Brooklyn Craft Company hosts Cat Lady Craft Night

Arts and cats! Greenpoint cat ladies gather for craft night

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This craft night was purr-ific.

More than 60 kitty-loving craftswomen gathered over the weekend in Greenpoint for the Brooklyn Craft Company’s Cat Lady Craft Night. Feline fandom is taking the place of another popular form of critter fascination among do-it-yourselfers, according to the event’s organizer.

“I personally am a total cat lady, and the whole lady cat thing is an exploding trend right now. It’s the new ‘put a bird on it,’ ” said Brett Bara, owner of Brooklyn Craft Company, referring to the famous sketch on the television show “Portlandia,” a send-up the hipster mecca that some have argued is Williamsburg’s sister city on the West Coast. “I had a feeling that people would be into it and they were.”

Attendees coughed up $85 for the privilege of drawing cats on mugs, embroidering furry faces onto garments, assembling cat jewelry — to be worn both by nine-lived pets and their owners — sewing mouser tote bags, and gluing together kitty collages. The entrance fee got them craft materials, including a heap of “aw”-inducing images to be used in cat collages.

The craft circle helps breaks the stigma around cat love among ladies, proving that while female kitten-philes might like to crochet, they are not necessarily crotchety, according to one attendee.

“Cat owners are seen as negative, so it is great that they made it into a fun night,” said Tara Borejka, 36, who has one furball named Carbyn at home. “We are not just lonely people living alone with our cats. This gets us together to talk about our cats.”

And talk about their cats they did.

The get-together was the first explicitly cat-themed craft night the Brooklyn Craft Company has held, though whiskered visages have no doubt crept into do-it-yourself projects there before. The group hosts craft sessions and classes in its new studio in a former pencil factory, around the corner from the crowd-funding website Kickstarter’s new headquarters.

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Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
In case you haven't guessed it Danielle Legg is noT from around here. She is a vegan activist, shows vegan films, will not be quite about veganism and is the coordinator at Our Hen House, on online advocacy blog. For some reason she was not getting enough attention in farm country and felt it necessary to come to magical Williamsburg to share her quirky self with us. look it up, Thanks for nothing. LOOK AT MEEEEEE! I'M A VEGAN! LOOK AT ME! I LIKE CATS!
April 8, 2014, 5:39 am
diehipster from Slappin' Soyboys says:
Remember when crafts were strictly for children and not for pampered entitled subsidized kidults who are "slummin" it in $2500 apartments in Puerto Rican "naaaaaaabes"?

Thank you for coming to Brooklyn!!!
April 8, 2014, 6:42 am
Phantom from Bay Ridge says:
Someone tell Miss Legg that cats aren't vegans.
April 8, 2014, 8:37 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
you tell her. She is a bunny boiler for sure.
April 8, 2014, 8:52 am
JAZ from Hunting Redbeards says:
I love how they quote Portlandia while being totally oblivious to the fact that the show was created to laugh at people just like them.

Of course this is from a vegan who worships what are basically the most predatory animals on earth.

Irony!!! Interloping Transplants!!! Vegan!!! Greenpoint!!!! Brooklyn Craft Craft Craft!!!! Ohio!!! LIKE YAHHHHHHHHHHH
April 8, 2014, 9:37 am
diehipster from Slappin' Soyboys says:
"Attendees coughed up $85 for the privilege of drawing cats on mugs"

Man, I really feel bad for these "young, creative, and vibrant" folks who are slumming it and trying to make ends meet in these hard economical times.
April 8, 2014, 9:51 am
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Interloper, good to see you are awake at 2 in the afternoon. If we wanted your opinion we would have come into the coffee shop where you work and ordered something, now go steam some milk
April 8, 2014, 3:16 pm
The Chooch from The Bohemian Magic Show says:
Ayiii ... I gotta say, 85 bucks is a lot of money just to hang out in a studio in Greenpoint. I think we started whole art movements on budgets like that back in the day. Oh well, glad the money's coming onto the hood. It's better than crack and welfare. Oh oh oh it's Maaaagic ... Shabbakazoom!
April 8, 2014, 5:12 pm
"Interloper" from Kent Ave says:
I actually work in finance in a large office building in Manhattan with a pretty sweet view of the water. While I don't work in the coffee shop that you mention I am thinking about buying up the buildings around you and turning them all into organic kale markets, mixology bars and free trade coffee shops just to spite you.

By the way, you did a bad job sorting the mail when you were at work at the post office and I actually received your paycheck by mistake. Since I was out of toilet paper it was a real help.
April 9, 2014, 2:21 pm
Isaac from The Bronx says:
85 bucks for this ——?!
Sweet baby Jesus.
Please come to my borough so we can take your ——.
April 21, 2014, 3:22 pm

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