651 South Saint John Avenue
Pasadena, California 91105-2913
Tel: (626) 441-6333

Contact Us


Craftsman Weekend Events
Friday, October 17th, 2014

Excursion Tour to Riverside and the Historic Mission Inn

Friday, October 17th
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

This excursion features a 75-minute tour of the historic Mission Inn, lunch in one of its lavishly decorated dining rooms, and a tour through the historic districts of Riverside. Listed on the Historic Hotels of America program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Mission Inn, which since its modest beginning as a two-story adobe guesthouse in 1876, has become one of the most illustrious historic hotels in America. By the 1890's Riverside became the richest city per capita in the United States. The influx of tourists created a need for a grand resort hotel, and began the evolution of the landmark. With a unique blend of Mission revival style and modern day comforts, the Mission Inn features elegant furnishings and stunning architectural details.

The tour will also feature the Peter J. Weber House a unique blend of Moorish, Craftsman, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco styles. Notable not only for its unique design, the Weber house features extraordinary handcrafted design details. Extensive interior woodwork is hand-carved and/or decoratively painted. Most ceilings are of pine planks, some carved and painted. All hinges are of wrought-iron and all doors and cabinets have decorative nail heads.


This excursion is limited to 54 participants.
Price: $120 nonmember, $110 member
Lunch Included- click here for menu

Stitch the Arroyo Seco - Beginning Needle Art Workshop

Friday, October 17th
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Learn the fine art of hand embroidery with Roycroft Master Artisan, Natalie Richards. Class participants will stitch a landscape of the Arroyo Seco. No drawing, painting or stitching experience needed! The class will provide the beginner and the most experienced of embroiderers, classic techniques to master and use in a fine needle art landscape that will be suitable for framing. Basic embroidery stitches presented in antique Arts & Crafts textiles will be used to “fill our canvas” with textures to represent trees, leaves, rocks, foreground and distant background mountains and foliage. Students will learn how to create the: satin stitch, long and short stitches and French knots, seed stitch, and chain stitch. Stitches and techniques will be taught and practiced during the class time. This class will cover basic Arts & Crafts embroidery stitches and an introduction to the fine art of landscape embroidery.

*Image displays a sample of the techinique which will be used in the workshop.

This workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Price: $85 nonmember $75 member


Arroyo Seco Walking Tours

Friday, October 17th
9:30 am to 11:30 am, 10:00 am to noon, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
The Arroyo Seco, Spanish for "dry gulch," refers to both the stream course and the canyon that spans through the western portion of the City of Pasadena. Surrounded in large part by urban development, the Arroyo Seco supports thriving ecosystems that include several native plant communities and provides shelter, food, and nesting sites for hundreds of wildlife species. Affectionately known as "the Arroyo" and the birthplace of Pasadena, its beauty is greatly admired for its vast ecological diversity as well as its rich history. Four tours will be offered, each highlighting the great influence of the Arroyo- Native Plants and Fauna of the Arroyo, History of the Arroyo, Artistic Inspiration of the Arroyo, and the Arroyo Overview.
Tickets are limited to 20 per tour. The tour will feature one interior stop.
Price: $20 Member; $25 Non Member

Arts & Crafts Tile Workshop SOLD OUT

Friday, October 17th
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Keeping true to the main theme of the Arts & Crafts Movement, which was the romantic idealization of the Craftsman taking pride in his personal handiwork, pottery and tile work became one of the most prolific branches of the decorative arts. Leading designers like tile maker Ernest Batchelder, whose company Batchelder Tile Co. produced handmade earthenware tiles were used to embellish building facades and create fascinating fireplace surroundings. Batchelder sought to innovate American tile making and its production with designs of popular motifs like Mayan designs, birds, foliage, Art Nouveau peacocks, leaping hares and deers, Japoniste trees and landscapes, and geometric abstracts. This workshop will be a unique opportunity to work side-by-side with professional ceramist, Sarah Moore of Sassafrass Pottery, who will guide participants in designing and creating their very own Craftsman tile. You will cut away leather-hard clay to reveal a tile of your own design. This will be a perfect gift for yourself or someone who appreciates creative handcrafts. All of the necessary tools will be provided. You will select a glaze and our ceramist will fire it in the kiln before sending it to your home.
This workshop is limited to 15 participants.
 Price: $75 Member; $80 Non Member

Arts & Crafts Embroidery Workshop

Friday, October 17th
1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ann Chaves is well known in the Arts & Crafts community as a textile curator, collector and teacher. She will lead a class on Arts & Crafts embroidery for both beginners and experienced embroiderers. The class will work on a project with Ann who will provide each participant with a kit, which includes all the necessary materials to produce your own keep-sake of Craftsman Weekend.This workshop is limited to 12 participants.

$85 nonmember $75 member


Monte Vista/Las Lunas Neighborhood Walking Tours

Friday, October 17th

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm 

Walking tour times have SOLD OUT, tickets are still available in the Craftsman Weekend Discount Package

This neighborhood never has been on a Craftsman Weekend tour before! Originally part of the Rancho San Pasqual, the early development of this neighborhood South of the Pasadena Heights historic district is lined with beautiful, modest and middle class Craftsman style homes. Development in this area began around 1902 with many lots left vacant up until the 1920s, resulting in a great mix of styles. These houses are abundant in architectural details consistent with their various styles.
Tickets are limited to 20 per tour. The tour will feature two interior stops.
Price: $20 Member; $25 Non Member

Opening Reception


Sponsored by: 

Friday, October 17th - 6:00 - 8:30 pm

This years opening reception will feature Craftsman Weekend exhibitor, Elizabeth Norris, member of the International Vintage Poster Dealers Association and owner of Vintage European Posters. She will give a short presentation about her involvement as the consultant on object selection for the Huntington Library’s new exhibition, “Your Country Calls! Posters of the First World War.” The Reception will take place at the historic Blinn House, home to the Women's City Club of Pasadena and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Built in 1906, the Blinn House is a sterling portrayal of noted architect George Washington Maher's prairie style design. Exquisite rich mahogany and oak wood line the rooms that include original light fixtures, leaded glass windows, and a fascinating glass tile fireplace that all blend style and elegance to the evening.


Price: $45 Member and  $50 Non Member 

 Purchase of any Craftsman Weekend event ticket includes a 2-day pass to the Exhibition at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Photos courtesy of Dennis Hill, Natalie Richards,Pasadena Heritage, and the Historic Mission Inn, Riverside.