’ll be making biscuits and hot chocolate to help the panicked-Christmas-is-here-and-Ive-no-presents-ready frantic making.  Feel free to bring some baked goodies of your own, it’s a busy night and we have lots of sugar loving crafters!  The night will start earlier than normal at 6pm and will most likely run later than normal (later than 9pm anyway).    To keep an eye on the plans for this special Craft Night and for details on future craft nights, you can sign up to the mailing list here.

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Maker Faire Project: Constellation Quilts

Dublin Mini Maker Faire logo

Did you see us at the first Dublin Mini Maker Faire in Trinity on Saturday? We had a blast! We’ll have a round-up of the day itself, and the bbq we had next day in a future post. But first, let’s talk about the projects we made especially for Maker Faire!

A call went out among the TOG fullmember mailing list; to make new projects for Maker Faire. We noble crafters stepped up to the plate and came up with the idea of Constellation Quilts! After several weeks of prototyping and experimentation, and only one week left before the Faire, we got started in earnest.

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Hackerspace @ Electric Picnic

Members from hackerspaces all over Ireland will be forming a temporary
hackerspace at Electric Picnic this year.

We will be in Mindfield area on Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 8pm. Our home for the weekend will be the incredible inflatable Ignition Stage. We will be running  drop in workshops. Details of the workshops below. Come on by to learn, share, create.

Soldering Workshop

Learn how to solder. Make a pocket LED touch (Might come in handy
finding your tent) or a Flashing LED badge.

Origami Workshop

Origami experts will be on hand to teach you the art of paper folding.
Sit down and let your troubles fold away. Flapping Birds and Paper
flowers are waiting for you to fold them.

Craft Workshop

Do you fancy yourself a bit crafty ? A bunch a friendly crafters will
be ready to help you create your own unique LED bracelet or necklace.

To find us, check out this site map for the Mindfield area.

Dublin 8 is Great!

Last Saturday, four TOG members participated in Dublin 8 is Great!‘s Pop Up Party by running tables on creating electronic bracelets and basic soldering.

The party was organised by local teens with support from mentors, volunteers, and staff from The Computer Clubhouse, to thank the local kids for helping during the Big Clean earlier in the day. Even though the weather was wet they all seemed to have had a great time and even accidentally met President Mary McAleese.

From the Clubhouse website:

The Computer Clubhouse provides a creative and safe after-school learning environment for young people from under-served communities in the south west inner city area of Dublin.

It’s almost a hackerspace for kids. We were very impressed with everybody involved and we hope to be able to participate and collaborate on events in the future.

Cheryl also provides lots more information on her blog. We took some photos after the kids went home for the evening because we were too busy to get any earlier.
Cheryl and Meg working on some homework.