Our Long History not that long....


Makeshop started as an idea for quick ways for people to learn how to make things.... a workshop where you make stuff and leave with new knowledge, a sense of accomplishment, new pals who like to do what you like to do and that calming effect you get from doing something creative.


The first event, a weekend retreat called Crafts Camp, was held in July 2015 at historic Nimrod Hall in Bath County, Va. A longtime summer arts colony, Nimrod is steeped in creative history and known for its natural beauty and hospitality. 


In December 2015, we held Makeshop Holiday in Richmond, Va. at Studio Two Three, a community artspace. Again, a great group gathered to make holiday decor and enjoy good conversation, wine and treats.


From there, we've rolled along. The plan for now is to keep giving crafters, new and experienced, more opportunities to learn how to do something new. Hope you join us!

Our People

Elizabeth Cogar started Makeshop in 2015 after finding happiness at similar events elsewhere. A lifelong maker of things, she's partial to wool, thread, fabric, indigo dye and all kinds of global textiles. She teaches at Studio Two Three.

Instagram: @ecogar


Stewart Watkins Allen, Makeshop teacher, has been crafting as long as she can remember and is always eager to learn something new. Knitting from an early age (she owned The Yarn Lounge in Carytown for 9 years) and picking up sewing and leatherwork along the way she's always got something in the works. In 2015 she started a bag and accessory company LeatherWoolLinen  (also on Etsy). 

Instagram: @stewartcwa


Maggie Smith is a Richmond native, educated at Brenau University in Gainesville, Ga. A visual artist and curator with an inclination towards the silly, she is always on the hunt to create flora & fauna from unusual materials. She has taught classes at the Visual Arts Center and Studio Two Three in Richmond.

Instagram: @teapotonwheels


Sarah Hand is an artist and illustrator in Richmond. She works primarily with paper mache, painting and digital illustration.. She also teaches kids and adults at the Visual Arts Center in Richmond, and sells on Etsy.

Instagram: @heartsandneedles