Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s a vintage heater turned into a lamp or luggage repurposed into side tables, there’s nothing quite like the feeling you get after building something yourself. That’s why it’s so great to know that if you go looking in any city you can find a nice, little DIY shop that might just have everything you need.
This week, we’re exploring a few DIY Shops in Philadelphia. If you’re a native or just visiting the area, these are the go-to shops for your DIY needs in Philly.
The Art Dept.
Created by two high school friends The Art Dept. in Philadelphia is the product of pals who spent their formative years together in the art department. Photographer Emily Carris and Textile Designer Kitt Fraser both have years of experience in their respective fields. You can join their mailing list to find out what and when the next workshop is or follow their Instagram feed for plenty of inspiration!
Michael Vogel had been searching for a quality wood shop in the area for years. In 2011 he decided to do something about it and founded Philadelphia Woodworks. Now all of Philadelphia can learn the intricacies of wood working. Classes for kids and adults alike will have you building beautiful crafted boxes or maybe an Adirondack chair just like the pros.
If you’re looking for a group of like-minded creators then head to Handmade Philly that aims to encourage and provide artists with the supplies that they need. A collective built on the foundation of sharing supplies and organizing to grow together—it doesn’t matter if you’re a full-time sculptor or just dusting off your paint set, you can apply to be part of the group. You must be an active member though by attending meetings and generally helping spread the word of upcoming events and work. Go on and make some new friends who can add some positive reassurance to your art skills.
Handmade Philly meets in all sorts of locations as a collective.
This sewing studio and fabric boutique has a collection of curated designer fabrics, sewing notions, and a array of crafting materials. Handcraft Workshop boasts classes for both children and adults in sewing and other hand crafts. Along with classes for newbies, beginners, intermediate, and advanced sewers, the storefront also offers sew-by-the-hour and open sewing options so you can just get some work done in one of their two sewing studios.