Ever wonder what it's like spinning wool fresh off of an angora rabbit, blacksmithing or making paper by hand? If you’re inclined to pick up a new hobby this year, Puffy Mondaes is celebrating five years in business Saturday, Feb. 9, by offering free art classes.
From 9 a.m.-10 p.m. at 200 12th Ave. S. in downtown Nampa, the public will have a chance to participate in activities like throwing pottery, weaving with a loom, papermaking, knitting and crocheting—all for free. Puffy Mondaes also regularly offers a free and open space for crafters to work on projects.
“You can come anytime and work on your projects. It doesn’t have to be during our normal craft nights," said employee Amy Olenik.
Puffy Mondaes will have demos continuing throughout the day, including large vessel pottery-throwing, wet-felted scarves and spinning raw rabbit wool. Or, if you’re more interested in hammering metal on a 100-year-old forge or spinning fire poi, there are demos for that, too.
As part of the celebration, sales and discounts will be offered on most items in the store.
“We try to purchase everything local—handspun yarn from Idaho and Eastern Oregon, cloth diapers and other baby products ... and we try to offer recycled materials whenever possible,” Olenik said.
For more info about Puffy Mondaes and a full schedule of the day’s events, go to puffymondaes.com.