As Dallas temperatures drop and leaves finally begin to change hues, take a cue from nature and embrace change. Branch out from takeout with a class at Sur la Table, or replace your vases with flower-filled pumpkins. Whatever floats your fall-themed boat!
Here we’ve gathered 10 local workshops we’d love try this October.
We don’t blame you if you try out Stitch and Bitch for the class name alone. The four-week series focuses on needle felting while incorporating a fall theme. You’ll create gourds, foliage and pumpkins perfect for sprucing up an autumn table scape. Don’t forget to bring your wine.
Tuesdays: Oct. 3, Oct. 10, Oct. 17, and Oct. 24, 7:30-9pm. $85 (includes four classes + supplies)
If you’re a dedicated patron of the DMA, go a step further with this immersive class. After visiting the Arts of the Americas collection with a curator guide, you’ll construct a traditional Mono Indian baby basket while drawing inspiration from pieces in the collection.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 1-5 pm. $75 ($65 for DMA members)
From collaging to stamping and embossing, use multimedia techniques to construct four festive cards with motifs ranging from black cats to jack-o-lanterns.
Thursday, Oct. 19, 6-8 pm. $30
Head north for an intensive, three-hour still life course. Your pumpkin piece will be worthy of a spot on your gallery wall thanks to hands-on help from an Art House instructor.
Friday, Oct. 6, 1-4 pm. $45
Cooking and Culinary
Even carnivores can dig the fresh, seasonal menu at Sur la Table’s Fall Vegetarian Cooking class. The fruits (and vegetables, natch) of your labor include pear and gouda salad as well as baked polenta with mushroom and sage ragout.
Sunday, Oct. 8, 10 am-12 pm. $69
Think outside the pie by using fresh pumpkin in both sweet and savory recipes, including chicken with pumpkin seed tomatillo sauce and pumpkin doughnuts with buttermilk glaze.
Sunday, Oct. 15, 1-3 pm. $69
If you’re a cheese enthusiast who doesn’t shy away from a sharp Stilton, try this Halloween-inspired cheese and wine tasting, where you’ll sample “scary” concoctions that include a brain-shaped soft cheese.
Friday, Oct. 27, 8-10 pm. $40
Known for their vivid colors and wild aesthetic, the floral studio will likely embrace fall hues and untamed shapes at this seasonal centerpiece classes.
Thursday, Oct. 5 or Thursday, Oct. 26, 7-9 pm. $85
Fill a fresh pumpkin with seasonal blooms while visiting Dr. Delphinium’s brand new greenhouse at their Lovers Lane location. Complimentary wine tastings, sweets and snacks will also be on hand.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 pm. $175
Home and Design
Head to For Home Forty Five Ten, for some fall design inspiration, courtesy of the store’s creative director Rob Dailey, designer Emily Summers, and ceramicist Brian Molanphy. Snack on bites and drinks courtesy of The Joule.
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 6-8 pm. Free