Let's Gather! Crafty Workshops for Kid-Free Adult Fun in Oakland - 510 Families
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Let’s Gather! Crafty Workshops for Kid-Free Adult Fun in Oakland

A few weeks ago, Team {510} met up at Dandelion Post, a small shop in Oakland with classroom space in the back. We had signed up for a punch needle workshop, hosted by gather and taught by a local punch needle artist.

gather classroom
gather workshop classroom in Oakland

punch needle art

Founded in 2014 by husband and wife team, Christian and Daisy McClellan, gather workshop hosts a wide variety of classes such as calligraphy, macrame, embroidery, tarot, and candle making. They strive to foster an engaging experience that provides a meaningful connection to our amazing community of local craftsmen and women.

punch color pillow
Pillows by our instructor, Caroline Powell of Punch Color Studio

The class included all the supplies we needed to create our first punch needle tapestry: colorful yarn, the punch needle itself, a sharp yarn-cutting tool, a frame, and a canvas. The workshop also included mimosas and light snacks.

punch needle class 0.1

After a short tutorial, we had about an hour to work on our projects. Women were chatting and working while our instructor circulated to support anyone who needed help.

gather workshop
Progress, not perfection!

A wall mural on an outdoor patio space was the perfect place to take a break or pose with our artwork for a photo.

gather patio

None of us finished our projects, but we all left excited to continue them at home. Our workshop fees covered a canvas bag in which we kept our materials and WIPs (Works In Progress, for non-crafters). Over the next two weeks, we sent each other photos to share our updates.

When can you do this? 

Upcoming workshops at gather are listed here >

The next punch needle session is on February 29, 2020. Details are here >


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