Now that the major holidays have passed, renew your senses with a new craft or mini-masterpiece. Hang out with “your” people and see what’s new. This spring, learn from other cultures, pick up a few new tips or simply bring home something that will cheer up your walls. Whether you are an artist or craftsman, or you just appreciate the arts, you’ll want to attend these upcoming events.
FIUTS Cultural Fest International Expo
University of Washington’s Husky Union Building
4001 E Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195
Dates: Feb. 26 and 28, 2015
The Fiuts CulturalFest International Expo is a unique event geared for the whole family. Over 1,000 University of Washington students and community members will be presenting various activities, arts and crafts, games and hands-on events on the UW campus on February 26 and 28. Over 35 cultures will be represented sharing their music, dance, food, art and more. It is the largest multicultural event held at the college and is free to the public.
Sewing & Stitchery Expo
Washington State Fair Events Center
110 Ninth Avenue SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Dates: Feb. 26 – March 1, 2015
Seamstresses rejoice – the largest sewing show in America is held right in your own backyard. The Sewing and Stitchery Expo will be held at the Washington State Fair Events Center from February 27 through March 2, 2015. With more than 100 different seminars, style shows and workshops – not to mention the over 400 booths – there is more than enough to keep you busy for hours. Joanne Ross, Expo Director, says that “It’s like planning a party for 30,000 of your best friends!”
Quilters Anonymous 34th Annual Quilt Show
Evergreen State Fairgrounds
14405 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272
Dates: March 13-15, 2015
The annual Quilters Anonymous Quilt Show attracts more than 4,000 visitors each year to gaze at the more than 500 quilts on display. Each are separated into 12 different categories from traditional to more modern and innovative designs. The quilts also range from the simple to the complex, so there is something for everyone. Demonstrations of various techniques will be offered as well. If you get inspired, you’ll want to visit the merchant mall offering quilt-related items and fabrics. The quilt show will be held from March 13-15. Admission is $8.
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Best Of The Northwest Spring Art And Fine Craft Show
7400 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Dates: March 28-29, 2015
The Best of the Northwest Spring Art and Fine Craft Show is returning to Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park where guests are encouraged to talk with the artists, watch demos, enjoy great food, inspire young ones and witness the latest in wall art, glass, garden décor and more. The event takes place March 28 and 29. Tickets are $5 online ($8 for two) or $6 at the door. Children under 12 and parking are free.
Washington State Fairgrounds
110 9th Ave. SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
Dates: April 24-25, 2015
The Scrapbook Expo will provide attendees with more inspiration and materials then you would ever need all in one spot. This expo features classes for the newbie to the seasoned scrapper. Classes run one to two hours in length and will focus on design, color, layout basics, embellishing, unconventional maters and more. Learn new techniques and ways to save money too. The expo runs April 24 and 25. Tickets are $8 online or $10-$15 at the door.
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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at Examiner.com.