Craftcation 2023 Craft Workshops

more exciting CRAFT WORKSHOPS coming soon!

casual craft workshops
hands-on craft workshops


Using a modern, elegant sampler design adapted from one of the budgiegoods kits, this class will give students the skills to take their embroidery to the next level. More advanced stitches will allow students to fill in larger areas of their embroidery, create raised and woven design elements, and include interesting texture and complexity in their work. Stitches taught will include:  Chain stitch and variations, Couching stitch, Rosette stitch, Padded satin stitch, Fishbone stitch, Others as time allows.

advanced ice dye techniques

Do you already know how to ice dye and are interested in taking your practice further? This workshop will take you beyond the basics and into advanced techniques. We will focus on intentional pattern making, advanced color blending and ways to harness the power of ice dye for incredible results.

Astrology Workshop for Creatives: Using Patterns In Our Birth Charts To Set Our Creative Selves Up For Fulfillment

Join certified Astrologer, Marjorie Cottrell, as you learn how to use the patterns in your birth chart to set your creative self up for fulfillment. Whether you paint, write, cook, teach or innovate, this workshop applies to creatives of all kinds.

This class offers background on what a birth chart is, discusses how to approach the symbolism and then asks students to think about how they will proceed once they gain the insights of their personal birth chart. This workshop is for both new and seasoned students of astrology.

Each attendee will receive their own Sun, Moon + Rising Workbook created exclusively for this workshop (full of worksheets, journal prompts and resources) as well as a copy of their individual birth chart (if birthdate, time and location are provided in advance). This engaging workshop using the ancient wisdom of astrology is sure to leave you inspired!


Learn a simple beading technique to make a pair of stunning dangly fringe earrings. We’ll play with color and leave with finished swishy earrings! This class uses tiny beads, so bring your readers, magnifiers or personal craft lights if you think you may need them!

beginning embroidery

Using a modern, colorful sampler design adapted from one of the budgiegoods kits, this class will give students the skills to create five basic embroidery stitches. With these stitches, students should be able to complete the provided pattern and experiment with other patterns and kits, or embellish clothing, tea towels, and other fabric items. Stitches taught will include: back stitch, stem stitch, lazy daisy, french knot and satin stitch.


During this workshop we’ll cover the basics of block printing, including the different types of materials and their uses, designing a rubber printing block and considering positive and negative space, maximizing the material to minimize waste, printing and cleaning the block. Participants will create and print a project during this session.


The cyanotype process was one of the first non-silver technologies used to create photographic images. Originated in the 1840’s, it was not utilized in mainstream photography and was adopted as a copying technique, becoming known by the term “blueprint”, with its blue background reproductions of large architectural and mechanical drawings.

In this workshop you will learn the basics of the cyanotype process. By using the sun as our UV light source we will create cyanotypes on paper with botanicals and found objects.


Learn the basics of brick stitch beading while making a fun pair of flat woven earrings. We will talk about color and design choices and learn this great and versatile technique. The beads we are working with are small so you should bring your readers, magnifiers and personal craft lighting if needed.

brush lettering your way

with AMY TAN

Ever want to try your hand at lettering and modern brush script? Join Amy Tangerine as she takes you through the basics of hand lettering and brush calligraphy using watercolors. In this 2-hour class, you’ll learn how to gain confidence with Amy’s favorite water brush while creating and defining a style that’s all your own. We will go over lettering techniques for forming letters with tools that will help you find your lettering style. At the end of class, you’ll be able to create your own custom lettered print and a skill set that can be applied to future projects. With a little bit of practice and the tools and kit you’ll be given in class to take home, you’ll learn that lettering is therapeutic, fun and even a little addictive!


Natural raffia coils beautifully, transitioning organically from one color to another, creating a lightweight unique basket. Learn this wonderful basic basketweaving technique, while not worrying too much about counting or exactness. GREAT BEGINNER weaving class! Shape your basket however is desired from flat to a curved container. There are so many ways to play with using two colors in your basketry–this free-hand way is a great way to start!


Want to add a super personalized touch to notecards, wrapping paper and correspondence? Carve your own selfie stamp! During this workshop I’ll take you through each step of the process – from drawing or transferring your image onto the block, to carving and printing. No prior printmaking experience necessary – just some drawing skills and the desire to have a little fun while learning a new skill!*
Trade prints with new folks you meet for a memorable way to put a name to a face.


Use pliers to connect small aluminum links into a Celtic Visions Star pendant in your choice of colors. This project is a perfect introduction to the 3,000-year old craft of chainmaille – no prior experience necessary. Come discover how gratifying it can be to create durable and colorful metal jewelry!


Learn how to make a cozy knit pouf, using a chunky yarn and your hands (rather than knitting needles) to make the stitches. The finished pouf is around 12 inches in diameter and 8 inches tall, perfect for decorating your couch, reading nook, or a kids room. In addition to knitting the cover, you will learn how to make a liner bag and stuff your pouf, then assemble it all together. You will also take home some information on how to adjust the pattern to make larger poufs. You will love making your own soft, huggable pouf.


Come learn how to make your own all-natural household cleaning products with ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen. In this class, you will learn about which essential oils are right for cleaning different messes along with recipes for all purpose cleaning spray, wood polish, and soft scrub for tubs and sinks. You will get to make and take home a soft scrub and all-purpose cleaning spray!


Color theory is critical to creating art – and selling! In this watercolor based workshop, Tabitha will guide you through the color wheel. We’ll explore how to mix and tint colors while creating palettes and swatches that make sense for any project: fine art, illustration and design, or even fun! This workshop will teach participants how to best mix & create colors using physical pigments as well as how to use color to enhance, accentuate, and compliment areas of their work – applicable to even the digital field!


This workshop will begin by getting you into a relaxed and creative mindset by doing some seated yoga and meditation. We will then cut out inspirational messages, pretty photos, and colorful images from magazines. You will then combine these based on color and energy to create mini collages on index cards each with its own message. These will then be laminated to use as personal oracle cards. The workshop will end with a lesson on how to tune into your own intuition and use these in your daily life. Feel free to bring your own magazines.

Create your very own Luxurious Emulsified Sugar Scrub

We will be discussing what goes into making a great bath and body product and the science behind the process. In this class, I will walk you through how to choose ingredients, including how to customize the recipe with skin safe colorants and fragrances.  We will discuss how to properly preserve the scrub and why it is necessary. We will also touch on proper packaging, storage, and shelf life guidelines.

You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to makes your very own body polishes right at home, that are incredibly moisturizing and will leave your skin feeling velvety soft!

creative travel journaling

Tired of spending thousands of dollars on trips and new experiences, only to not remember the details of your trips and experiences? Well come and hang with Angie of bobo design studio as she walks through her Creative Travel Journaling workshop. She will show you all the tips and trips to document your most memorable moments, walkthrough how to set up your journal layouts, show some favorite tools and stationery goodies to level up your journal pages, all the while teaching you fun doodle and lettering hacks that will make you say “OMG I DID THAT?!”

If you also have a passion for nachos, I am happy to spend any remaining time going over my Ted Talk on the joy of nachos.



What better way to test your creative skills and knowledge than in friendly competition with a drink in hand! Get to know your fellow crafters, artists, hand-made business owners, and crafty geeks at this fun and casual creative mixer. We’ll be getting down to some funky music, there will be trivia, and we’ll be making art through group challenges, games, and activities. No art experience required – bring your imagination, your business card, and let’s pre-party to start off an amazing weekend at Craftcation!

eye glass leash (make & take)

This will be a make and take 30 minute craft. I will teach a Half Square Knot spiral to embellish a eye glass leash. This can be used to conveniently wear your sunglasses or seeing eye glasses.


Get ready to create an awesome themed succulent terrarium in this workshop! We’ll walk through the steps to creating a successful terrarium, go through plant care and cover how to set this fun group project up back home for your friends or customers.


Curious about printmaking with a gelli plate? Learn all about using a Gelli Plate to make monoprints in this hands-on workshop.

In this class, I’m going to teach you the basics of gelli printing with acrylic paints. We will experiment with techniques such as using stencils and found objects, mixing gradients, layering, pulling prints and image transfers. You’ll learn how to take your own ideas and inspirations and translate them to printmaking with the gelli plate.


Level up your home decor with a beautiful hand lettered chalkboard! Basic tools, no experience, and some elbow grease can help you. Have you always wanted to create one of the internet-famous chalkboards with beautiful lettering and design elements for your home or studio, but just don’t know where to begin? Join Natalie of NatterDoodle to create your own chalkboard fit for Pinterest glory! In this workshop, you’ll learn how to create a hand-lettered design on a framed chalkboard. Create your own unique phrase, or use one of Natalie’s trustworthy templates. We’ll go over techniques and tools, and then cover our hands and hearts in chalk to create a board that’s ready to hang!


Whether you are a beginner who has never tried knitting, or an experienced knitter who wants to try a chunky knit project, you will love making this scarf. Learn to create a cozy knit scarf, which you can also seam together to create a loop cowl. With giant needles and only a few stitches per row, you will be done before you know it!

The finished scarf is approximately 6 inches wide and 44 inches long, and it does stretch. You can also choose to make it 1 stitch narrower, which makes it longer (more like 5×50+ inches).


Turn colorful pieces of scrap leather into one of kinda wearable works of art! Host Jennifer Perkins will be your guide for this fun and easy make and take where you will paint, cut and layer leather. Most folks make a pair of earrings (or 2) but either way plan to walk away with your new favorite accessory.


Creativity can be an act of self-care! Hand lettering is not only a popular art form and hobby, but also has incredible benefits to your personal wellness. Studies have shown that mindful creative practices like hand lettering can produce the same effects as meditation! No prior experience is required to take part in this in this calming and creative self-care exercise. Together, we’ll learn a few hand lettering practices and hacks to cut down on stress, make concentrated time for self-care, and practice lettering gratitude affirmations.

Lunar Creativity & Clay Wall Hanging

Discover how the phases of the moon can help tap into your deepest creative self. In this workshop, you will learn about the energy associated with the phases of the moon and how you can use each phase to reach creative goals. Then you’ll craft a modern lunar wall hanging reflecting what you learned. This polymer clay sculpture will look great above your alter or in your meditation room. You can choose to make it large or small scale.

Macramé Plant Hanger

In this macramé workshop I will teach some fundamental knots. The Larks Head Knot (LHK). Half Square Knot (HSK). Square Knot (SK). These knots will be incorporated into making a beginner friendly Macramé Plant Hanger. Students will leave with a completed project ready to add their own plant and pot. This workshop is beginner friendly. It’s an opportunity to gather together and learn a new creative craft.


Learn 3 knots: larks head, square knot, double half hitch knot.

Make your own very customizable Super Light Moisturizing Lotion with Magnesium

With cocoa butter for moisturizing, magnesium chloride, an essential supplement, and soothing oat milk infused water, your skin is moisturized and hydrated without leaving behind any sticky residue.

In this class, I will demonstrate how to properly sterilize equipment for homemade lotion making as well as demonstrating the correct procedure for combining oil with water. This lotion is simple, versatile and cost effective. We will discuss different ingredients and their benefits and uses.

Enjoy a pampering spa experience without leaving your home. Making your own lotion is incredibly easy, and I will walk you through the whole process. You can customize your very own lotion in this class for you to take home. This easy formula can be whipped up in no time!

mixed media collage

with AMY TAN

Come join multi-passionate maker Amy Tangerine and create a mini masterpiece using different mediums to create a beautiful work of art. Explore different techniques with a variety of materials including alcohol inks and Gelatos to create a whimsical expression while enjoying the process.

Möbius Ball Zipper Pull Decoration (Make and Take)

Pick your colors and create a cute little knot of intertwined metal rings. You’ll attach this knot (known as a chainmaille Möbius Ball) onto a lanyard hook so you can deck out your badge, your purse, or any other zipper you’d like!

Mood Enhancing Botanical Bath Salts + Soaks

Mix up your very own botanical bath salt blend using a variety of herbs, salts, and essential oils. We’ll go over the various properties of each ingredient and some basic aromatherapy info so you can blend something specific for your own skin type and whatever mood you want to create. You’ll walk away with with two customized bath salts along with ingredient info and additional recipe ideas!


Make a beautiful, rustic bowls with simple stitching—just a needle and yarn, rope and your own two hands. You’ll love how quickly and beautifully this basket bowl gets worked up with 6mm Jute Rope. Learn a new basketweaving stitch that allows for straight stitching across one layer of coiled rope. We love it!


Tabitha grew up in a ceramics studio environment, but that’s not where her love of the kitchy craft ended. While owning her own art studio, she has furthered her knowledge and love of this craft, while walking her customers through the painting process on thousands of ceramic pieces! Tabitha is ready to teach you valuable and fun tips and tricks for painting your own ceramics too! In this laid back workshop, you’ll learn basic best practices for pottery painting, as well as methods to create depth and detail, various topcoats and finishing techniques, all while helping you incorporate your personal style into your piece!


In this class we will let your artsy craftsy freak flag fly as we paint our own gaggle of weirdos! Each student will walk away with a small canvas, bingo card and 2 pieces of cardboard art. Call yourself a crafter, but dare not use the term artist? This is the workshop for you! We will bust through that fear one wacky portrait at a time.

pattern hacking

In this class we will explore hacking existing sewing patterns to create designs of our own. No sewing skills required, but working knowledge of sewing patterns is a plus. Using paper, we will discuss how to translate design ideas into working pattern pieces. Please note: this class will not cover fitting adjustments, only aesthetic adjustments.

polymer statement earrings

Make the statement earrings of your dreams with polymer clay. Pick your color palette and lovingly smoosh your clay together and for an extra pop add texture. If you love all things colorful this is for you!


Learn to take any portrait and turn it into pop art! In this class, we will import a photo to Procreate, then use different brushes, layers, and effects to create a pop art style portrait ala Roy Lichtenstein or Andy Warhol. For this class you will need a tablet with Procreate or another drawing program, and a stylus/Apple pencil/etc. Images will be available for use, and we will discuss how to source them online, but you are also free to bring your own (shoulders and up portrait), or simply take a selfie in class! We will also cover basics about digital files and printing, so you can print and display your work of art. Class is beginner-friendly, but you should at least be familiar with how to use a tablet.


Join Alyson Toone-Aguilar for a workshop to create gift wrap from fabric. You will learn how to create a repeating stencil design that you will use to print your fabric. Once your fabric is printed you will learn how to wrap your gifts with your gorgeous reusable wrap. Who knew going green would be so fun and so good-looking? 


A roller stamp is a textured cylinder which is covered in ink and rolled over fabric, creating an all-over pattern. It is one of the easiest ways to print large areas of fabric! In this workshop you will create your own rotary stamp and print a set of four cloth napkins. This technique also works great for wrapping paper!

SCREENPRINTING (make & take)

Join us for a screenprinting make and take where you’ll use screens with Craftcation-themed images to print!


Don’t you wish you could stop feeling anxious and just make art? That it didn’t have to be so freakin’ perfect? Or that you could stop feeling afraid to fail? You’re in the right place. This mixed media workshop is where art + soul care meet, like a spa for your creative soul.   Join Shay as you create in a colorful textured way to express yourself in an art journaling spread. You’ll choose from some fun bits and pieces, paint, collage, and stamps to create art from your heart. By the end, you’ll have an art journal spread full of washy color, textured collage, and encouraging words that remind you creativity is your friend in life. So, come to class, let’s hang out together, and leave feeling refreshed.


Plain wooden craft store beads get a new lease on life in this fun come and go event. Host Jennifer Perkins will be busting out the paint, embroidery floss and wood burning tools to guide you through creating a one of kind necklace you can go home with. Not to mention a noggin full of craftspiration for when you get home.

statement macrame necklace

Learn to make a fun statement necklace using braided cotton cord. You will use a basic figure eight macramé knot and finish your necklace by wrapping the ends with embroidery floss.


Using stencils and paint you can create your very own Craftcation souvenir. Finish it off with some basic stitching and display it with your very best crafty pride!

SVG Creator Workshop: Learn to Design, Vectorize, and Print your own SVG Cut Files

For vinyl crafters across the board, collecting new SVG files is a common frustration. If you’ve ever spent hours scouring Etsy or Cricut Design Space in search of a new project to make, this workshop is for you. Together, we will learn to make our own, custom SVG cut files using tools like Canva, Procreate, and Inkscape, and ultimately bring a design to life in class cutting it out using the StarCraft Solo and creating a wrapped tumbler design. Stop paying for SVGs every time you want to make a new project and let your creativity break free! After taking this workshop, you’ll be able to say: “If I can draw it, I can make it.”

turning your art into jewelry

Did you know you can wear your own art? True story! In this workshop we will all create one of a kind mini masterpieces to be turned into wearable works of art. Instructor Jennifer Perkins has had her jewelry designs featured in Elle Accessories, The New York Times, Seventeen and more. Join her on this kitschtastic jewelry journey. Each student will leave with a statement necklace and oodles of inspiration to keep them going when they get home. Subtle accessory lovers need not apply.

uv resin

In this class you will explore UV Resin while creating small jewelry pieces with molds and bezels. This product cures within 60 seconds using a UV lamp. Instructor Kelly Affleck of Tomato Tomato Creative provides a buffet of supplies that will have your creative energy soaring! You will leave this class with several finished jewelry places.


with AMY TAN

Details TBD

visual journaling

In this class artist Dawline-Jane Oni-Eseleh will lead you through some basic prompts to stimulate creativity in documenting everyday events when words fail. Some comfort with drawing, doodling or sketching is recommended, however, emphasis is placed more on letting ideas flow and less on creating “perfect” pictures. Come prepared with paper to draw on, sketching, drawing and coloring tools of your choosing and any visual references you may need.

watercolor meditation


Take some time for a little rest and relaxation…and meditation at Craftcation! If you are in need of something a little slower paced but still creative and re-energizing, join us as we use watercolor to flow through a simple meditative practice in a colorful way! No watercolor experience necessary – be open to create and PLAY! Chairs will be available and if more comfortable seating is preferred, you are welcome to bring a yoga mat and/or towel.

weaving basics

In this class, you’ll learn the basics of weaving and leave with your own gorgeous modern mini sampler. The workshop will cover creating your loom, warping, 3 weaving techniques plus variations and how to start and finish your weaving. There will be lots of options to customize your piece. 

wire wrapped heart pendant

Learn how to make your own wire wrapped heart pendant in this artisan level masterclass. Join our artisan, Sandra Dotson from Entangled Co, in this 2hr class and walk away with your own unique pendant. In these two hours you will learn more about wire as a material for jewelry making, weaving patterns, swirls, loops, and finishing techniques as well as required tools. You will learn how to weave wires together into a beautiful heart.

This class is designed for advanced beginners, you should have some general crafting experience and be comfortable around tools like pliers. There is no requirement to have any wire weaving experience. Seasoned jewelry makers will enjoy learning new techniques and tricks as well.

dyeing workshops

advanced ice dye techniques




Learn to use fiber reactive dyes using shibori techniques with Alyson from Make It Work. Shibori is the traditional Japanese art of surface design using resistance from wrapping, sewing, and folding. The negative space created by the resist technique creates unexpected patterns. Tie-dye is a close relative to shibori, which can be very intricate.


In this class we will use different techniques to “dye” items with Dye-Na-Flow. Dye-Na-Flow is a concentrated fabric paint that acts like dye. This is a simple yet effective way to create gorgeous wearable (or usable) art! 


Are you ready to play? To experiment? This workshop is all about trying something and seeing what happens. You will watch the reaction when tannin and iron meet, and over time it will change again. You will see some samples and be given the tools to create your own work of art.







Surface Design and Mark Making with thickened dye

In this class we will use a variety of methods to create marks on fabric. Using thickened fiber reactive dye with everyday objects, wood blocks and other tools we will explore line, pattern and composition. First, we will practice on cotton fabric to see what interesting designs we can create. Then you’ll use what you learned to design your own unique… tea towel? bandana? This is a great technique to learn for upcycling clothing or creating your own unique fabric pattern.

sewing workshops

Bust that Scrap!

What to do with all those scraps and fiddly bits. Any sewist knows the feeling of having little bits and pieces of scraps that are too small to do anything with but you feel bad just making a bunch of trash. Let’s put those scraps to work too. A quick project to make a pouf or pillow that can be stuffed with scraps! And bonus you might even decide to make them decorative and giftable or donate-able to bust that scrap!


In this workshop attendees will learn to sew a caftan that’s perfect for the beach. The caftan is a great wardrobe staple and serves as a coverup. Using bold prints attendees will learn to sew this caftan and make a statement.

Channel your inner (Pawnee) Goddess: Make your own vest

You are a goddess, so let us hear your womanly roar *figuratively* by making your very own Pawnee Goddess inspired vest! 

In this class you’ll up your sewing skills by learning how to sew darts, finishing up your armholes with bias binding, sew narrow hems, and how to attach a decorative trim to the border of your apron. Patches won’t be included, but I can refer you to a link to purchase separately so you can complete your vest.


In this class we will learn to make simple appliqué designs using colouring book pages as our inspiration. We will learn how to pick apart a pattern and put it back together, using tracing and free-motion quilting techniques.

Craftcation Plushie + Reusable Snack Bag Sewing Lab

Cut and sew your very own Craftcation-themed plushie! This is a perfect workshop for beginner sewists, or folks who want a 3D reminder of their time at Craftcation. Holly will walk you through all the steps to cutting, sewing, stuffing, and finishing your very own plushie to take home and put in your creative space.

Plushies are exclusive designs for Craftcation 2023 and include designs by Holly Marsh and [maaaaybe] Nicole Stevenson.

make your own vendor apron

In this class you’ll learn how to make your own pattern for a vendor apron that you can use for all your Craft Fairs and vendor shows! This is perfect for beginners since it uses straight lines and simple shapes to create an apron that will help you keep cash, credit card processors, and other tools of the trade close at hand while vending.


This class will cover the basics of quilting to make a 10×10″ pot holder. Students will have two patterns to choose from and will learn how to piece a quilt top, machine-quilt it together, and attach and finish a binding by machine.

sew your first bralette

Ready to take your handmade wardrobe to the next level by learning to sew your own lingerie? In this workshop, you’ll learn the lingerie-making basics needed to make your own bralette, from how to take your measurements, sewing with knit fabric, finishing with two different kinds of elastics and making adjustable straps. Once you start making your own custom lingerie, you’ll never want to wear store-bought again! Basic familiarity with sewing on a sewing machine required.


Take your handmade wardrobe to the next level by sewing your own underwear! This class will take you through the basics of lingerie sewing, including sewing with elastic and the burrito construction method for making underwear with a clean finish. The skills learned in this class are a great starting place for more advanced lingerie sewing! Works well to take along with Sew Your First Bralette. Basic familiarity with sewing on a sewing machine required.

sewing 101 and zipper pouch

Has it been a while since you’ve sewn anything or are you a complete beginner? In Sewing 101 you will learn how to read a pattern, cut on grain and why seam allowance is necessary. Plus you get to make a cute little bag to keep your trinkets! This class is ideal for the baby-new-fresh beginner and those who haven’t sewn in a long time.

sewing lab

Join us for some extra studio time to finish projects from your Craftcation sewing classes.

sunhat fashion funhat!

In this class attendees will make a fashionable sunhat. This is a one size fits all hat. Participants will learn to sew a wide brim sunhat that is sure to make a statement.

T&A: Flat-pattern adjustments for fit and design

T&A means TEST and ADJUST. Minds out of the gutter, friends! LOL!

This class is best for intermediate sewists who want to work on fitting patterns to themselves, or hacking patterns for design, before cutting any fabric. We will work with miniature paper pattern models and practice actually making our adjustments on the pattern. We will walk away knowing: How to spot the need for some of the most common pattern adjustments, How to create some common and trendy design elements, How to manipulate our paper patterns to make the fit or design adjustments we want. We will also make our own reference notebook for our use after class and at home, showing the adjustments we made, and how we did it!


In this session, join Marisa Lynch on an offsite thrifting excursion to some of Downtown Ventura’s most beloved thrift stores! Marisa has been thrifting for years for her blog and book, New Dress A Day, and her upcycled pieces have been featured in Bust, Altered Couture, and on some of your favorite daytime TV talk shows!

We’ll scour racks for vintage wares and bring them back to salvage and upcycle into brand new pieces for your wardrobe! The sewing sessions will be chock full of ideation around what to make and everyone will have a blast crowdsourcing ideas from other attendees! The session will filled with time to remove lace trim, add appliques to the back of jackets, or turn a quilt into a jacket!

All levels are welcome as sewing machines, seam rippers, and fabric glue can and will be utilized!


In this fun class participants will learn how to sew a zippered clutch. Each participant will learn how to to sew with a zipper foot, use lining and create a statement clutch with fun fabric and prints.