Something about Austin seems to draw and inspire creativity. I recently stumbled upon a uniquely-Austin space to inspire some of my own. The Austin Craft Lounge is nestled on tree-shaded acreage off of Nutty Brown Road. The studio is at home in a renovated modern farmhouse surrounded by live oaks, horse stables, and enough nature to forget the outside world for a moment. The relaxing atmosphere is combined with knowledgeable studio artists who guide guests through craft projects of their choosing. The steps are easy (and fun!):
- Choose a craft: Austin Craft Lounge offers an array of projects for experienced and inexperienced crafters alike. From jewelry racks to blanket ladders, mug racks to school spirit boards, there is a craft for any level. Projects are chosen on the studio’s website ahead of time and are waiting for the crafter to dive into on arrival.
- Plan your design: Austin Craft Lounge has dozens of paint colors and stencils to make your project uniquely your own. With endless possibilities, you’ll choose something that is perfect for your design idea.
- Make your project: With their tools and your imagination, work on your project in the relaxing space. There is no waiting time for your project to be finished…at the end of the session, it is ready to take home and enjoy.
The studio also offers walk-in hours on Wednesday afternoons. During open studio time, people can work independently on their projects (but help is always there if wanted).
I’ve created many pieces of my own during group classes at the Austin Craft Lounge. A fun laundry room sign, a jewelry rack, and a blanket ladder now have special places in my home. I am currently working on a project for thirty members of a Bowie High School sports team as a surprise for Homecoming week. Thirty items takes some time (!) and the studio owners have graciously allowed me to store my projects in their space for I am free to utilize their open studio hours. It’s a great escape and wonderful atmosphere to lose myself in for a couple of hours a week.
Whether you’re looking place to carve out some social time while making something fun or searching for a welcoming space to work on your own, Austin Craft Lounge doesn’t disappoint. Invite a friend or group of friends, bring your own wine or beverage, and treat yourself to a creative evening of getting your own craft on.
Located a short distance from southwest Austin and Dripping Springs. Look for the giant hammer mailbox!
Austin Craft Lounge
12919 Nutty Brown Road
This article was originally published in the Circle C Newsletter and was written by Holly Statchew.