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Upcoming events

    • 2018-10-18
    • 2018-11-01
    • 3 sessions
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    • 2
    Register


    Learn how to knit even if you have never held a pair of needles before. Using needles and yarn from the Textile Lab, participants will learn the knitted cast-on, knit stitch, purl stitch and bind-off. Then we will move on to combining knits and purls for stockinette, garter and ribbed fabrics. Finally, learn about needle types, yarns, and the mysteries of gauge.

    This is a 3 part series taking place on Thursdays September 20th, September 27th, and October 4th. Plan to attend all three days.

    Day 1:  Cast-on and knit stitch

    Day 2:  Purl stitch

    Day 3:  Combining knit and purl and binding off


    Ages: 18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    What to bring: Yourself. All needed materials are provided.

    Cost: Free to members, $10.00 non-members

    About the Instructor: Sara Jones is the team lead for the textile room at Cruces Creatives. She has been knitting for 17 years.


    • 2018-10-20
    • 2018-11-10
    • 4 sessions
    • Audio Visual room
    • 6
    Register


    Saturday Figure - drawing/painting model sessions

    Each week artists gather for a model drawing and painting session at Cruces Creatives. Artist are invited to work in oil paints, water color, graphite and charcoal from live models. These fine art sessions are suited for artists of all skill levels. 

    Join us Saturdays from 10AM-1230PM to draw and paint the figure from life. Poses last for for the entire 2.5 hour period. This gives artists a chance to complete a oil painting or more in-depth drawing. This pose will last 4 sessions and is currently limited to 10 people.  Because the pose carries over, participants have the option to reserve a spot from week to week to insure that they can continue the drawing or painting they were working on the week prior.  To reserve your spot purchase all sessions in advance.  The remaining spots will be available to drop ins.

    Materials: Easels, drawing boards, and a space to store their work from week to week will be provided. Artists are responsible for bringing their own drawing and painting materials each week.  (If you own an easel we recommend bringing it as well.)  All drawing and painting media are welcome, with the exception of toxic mediums such as odorless mineral spirits. 

    Ages: 18-up Models will be nude and sessions will be closed to the public.

    COST:

    $10.00 per session for all four sessions, package deal total $40.00.

    $15.00 for individual sessions or drop-inns.

    This is not a class or workshop, however some guidance and critique is included if so desired. (Instruction will be available if needed at an additional cost of $20/hr.)


    About the instructor: Felicia Castro is a Las Cruces-based artist whose work has been exhibited throughout the Southwest. She has a BFA is studio arts from NMSU and studied classical realism at Hawaii Atelier and figure drawing at NMSU.

    • 2018-10-23
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 8
    Register

    Cruces Creatives is looking for monitors!


    Monitors help members and guests, help keep the shop safe, and help maintain the shop.

    (And in case you didn't know - Cruces Creatives is currently run entirely by volunteers!)


    Back Monitors work in the back half of the building which includes the electronics lab, the wood shop, and bicycle shop.
    • 2018-10-24
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-10-25
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    • 17
    Register

    Learn to write those wonderful thoughts so your friends can read them! Make your handwriting an artform!

    Additional Information:

    Cost: $10

    Ages: 14 and older, or 12-13 with a parent or guardian present

    What to Bring: Pen, pencil, and writing tablet

    About the Instructor

    Father Gabriel Rochelle has over 40 years of experience in calligraphy, illumination, stone carving, figure drawing, and painting, developed in studies with instructors including Paul Standard, Mark Droggin, Lloyd Reynolds, Paul Freeman, Arnold Bank, Ieuan Rees, Arthur Baker, Michael Gullick, Alice, Eleanor Winters, John Stevens, John Weber, Robert Boyajian, Peter Fraterdeus, James Hayes, Timothy Botts, Jean Larcher, Philip Bouwsma, and Donald Jackson, Scribe to the Queen of England. He has been president of the New Haven Calligraphers’ Guild (1978-81) and the Chicago Calligraphy Collective (1986-1988), and he has served on the board of the Chicago Calligraphy Collective (1985-1990) and the Society of Scribes (1980-1981). 


    • 2018-10-26
    • 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Register


    Looking for a safe place to celebrate Halloween with your kids??

    Games, movies, Teal Pumpkin treats, photo ops, popcorn & cotton candy, and more!


    Plus, use our parking lot to “Trunk or Treat”!

    Instead of having trick-or-treaters come to the door at your house, bring your candy and pop your trunk in our private parking lot.

    To reserve a spot email the event coordinator, Misha Bryan, at m.bryan@crucescreatives.org

    Three best decorated cars get ribbons and bragging rights!


    Wear costumes and come check out the city’s premier makerspace!

    • 2018-10-27
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2018-10-27
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-10-27
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-10-30
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • electronics room
    • 9
    Register




    3D printing as a general technology has the potential to be a disruptive technology; by combining multiple conceptual elements of manufacturing, design, and material-science, 3d printers allow for bespoke and ad-hoc manufacturing on a desktop scale.

    An introductory level class on 3d printing. Basics of machine operation, software, and associated medias. Demonstrations of techniques, general knowledge, insight and tips from a self-proclaimed expert.

    Class details:

    >History, concepts, and types of 3D printers

    >3D file formatting concepts

    >Introduction to slicer software

    >In-depth function and purpose of slicer, application for prints

    >Basic machine parts, functions, and calibrations

    >Bed adhesion, Retraction, and other tricks

    Instructor details:

    Reese Luckie is the resident 3d printing guru at Cruces Creatives.

    What to bring:

    a laptop computer if available, 8 gig USB jump drive


    • 2018-10-31
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 1
    Register

    Basic Wood Shop Safety Training (pre-HVAC)


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Wood Shop as it is before the new HVAC system. After completing this course you will be able to use the small table saw, the sliding compound miter saw, the battery powered hand drills and circular saw, the jigsaw, powered sander, and scroll saw.

    Instructor: David Clark

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-11-02
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Multipurpose Room
    • 57
    Register


    Join Ordinary Elephant--International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year--for an evening of music and talk about songwriting. The husband-and-wife duo brings insightful writing, effortless harmonies, and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar, and their performance at Cruces Creatives will be an evening to remember for music fans and songwriters.

    Tickets are by donation.


    • 2018-11-03
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-11-03
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-11-03
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • electronics room
    • 9
    Register




    3D printing as a general technology has the potential to be a disruptive technology; by combining multiple conceptual elements of manufacturing, design, and material-science, 3d printers allow for bespoke and ad-hoc manufacturing on a desktop scale.

    An introductory level class on 3d printing. Basics of machine operation, software, and associated medias. Demonstrations of techniques, general knowledge, insight and tips from a self-proclaimed expert.

    Class details:

    >History, concepts, and types of 3D printers

    >3D file formatting concepts

    >Introduction to slicer software

    >In-depth function and purpose of slicer, application for prints

    >Basic machine parts, functions, and calibrations

    >Bed adhesion, Retraction, and other tricks

    Instructor details:

    Reese Luckie is the resident 3d printing guru at Cruces Creatives.

    What to bring:

    a laptop computer if available, 8 gig USB jump drive



    • 2018-11-03
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Beginning Sewing: Tote Bag

    Learn beginning sewing skills by constructing a simple tote bag with step-by-step instruction and practice.


    Using a tote bag pattern participants will learn the following skills:
    • Prepare fabric for cutting
    • Identify fabric grain-line and it's importance in construction
    • Cut a basic pattern
    • Straight seam construction
    • Press seams open
    • Construct a patch pocket
    • Lining a simple shape
    • Topstitching

    Materials List: (please bring with you)

    • 1/2 yarn outer fabric. This should be a heavier weight fabric like a corduroy, lightweight denim, upholstery fabric etc. Woven fabrics are preferable.
    • 3/4 yarn contrasting inner fabric. This can be a lighter-weight woven fabric.
    • A spool of matching thread. 


    Requirements:

    • Participants should have completed the Basic Textile Lab Safety Training

    • 14 and up
    • The dress code for the Textile Lab includes closed-toed shoes, long hair should be tied back


    Sara Jones is the Textile Lab Team Lead at Cruces Creatives. She has been sewing garments, quilts and toys for over 30 years.

    • 2018-11-06
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    Register


    NOTES: November 6 is election day, so this month's Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative starts a a little later--7:00 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m. Go vote! 

    The Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative is a group where songwriters can support each other through the entire process of creating songs. The basic format is a mini-lesson (a 15- to 20-minute overview of an idea or technique) followed by song sharing and feedback. Mini-lessons are taught by members of the Crossroads Songcrafting Collaborative, and the mini-lessons can cover any aspect of crafting a song: songwriting guidelines, arrangement options, performance techniques, musicianship, recording and mastering techniques, and more. After the mini-lesson, participants who want to can share a song that’s in progress and get feedback from the group.

    More Information

    What to bring: Yourself and, if you’re sharing a song, at least six printed copies of your lyrics. If you play an instrument, bring that, too. An electronic keyboard is available for pianists.

    Cost: Free, with donations welcomed (all donations support Cruces Creatives, a non-profit charity)

    About the facilitator: Pat DeSimio is an award-winning Las Cruces songwriter who specializes in traditional-sounding folk music. His songs have been covered by folk musicians and religious groups around the country.


    • 2018-11-07
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • electronics room
    • 10
    Register



    3D printing as a general technology has the potential to be a disruptive technology; by combining multiple conceptual elements of manufacturing, design, and material-science, 3d printers allow for bespoke and ad-hoc manufacturing on a desktop scale.

    An introductory level class on 3d printing. Basics of machine operation, software, and associated medias. Demonstrations of techniques, general knowledge, insight and tips from a self-proclaimed expert.

    Class details:

    >History, concepts, and types of 3D printers

    >3D file formatting concepts

    >Introduction to slicer software

    >In-depth function and purpose of slicer, application for prints

    >Basic machine parts, functions, and calibrations

    >Bed adhesion, Retraction, and other tricks

    Instructor details:

    Reese Luckie is the resident 3d printing guru at Cruces Creatives.

    What to bring:

    a laptop computer if available, 8 gig USB jump drive



    • 2018-11-10
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-11-10
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-11-14
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • electronics room
    • 10
    Register




    3D printing as a general technology has the potential to be a disruptive technology; by combining multiple conceptual elements of manufacturing, design, and material-science, 3d printers allow for bespoke and ad-hoc manufacturing on a desktop scale.

    An introductory level class on 3d printing. Basics of machine operation, software, and associated medias. Demonstrations of techniques, general knowledge, insight and tips from a self-proclaimed expert.

    Class details:

    >History, concepts, and types of 3D printers

    >3D file formatting concepts

    >Introduction to slicer software

    >In-depth function and purpose of slicer, application for prints

    >Basic machine parts, functions, and calibrations

    >Bed adhesion, Retraction, and other tricks

    Instructor details:

    Reese Luckie is the resident 3d printing guru at Cruces Creatives.

    What to bring:

    a laptop computer if available, 8 gig USB jump drive



    • 2018-11-14
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2018-11-17
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-11-17
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-11-17
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 4
    Register

    Basic Textile Lab Safety Training


    This is the basic required safety course for using the Textile Lab. After completing this course you will be able to use the basic level Singer sewing machines, cutting tools, and pressing tools.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives. - 

    • 2018-11-17
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 9
    Register

    Cruces Creatives is looking for monitors!


    Monitors help members and guests, help keep the shop safe, and help maintain the shop.

    (And in case you didn't know - Cruces Creatives is currently run entirely by volunteers!)


    Back Monitors work in the back half of the building which includes the electronics lab, the wood shop, and bicycle shop.
    • 2018-11-17
    • 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
    • 4
    Register
    Advanced Textile Lab Safety Training

    This is the advanced safety course for using the Textile Lab. We will discuss safe use of the Sergers, the industrial sewing machine, and the shoe patch.

    Instructor: Sara Jones, Textile Lab Coordinator

    - To register for this class you must be a current member of Cruces Creatives, and should have already gone through the Intro Textile Lab Safety Training. - 

    • 2018-11-17
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Classroom & Conference Room
    • 6
    Register

    condenser microphone in front of acoustic foam



    Learn everything you need to record basic audio in the Cruces Creatives sound booth. Through demonstration followed by hands-on practice in small groups, this course covers

    • How to choose the right equipment for your project
    • How to set up and test mixers, microphones, and cables
    • How to record audio in Audacity, an open-source digital audio workstation
    • How to use basic sound editing tools in Audacity
    • How to record basic audio in GarageBand
    • How to use basic sound editing tools in GarageBand

    No previous experience with recording or audio engineering is required. By the end of the course, you’ll be ready to record audio for your songs, podcasts, video voiceovers, or other projects.

    Cost: Free to members, $10 for general public

    Ages: 18 and older, or 12-17 with a parent or guardian

    About the instructor:

    Pat DeSimio is a songwriter who has worked with recording equipment and audio engineering software for about 15 years. He helped set up and equip the sound booth at Cruces Creatives.


    • 2018-11-21
    • 2018-11-23

    Closed for Thanksgiving

    Have a great holiday everyone!

    • 2018-11-24
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Textile Room
    Register


    The Charitable Crafting Project makes textiles for good causes: children's clothing to replenish the supplies at Gospel Rescue Mission; blankets, clothing, and holiday bags for Casa de Peregrinos; and other charitable projects proposed by participants.

    In a collaborative effort, participants work hands-on, going through the entire process of garment construction. Participants with higher levels of skills in a particular area can guide those with lower skill levels, and we'll make as many garments as we have the time, materials, and labor to make. 

    This is a free program using donated materials. If you’d like to be involved, you can

    • Help make clothing by sewing or assisting during the charitable crafting sessions
    • Donate fabric or other sewing supplies by dropping them off at Cruces Creatives during business hours. The project can use yarn, fabric pieces of ½ a yard or longer, inner facings and linings, and other sewing supplies and notions.

    More information about the program is below.

    Pre-requisites: 

    • Safety training for the Cruces Creatives textile room (provided free at the beginning of each Charitable Crafting session)
    • Previous sewing experience is helpful, but not required. If you don't sew, you can come to pin and cut, iron, and make information labels. If you can't stay to create, donate!

    What to bring:
    Multiple sewing machines and many supplies are available, so all you need to bring is yourself. More supplies and equipment would be welcome, though, so if you’re able, please bring sewing supplies like scissors, pins, and the like; sewing notions like buttons, elastic, zippers, lace and trim, and thread; and—if you’d like to use a familiar machine—your sewing machine.

    Ages: 
    18 and older, or 14-17 with a parent or guardian present

    About the facilitator:
    Dina Honeycutt has been sewing and practicing other textile crafts for about 45 years, making clothing and toys for friends, family, and charitable projects. She especially enjoys cooperative work for its opportunities to share knowledge and skills. 


    • 2018-11-24
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Register

    Hub Community Bike Shop

    Led by Velo Cruces

     .   


    Learn from volunteer mechanics by getting hands-on experience repairing bikes.

    Children welcome with adult supervision.


    Free weekly event, come in any time between 8am and 12pm on Saturdays.


    Used adult and child bikes are available for sale to support the kids bike giveaway, Hub Community Bike Shop, and local bike programming.

    Velo Cruces is a 501c3 organization.


    • 2018-11-24
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • 5
    Register

    Intro to Bikes and Bike Tools


    Learn the basic parts of a bike and some of the common tools used to fix them. 


    Velo Cruces, a Cruces Creatives partner that runs the Community Bike Shop, hosts this teaching session for free for the community. 


    • 2018-11-29
    • 2018-12-20
    • 4 sessions
    • 5
    Register