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!
Embroidery 101 Class // January 28, 2017
The first class held at our new Portland space, Shout House, was truly fantastic! During Embroidery 101, students learned the basic techniques of embroidery in a modern, approachable way that was relaxing and fun! The 30 students who attended (sold out!) were able to receive hands-on instruction from Assembly's first guest teaching artist, Megan Eckman of Studio MME. Megan had students use three basic stitches to sew up a Mount Hood scene and everyone left the class with a little piece of Oregon ready to hang on their wall. Did we mention there were complimentary refreshments involved? A special thanks to Megan for doing a wonderful job!
Macrame Workshop // January 21, 2017
Students gathered at Perks of Art in downtown Hillsboro on a rainy evening and found out what it means to get knotty! They practiced their knots, selected their colors, and then got to work on their macrame plant hanger. By the end everyone had enjoyed a beverage, met someone new, finished their piece, and indulged Liz in a group photo. Thanks again!
Procrastinator's DIY Gift-a-thon // December 16, 2016
On a night that actually felt like winter (as much as Portland can), Assembly students braved the slick roads and made it safely to Northeast Alberta Street where they participated in an evening filled with making and socializing.
Students split into groups and rotated through five “gift stations” where they put their own spin on etched glassware, catnip pillows, lavender sachets, dyed leather coasters, all natural body scrub, and block printed gift wrap. The holiday tunes, snacks, and festive beverages (hello, spiced & spiked apple cider) didn’t hurt either! We hope the recipients of all these gifts enjoyed them as much as those who made them.
A special thanks to Pop-up Shop PDX for graciously hosting us and guest instructors Melissa and Ellen for lending a hand!
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!
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!
On Friday we spent a fun evening at the Opening Night of the Pop Up Shop PDX, a temporary retail space in NE Portland during select dates in November and December. We set up among the unique and talented array of local vendors and hosted a free 'make and take' project. Those leather cord tacos were a hit! Check out their website for upcoming Pop Up Shop market dates/times to plan your next shopping trip.
We will be taking over this amazing space for our Procrastinator's DIY Gift-a-thon event on December 16. Can't wait!
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.
To knot or not to knot? Is that even a question?
Of course we knotted! Our October 1st macrame plant hanger workshop brought together a great group of students to learn the basics of macrame and practice their skills to make a neat plant hanger to take home. The Beech Street was the perfect hangout on this rainy night with its autumnal music, hot cocktails, and vintage ambiance.
As we found out from this class, our events are perfect for couples on dates, bringing a parent or grandparent to revisit a craft they did decades ago, or just individuals looking for something fun to do with other like-minded people!
Who says summer school isn't fun? Our recent series of craft workshops in August at the Sou'wester Lodge on the Long Beach Peninsula in Washington proved otherwise!
Our first official group of Assembly students came all the way from British Columbia, Montana, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington to learn the basics of leatherworking, block printing, and macramé... and well, perhaps they came to have a relaxing vacation on the coast as well. :)
A special thanks to our first group of amazing students and the Sou'wester Lodge for their wonderful hospitality!