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How to Shop Small and Get Crafty this December



Looking for the perfect locally made gifts this holiday season? Or maybe you want a crafty experience with friends and family? Join MCreativeJ for this and more! From local and handmade craft fairs to in-person and virtual hand embroidery workshops, you'll have plenty of options to get your craft on this holiday season.


December 1: Holiday Cactus Ornament from 6-8pm PST at Northwest Makes

Looking to spend time with friends and family this holiday season? Why not stitch a quirky cactus ornament together? Fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ will share how to create Santa hat and Christmas light cactus ornaments in an online two-hour, hands-on workshop. No embroidery experience needed. We’ll cover basic hand embroidery stitches so you can create your own playful cactus holiday ornament. These ornaments are perfect to hang on your tree or give as unique gifts. Each attendee will receive a workshop kit that includes an embroidery hoop, assorted full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, white fabric, an embroidery needle, felt, twine, and printed instructions. Save your spot for this workshop here.


December 2: Virtual Winter Botanical Embroidery Basics from 6-8pm PST with Monster

Stitch the botanicals of winter from the comfort of your home with local fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. Snuggle up with a hot beverage, a cozy blanket, and we’ll cover embroidery basics while stitching winter plants in this hands-on, two-hour online workshop. Each attendee will receive a workshop kit mailed to their door that includes an embroidery hoop, assorted full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, surprise pattern fabric, winter botanical transfer designs, an embroidery needle, felt, a sawtooth hook, and printed instructions. Whether you're an embroidery newbie or a stitching pro, you're sure to learn new stitches, techniques, and tips! Be sure to RSVP for this virtual workshop by November 24th to receive your kit in time for class.


December 3-5: Urban Craft Uprising Winter Show

Urban Craft Uprising is Seattle’s largest indie craft show! At UCU, now in its 17th year, fans can choose from a wide variety of hand-crafted goods, including clothing of all types, jewelry, gifts, bags, wallets, buttons, accessories, aprons, children’s goods, toys, housewares, furniture, paper goods, candles, kits, geekery, art, food, and much, much more. Find more info here.


December 4-5: Phinney Ridge Neighborhood Holiday Show

Enjoy a unique holiday shopping experience in two historic buildings full of specialty goods by local artists and makers, curated by a jury. You’ll find an amazing array of items: home goods, jewelry and accessories, art, pottery, apparel, gifts for cooks, gifts for guys, gifts for mom, gifts for kids, gifts for yourself. Find more event details here.


December 7: Cactus Holiday Sweater Ornament from 6-8pm PST at Monster

Looking to spend time with friends and family this holiday season? Why not stitch a quirky cactus ornament together in an in-person workshop? Fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ will share how to create a cactus wearing a holiday sweater ornaments in a two-hour, hands-on workshop. No embroidery experience needed. We’ll cover basic hand embroidery stitches so you can create your own playful cactus holiday ornament. These ornaments are perfect to hang on your tree or give as unique gifts. Each attendee will receive a workshop kit that includes an embroidery hoop, assorted full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, white fabric, an embroidery needle, felt, twine, transfer paper, and printed instructions. Get your workshop tickets here.


December 9: Virtual Cactus Holiday Sweater Ornament from 6-8pm PST with Monster

Looking to spend time with friends and family this holiday season? Why not stitch a quirky cactus ornament together in a virtual workshop? Fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ will share how to create a cactus wearing a holiday sweater ornaments in a two-hour, hands-on workshop. No embroidery experience needed. We’ll cover basic hand embroidery stitches so you can create your own playful cactus holiday ornament. These ornaments are perfect to hang on your tree or give as unique gifts. Each attendee will receive a workshop kit mailed to their door that includes an embroidery hoop, assorted full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, white fabric, an embroidery needle, felt, twine, transfer paper, and printed instructions. RSVP by December 2 to receive your kit for this virtual workshop.


December 11-12: Renegade Craft Fair from 11am-5pm PST at Magnuson Park Hanger 30

Renegade Seattle returns for a festive wintertime marketplace on December 11 + 12 at Magnuson Park's Hangar 30! Find more event details here.


December 14: Tropical Plant Embroidery Basics from 6:30-8:30pm at Monster

Let’s get tropical! Learn to embroider tropical plants in this hands-on embroidery basics workshop with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. This two-hour workshop covers a variety of beginner-friendly embroidery stitches like the back stitch, reverse chain stitch, satin stitch, lazy daisy stitch, stem stitch, leaf stitch, and long and short satin stitch. Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes a wooden embroidery hoop, tropical transfer designs, embroidery needle, full skeins of embroidery thread, a surprise pattern fabric, backing materials, and printed instructions. Save your spot in this workshop here.


December 16: Virtual Cactus Snow Globe from 6-8pm with Spacecraft

Winter is the time for comfort, good food, family, and a cozy craft. So let's celebrate the season with a snow globe cactus embroidery. This beginner-friendly hand embroidery workshop with fiber artist Melissa Galbratih of MCreativeJ makes festive crafting fun for your family near or together from afar! Our live, online, 2-hour workshop will cover basic embroidery stitches such as the back stitch, reverse chain stitch, straight stitch, and French knot, plus techniques as we create a cactus snow globe design. All materials will be mailed to you and kits include: an embroidery hoop, blue pattern fabric, embroidery needle, full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, a transfer design, hoop backing materials, and printed instructions. RSVP for this virtual workshop by December 9 to receive your kit in the mail.


December 19: Virtual PNW Pendant from 11am-1pm with Jenny Lemons

Calling all mountain lovers! Want to learn how to hand embroider a pacific northwest inspired mountain range landscape pendant? Join Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for an online 2-hour workshop. This hands-on, virtual experience includes all the materials you’ll need to create a beautiful hand embroidered pendant. The workshop covers beginner friendly embroidery stitches that include the satin stitch, back stitch, reverse chain stitch, and long and short satin stitch. Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes a pendant, full skeins of DMC embroidery floss, an embroidery hoop, blue pattern fabric, printed instructions, and an embroidery needle. RSVP for this virtual event by December 12 to receive your kit in the mail.

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