Workshops

Past Workshops and Events!

Chicago Workshops

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Oakland Workshops

Rebuilding Exchange + Urban Macrame Fibers

Woodworking + Macrame Plant HolderCost $70
Join the Rebuilding Exchange and local macrame Artist, Kenyatta Forbes, for this amazing workshop collaboration to make a hanging planter! In the first part of this workshop, you will learn basic woodworking skills while constructing a planter box out of reclaimed wood. In the second half, Kenyatta will lead participants in creating a beautiful macrame hanger that will attach to the planter box. BYOB!
Includes all materials!
1740 West Webster AvenueChicago, IL 60614
June 20 20186PM-9:30PM
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Urban Macrame Fibers + Skokie Library

Wall Hanging Macrame Workshop // Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a wall hanging using cotton rope and beads.
All supplies included: - 100% Cotton Rope- Wood Dowel- Live Instruction
You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey.
What will be provided: Macrame rope, Dowels, and BeadsLocation:​Skokie Library5215 Oakton St,Skokie, IL 60077
June 14 20186PM-9PM
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Urban Macrame Fibers + Currency Exchange Cafe

Macrame Workshop // Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope and beads.
All supplies included: - 100% Cotton Rope- Wood Ring or wood dowel- Live Instruction
You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey. Tasty bites and beverages included!
What will be provided: Macrame rope, Rings, Dowels, Beads, and S-Hooks.
Cost $55.00Location:​Currency Exchange Cafe307 E. Garfield Blvd.,Chicago, IL, 60637
June 17 20181PM-3:30PM
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Rebuilding Exchange + Urban Macrame Fibers

Woodworking + Macrame Plant HolderCost $70
Join the Rebuilding Exchange and local macrame Artist, Kenyatta Forbes, for this amazing workshop collaboration to make a hanging planter! In the first part of this workshop, you will learn basic woodworking skills while constructing a planter box out of reclaimed wood. In the second half, Kenyatta will lead participants in creating a beautiful macrame hanger that will attach to the planter box. BYOB!
Includes all materials!
Location:1740 West Webster AvenueChicago, IL 60614
June 20 20186PM-9:30PM
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Macrame Workshop with Art a la Carte!

Learn how to macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope, wood anchor, and beads. Additionally, participants can bring their own item to mount for the wall hangings. Got a piece of driftwood or antlers you'd like to use? Wall-hanging kit is for a 12 inch piece. Have a pot thats been begging for a holder? Bring it! (Pots up to 7in max). Pot’s will available for sizing but are not included in the workshop.
Date: July 17, 2018Time: 6-8:30pLocation: Art a la CarteAddress: 11209 W 159th St, Orland Park, IL 60467
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COFFEE TALK: KENYATTA FORBES

​2PM - WED MAY 23, 2018LOBBY, CHICAGO
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Presenting Coffee Talk: a weekly roundtable led by the city's best doers curated by Presence Agency.
Every Wednesday at 2pm we'll be sipping Stumptown coffee in the lobby while we chat with some of our favorite people in town about what they're doing.
This week's installment features Kenyatta Forbes of Urban Macrame Fibers, Trading Races and Trading Rappers. She'll be with us discussing creative failures and importance of celebrating them.

Mother's Day Workshop!

Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope and beads.
All supplies included: - 100% Cotton Rope- Wood Dowel or Wood Ring- Live Instruction
You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey. One beverage is included in ticket price.
What will be provided: Macrame rope, Dowels, and BeadsCost $45.00May 13 20181PM-3:30PM
Location:Currency Exchange Cafe305 E Garfield BlvdChicago, IL 60637

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Kick spring off right with an exclusive Macrame & Mindfulness workshop! Learn ways in which to infuse mindfulness into your daily routine with a mini aromatherapy workshop from REMIX by Giselle Wasfie, meditational minute, and how to cleanse your physical space. We'll then take those principals to create a beautiful macrame piece.
Date: May 6, 2018Time: 5:30-7pLocation: Lululemon Chicago Fulton Market Location 167 N Sangamon St, Chicago, IL 60607
Enjoy light bites from La Sirena Clandestina!
Click here to sign up: https://dabble.co/rc/kenyattaforbes30

Urban Macrame Fibers + Currency Exchange Cafe

Macrame Workshop // Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope and beads.
All supplies included: - 100% Cotton Rope- Wood Ring or wood dowel- Live Instruction
You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey. Tasty bites and beverages included!
What will be provided: Macrame rope, Rings, Dowels, Beads, and S-Hooks.
Cost $55.00Apr. 29 20181PM-3:30PM
Location:​Currency Exchange Cafe307 E. Garfield Blvd.,Chicago, IL, 60637
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Rebuilding Exchange + Urban Macrame Fibers

Wood + Macrame Plant HolderCost $100
Join the Rebuilding Exchange and local macrame Artist, Kenyatta Forbes, for this amazing workshop collaboration to make a hanging planter! In the first part of this workshop, you will learn basic woodworking skills while constructing a planter box out of reclaimed wood. In the second half, Kenyatta will lead participants in creating a beautiful macrame hanger that will attach to the planter box. The workshop will be followed by a leisurely stroll across the Chicago River for a drink at Distilled Chicago. First drink is free for participants!
April 24, 20186:30pm -9:30pm
Includes all materials!
1740 West Webster AvenueChicago, IL 60614
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Urban Macrame Fibers + Currency Exchange Cafe

Macrame Workshop // Join founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope, jersey yarn, beads, and other decorative materials.
Choose from a variety materials and colors!
All supplies included: - 100% Cotton Rope or Jersey Yarn- Wood Ring or wood dowel​- Beginners Knot Guide - A 'how to' of knots, images included, as well as FAQ and an intro to basic terms- Live Instruction
You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey. Tasty bites and beverages included!
What will be provided: Macrame rope, Rings, Dowels, Beads, and S-Hooks.Cost $55.00Feb. 25 20181PM-3:30PM
Location:Currency Exchange Cafe307 E. Garfield Blvd.,Chicago, IL, 60637
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Rebuilding Exchange + Urban Macrame Fibers

Wood + Macrame Plant HolderCost $100
Join the Rebuilding Exchange and local macrame Artist, Kenyatta Forbes, for this amazing workshop collaboration to make a hanging planter! In the first part of this workshop, you will learn basic woodworking skills while constructing a planter box out of reclaimed wood. In the second half, Kenyatta will lead participants in creating a beautiful macrame hanger that will attach to the planter box. The workshop will be followed by a leisurely stroll across the Chicago River for a drink at Distilled Chicago. First drink is free for participants!
Includes all materials!
Feb. 12, 20186:30pm -9:30pm
1740 West Webster AvenueChicago, IL 60614
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Urban Macrame Fibers + Currency Exchange Cafe

Macrame WorkshopJoin founder and the working hands behind Urban Macrame Fibers, Kenyatta Forbes, to learn the art of knotting. Create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder or wall hanging using cotton rope, jersey yarn, beads, and other decorative materials.
Choose from a variety materials and colors!
All supplies included: - 100% Cotton Rope or Jersey Yarn- Wood Ring or wood dowel​- Beginners Knot Guide - A 'how to' of knots, images included, as well as FAQ and an intro to basic terms- Live Instruction
You'll leave with a finished piece for your home or to gift to a loved one as well as enough knowledge to continue your macrame journey. Tasty bites and beverages included!
What will be provided: Macrame rope, Rings, Dowels, Beads, and S-Hooks.Cost $55.00Jan. 28 20181PM-3:30PM
Location:​Currency Exchange Cafe307 E. Garfield Blvd.,Chicago, IL, 60637
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The Allis at Soho House

Macrame Ring Wall Hanging Spring Dip DieCost $15
Jan 22, 20186:30PM - 9:30pm
Includes all materials113-125 N Green St.Chicago, IL 60661
Purchase Tickets at http://www.theallis.com/

Rebuilding Exchange + Urban Macrame Fibers

Wood + Macrame Plant HolderCost $100
Join the Rebuilding Exchange and local macrame Artist, Kenyatta Forbes, for this amazing workshop collaboration to make a hanging planter! In the first part of this workshop, you will learn basic woodworking skills while constructing a planter box out of reclaimed wood. In the second half, Kenyatta will lead participants in creating a beautiful macrame hanger that will attach to the planter box. The workshop will be followed by a leisurely stroll across the Chicago River for a drink at Distilled Chicago. First drink is free for participants!
Jan. 15, 20186:30pm -9:30pm
Includes all materials!
1740 West Webster AvenueChicago, IL 60614
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The Allis at Soho House

Macrame Ring Wall Hanging Spring Dip DieCost $15
July 12, 20176:30PM - 9:30pm
Includes all materials113-125 N Green St.Chicago, IL 60661
Purchase Tickets at http://www.theallis.com/

The Festive Collective

Macrame Plant Holder WorkshopCost $55
May 15, 2017 ​6:30pm-8:30pm
Includes all materials and pot.3279 WEST ARMITAGE AVECHICAGO, IL 60647
Purchase Tickets at www.festivecollective.com

Hyde Park Handmade

A monthly showcase of Hyde Park artisans.
​Promontory Restaurant, 2nd floor​5311 S. Lake Park Ave West, Chicago (behind the Akira)
April 9, 201712pm-4pm

The Allis at Soho House

Macrame Ring Wall Hanging Spring Dip DieCost $15
March 28, 20176:30PM - 9:30pm
Includes all materials113-125 N Green St.Chicago, IL 60661
Purchase Tickets at http://www.theallis.com/

Oakland & Co.

Macrame WorkshopUrban Macrame Fiber designs can be found everywhere from the Chicago spaces of Modern Cooperative boutique in Pilsen to the living spaces of California. Join founder Kenyatta Forbes to learn the art of knotting and create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder using cotton rope, braid, beads, and other decorative materials.
Tickets:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/urban-macrame-class-tickets-30004499265
December 13, 2016 ​6-8pm

Renegade Craft Fair

Renegade is a celebration of DIY spirit and for each Fair gathers new and seasoned independent Makers alike.
LOCATION: Bridgeport Art Center1200 West 35th St.Chicago, IL, 60609
DATES: December 3 + 4, 2016HOURS: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Macrame WorkshopUrban Macrame Fiber designs can be found everywhere from Modern Cooperative boutique in Pilsen to the living spaces of Bangtel. Join founder Kenyatta Forbes to learn the art of knotting and create beautiful macrame with an urban and contemporary spin. Starting with basics like the the square knot and lark’s head, you’ll craft a plant holder using cotton rope, braid, beads, and other decorative materials. Private Event.
November 28, 2016

Workshop HP

Macrame Workshop
Join me for a two hour Macrame Workshop at the wonder space in Highland Park. This is a BYOB event!
Click below for more information:http://www.workshophp.com/
November 17, 2016​7PM-9PM

Bangs Chicago

Independent makers from Chicago meet up to showcase their wares for a one stop shop of new and one of a kind goods for a whole weekend.Located in front of St, Alphonsus Church at 1429 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 on the intersection of Lincoln, Wellington, & Southport.
http://www.bangschicago.com/
Friday, Sept 30, 5PM-9PMSat, October 1, 2016 11AM-9PMSun , October 2, 2016 11AM-6PM

West Elm- Old Orchard

West Elm bringing hand-picked, one-of-a-kind products to customers across the country.
Westfield Old Orchard, Ste L24, 4999Old Orchard Shopping CenterSkokie, IL 60077
August 21, 201611am-5pm

West Elm- Lincoln Park


West Elm bringing hand-picked, one-of-a-kind products to customers across the country.Sheffield Commons Shopping Center1000 W North AveChicago, IL 60642
August 20, 2016 11am-5pm

West Elm- Oak Brook

West Elm bringing hand-picked, one-of-a-kind products to customers across the country.
Oakbrook Center, 2 Oakbrook CenterOak Brook, IL 60523
August 13, 201611am-5pm

Bridgeport Market BBQ

Bridgeport Community Market BBQ. FOOD | LIVE MUSIC | ARTS MARKET | COMMUNITY
July 31, 201611AM - 4PM