You won’t find idle hands in the Tualatin Valley. We’re too busy making Oregon goods to be twiddling our thumbs. Our local goods reach beyond farm-to-table food and brews. For National Craft Month, we’re celebrating the crafters of the Tualatin Valley. Choose your craft hobby below!
If you want the softest of soft accessories, touch no further than alpaca yarn from EasyGo Farm. The farm’s alpaca herd provides a lush array of yarn options in the farm store. Plan your next craft attack with this DIY Lace Alpaca Shawl pattern.
Another must-see knitting spot is Nitro Knitting. Purchase yarn made by local dyers non-profit co-ops. Want to knit at the shop? Use the free Wi-Fi to surf for new patterns while sipping on a complimentary cup of tea or coffee.
The newly erected Quilt Barn Trail melds quilters and agricultural heritage together. This multi-year project consists of large, hand-painted blocks with quilt patterns, which are mounted on buildings throughout the rural areas of the valley. So, far there are two panels with more on the way!
For your own quilting plans, stop by the Quilter’s Corner Store for all of the supplies and expert advice you need.
Whimzee’s Scrapbook Studio includes a Kids’ Craft Mornings with Delaney. Delaney happens to be a kid herself and she loves coming up with easy projects for her peers like paper pumpkins and personalized canvas bags. Each workshop is $10 per child and parent pair. Call ahead for details: (503) 259-9130.
Support Local Crafters
The Tualatin Valley loves crafting so much that we have a whole school devoted to it! Enter, Oregon College of Art and Craft (OCAC). The school’s Hoffman Gallery and store showcases student and alumni bookmaking, ceramics, mixed media, fibers and wood pieces. After viewing and purchasing the stunning crafts, have lunch alongside the crafters and artists at nobleoni Cafe.
More craft goodness can be found at the Every Husband’s Nightmare Bazaar (April 20-25 at the Washington County Fair Complex; free admission). Find pillows made from salvaged fabric, upcycled furniture and so much more.
And just for fun, don’t forget about Oregon craft beer!