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The DIY craze has everyone and their mothers attempting domestic design pursuits—most of which lead to tragic ends. Here to lend some expert guidance is Creative Bug, a Bay Area-based hub for video tutorials that virtually guarantee success, from pom pom garlands to screenprinting. We asked founder Kelly Wilkinson for a fool-proof project to brighten up your holiday table: Try your hand at dip-dyed napkins for a saturated pop of color at your next soiree.
This year, skip the flowers and box chocolates and, instead, step it up with a thoughtful gift that's perfect for her. We pulled from SF's best and found hip, fun Valentine's Day gifts for every personality.
If you love craft beer and have ever thought about trying your hand at homebrewing, there has never been a better place or time to get started than right here and now. There are great local DIY courses and other resources to help you brew your first batch and Beer West Magazine awarded San Francisco the title of "Best Beer City" this year in large part because of the "distinct energy surrounding the craft beer scene and the cohesive way it’s represented throughout the city.” Simply put: people here have beer skills.
New Classes at Workshop SF: Sewing Handbags, Altering Jeans, Beauty School Rebel, Screen Printing, DIY Feather Jewelry + More
If you've never been, you can think of Workshop SF as a DIY/design lover's Chuck E. Cheese academy. The Etsy-meets-rock-n-roll lab is quietly nestled in Western Addition, and is fueled with the creative innovation of founder, Kelly Malone (SF's DIY do-gooder). The space is the perfect learning environment for all levels of hands-on DIYers, and the hip roster of workshops offer everything but your mom's home-ec class.
This August, Workshop is focusing on fun, stylish classes like the Blue Jean Rehab and Makeup Mastery: Smokey Eyes + Nude Lips. Every class is under $60 (most are $40), and they are conveniently held on evenings and weekends. Anyone can get in on the maker movement, just start with these awesome classes.
On December 18-19, over 200 of the nation’s finest indie-craft talents set up shop in the Concourse Pavilion to serve the Bay Area's holiday shopping needs with a free craft, art, design and DIY spectacular! Eager shoppers found all sorts of incredible handmade goods—everything from jewelry and clothing, ceramics and stationery, bath products and posters, housewares and comics, plush objects and more—plus eased the holiday stress with sips of ice-cold Magners Cider!
Photos: Riley Manlapaz
Life's a Stitch
Self-taught sewing skills just so-so? The gals at Craft Haven in Potrero Hill offer a three-part learn-the-basics package called “The Works” that turns your butterfingers into instruments of needle-and-thread wizardry. Dates ongoing, 520 Hampshire St., crafthaven.org
Decorate your old hardcovers 18th century-style with paste papers. The SF Center for the Book teaches this glorified finger-painting technique using pattern-inducing materials such as Bubble Wrap, plant leaves and sponges. June 26, 300 DeHaro St., 415-565-0545, sfcb.org
If you've never been to YBCA's Big Idea Night, now's about time. If the last shindig is any indication (it drew 2,500 people!), this is one hot night you don't want to miss. So, clear your schedule for this Saturday's FREE party, where you'll have hands-on interaction with the oh-so-popular DIY culture of homemade, homespun goodness.
In 2007 Kelly Malone had an enviable job as a stylist for Victoria’s Secret and was in New York City when she received a fateful phone call from her San Francisco doctor. “He told me I had ovarian cancer,” says the Philly native, who moved to SF in 2005 to work as a visual merchandiser for Gap, Inc. The then-33-year-old promptly quit VS and underwent chemotherapy. “I didn’t want to sit at home and feel sorry for myself, so I threw a party in my backyard for all my friends to sell their handmade crafts.”
Shopping in Union Square may be convenient, but these days, it's all about unique, handcrafted goods. Digging through Etsy can be overwhelming, but the FREE Renegade Craft Fair will make your treasure hunt a little easier by bringing 200 crafters, artists, designers, and more to the Fort Mason Center this weekend, July 18 & 19 (11a - 7p).