West Seattle holidays: Make gifts @ Tool Library workshops

Santa’s not the only one with a workshop this time of year. In fact, the West Seattle Tool Library has four planned for the holiday season, teaching you skills that can result in homemade gifts:

Introduction to Holiday Canning
Nov. 29th, 7-9 PM

Learn how to preserve your harvest. We’ll cover all the basics of using a hot water bath canner. Each participant will get to take home a few jars of what we can in class.
Instructor: Christina Hahs
Cost: $20 plus $5 for materials

Introduction to Backyard Booze
Dec. 6th, 7-9 PM

Learn to use fruit and simple ingredients to make homemade specialty liqueurs such as Fig Bourbon, Rumtopf, Cranberry Spice Vodka, or Pineapple Rum.
Instructor: Vanessa Primer
Cost: $20

Introduction to Jewelry Making
Dec. 13th, 7-9 PM

Learn the basics of beading and wirework. Techniques learned include crafting clasps, wire wrapping and beading to begin creating a bracelet or necklace to complete at home.
Instructor: Jill Sundberg
Cost: $20 plus $5 for materials

Introduction to Soapmaking
Dec. 20th 7-9 PM

Homemade soaps make great gifts! Join us as we demonstrate the basics of traditional soap making using all-natural herbs and essential oils. These are tried and true, simple methods you will be able to use at home. If there’s enough time, this class will also cover the basics of making bath salts, scrubs, teas, and oils.
Instructor: Vanessa Primer
Cost: $20 plus $5 for materials

The West Seattle Tool Library and Community Workshop are in the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center at 4408 Delridge Way on the east side of the building. (Its regular hours are Thursdays: 6 pm till 9 pm; Saturdays: 9 am till 2 pm; Sundays: 1 pm till 5 pm.) For more information, contact Kate Kaemerle at 206.743.4468.

P.S. Speaking of handmade gifts – you’ll be able to trade for some at tonight’s Sustainable West Seattle Barter Fair, 4-8 pm at Camp Long Lodge. Read more about it here (and comment on the SWS site if you’re planning to participate!).

4 Replies to "West Seattle holidays: Make gifts @ Tool Library workshops"

  • Wendy November 26, 2011 (9:49 am)

    Cool! I have all of these beading supplies collected and just haven’t made anything yet! I am excited for the jewelry making class! I’ve done home canning, I am glad this is something being offered since it can be intimidating.

  • JO November 26, 2011 (2:33 pm)

    Such fun opportunities! The West Seattle Tool Library is really becoming an awesome resource for so many different things! These classes give us all ‘tools’ to help us focus on small, local, meaningful gifts that can help build our community! Nicely Done!!

  • Kate K November 26, 2011 (5:27 pm)

    I might have to take ALL of these classes!

    I love learning how to make beautiful and usable items for gifts and to use at home. Count me in!

  • WS Tool Library November 27, 2011 (12:05 pm)

    Great to hear the excitement!
    We’re really looking forward to this series as well. If you’d like to sign up online for classes, you can do so through The Tool Library’s events calendar:
    Or its Meetup Page:
    See you there!

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