Calendar

Natural Dyes for Beginners

Saturday February 02, 2019

This class will introduce animal fibers, plant fibers, and the two main mordants that help plant dye “stick” to yarn & fabric.

Textile Marbling (Feb)

Sunday February 03, 2019

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

Wooden Spoon Carving (February)

Saturday February 09, 2019

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

Beginning Embroidery: Folk Sampler

Saturday February 09, 2019 - Sunday February 10, 2019

In this one-day workshop, students will learn a variety of basic and advanced embroidery stitches to complete a unique embroidered sampler.

Intro to Jewelry: Hand-Carved Rings

Sunday February 10, 2019

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

Weekend Weaving Intensive (February)

Friday February 15, 2019 - Sunday February 17, 2019

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

Hungarian Written Embroidery

Friday February 15, 2019 - Saturday February 16, 2019

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

Woven Net Bags

Sunday February 17, 2019

In this class, students will learn to make a woven net bag suitable for a wine or water bottle, or a few items from the farmers market.

Perfume of the Forest: Black Poplar, Western Red Cedar & Wild Rose

Wednesday February 20, 2019 - Wednesday March 06, 2019

In this three part series, students will engage in dialogue, lecture, and immersive hands-on experience focused on the Pacific Northwestern forest.

Perfume of the Forest: Devils Club, Douglas Fir, & Hemlock Spruce

Saturday February 23, 2019

In this three part series, students will engage in dialogue, lecture, and immersive hands-on experience focused on the Pacific Northwestern forest.

Sashiko Japanese Mending

Saturday March 02, 2019

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.

Intro to Jewelry: Hand-Carved Rings (March)

Sunday March 03, 2019

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

Beginning Basketry

Sunday March 10, 2019

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

Indigo in Depth: Shibori & Resist Methods

Saturday March 16, 2019

After 5 years of offering basic Indigo & Shibori workshops, we are happy to announce a class that focuses specific Japanese surface design techniques.

Garment Drafting & Construction: Tunics, Dresses & Tops

Saturday March 23, 2019 - Sunday March 24, 2019

In this two-day intensive, students are guided through creating a reusable paper pattern and completing a garment from an existing item in their wardrobe.

Amber & Resins: Crafting Ancient Perfumes

Saturday March 30, 2019

In this class, students will explore the historic lineage of Baltic Amber, and craft perfumes composed of extracts of Baltic Amber and amber-like balsams.

Cold Process Soap Making

Sunday March 31, 2019

This workshop will guide you through the the basics of making cold-process botanical soap, specially customized to your individual skincare needs.

Nature Inspired, Block Printed Textiles

Sunday April 07, 2019

Pattern designer, Skye McNeill will guide the group through techniques for carving rubber blocks, motif layout and print-process.

Big Baskets: Weaving with Reed

Saturday April 13, 2019 - Sunday April 14, 2019

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

Heirloom Leatherworking: Big Bags!

Saturday April 13, 2019 - Sunday April 14, 2019

In this two-day class, learn how to design, cut, sew and finish an heirloom leather bag.

Spring Medicine Making

Saturday April 13, 2019

It’s time for new growth and a fresh start: and time to supporting the body’s transition from winter hibernation to the active season of spring!

Weekend Weaving Intensive (April)

Friday April 19, 2019 - Sunday April 21, 2019

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

Pysanky Eggs: History & Craft

Saturday April 20, 2019

In this class, students will learn how to hollow out eggs, and create a traditional multi-layered design using wax-resist methods.

Hike, Study, Collect: PNW Plant ID

Saturday April 27, 2019

Students will be given a notebook to be used as a plant press, and leave with their own individual “plant-guide” and notes collected from the day.

Intro to Metals I: Bangles & Bands

Saturday April 27, 2019

Curious about metalsmithing? Interested in designing and making your own jewelry? This workshop guides students through basic metalsmithing techniques.

Spring Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Saturday April 27, 2019

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

Spring Mushroom Foraging (April 28th)

Sunday April 28, 2019

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

Indigo: Living Shades of Blue

Sunday April 28, 2019

Indigo enthusiast and textile artist, Britt Boles will guide students through the myriad of blue hues of indigo.

Handmade Lotions, Creams and Body Butters

Sunday April 28, 2019

In this workshop, herbalist Talia Hammond will guide us through the ins and outs of natural skincare and emulsions.

Spring Mushroom Foraging (May 4th)

Saturday May 04, 2019

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

Wooden Spoon Carving (May)

Saturday May 04, 2019

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

Batik: Ancient Technique, Contemporary Textiles

Saturday May 04, 2019

The practice of batik is one shared by cultures across the globe, from the Far East to Middle East, Central Asia to India.

Spring Mushroom Foraging (May 5th)

Sunday May 05, 2019

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

Intro to Metals 2: Earrings

Sunday May 05, 2019

Dive into jewelry-making with this 1-day workshop, focused on metalsmithing techniques and custom design.

Clamming & Wild Coastal Foods (May 11th)

Saturday May 11, 2019

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

From Tree to Table: Cutting Boards, Cheese Boards & Tea Trays

Saturday May 11, 2019

Learn to make a simple, functional, and handmade cutting board, cheese board, or tea tray straight from the tree.

Mama and Child Natural Dye!

Saturday May 11, 2019

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

Clamming & Wild Coastal Foods (May 12th)

Sunday May 12, 2019

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

Foraging for Earth Pigments

Saturday May 18, 2019

Join us in exploring the mountains, rivers, and creeks around Sandy, OR in search for minerals that can be used as a pigment in making natural paints.

Douglas Fir: Essence, Spirit & Medicine

Saturday May 18, 2019

In this class, students will make a lotion using Doug Fir essence, as well as essential oils gathered from other aromatic trees of the Pacific Northwest.

Natural Paint Making

Sunday May 19, 2019

Participants will have hands-on experience processing minerals into pigments, as well as mixing them with various binders to make watercolor & oil paints.

Farm-Grown, Seasonal Skincare

Sunday May 19, 2019

Students will create skincare based on conditions and skin-types, while also exploring plant ID, harvesting and processing techniques.

Spring King: Porcini Foraging (May 25th)

Saturday May 25, 2019

Join Rachel Zoller for a day of porcini hunting, high up in the forests surrounding Mt. Adams.

Weaving with a Natural Palette

Saturday May 25, 2019 - Monday May 27, 2019

Weaver and textile artist, Kayla Powers, comes to us from Detroit, MI for this 3-day Natural Dye + Weaving intensive!

Women’s Rockhounding Camp & Ramble

Saturday May 25, 2019 - Sunday May 26, 2019

Join us as we examine some of the most beautiful volcanic rocks and minerals on the continent, and camp together under the open starry skies.

Spring King: Porcini Foraging (May 26th)

Sunday May 26, 2019

Join Rachel Zoller for a day of porcini hunting, high up in the forests surrounding Mt. Adams.

Oregon Coastal NW Native Basketry

Saturday June 01, 2019 - Sunday June 02, 2019

In this 2-day workshop, students will learn, start to finish, a style of NW Native basket weaving, using Western Red Cedar bark & Coastal Sweetgrass Sedge.

Build a Post-and-Rung Stool

Saturday June 01, 2019 - Sunday June 02, 2019

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

Beauty from the Sea: Seaweed Harvest for Skincare

Saturday June 01, 2019

Learn to identify seaweeds by texture, color, size and structure. Students will leave with a face mask, seaweed, & recipes to continue the process at home.

Mussels, Seaweed & Barnacles: Intertidal Edibles (June 8th)

Saturday June 08, 2019

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

Garment Drafting & Construction: Pants, Jumpsuits & Bottoms

Saturday June 08, 2019 - Sunday June 09, 2019

In this two-day intensive, students are guided through creating a reusable paper pattern and completing a garment from an existing item in their wardrobe.

Summer Medicine Making

Saturday June 08, 2019

Get hands-on farm education! This class offers the chance to slow down & learn about what’s happening internally and externally in this season.

Mussels, Seaweed & Barnacles: Intertidal Edibles (June 9th)

Sunday June 09, 2019

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

Abalone Shell Weaving

Saturday June 15, 2019

In this class, students will combine natural materials and local plants to weave around an abalone shell, using traditional Native weaving techniques.

Textile Marbling (June)

Sunday June 16, 2019

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

Adirondack Pack-Basket Weaving

Saturday June 22, 2019 - Sunday June 23, 2019

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

Build a Folding Camp Stool

Sunday June 23, 2019

Students will use a combination of hand tools and power tools to build a folding stool frame out of sustainably harvested Oregon White Oak.

Summer Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Sunday June 30, 2019

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

Vibrant Valley Fresh Indigo Dye

Saturday July 13, 2019

Harvest, process and dye, using fresh indigo, grown on-site at Vibrant Valley Farm on Sauvie Island

Herb Farming & Medicine of Yarrow

Saturday July 13, 2019

This is an ideal class for those who appreciate a deep-dive into the medicine of the yarrow plant. Students will create tinctures, and learn distillation.

Traditional Sweetgrass Harvest

Saturday July 20, 2019

Learn how to identify, traditionally gather and prepare Coastal Sweetgrass Sedge for weaving.

Vibrant Valley Fresh Indigo Dye (July 27)

Saturday July 27, 2019

Harvest, process and dye, using fresh indigo, grown on-site at Vibrant Valley Farm on Sauvie Island