Joining in on the trend of handmade gift giving, Vector Space is launching a new series of workshops focused on creating one-of-a-kind presents.

The series, which begins this Saturday and continues next weekend, includes classes on 3-D-printed ornaments, wood-turned bowls and laser-printed cards.

“We know how much a handmade gift means,” says Executive Director Elise Spontarelli. “So, we’re hoping that people can come and learn something themselves and improve themselves, but also make something really meaningful that they can give someone else at the holidays.”

Vector Space held a few holiday decorating classes last year, but this is the first series focused specifically on making items to give as gifts, Spontarelli says.

Several of the workshops Vector Space regularly holds — such as its blacksmithing, woodturning and sewing classes — lent themselves to the gift-making theme, while others, like the one on 3-D printed ornaments, were inspired by what Vector Space members have been making in the work space for the holidays.

Spontarelli says there’s also a brand new class that’s especially good for makers as young as 10 years old, during which they can create light-up fabric ornaments using conductive thread and sewable circuits.

Each workshop will be taught by members of Vector Space or outside professionals, she says.

The variety of classes highlights everything the organization has to offer, says Edi Remark, who is teaching the class focused on making knitted headbands.

“You can do so much at Vector Space, and I think this series actually shows you that,” she says.

So whether a person is into making his or her own cards, playing with holiday lights or has never before ventured into the world of DIY, there’s a little something for everybody.

“Vector Space is giving people a chance to do this, something they may not have done on their own,” says Remark. “Because there’s a place to go and an instructor that can show you, it’s easy for people to say, ‘I’m going to step out of my box, and I’m going to give someone something.’”

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