Take a Peek at Portland's Vibrant Crafty Scene

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What I wouldnt give to own a cabinet like this. I wish I could live at Cool Cottons, one of Portlands wondrous fabric stores.
Portlands Knittn Kitten is home to some of the most delectable vintage craft items Ive found. Owner Rome Church (foreground, far right) is not just an owner but also a crafter and an artist and a player in the flavorful Portland crafts scene.
Everything at  Knittn Kitten is vintage, right down to the sign.
Michaela cant wait to get this crochet apron from Knittn Kitten home!
This was my favorite part of Knittn Kitten: the vintage patterns.
The DIY Lounge has a great slogan: Dont Deny Your DIY!
First, we had lunch at Bread and Ink (from left, Diane, Michaela and Susan).
Then we had coffee at Daily Grind; its connected to a really, really cool—and cavernous—architectural salvage warehouse (from left, Michaela, Susan, Cathy and Torie).
Cool Cottons fabric store is a fabric lovers and quilters delight.The store is set inside a refurbished craftsman-style cottage.
The fabric at Cool Cottons is organized by color. Take a look at that worktable-—I gotta have it. They teach classes here.
Little scenes such as these at Cool Cottons really make you want to go fabric crazy.
What I wouldnt give to own a cabinet like this. I wish I could live at Cool Cottons, one of Portlands wondrous fabric stores.

What I wouldn't give to own a cabinet like this. I wish I could live at Cool Cottons, one of Portland's wondrous fabric stores.

Photo: Amber Eden

Portland, Oregon, is a sweet, hilly, tree-stocked city with Craftsman-style houses tucked alongside a winding river—what better place for a crafting scene to thrive. Michaela Murphy and I headed there from Seattle (about 150 miles north) to meet up with hometowner Susan Beal—our jewelry-making expert blogger, author of Bead Simple (www.taunton.com), and crafty blogging queen (WestCoastCrafty.com)—and Diane Gilleland, (a.k.a Diane G.) of CraftyPod.com and Church of Craft, for an insider’s tour of Portland’s east side.

We hit town on a Monday—not high tide for crafting stores—but Knittn’ Kitten opened up just for us. It's filled with delectable vintage craft items—from fabric to patterns to notions—and we were beside ourselves, filling our arms with goodies. Michaela’s super-find: a pink and white crocheted apron. Plus, co-owner Rome Church awed us with her hyper-detailed embroidery and paintings—true works of art.

Next stop, Collage, (check out thier blog!) home to DIY Lounge, where Portland’s most enthusiastic crafties gather to buy supplies and create beautiful handmade items. Located on artsy Alberta Street, you’ll find a carefully culled selection of craft products in a homey, chatty setting and a readymade community of crafters at DIY Lounge classes.

After a tasty lunch at Bread and Ink, we moved on to coffee at the Daily Grind, where we met up with Portland’s craft impresario-esses, Torie Nguyen and Cathy Pitters. These two industrious women got together to create a new breed of craft show, Crafty Wonderland, held at the Doug Fir Lounge on the second Sunday of each month. With more than 40 booths and a cool community vibe, it’s quite the crafting scene.

Last stop of the day, Cool Cottons, one of the prettiest fabric stores ever. Step inside this immaculate Craftsman-style cottage, and you’ll find the most delectable quilting cottons around in a friendly, wood-trimmed environment. It's run by two former U.S. Air employees, who picked Portland as the place to do something they really love, and it shows!

So I'm ready to pick up and move to Portland—aren't you? We only had an afternoon, and there is so much more. To dig further into the Portland crafting scene, check out PDXSuperCrafty.com, a women's craft collective located in Portland, Oregon.


posted in: Portland, quilting fabrics, Vintage Craft Supplies

Comments (3)

ollieandjo writes: I can't wait to check out Cool Cottons for some great fabric! Thanks for the tour.
Posted: 2:55 pm on May 22nd
AmberE writes: Thanks Diane!
Posted: 11:34 am on May 15th
Sister_Diane writes: Yay, P-Town! That certainly was a fun, crafty day. I thought I'd add, too: anyone who's interested in crafty things going on in Portland can also check out my local website: http://www.diyalert.com.
Posted: 1:07 am on May 15th
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