Portland Studio

WildCraft West: our Portland OR studio opened in March 2016. This 3000 sq ft space is also the showroom & shop of Fieldwork Design & Architecture.
WildCraft West offers 4-week evening courses and weekend workshops in contemporary craft skills, traditional textile practices and fresh perspectives on art-school classics. If you’d like to stop by the studio, please do so on weekends between 11am-3pm. 

WildCraft West
601 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR

Classes at Portland Studio:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Spring Color: Natural Dyes of Portland

Saturday April 27, 2019

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.