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.