Portland is a fabulously crafty city. We are host to Crafty Wonderland, which began as a small craft show at Doug Fir Lounge in 2006. It now happens twice yearly at the Oregon Convention Center and features hand made goods from artisans in the Pacific Northwest. Another treasure is the Portland Saturday Market which runs from March through December. Portland is also home to a wide variety of artists and crafters, many of whom are bloggers and authors.
Alicia Paulson, a local blogger and craft maven, loves to make things. Her blog, Posie Gets Cozy, is full of projects, photos, and musings. Lee Meredith shares tutorials and knitting patterns on her blog, Lethal.Net. Diane Gilleland, formerly Sister Diane of the Church of Craft, shares her love of crafting and writing on her blog, CraftyPod, where she also helps you with the business side of crafting. Susan Beal blogs on West Coast Crafty. Some of our crafters are also zinesters and the library carries a wonderful collection of zines of all kinds.
Portland also offers open studio spaces to crafty people, with no or low cost fees. Modern Domestic on Alberta offers open sewing nights in their classrooms. Collage on Alberta offers inexpensive classes to sample new creative techniques on Tuesdays and Fridays. SCRAP is a creative reuse center, brimming with used craft, art and office supplies. 100th Monkey Studio offers open art studios and supplies, for a small fee. A haven for knitters and spinners, Portland yarn stores offer drop-in nights for chatting and socializing as well as knitting, especially great for those dark, rainy nights in the winter!
The area also shines with galleries and exhibit spaces. 23 Sandy Gallery features book artists and book art. The Museum of Contemporary Craft is the primary exhibitor of crafts in the Pacific Northwest, with both permanent and visiting displays. Oregon School of Arts and Crafts has recently added an MFA in craft to their masters programs and they have a fabulous gift store, as well as three galleries of exhibitions.
Our city has become a mecca for crafty people and you can find lots of meet-ups and events to keep you happily crafting throughout all of the seasons. To find even more events, try DIY Alert, and check out the the library's crafty offerings too.