Here at Krrb we love doing it ourselves. Whether it’s retro lockers turned into a bench or a hair dryer repurposed into a lamp, 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 the Pacific Northwest capital of makers—Portland. If you’re a native or just in the area for a visit, these are the go-to shops for your crafting needs.
When you want to have a jolt of creative inspiration, it’s often easiest to turn to like-minded individuals for ideas and support. That’s the thought behind ADX, a collaborative creative shop filled with tools and workspace that are open to any member. Pros and rookies can come together to explore pretty much any creative effort they’re looking to try: bring ideas to life at the wood shop, metal shop and design studio, or take classes to hone a particular skill. If you’re looking for a community of creatives to inspire you, head to ADX.
ADX is located at 417 SE 11th Avenue Portland, OR 97214.
Looking to kick-start your knowledge of sewing? Take a class at Klum House, where the basics of sewing are taught in welcoming and collaborative environments. Their unique “Make It Or Buy It” workshops give you the chance to buy products identical to what you see in their online shop (for the same cost), but let you have the experience making it yourself. Taught by a range of skilled artisans, the workshop provides all the materials you’ll need to make beautiful necessities: backpacks, market bags and more. Sew cool, right?
Klum House is located at 6006 N Oberlin St Portland, OR.
Nothing goes better together than wintertime and a nice knitting session. Haul your needles over to Happy Knits, where you can find all the supplies you’ll need in a cozy environment (we’re talking fireplace level of coziness). You can choose to work on personal projects onsite, where the staff is always available to assist, or take a specific class. Browse through their selection of naturally-dyed yarns and artisan goods before your next power-knitting session, and get ready to get crafty.
Happy Knits is located at 1620 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR.
The Craft Factory
We didn’t forget about the kiddos: The Craft Factory offers the unique chance for children to create original crafts from repurposed materials. You start with a craft base (like a wooden bird house) and can use any embellishments you’d like to make it solely your own. Scrap fabric, old computer parts and recycled board game pieces that have been donated are now the perfect accents for your kids to play around with. Either drop in or plan a party, there’s no wrong way to get creative.
The Craft Factory is located at 7832 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
Just like with Klum House, Modern Domestic celebrates the art of sewing with plenty of community-focused spirit. The spacious workshop is stocked with carefully selected fabrics and top of the line sewing equipment. You’ll find a range of educational preferences: improve your skills in a class, or rent out studio time to work on a personal project (they even offer small group and private lessons as a kind of hybrid option). From beautifully complex quilts to a doll-making class for children, check out Modern Domestic to find a sewing project perfectly tailored for you.
Modern Domestic is located at 1408 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211
We hope you’ve been inspired to check out some of these great DIY spots! Where do you go to get crafty in Portland? Let us know in the comments!