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The Makery: Workshops

Guide with resources for The Makery in Rose and Carrier Libraries


Textile Tuesdays, Every Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm @ Rose

Learn how to make a drawstring bag or pillowcase using the Makery’s Bernina 1008 sewing machines in this make-and-take workshop. Participants of all experience levels are welcome. 

Introduction to Electronics, Every other Thursday 5:30-6:30pm @ Rose

Get hands-on experience designing and building your own circuits, programming microprocessors (like the Arduino), and troubleshooting and fixing broken electronics.

After completing this workshop you’ll be granted access to the electronics workbench during the Rose Makery’s regular hours.

Introduction to Podcasting, Every other Thursday, 5:30-6:30pm @ Carrier

In this workshop we will learn the basics of audio recording, podcast content creation, and editing. Using the Narration room and other equipment from the Makery, we will teach you everything you need to know to get started making your own podcast.  

Machine Embroidery 101, Every other Wednesday, 3:30-4:30pm @ Carrier

Learn how to create your own monogram or patch with The Makery’s new Brother Dream Machine 2! Become familiar with the software involved in embroidery design creation as well as the machine itself. 

Laser Time, Mondays 2:30-3:30pm @ Carrier

Did you know you can use lasers to cut and etch wood, plastic, leather, and more?! During this workshop, you will learn about laser cutters, how to operate them safely, and how to create/convert simple project-ready files.


MADLabs are free sessions for students to learn skills, for use in the classroom or in personal life. MADLab is an open "un-classroom" -- a space in which JMU students can play while they learn. Check out our offerings and register.

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