If you have ever watched NBC’s crafting competition show, “Making It” and thought you could never do that, then you’re wrong. At least that’s what Kiya Schnorr says. She’s one of the teachers at The Works Seattle — a DIY school for adults that provides the tools and expert know-how to learn something new and leave with something worth treasuring.
During a recent mini wreath-making class, Schnorr said she’s never seen a creation go sideways. “People always ask me, ‘You mean you’ve never seen any ugly wreaths?’ and I say, ‘No, I haven’t.'”
Granted, Schnorr did say that working with imperfect supplies found from nature are more forgiving than other craft materials, but in her eyes, every wreath that leaves the shop is a work of art.
Kiya Schnorr showing off her wreath-making skills.
Other teachers, like Robin, echo the same sentiment. Robin teaches the basics of block printing greeting cards and when participants find mistakes in their finished prints, she is quick to point out the flaws found in some of the shop’s display items and tell participants how she prefers to see a few “mistakes” here and there instead of a perfect greeting card found at a card shop. It’s all part of the crafting experience.
All of the teachers at The Works offer clear guidance on how to create the task at hand without micromanaging participants. And it only takes a few minutes to see how dedicated they are to empowering others because they believe that art and fellowship not only go hand in hand, but it is this communal experience that is important.
Robin in explaining the process of block-printing holiday cards.
Kellie Phelan founded The Works and set up shop about three years ago. She told the SeattlePI that during the early days she taught classes on pickling and knitting. Phelan is a lot busier now, but she still manages to find time to teach her specialties from time to time. Today, the shop offers a larger variety of classes with a solid staff of creative folks teaching culinary tricks, flower arranging how-tos, and crafts.
“I’ve had people say, ‘I feel like I just stepped into Pinterest,'” says Phelan. And she’s not wrong. Unlike a cluttered arts and crafts business, The Works is a light, bright, and welcoming space where the sky is the limit for creativity.
The DIY school is a female-owned and operated business and not surprisingly, most of the clientele is too. Even so, most men will feel comfortable here. The place is meant to serve as a creative outlet for adults, but children are not forbidden. In fact, Phelan says everyone is always welcome, no exceptions.
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