Spring sunshine has brought the crafters out of the woodwork (not to mention the woodshop, the attic and the den). The crafty at heart have many truly special events to choose from over the next few months.
The gals at Portland’s Crafty Wonderland will open the season with the “Super Colossal Spring Sale” on May 7 at the Oregon Convention Center. Owners Torie Nguyen and Cathy Pitters say more than 200 northwest artists will be on hand and selling a range of wares, from book purses by Mugwump and appliqué clothing and house wares by Anna Joyce Design, to the whimsical magnets and “indy pennants” from Bishop Art (you have to say it out loud to get the joke).
“It’s an amazing and inspiring mix of handmade things,” said Nguyen.
The free, kid-friendly event will have a DIY section where you can work on different projects throughout the day. Don’t miss the book signing with Heidi Kenney, author of Every Day’s a Holiday: Year-Round Crafting with Kids. Check off your gift list and support local artists.
On July 9, the entire town of Sisters turns into a stage for the 36th annual Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.
“It’s the largest outdoor quilt show in the world put on by the smallest town you can imagine,” said Ann Richardson, show executive director.
More than 400 exhibitors from around the world will display 1,300 quilts all over town — on buildings, fences and walls within an 8-block by 3-block radius. This year exhibitors are coming from as far away as Japan, Australia and Hawaii as well as 31 states. Classes, lectures and smaller shows will take place the week before the event. And for the first time organizers have planned a special tour called “Save it For Sunday” on July 10.
If you’re still itching for crafting by the end of the summer, check out the textile exhibit at the Oregon State Fair, which begins on Aug. 26 and runs through Sept. 5. Neva Hutchinson, who coordinates the quilt show, expects about 200 Oregonian quilters to compete for ribbons, prizes and bragging rights.
Other upcoming events include “Exploring Fiber Horizons” from the Association of Northwest Weavers from May 30 to June 5 in Salem; the Sisters Bead Stampede on Aug. 13; the Gold Beach Festival of Quilts on Sept. 17 and 18; and the 15th annual Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby Sept. 24-25. The Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland can be visited year round, Tuesday through Saturday, and the Crafty Wonderland Popup Store is open seven days a week.
About the Author: Eileen Garvin
Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.