Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.~ T. Merton
Welcome to our community Crafting Cooperative! Are you looking to participate in a group that values the wonder found in exploring your creative side as a parent, caregiver, or early childhood educator?
The goal of our crafting cooperative is to:
• bring joy in gathering community
• learn a new craft and take home a completed item to share with our children
• work with beautiful materials
• foster a sense of artistic adventure
• connect with nature
This year we will be offering four seasonal workshops:
Fall – September 1st through November 30th
Winter – December 1st through February 28th
Spring – March 1st through May 31st
Summer – June 1st through August 31st
We hold the intention of our workshops to be a time of teaching, mentorship, and friendship. As such, these are adults-only unless otherwise noted. Participants are required to register online.
VOLUNTEER TO HOST
We know there is a wealth of creativity and culture among our friends and families. We want to be inspired by your talent! Please consider hosting one of our seasonal workshops. If you are interested in hosting, please contact Erica Wittgow, Crafting Coordinator.
To view our extended information sheet for hosts, click here.
Beeswax Candle Making Craft
DATE: Wednesday, March 28th, 2018
LOCATION: Little Spruce, Maple Valley, WA.
Lighting candles for a particular purpose or intention is a worldwide practice, across diverse beliefs and all walks of life. Lit candles can help bring light to our wishes, help us focus our thoughts, and invite reflection. Children often see candles in connection to memorable events: birthdays, special meals, places of worship. Come and create a unique candle with your child to use this spring with purpose and intention.
Experimenting with Mushroom Pigments
DATE: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017
LOCATION: Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Maple Valley, WA.
FEE: $10.00 Donation accepted at the door (includes silk scarf, light snack and hot tea)
Did you know that you can forage for wild mushrooms and use them to dye fibers like wool and silk? Come and explore this beautiful craft with Erin Pothier. We will meet in the greenhouse at Lake Wilderness Arboretum for an evening of learning and good company! Each participant will take home a silk scarf hand dyed with mushroom pigment.
Mentor: Erin Pothier
DATE: Saturday, July 22nd, 2017
LOCATION: Lake Sawyer Park, Black Diamond, WA.
FEE: $75.00 (includes drum kit materials and light, organic snacks)
Perfect to keep as your own or gift to a child!
We’ll each create a 12″ hand drum in the native tradition – preparation of the hoop, pulling of the hide, and a walk in the woods to choose your own mallet stick. We’ll learn about the four directions and nature’s cycle, as well as how to call on our own intuitions and gifts through drumming, song, and guided meditation. All kit materials are locally and ethically sourced.
Mentors: Sarah Schumacher and Alli Kinnear of Voice of Her Own (http://voiceofherown.com/)
Flower Seed Balls
DATE: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
LOCATION: Maple Valley Community Center, 22010 SE 248th St
FEE: FREE; however, there is a small fee of $3 to enter Toddler Time
Bring your little ones to get their hands messy as we make flower Seed Balls together.
Seed Balls are little spheres of life for your garden. We will use clay and compost to act as a carrier for your flower seed. The seed is ‘pre-planted’ and can be sown by dropping the seed ball directly on top of the soil. It’s an easy way to add some charm and beauty to the outdoor space around you!
Lather, Rinse, Repeat – Felted Soaps
DATE: Saturday, March 11th, 2017
LOCATION: Little Sparrows School at Lake Wilderness Arboretum, Maple Valley, WA.
FEE: $14.00, includes all supplies
Before loofahs and shower poufs there was felted soap. Felted soaps are soap and a washcloth all in one! Enhance your cleaning experience with wool that is naturally antimicrobial, gently exfoliating, and lathers up deliciously so you don’t end up using as much soap per wash. We’ll be using locally made natural handcrafted cold pressed soaps, 100% wool roving, and a little elbow grease. Light snacks and drinks will be available.
My Little Wooden Peg Family
DATE: November 7th, 2016
TIME: 6:30-8:30 PM
LOCATION: Sleeping Owl Farm, Maple Valley, WA.
FEE: $14.00, includes all supplies and a take home bag
We’ll create a family of wooden dolls for you to use for storytelling with your young child or for him/her to use in open-ended play at home or on the go. We’ll be using milled wooden pegs, pigment paints, nature objects, and a finish made from organic beeswax and coconut oil. Light appetizers and drinks will be available.