Can we send you a letter? Write_On April Letter Writing Challenge

In celebration of April as National Letterwriting Month, we have challenged ourselves to get in the habit of writing and sending more handwritten correspondence to friends and family, including those in the Assembly crafty community!  


To kick start this effort, we joined Write_On, a mission driven campaign "to promote joy, creativity, expression, and connection through hand-written correspondence."

We are using their stationery kit to write 30 letters/cards in 30 days during April.

We would love to send you one of our thirty handwritten cards this month!  And challenge you to consider sending some of your own.  Go here to submit your info and then keep eye on your mailbox. :)

DIY Lotions & Balms


March 18, 2017 // DIY Natural Lotions & Balms Class

We finished off Assembly's March madness in Portland with a crash course in DIY moisturizers with all natural ingredients including beeswax, shea butter, and coconut oil. Guest instructor Lauren Morse answered questions with a comprehensive knowledge gained from years of experience developing custom body products. 


Students enjoyed socializing over complimentary snacks and refreshments and left with their own balms, lotion bars, a luxurious hand lotion, and more importantly, the knowledge and skills to recreate these at home!


Glass Etching in Hillsboro!


March 11, 2017 // Glass Etching Workshop

Students gathered at Perks of Art in downtown Hillsboro to learn the art of glass etching with custom drinkware.

Students had a blast choosing their stencils and type of glassware (pint, cocktail, or wine glass... what would you choose?!) With spring finally here, the outdoorsy designs in particular featuring images of mountains, camping, and hiking proved to be hits! A few folks made personalized gifts for friends and family.


Have we mentioned how much we adore Perks of Art? If you haven't checked it out, it's worth the drive from Portland (or anywhere!) to check out the unique artwork and handmade items for sale that you can't find anywhere else. Trust us, you'll be impressed. Downtown Hillsboro is moving up in the world!

If you'd still like to learn glass etching, fear not! We're offering a special weeknight encore in Portland on April 20. Register today


Clay Class Creativity!


Students at our Clay Ring Dish Class in Portland weren't afraid to get their hands a little dirty-- which is always so much fun! Through making two custom bowls, attendees explored techniques for working with air-dry clay, such as coloring, marbling, and adding texture. Each dish ended up as unique as their maker and after being finished off with a sealant, these catch-all dishes will be perfect to hold jewelry or other trinkets. We can't wait to host this pottery class again in the future!


Etch it!


Our Glass Etching Workshop on Wednesday, November 30th got nice and messy with a neat mix of folk looking to learn this chemical process that leaves a permanent waterproof design on the surface of glass.  Students learned multiple techniques and insider tips on getting unique etched designs and went home with four personalized pint, cocktail, wine, or mason jar glasses.  A few students personalized their glasses with names or initials to make great gifts!  

Knitting without Needles


We held an Arm Knitting Workshop on a lovely Saturday evening and our fantastic bunch of gals learned how to cast on, knit, and bind off. Chunky knit yarn in a variety of colors was provided, Brian fetched drinks for students who were "tied up," and everyone walked away happy with their very own cozy knit infinity scarf or cowl. The finished fabric is loosely knitted and drapes beautifully, perfect for winter weather. If you missed this one (it sold out), be sure to sign up for our encore offering this Saturday, December 10th!


Block Party at the Beech Street Parlor!


We had quite the party for our October 19th block printing workshop. Students designed and carved their own blocks, then printed their patterns onto stationary, journals, and tea towel fabrics. The Beech Street was the perfect hangout on this rainy Portland night!

A special thanks to all participants for a great evening and the Beech Street Parlor for their wonderful hospitality!

Check out our facebook and instagram pages for more photos from this event.