Summer Crafts to Fill Your August Days
Summer crafts are some of my favorite! I love making things outdoors in the beautiful Seattle weather. What's better than sunshine and crafts? Well if you're in the Seattle area, maybe A/C and crafts.
When I first moved to the Seattle area, I had no idea A/C wasn't a standard thing for most buildings. We don't even have it in our house, and it's been getting toasty this summer! Thankfully all of the maker spaces I teach with have A/C so you'll be chill crafting in the inside spaces as well as outside too.
Here's all the ways we can get crafty this August.
August 2: Kid's Rainbow Embroidery Basics at Wyldwood Creative from 4-6pm
This class is perfect for first time stitchers wanting to learn how to embroider a rainbow design. Join fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for a 1.5-hour, hands-on workshop. We’ll cover the basics of embroidery as well as use the satin stitch to create a gorgeous rainbow. Sign your kiddo up here.
August 7: Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show at Magnuson Park Hanger from 10am-5pm
August 9: Indigo Dyeing at Monster from 6:30-8:30pm
Explore the magic of indigo dyeing with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. Learn how to fold and bind fabric to create patterns and designs with indigo dye. You’ll love seeing the dye change colors, and your designs come to life! Each attendee will receive four cotton tea towels to create their own patterns and are also encouraged to bring additional materials to dye. This class can get messy, so please wear clothing you don’t mind getting a little dye on. Sign up here.
August 12-14: Camp Craftaway at Alki Beach Bathhouse
For crafty minded adults who love the childhood nostalgia of summer camp and want to spend a weekend getting their hands messy with all things crafts. Learn more and get tickets here.
August 16: PNW Pins at Wyldwood Creative from 6-8pm
Calling all pacific northwest lovers! Want to learn how to hand embroider a mountain range landscape pin? Join Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for a 2-hour workshop. This hands-on experience includes all the materials you’ll need to create a beautiful hand embroidered pin. The workshop covers beginner friendly embroidery stitches such as the satin stitch, back stitch, reverse chain stitch, and long and short satin stitch. Each attendee will receive a full kit that includes a circle, oval, or rectangle pin setting, full skeins of DMC embroidery floss, an embroidery hoop, blue pattern fabric, printed instructions, and an embroidery needle. Sign up for class here.
August 18: Clothing Embroidery at Monster from 6:30-8:30pm
Have you ever wanted to embroider your clothing? Join fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ for a hands-on workshop. Simply bring a garment to embroider and we’ll provide you with playful sample designs (or create your own!). This class will cover helpful dos and don’ts of embroidering your garments. Each attendee will also receive an embroidery hoop, thread, needle, and stabilizer to get started. This workshop is beginner-friendly and no prior embroidery experience is required. Save your spot here.
August 19: Cactus Embroidery Basics at Monster 6:30-8:30pm
Calling all cactus lovers! Learn to embroider cacti in this online embroidery basics workshop with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. This two and a half hour, hands-on workshop covers a variety of beginner-friendly embroidery stitches including the satin stitch, long and short satin stitch, back stitch, reverse chain stitch, leaf stitch, French knot, lazy daisy, couching, needle weaving, and more! Each attendee will receive a full kit. Kits are mailed to you and include: a wooden embroidery hoop, cactus transfer designs, embroidery needle, full skeins of embroidery thread, a surprise pattern fabric, backing materials, and printed instructions. Sign up for class here.
August 21: Ice Dyeing at Quilting Mayhem from10:30am-12:30pm
Explore the magic of ice dyeing with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. Learn how to fold and bind fabric to create patterns and designs as well as the playful nature of ice dye. You’ll love playing with different folding techniques and seeing your designs come to life after the ice melts! Each attendee will receive four cotton tea towels to create their own patterns and are also encouraged to bring additional cotton materials to dye. This class can get messy, so please wear clothing you don’t mind getting a little dye on. Register for class here.
August 25: Landscape Patches at Monster from 6:30-8:30pm
Calling all nature lovers. From the orangey sand swept desert dunes to the tree lined blue ridge mountains, capture your love of the great outdoors with an embroidered patch. Join Melisa Galbraith of MCreativeJ in stitching a landscape patch. We’ll use the satin stitch, back stitch, reverse chain stitch, and the whip stitch to create iron on patches that you can add to your go-to travel pack or favorite jean jacket. This class comes with a full kit that includes: 4 peel stick and stitch landscape designs, white cotton fabric, felt, an embroidery hoop, needle, 5 full skeins of DMC embroidery thread, iron on stabilizer, and printed instructions. Save your spot here.
August 26: Fabric Landscapes at Make Apothecary from 6-8pm
Let’s create collage landscapes with fabric! Learn how to create your own fabric landscape using applique embroidery with fiber artist Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ. This two-hour, hands-on workshop will cover how to pair fabrics to create your own unique landscapes, basic applique and beginner-friendly embroidery stitches like the running stitch, satin stitch, chain stitch, and fly stitch. Each participant will receive a full class kit that includes an embroidery hoop, cotton fabrics, full skeins of embroidery thread, embroidery needle, sewing pins, backing materials, and printed instructions. Save your seat here.
August 27: Kids Fruit Tote at Make Apothecary from 10-11:30am
Fruitify you a tote bag! Join Melissa Galbraith of MCreativeJ in learning how to embroider fruit onto a tote bag. This is a hands-on 1.5 hour class that will cover some of the basics of hand embroidery and is a great starting point for new stitchers (ages 12 and up). We’ll use the back stitch, seed stitch, and the reverse chain stitch to add fruity details to a canvas tote. This class comes with a full kit that includes 8 peel stick and stitch fruit designs, full skeins of DMC thread in various colors, a canvas tote, a needle, a 4-inch embroidery hoop, printed instructions, and in-person instruction. Register your child here.
August 28: Valley Made Market from 10am-4pm
For even more workshops and events, visit the MCreativeJ events calendar.