The nation’s capital is home to a number of undiscovered community craft shops where you can find unique art supplies, take classes or even learn a new trade. Let your hair down and enjoy leisure time in local family-friendly environments filled with inspiring minds and equally impressive talent. Join forces with those who share the same passion for arts and crafts. With a vast variety of craft shops, a new pastime and weekend activity may be in your near future.
Neighborhood: Cleveland Park
Hours: Mon to Fri – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sat – 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun. – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
DC’s go-to pottery shop, All Fired Up is an affordable studio with an extra-friendly staff willing to help every step of the way. Although All Fired Up specializes in pottery, guests can also paint mosaics and fused glass, all while sipping on wine – food and drinks are always welcome and even encouraged. Be sure to check out the website for weekly specials, including a happy hour on Friday nights. Once pottery is complete, the projects take a week to go through the kiln process. All Fired Up has two locations: Cleveland Park and Bethesda, MD.
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Hours: Mon to Sat 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sun. – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Equipped with all of the beading essentials a bead lover can dream of, Beadazzled is a one-stop shop for jewelry makers. The bead selection includes: gemstones, metals, African beads, Swarovski crystals, organic beads, seed beads, glass, pendants, ceramics, collectibles and many more. If you can’t make it to one of the shop’s three locations, not to fret, Beadazzled has an extensive online store. Visit the website for inspiration, how-to documents, references and upcoming class schedules.
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Hours: Tue, Thurs – 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wed, Fri – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat. – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a new yarn shop in the District: Looped Yarn Works. The vibrant ladies at Looped Yarn Works offer classes at every level of knitting and crocheting and also provide individual lessons. The fiber enthusiasts host a podcast on iTunes called DC Unraveled. With eight helpful episodes thus far, the podcast has only rave reviews. If you’re ever in Dupont Circle or in need of a new hobby, visit Looped Yarn Works.
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Hours: Sat – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Stitch DC serves as both a fiber school and yarn shop. The retail store in Tenleytown has a wide selection of top yarns, carrying many sought-after brands that aren’t available in most stores. Although Stitch DC is only open on the weekends, customers can sign up for classes and workshops in knitting, crocheting, sewing and quilting. To find an up-to-date schedule, check out Stitch DC’s event calendar, or for more information, visit the user-friendly blog.
Hours: Mon to Tues – 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wed to Fri – 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A toy store with character, Sullivan’s Toy Store & Art Supplies is DC’s oldest toyshop. The family owned and operated store has a substantial art supply section with materials intended for the scholarly artist, as well as necessities for kids’ projects and school classrooms. The spacious shop is overflowing with toys, supplies, books, gifts and more, making it hard to leave empty handed. When visiting Tenleytown, you can’t miss the large green awning. Just a warning, if you stop by Sullivan’s Toy Store with kids in tow, prepare to get lost in the toy madness for hours.
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Kelly Johnston is a freelance writer living in D.C. She is a soon-to-be University of Alabama graduate who hopes to have a successful career in fashion journalism. Her major is Apparel and Textiles with a Concentration in Fashion Retail and Merchandising and her minor is Journalism. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.