Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s a vintage TV turned into a bar or a dresser repurposed into coasters, 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 of our favorite DIY shops in Seattle. If you’re a native or just in the area for a visit, these are the go-to shops for your crafting needs.
“The only reason you haven’t been here is because you didn’t know about it.” Who are we to doubt shining Yelp reviews? Since 2009, Metrix Create:Space has been a mecca for Seattle residents looking to experiment with prototyping technologies. The lab offers access to a wide variety of machinery for creative endeavors, from laser cutting and 3D-printing to industrial-strength textile machines for sewing. And if you’re a novice looking to discover a new skill, they also host workshops in subjects such as electronics, programming, textile and 3D-design.
Metrix Create:Space is located at 623 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102.
Missing the days of science class? Dying to perform some legitimate experiments? Grab your lab coats and head over to HiveBio, a non-profit organization of “DIYbio” engineers, who work to make biological engineering more accessible to the public. Though the collective of scientists perform research of their own, they also offer a ton of fascinating lectures and workshops you can attend. Learn about and brew your own bottles of essential oils, discuss the origins of bacteria, perform dissections on bees, or try the mysteriously-cool-sounding “candy electrophoresis” class.
HiveBio is located at 4000 NE 41st St, Seattle, WA 98105.
You know a place is dedicated to the art of crafting when even the tiniest thread is hand-picked by a selective buyer! Stitches is a retail store and craft studio hybrid where DIY-ers of all kinds can find common ground. Stop by and stock up on high-quality supplies like silk, or jump into the world of crafting with classes in sewing, knitting, embroidery and felting. The classes build in difficulty, and dedicated members can end up with a ton of handmade items and new skills.
Stitches is located at 711 East Pike Street, Seattle, WA 98122.
As you can tell by the photo, there’s a very good chance Beadworld has the diverse DIY selection you’re looking for. After you’ve stocked up on supplies, try one of Beadworld’s diverse classes: weaving, clay and resin bead making, metalsmithing and more. Kids want to join in on the fun? Let them skip the sharp metals and try out some basic macrame or bracelet making, each for only $20. Crafting aside, the company also tries to maintain almost exclusively American-made product, so you can feel good about helping the economy with your latest DIY venture.
Beadworld is located at 9524 Roosevelt Way, Seattle, WA 98115.
Emerald City Fired Arts
It should be an established rule that when you want to make something cooler, add fire. Emerald City Fired Arts offers a wide variety of clay vessels, ready for you to add your artistic touch to. For an average price of about $18, you get the blank pottery (a painted teapot I saw was particularly impressive) and all the supplies and studio time you’ll need to complete it. Kids can stop by and participate in a workshop, and homeschooled children have the opportunity to attend recurring after-school programs. And for the adults, a DIY wine and craft party or work event doesn’t sound like a bad idea…
Emerald City Fired Arts is located at 3333 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144.
We hope you’re inspired to explore Seattle and get crafty! If you have any other local spots you recommend, let us know in the comments!