Summers in Seattle are always a cherished time for locals as we look to fill up on sun rays. As a transplant, I’ve grown to appreciate this ritual, though I am still content to be indoors with the windows open and the rooms sun-soaked. It takes a very special occasion to drag most indoors during these precious few months and I believe this round up of creative events fits the bill. From plants to circuitry to block and screen printing, there’s a little something for everyone to recharge our imaginations and inspiration, even if only for a few hours.
Quick programming note that after quite a break, I’m rebooting this series to be quarterly. Knowing about events farther in advance should hopefully make it easier to plan for and attend.
Hand Stitching and Embroidery Basics
Sunday, June 10 | Push/Pull | Seattle, WA | 4:00 to 7:00 | $45
Learn the basics of stitching and embroidery
A Taste of Burundi, Stamp Act Coffee Tasting Workshop
Saturday, June 16 | Glasswing | Seattle, WA | 11:00 | $20
Glasswing and Stamp Act Coffee host a coffee tasting event featuring eight Burundian coffees. All proceeds from the event will support Long Miles’ reforestation project, “Trees for Kibiria.”
For the Love of Plants
Friday, June 22 | Volunteer Park Conservatory | Seattle, WA | 6:00 to 10:00 | $15
Enjoy music and cocktails as you peruse local artists’ work inspired by nature.
Build Paper Circuits
Sunday, June 24 | The Lab at Ada’s | Seattle, WA | 6:00 to 9:30 | $30
Learn how to construct paper circuits and code using the Chibitronics Creative Coding Kit.
Block Printing with Starheadboy
Friday, June 29 | Robot vs Sloth | Seattle, WA | 6:30 to 9:30 | $65
Learn how to make block prints with Starheadboy, the artist behind the Pablo the Missing Burrito Unicorn image.
Urban Craft Uprising Summer Show
Saturday, June 30 to Sunday, July 1 | Urban Craft Uprising | Seattle, WA | 11:00 to 5:00 | Free
Find your next handmade treasure among 150 vendors at Seattle’s largest indie craft show.
Houseplants 101 Workshop
Sunday, July 1 | Glasswing | Seattle, WA | 12:00 to 1:00 | $25
Tassy de Give, author of Rooted in Design, teaches the do’s and don’ts of indoor plants.
Handmade Pasta Workshop: Semolina Dough
Friday, July 13 | The Pantry at Delancey | Seattle, WA | 10:00 to 2:00 | $90
Arianna Garella teaches the craft of handmade pasta, including dough preparation, kneading, rolling, shaping, and drying.
DIY Screen Printing
Sunday, July 15 | Push/Pull | Seattle, WA | 1:00 to 5:00 | $45
Learn how to make small screens for printing on fabric, paper, and wood.
Create a Succulent Planter
Thursday, July 19 | Fiori Floral Designs | Seattle, WA | 6:00 to 8:00 | $100
Create your own tabletop succulent garden.
All About Wine: Rosé
Friday, July 27 | The Pantry at Delancey | Seattle, WA | 12:00 to 2:30 | $75
Sommelier, Janet Beeby, teaches this introductory class about rosé with tastings from Bandol to Tavel to Provence and beyond.
Shibori and Indigo Dyeing Workshop
Saturday, July 28 | Dry Good Designs | Seattle, WA | 11:00 to 1:30 | $80
Learn how to make your own small-batch vat of indigo along with various techniques for one-of-a-kind dyed textiles.
Seattle Art Fair
Thursday, August 2 to Sunday, August 5 | Seattle Art Fair | Seattle, WA | Various times | $5 to $85
An annual showcase of modern and contemporary art.
Floral Botanicals Watercolor Class
Wednesday, August 8 | The Mint Gardener | Seattle, WA | 6:00 to 8:00 | $50
Sarah Simon will teach techniques for how to create watercolor botanical florals.
Saturday, August 11 | Dry Goods Design | Seattle, WA | 11:00 to 1:00 | $50
A two-hour primer on embroidery where you’ll learn how to set up your design, use embroidery floss efficiently, and start basic stitches.
4-Day Quillisasccut Farm Camp
Thursday, August 16 to Sunday, August 19 | The Pantry at Delancey | Rice, WA | 9:00 to 9:00 | $900
Four days of culinary workshops, milking goats for cheese, feeding chickens and gathering eggs, harvesting veggies and herbs, and much more at the Quillisasccut family farm.
Photo by RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist on Unsplash.