Calendar

Big Baskets: Weaving with Reed (Feb 6-7)

Saturday February 06, 2021 - Sunday February 07, 2021

Explore structural design and plaited weaving techniques to create unique, large baskets. 

Woven Rag Rugs

Saturday February 06, 2021 - Sunday February 07, 2021

Repurposed materials from sheets and clothing will be the basis of students’ exploration in texture, color, and shape-making using tapestry techniques.

Winter Color: Natural Dyes of Portland (Feb)

Saturday February 13, 2021

This workshop leads students through all the steps of dying with fresh and dried plants, with a special focus on flowers, berries and roots.

Wooden Spoon Carving (Feb)

Sunday February 14, 2021

Learn how to select an ideal wood for carving, how to use simple hand-carving tools to create a handsome and useful spoon.

Knitting Heirloom Cabin Socks

Sunday February 14, 2021

In this workshop, students will learn the basic stitches and techniques of crochet and begin creating a pair of heirloom cabin socks!

Textile Marbling (Feb)

Saturday February 20, 2021

Swirling patterns, organic shapes and natural formations: marbling offers a playful, no-pressure approach to textile surface design.

Contemporary Hand Quilting (Feb)

Sunday February 21, 2021

Students will design and hand sew their own contemporary quilted piece, but don’t let your mind stop at quilt squares!

Weekend Weaving Intensive

Friday February 26, 2021 - Sunday February 28, 2021

In this weekend weaving intensive, you will learn how to the basics of weaving on a table-top rigid heddle loom.

Knitting Winter Mittens

Saturday February 27, 2021

In this workshop, students will learn the basic stitches and techniques of crochet and begin creating a pair of handmade winter mittens!

Moku-hanga: Traditional Japanese Woodblock Printing

Friday March 05, 2021 - Sunday March 07, 2021

Students will learn the proper use of traditional tools and materials, carving, basic registration, and vocabulary associated with moku-hanga printing.

Beginning Basketry (March)

Saturday March 06, 2021 - Saturday March 06, 2021

In this beginning basketry class, students will explore fundamental plaiting and twining techniques to create a small woven vessel.

In-Depth Mordanting for Natural Dyeing

Sunday March 07, 2021

Students will take a deep dive into the world of natural color-modifiers and color-binders known as mordants.

Post & Rung Stool Building

Friday March 12, 2021 - Sunday March 14, 2021

In this class, students will build a post-and-rung stool out of sustainably harvested Oregon White Oak.

Columbia Plateau Beading

Saturday March 13, 2021 - Sunday March 14, 2021

Students will work on a beautiful medallion while learning the history of beads in the Columbia plateau.

Mycology & Color: Mushroom Dyes

Saturday March 20, 2021 - Saturday March 20, 2021

Artist, farmer, and aspiring mycologist Julie Beeler will guide students through various dye techniques as students explore mushroom dyes

Hand Carved Rings: Wax to Bronze & Silver

Sunday March 21, 2021

Beginning with a piece of jeweler’s wax, students will learn to carve, melt, drill & saw, forming a custom and uniquely shaped ring.

Pack-Basket Weaving (March)

Saturday March 27, 2021 - Sunday March 28, 2021

Learn to weaving a pack-basket in this 2-day intensive.

Sashiko Japanese Mending

Saturday March 27, 2021

Used for centuries by rural people in Japan to mend and repair clothing, Sashiko evolved into a decorative yet thrifty way to reuse and recycle fabric.

Japanese Natural Dyes

Sunday March 28, 2021

Ai (indigo), beni (safflower), akane (madder), and murasaki (alkanet) are among some of the quintessential Japanese dye plants we will cover in this class.

The Stitch Book: An Introduction to Embroidery

Saturday April 03, 2021

Perfect for beginners! Twelve different techniques will make up each page of your one-of-a-kind embroidery stitch book.

Indigo Patterning: Shibori & Resist Methods

Saturday April 03, 2021

In this class, students will gain in-depth experience in textile patterning with resist methods and traditional Japanese patterning techniques.

Painting with Thread: Gradient Embroidery

Sunday April 04, 2021

In this class students will explore the art of embroidering with blending thread colors to create realistic gradients and ombre effects.

Introduction to Oil Painting (4-week)

Monday April 05, 2021 - Monday April 26, 2021

This four week intensive course, taught by Rachel Warkentin, teaches a gentler, less toxic approach to oil painting.

Lake Pigments

Saturday April 10, 2021

Learn what to do with all those left over dye baths to get the most color out them and how to make concentrated pigment extracts.

Traditional Egg Tempera Paint Making & Technique

Sunday April 11, 2021

In this in-depth workshop by artist Rachel Warkentin, students will prepare two recipes for egg tempera using entirely natural materials.

Spring Wild Foods of the Coastal Forest (April)

Saturday April 17, 2021

Join us for a day of hiking, plant ID and guided foraging for wild spring edibles in the coastal forests with a focus on sustainable harvest!

Spring Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Saturday April 17, 2021

Come explore the hidden dye plants that dot the urban landscape of Portland, Oregon!

Wild Foods Cooking & Preservation

Sunday April 18, 2021

Learn to utilize invasive and in season plants to make gourmet meals, nutritional additives, and medicinal teas and infusions with Lorelle Sherman.

Spring Mushroom Foray (April 18)

Sunday April 18, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Embroidered Text & Monograms

Friday April 23, 2021

In this workshop we will explore monograms, signatures and inscriptions, found in folk textiles around the world and fine art.

Sustainable Floral Design

Saturday April 24, 2021

Join farmer and florist Chelsea Willis to learn hands-on how to use sustainable design techniques in floral design, harvesting, and growing.

Spring Mushroom Foray (April 24)

Saturday April 24, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Hungarian Written Embroidery

Saturday April 24, 2021

Learn the basic stitches of Hungarian written embroidery, a folk style that originated in Transylvania, Romania in the late 18th Century.

Birding & Blooms

Sunday April 25, 2021

Grab your binoculars and join us to listen for the song of migratory and resident birds while learning how to identify wildflowers!

Embroidered Flowers of Portugal

Sunday April 25, 2021

This workshop will teach several basic embroidery stitches used in traditional clothing from Northern Portugal dating back to the 1700s.

Spring Mushroom Forage (May 1)

Saturday May 01, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Leather Working Basics

Saturday May 01, 2021

Students will learn to make a wallet, pouch, or small bag from start to finish, and gain an understanding of construction, hardware, and finishes.

Clamming & Coastal Edibles (May 2nd)

Sunday May 02, 2021

This class will introduce students to clamming, and foraging edible wild plants that grow close to the ocean and bays.

Spring Mushroom Foray (May 02)

Sunday May 02, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Hand Carved Pendants

Sunday May 02, 2021

Beginning with a piece of jeweler’s wax, students will learn to carve, melt, drill & saw, forming a custom and uniquely shaped pendant.

Spring Mushroom Foray (May 8)

Saturday May 08, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Mt. Hood Mushroom Foray (May 8)

Saturday May 08, 2021

Spend the day learning about mushrooms near the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Columbia Gorge Natural Dyes

Saturday May 08, 2021

The Columbia Gorge is in full bloom this time of year, and with a bright array of plants at our finger-tips to use as natural dyes.

Mama and Child Natural Dyes!

Saturday May 08, 2021

We’re celebrating the sweetest holiday of the year: Mother’s Day with a super special Mama & Child natural dye class!

Spring Mushroom Forage (May 9)

Sunday May 09, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Wasco Weaving: Sally Bag

Sunday May 09, 2021

The class will focus on Wasco-style weaving techniques and patterned design work, teaching a Native art of the Columbia Plateau.

Carving Wooden Wares: 4-Week Intensive

Monday May 10, 2021 - Monday May 31, 2021

Transform a freshly cut log or branch into beautiful hand-carved household utensils, like chopsticks, spreaders, and spoons.

Spring Mushroom Forage (May 15)

Saturday May 15, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

Botanical Watercolor Paint Making

Saturday May 15, 2021 - Sunday May 16, 2021

Weaver & artist, Kayla Power guides students in the art of botanical paint making in 2-day class!

Tufted Wool Rug Weaving

Friday May 21, 2021 - Sunday May 23, 2021

Learn how to weave a sheep-friendly “sheepskin” rug through the technique of tufted wool weaving.

Spring Mushroom Forage (May 22)

Saturday May 22, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

WA Cascade Range Morel Forage

Saturday May 22, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for morel mushrooms!

Raku Firing

Saturday May 22, 2021 - Saturday May 22, 2021

East Creek is pleased to host this special 1-day rake firing in collaboration with WildCraft Studio.

Big Baskets: Weaving with Reed (May 22-23)

Saturday May 22, 2021 - Sunday May 23, 2021

Explore structural design and plaited weaving techniques to create unique, large baskets. 

Mt. Adams Mushroom Foray (May 23)

Sunday May 23, 2021

Spend the day learning about mushrooms near Mt. Adams.

Seaweed & Intertidal Edibles (May 29)

Saturday May 29, 2021

Join us for a day at the coast tasting fresh seaweed, preparing mussel dishes and pickling bull kelp.

Spring Mushroom Forage (May 29)

Saturday May 29, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for mushrooms!

WA Cascade Range Porcini Forage

Saturday May 29, 2021

Spend a day in the spring forests and participate in Mother Nature’s treasure hunt, looking for porcini mushrooms!

Wet Mounting Collage: Monoprints & Relief Printing

Saturday May 29, 2021 - Sunday May 30, 2021

Students will create original, colorful, textured, layered collages with fine Japanese papers and traditional Japanese wet mounting techniques.

Pack-Basket Weaving (May)

Saturday May 29, 2021 - Sunday May 30, 2021

Learn to weave a pack-basket in this 2-day intensive.

Mt. Hood Mushroom Foray (May 30)

Sunday May 30, 2021

Spend the day learning about mushrooms near the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Contemporary Hand Quilting (June)

Saturday June 05, 2021

Students will design and hand sew their own contemporary quilted piece, but don’t let your mind stop at quilt squares!

Plein Air Painting: Oil & Acrylic (June)

Sunday June 06, 2021 - Sunday June 06, 2021

Plein Air painting is the practice of painting outdoors, in nature, and it is a lovely way to expand your connection to your local environment.

Expressive Line Drawing

Sunday June 06, 2021

Spend a day reconnecting with the spirit and energy of free-form drawing!

Tree Bark Basketry

Saturday June 12, 2021 - Sunday June 13, 2021

In this class we will explore the wonders of harvesting and weaving with the bark of local trees.

Katazome Indigo Resist

Saturday June 12, 2021 - Sunday June 13, 2021

Katazome is a centuries-old Japanese dyeing technique in which artists create a resist paste and apply it to cloth using hand-carved stencils.

Flower Farm Dyes at Sweet Delilah Farm -June

Sunday June 13, 2021

For plant-dye enthusiasts! Students will be working on-site at Sweet Delilah Farm to harvest, process and dye with flowers on cotton, wool and silk fiber

Clay & Fire: East Creek Ceramics Retreat

Saturday June 19, 2021 - Sunday June 20, 2021

East Creek is pleased to host this special 2-day ceramics retreat in collaboration with WildCraft Studio.

Textile Marbling (June)

Saturday June 19, 2021

Swirling patterns, organic shapes and natural formations: marbling offers a playful, no-pressure approach to textile surface design.

Flower Farm Watercolor Painting

Sunday June 20, 2021

Students will learn to plan compositions using thumbnail sketches, creating depth and dimension in your paintings to change the mood of your painting.

Family Indigo Dyeing!

Sunday June 20, 2021

Share the creative magic of indigo and part with beautifully dyed and patterned cotton bandanas and samples. Ideal for children over the age of 6.

Basket Weaving: Natural Material Fiber Exploration

Saturday June 26, 2021 - Sunday June 27, 2021

Explore structural design and weaving techniques to create unique, personalized baskets with a wide variety of plant materials. 

Mixed Media Landscapes

Saturday June 26, 2021

Spend the day immersed in the dramatic and vibrant landscape of the Columbia Gorge, in a mixed-media drawing/painting session guided by Carly Larsson.

Summer Wild Foods of the Coastal Forest (June)

Sunday June 27, 2021

Learn to identify and forage the wild foods found within the Oregon coastal rainforest and gather together to make a forest salad of fresh summer edibles.

Seaweed & Intertidal Edibles (June 27)

Sunday June 27, 2021

Join us for a day at the coast tasting fresh seaweed, preparing mussel dishes and pickling bull kelp.

Wooden Spoon Carving (June)

Sunday June 27, 2021

Learn how to select an ideal wood for carving, how to use simple hand-carving tools to create a handsome and useful spoon.

Fresh Leaf Indigo

Saturday July 10, 2021 - Saturday July 10, 2021

Calling all you urban indigo growers! Come play with freshly extracted indigo pigment to paint and print on fabric.

Summer Color: Natural Dyes of Portland (July)

Sunday July 11, 2021

Portland is in full bloom this time of year, and with a bright array of dye plants at our finger-tips to use as natural dyes.

Skin-on-Frame Kayak Building

Monday July 12, 2021 - Sunday July 18, 2021

Students will learn to build a kayak frame using only lashing, mortise and tenons, and wooden pegs: no metal or glue!

Summer Planting for Cool Season Flowers

Saturday July 17, 2021

Join Chelsea Willis to learn about cold hardy blooms, all of which can be planted in the fall to bring on earlier and stronger spring blooms.

Carving Wooden Utensil Sets

Saturday July 17, 2021 - Sunday July 18, 2021

Students will make bespoke utensils in a sturdy canvas utensil holder, while spending the weekend learning traditional greenwood carving techniques!

Beginning Basketry (July)

Sunday July 18, 2021 - Sunday July 18, 2021

In this beginning basketry class, students will explore fundamental plaiting and twining techniques to create a small woven vessel.

Woven Beaded Rings

Saturday July 24, 2021

The workshop will cover simple patterns in traditional flat weave one-bead netting, as well as finishing techniques and material options.

Woven Leather Baskets (July)

Saturday July 24, 2021

Students will learn how to transform leather into beautiful usable objects through measuring and cutting strips to weave together into a 3D form!

Wildflower Identification on Mount Hood

Sunday July 25, 2021

Join us as we explore the wild colors and varieties of the late summer alpine wildflowers on Mount Hood!

Clamming & Coastal Edibles (July 25th)

Sunday July 25, 2021

This class will introduce students to clamming, and foraging edible wild plants that grow close to the ocean and bays.

Crochet Rag Rugs

Sunday July 25, 2021

In this class, Tania will show you how to crochet a circular, oval, or rectangular rug using a big crochet hook and "yarn" made from scrap fabric.

Coastal Color: Natural Dyes of the Oregon Coast

Saturday July 31, 2021

This workshop leads students on a tour of natural colors found in the plants of the Oregon Coast!

Plein Air Painting: Oil & Acrylic (Aug)

Sunday August 01, 2021 - Sunday August 01, 2021

Plein Air painting is the practice of painting outdoors, in nature, and it is a lovely way to expand your connection to your local environment.

Clamming & Coastal Edibles (Aug 22nd)

Sunday August 22, 2021

This class will introduce students to clamming and foraging edible wild plants that grow close to the ocean and bays.

Flower Farm Dyes at Sweet Delilah Farm (Aug)

Saturday August 28, 2021

For plant-dye enthusiasts! Students will be working on-site at Sweet Delilah Farm to harvest, process and dye with flowers on cotton, wool and silk fiber