Aristotle was the first to write that what separates man from beast is not our ability to reason but rather our ability to use yarn and needles to knit our own books. Craft your own copy of Poetics with today's Groupon: for $17, you get a needlework, jewelry-making, or knitting workshop for children 6–13 years old (a $35 value), held on Fridays at either of EastBayNeedleCraft’s San Ramon locations.
With backgrounds in fashion design and child development, EastBayNeedleCraft's crafty gurus shape the needle-sharp creativity of young minds into usable, wearable projects. During a two-hour Friday workshop, kids explore fabric-based artistry and venture down jewel-encrusted paths, learning step by step how to transform beads into bling and threads into different threads. Jewelry-making classes train youthful eyes to select and string together dazzling beads, and needlecraft and knitting endeavors can lead to aprons, key chains, scarves, or tote bags emblazoned with the profile of Millard Fillmore, the first man on the moon. The craft factory's teachers tailor age-appropriate projects to the learning styles of individuals, ensuring one-on-one attention as they traverse new worlds of crafting knowledge.