Past Workshops

Paper Embroidery

Saturday, November 13th

This introduction to embroidery on paper will teach a variety of stitches: running stitch and variations, couching, cross stitch and variations, feather stitch and variations, blanket stitch, french, Chinese and colonial knots and daisy or chain stitch for paper. Also an added bonus of paper piercing will be shown!

Materials List

  • computer mouse cushion or summer mat plastic cushion or corrugated cardboard

  • card stock - 140lb is best (heavy cardstock to handle embroidery) min. 8.5” x 11“ - 8 pcs.

  • tracing paper

  • common printing papers

  • tapestry needle- blunt point

  • embroidery needle

  • embroidery threads

  • crochet thread #10 or finer size

  • Optional - different size needles with point from size 9 to size 14...

  • pencil

  • ruler

  • scissors

  • long needle push pin or fine needle bookbinding awl

  • cutting mat


Saturday, October 21st

In this eco bookmaking workshop we will make books from everyday materials from your home, recycling bin and of course the SCRAP-SF warehouse. There are endless shapes and sizes and uses for these fun books! Monica will show a lot of samples. You will want to make these books after the workshop!

Bookmaking Materials List

  • Please bring a lot of 8.5x11 paper (printer weight that can be folded) and some paper cut to square (8x8) to make prototypes. If you have long pieces of paper bring that along too.

  • You can also bring along maps, magazine pages, calendar pages, old book pages, cereal boxes, brown bags, tickets, ribbon. Bring along a lot of fun paper items from your stash or visit SCRAP for endless paper choice.

  • bone folder or gift card

  • Scissors

  • cutting blade and surface to cut on

  • glue stick or white glue

  • ruler

  • pencil

  • Grocery bags

Found Object Assemblages

Saturday, October 16th

Participants will give old objects renewed purpose as they assemble their favorite finds in found frames to tell stories or create abstract artworks. We will scribble and scrawl as a way to let loose within our new compositions.

Found Art Assemblage Materials List

  • An old frame with or without glass (the smaller the better, wood preferred over plastic)

  • A found photograph or clippings from a newspaper

  • Oil pastels or markers or wax markers

  • Scissors

  • Tape

  • Glue

Patch Me In

Saturday, June 15th

In this workshop students will create a custom Skull Mustache Patch by sewing together recycled fabric from their own collection of t-shirts, pants, etc. The workshop will cover applique, sewing machine basics, and design techniques.

Patch Me In Materials List

  • 505 Spray and Fix (Acid Free Basting Spray)

  • X-acto knife and blades (#11)

  • Thin Poster board to be used for templates

  • Scotch Tape

  • Thread, Fabric

  • Seam Ripper

  • Fabric Scissors

  • Safety Pins

  • Ruler

  • Cutting Board

Abstract Latch-Hook Rug Making

Saturday, June 26th

This workshop explores latch hook rug making. We’ll learn about the materials, different ways to use the yarn, the latch hook technique, and how to finish a project. Using our new skills we’ll design a small abstract rug for you to finish at home.

Abstract Latch Hook Rug Making Materials List

  • Variety of Yarn

  • Scissors

  • Latch hook Canvas

  • Latch hook

  • Markers

Back Patch

Thursday, June 17th

Join this intergenerational workshop and find out how undomesticated cloth can be! We will look at fabric’s history as a radical tool for communication, and make back patches and flags that reflect ourselves, our communities, and our values using appliqué and other surface techniques.

Back Patch Materials List

  • One large back piece on which to compose your patch/flag. At least 14 x 14", Heavyweight is best. Can be solid or patterned.

  • A mix of coordinating and contrasting fabrics to cut up and make your design. These can be small scraps or larger.

  • Paper and pen/pencil for sketching

  • Scissors

  • Fabric or craft glue (though white school glue will work in a pinch)

  • Optional: needle and thread, embroidery materials (hoop, needle and floss), sewing pins to hold things down

  • Not necessary but nice to have: fabric markers for drawing on details, stamps & stamp pad to decorate or add texture, beads and trims to take it over the top, and your own ideas and materials to incorporate into your work

Color Meditation Sketchbook

Thursday, May 20th

An introduction into color meditation as a practice and how it can often provide similar results to actual meditation. Lisa will guide participants through a short real time meditation and then delve into how she started a painting routine that has become a positive force in her studio and a means to learn more about color, composition and watercolor [or whatever art supply you use] as a medium. Participants will receive a blank book from SCRAP to use in class and hopefully beyond.

Color Meditation Sketchbook Materials List

  • blank book

  • watercolors

  • palette of some sort for mixing

  • cup for water

  • towel/rag/paper towels

  • variety of paint brushes

Watercolor on Anything with Kelly Inouye

Saturday, May 15th

Explore painting with watercolor on any material. Artist Kelly Inouye will show you how to turn all kinds of materials into works of art, using a medium that creates a paintable surface on anything.

Watercolor on Anything Materials List

  • 1 jar Golden Qor Watercolor Ground (costs around $10/jar)

  • 1 set Angora watercolors (14 colors @ about $12/set) **Any watercolors are fine but this is the most affordable set that is highly pigmented, which is more fun!

  • SCRAP paper or paper from home i.e. junk mail, greeting cards, small boxes

  • paintbrush(es)

Paper Making with Julia Goodman

Saturday, April 24th

In this introduction to handmade paper making, participants will use their own dryer lint to create a piece of paper and an envelope. Julia will share the basic steps of paper making in a playful, experimental, accessible and sustainable way. As an antidote to digital communication, participants are encouraged to use the handmade stationary to write a letter to their future selves.

Paper Making Materials List

  • Lint from your dryer (about two handfuls)

  • 4 pieces of recycled office paper

  • **Unpainted/unfinished smooth plywood scrap, ideally bigger than 16" x 24" a plexiglass sheet would also work

  • Blue tape

  • Blender

  • Old large yogurt containers or small bucket

  • Strainer

  • Ruler or triangle, plastic or metal

  • 2 Old pillow cases or similar amount of fabric

  • 2 Old towels

  • Offset spatula from your kitchen or painters palette knife

An Hour of Knots with Windy Chien

Thursday, April 15th

In this workshop, participants will have the rare opportunity to learn a handful of knots from Windy Chien, San Francisco artist and author of The Year of Knots. As she explains how a line’s journey creates the strength and beauty of each knot, she’ll also detail how her own journey from independent record store owner to iTunes product manager at Apple eventually lead to a yearlong creative exploration and life as a full-time artist. Workshop attendees will walk away with new knot tying skills, knowledge of the history and utility of various knots, and the story of why it’s never too late to start living a creative life.

An Hour of Knots Materials List

Any color or texture of rope in the following dimensions:

  • Knot 1: 10’ long x 1/4” thick

  • Knot 2: 2’ long x 3/8” thick

  • Knot 3: 15’ long x 1/4” thick or 10’ long x 3/16” thick

  • Knot 4: 3’ long x 3/8” thick

  • Knot 5: 5’ long x 1/4” thick

Simple Scrappy
Shirt with Sonya Phillip

Saturday, March 27th, 2021

Pair together scraps both large and small to make a unique garment! Learn to sew a shirt in this workshop with fiber artist Sonya Philip. Students will learn how to cut pattern pieces as well as methods for combining fabric pieces. The neckline is sewn with a simple facing. A PDF version of the pattern, in eight sizes, will be provided to print and assemble. This is not a beginning sewing class, you will need to have some previous experience using a sewing machine.

To participate in this workshop you will need the following:

  • **pre-washed woven fabric off cuts and scraps (cotton, linen, wool or blend – no knits jersey) to make 1 1/2 - 2 yards total

  • lightweight fusible interfacing (optional)

  • matching thread

  • fabric scissors

  • pins

  • sewing machine

**You will need approximately 1.5-2 yards of fabric. This can either be one continuous piece or larger cuts that I'll show folks how to piece together. I prefer using natural fibers, though I know that can be a bit tricky to ID. Also light to mid-weight fabrics, denims or heavy canvas wouldn't be a good fit.

Collage & Zine Making with Mitsu Okubo

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Using magazines and found photographs students will be given guidance and instructions on repurposing found materials to create new portraits and landscapes. The final product will be presented as a Zine in a family photo album format.

To participate in this workshop you will need the following:

  • Paper, gluesticks, scissors found imagery from personal collection or SCRAP find

Wildflower Sculptures with Alicia Escott

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

Participants will grow native wildflower “sculptures” out of a reclaimed plastic packages. These living sculptures will become habitat for native pollinators over the course of spring. Execution of this project is easy and will be accompanied by a facilitated participatory conversation about the life that can arise out of death and decay and the opportunity for positive change that can come out of small apocalypses. Participants will be provided with plastic bag containers, soil and wildflower seeds all of which they can pick up at SCRAP. However participants are encouraged to use their own home compost or soil if available.

To participate in this workshop you will need the following:

  • Plastic bags, seeds, compost or potting soil

  • You can collect your own materials or purchase a materials kit at checkout.

Paper Mache Vases with Cathy Lu

February 18, 2021

In this workshop, we will cover how to make an easy paper mache recipe and use common household items like bowls or cans to create our vase shapes. Once the vase form is finished, the decoration possibilities are endless! These techniques are great for both youths and adults.

Artist Website | Get your ticket

Paper Mache Vases Materials List

  • flour, water, mixing container, shredded paper, household forms and shapes (vases, cans, bowls), saran wrap

  • We encourage use household materials or collect your materials from SCRAP but materials kits are available for purchase from SCRAP. Just add "materials kit" to your Eventbrite order.

*All Ages

Crochet Jam with Ramekon O'Arwisters

Thursday, January 28, 2021

For its inaugural 2021 virtual Creative Reuse Workshop Series, SCRAP is partnering with Bay Area Artist Ramekon O'Arwisters on his celebrated Crochet Jam series. Participants will learn a basic crochet finger stitch while also centering themselves within the creative process. The only materials needed are one inch strips of fabric. You can use your own or have a materials kit provided by SCRAP.

Crochet Jam engages the public to think differently about the role of art within community and the power of art within society. This event is embracing and inclusive and it makes no attempt to dictate the creative process nor judge the finished project—it is meditative, liberating, empowering and community building.

Button Up: SCRAP Online Workshop

Saturday, August 29, 2020 from 3 to 4:30 pm with Artist Dorothy Yuki

This lesson showed how to show off your saved buttons by using them to make three different types of necklaces

Materials were provided and participants picked them up by the SCRAP depot a week before the online workshop.

More Past Events

How to Create a SoulCollage®

Saturday, March 7, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm

with Artist Eileen Schwind

Create a SoulCollage® for your personal use and access your inner knowing. This can be the start of a deck of cards that you can use to receive guidance from when you are moving through different phases of your life. No art training is necessary to make a beautiful and meaningful piece.

$20 Ticket per person

Free Community Workshop: Making Polymer-Clay Jewelry

Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm with Heidy Espinosa

In this workshop, participants learned how to make play dough. Then they became familiar with polymer-clay, which they used to make small free-form shapes. They also learned to use silicon molds to make intricate shapes. The shapes were made into jewelry and personal adornment items using metal findings. Then they were baked in a toaster oven to set the shape. Great fun was had by all! Thanks Heidy & Alex for leading this workshop with such exuberance!

Free Teacher Workshop: Printmaking for Children

Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm with Lita Blanc

In this workshop, participants learned how to create simple and beautiful prints with every day objects and materials such as paper clips, glue, tape and lace. The workshop was geared for teachers working with elementary school students, but the techniques learned could be easily adapted for other age groups.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

Fabric Sale: 50% Off

From February 3 to 15, 2020 during SCRAP hours

Love textiles? We love fabric sales!

We sold paper-grocery sized bags full fabric rolls for just $5 dollars. The special sale applied to all Scrap fabric (solid colors, patterns and upholstery fabric) expect fabric bolts and leather rolls.

Apron Making Workshop with Dorothy Yuki

Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 1 to 4 pm

$25 tickers for adults only (limited to 8 participants). Materials provided.

Participants spent an afternoon learning how to sew a quality cover up apron with one of our long-time teaching artists, Dorothy Yuki. Dorothy offered two different models - the traditional apron with strings around the neck and waist, or the one pictured here.

Mixed Media and the Creative Process Workshop with Cathy Cruz

Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 10 am to Noon

$25 for adults, $15 children (8 years-old and up). Materials included.

This workshop is designed to encourage both adults and children to be playful and unleash their creativity. No experience was required! It was also the perfect workshop for those dreaming of making art but not sure how to get started. And a great opportunity to engage the family in a fun weekend activity!h

The demo was the vehicle to discuss basic abstract composition, techniques, and tools accessible to children. Later, all participants collaged printed papers with other SCRAP-found materials and mounted them on wood.

Free Teacher Workshop: Easy Abstract Art

Saturday, January 18, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm with Sherie Yazman

Art doesn't have to look like a photo! It can be a combination of lines, shapes, textures and colors. This lesson helped teachers introduce students to the elements of art and design. It was also created as a jumping off point for a variety of other projects.

The techniques were adaptable to most levels of instruction. And all projects were designed to be created with free or inexpensive materials.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

Reversible Tote Bag Workshop with Peggy Airey-Van Diem

Saturday, January 4, 2020 from 1 to 3 pm

$20 ticket

Peggy and Scrap hosted a sewing afternoon, learning how to make reversible tote bags. We hope this event is the first of many that teach children and adults how to reduce the use of plastics in our daily lives.

"We don't need a handful of people doing zero-waste perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly"

Holiday Gift Wrapping Event

Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 2 to 5 pm

We hosted a "gift wrapping party" at SCRAP's workshop space! We had plenty of supplies to choose from - people could wrap here and pay only for what they used, of they selected their favorite supplies to wrap at home.

Thank you to those who came and support creative reuse in your gift wrapping!

Free Teacher Workshop: Siapo Polynesian Bark Cloth

Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 1 to 3 pm

Presenter Sherie Yazman, Arts Educator, demonstrated an art lesson that uses math, science and language arts for all grade levels and abilities to enhance student learning across the curriculum.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

SCRAP Community Fundraiser

Friday, November 15, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm

We planned a family-friendly fundraiser to help sustain our work as a flagship creative reuse center in the country, and to have some fun together as well!

We also enjoyed together a Mexican dinner by Bayview taqueria, Tato. And to keep the evening lively and entertaining for adults and children alike, we had music, a magician, a crafts table, and a fun music station made by up-cycled materials.

Thank you so much to everyone who could come and support us!

Free Teacher Workshop: Dia de los Muertos Paper Craft

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Arts Educator, Ms. Sherie Yazman, presented lessons on paper projects for the classroom for Day of the Dead.

The projects were adaptable for all levels and included Calaveras, printing, rubbings, papel picado, luminarias and banners.

SFUSD attending were eligible to receive payment for their participation in accordance to Prop G.

SCRAP Pop-up Shop at the Bayview Community Market

Saturday, October 19, 2019 from 10 am to 2 pm

The Bayview Community Market brings together handcrafted goods, artisanal food, organic season produce, and now, a mini SCRAP pop-up shop!

We also sponsored a kids craft zone, led by local artist and SCRAP longtime friend, Chula!

The market was created to showcase the craftwork of the Bayview community, and is the perfect plan for a family-friendly Saturday morning anytime.

The Bayview Community Market is located at All Good Pizza, at 1605 Jerrold Ave, San Francisco.

Special Sale - Jewelry, Beads & Buttons

Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm

Perfect for jewelry makers, and artists and crafters who love to create, curate, invent and re-invent using beads and buttons large and small!

We had a wide spectrum of quality and materials in our back-stock - all treasures for jewelry or art project.

Affordable Housing Workshop for Artists, Makers and Educators

Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 6 to 7:30 pm

Attendance is FREE

The Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and SCRAP hosted an affordable housing workshop geared towards San Francisco artists, makers and educators, particularly all of you in the Bayview district.

We discussed:

  • What is affordable housing (subsidies, below-market rate housing, low-cost market rates units and permanent supportive housing).

  • Below-market rate units in detail, including the application process and restrictions, and how MEDA helps.

  • Home ownership

  • Workforce development support

Scrap's First Pop-up Shop

Saturday, September 22, 2019 from 10 am to 2:00 pm

In partnership with FLAX

To celebrate our friendship, FLAX has invited us to set up a SCRAP pop-up shop at their Fort Mason location in San Francisco.

FLAX will also donate 10% of their total revenue to SCRAP, so please come, explore and shop for what you need to support us as well!

Creative Collage with Sally Wassink

Saturday, September 21, 2019 from 12 am to 3:00 pm

$25 Ticket

All skill levels are welcome from beginners to experienced collagists, ages 12 years old and up.

In this 3-hour workshop we will view artwork by other collage artists, cover some basics about composition, talk about techniques & papers, share tips about tools, such as adhesives and save some time at the end of the workshop to view each others work & share experiences.

Students will be given some time at the beginning of the workshop to pull from SCRAP's multitude of paper resources to use in their artwork. The goal is to go home with a few (or a lot!) of finished pieces. If you have particular imagery in mind, please bring it with you as well!

Special Yarn Sale

Saturday, August 24, 2019 from 11 am to 3:00 pm

Come and find a truly wide assortment and quantity for yarn, at the best possible prices you can find in stores or online.

All the yarn will be in bins inside our workshop space. Come explore, find your supplies and treasures, and enjoy!

No pre-registration required. Just come anytime between 11 am - 3 pm.

Knit and Crochet Day!

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 from 11 am to 6 pm (drop-in hours)

$15 Ticket

All levels and beginners welcome, any age, anyone! Learn the basics or work on a project. $15 gets you a seat at the table with our instructors and two skeins of beautiful hand-dyed golden alpaca and wool blend yarn.

Stay as little or as long as you'd like. Row and Hannah will be around to check your progress, help with a difficult stitch, or just compliment your lovely projects!

If you would like to simply come and work on a knitting or crochet project without purchasing a ticket, please do! However, space is limited so first come, first serve.

Beginning Head and Figure Drawing

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 1 to 4pm

Led by artist David Tenorio, this Drawing workshop will teach you the fundamentals of drawing, tips for drawing the head/portrait and how to improve your observational abilities.

This 3 hour workshop will cover such topics as:

  • Basic foundational drawing skills

  • Tips and tricks for each feature of the head

  • How do we observe quickly? Seeing what's most important

  • The correct way to construct the head using the "Ball and Jaw" method

  • Simple to advanced techniques for shading in pencil and ink

For both beginners and seasoned veterans, this workshop will provide instruction that spans all abilities and skill levels. The workshop will begin with a detailed lecture covering basic foundational drawing skills (with some advanced techniques included!) followed by a series of exercises and demonstrations on drawing the head, concluding with a Q&A segment at the end of the session. Each workshop participant will receive drawing materials to work with as well as a custom-made packet covering all instructed material.

Ribbon Weaving with Alex Byrne!

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 from 11 am to 4 pm

This 5-hour workshop will introduce you to weaving ribbons and fabrics into textile pieces that you can use in your other projects or keep as art in their own right. We will start with a simple ‘plain weave’ (pictured below right, made into a purse) and those that feel confident can then go on to try a more complicated ‘triaxial weave’ (also known as ‘mad weaving’, pictured above right) which results in a star or tumbling blocks pattern.

To enjoy this workshop you will need to be comfortable manipulating fabric and ribbon with your hands and using pins on cardboard. By the time we finish you will have at least one letter-sized finished piece to take home!

Ribbons and fabric will be supplied but if you wish to bring any favorites from home please feel free. Fabric should be pre-cut into approximately 1 inch wide strips to save time. Bias binding and trims can also be used.

This workshop is for everyone 15 years and older.