From coats to accessories, some local stores have a welcoming rule: You make it, you buy it. Spice up your wardrobe and pat your creative self on the back simultaneously at these locations.

From coats to accessories, some local stores have a welcoming rule: You make it, you buy it. Spice up your wardrobe and pat your creative self on the back simultaneously at these locations.


Utrecht Art Supplies

612 N. High St., Short North

614-224-7708

utrechtart.com

Dipping their rubber-covered toes in the waters of wearer-decorated sneakers - a pool dominated by Vans - Converse has created a line of canvas kicks that are meant to be painted.

The white Chuck Taylors, sold exclusively at Utrecht Art Supplies locations for $45, can be decorated using Molotow paint markers, sold for $4.


Sew to Speak

4610 N. High St., Clintonville

614-267-3011

sewtospeakshoppe.com

This fabric store has a calendar chocked with classes almost every day of the month.

"They're for anyone who wants to express themselves creatively through sewing," said owner April Rhodes. Read: novice on up.

Sign up online to learn how to make items such as fully lined coats, dresses or art quilts. Each class has a different cost, and attendees must bring their own material and supplies, but they'll receive a discount if they buy the supplies at the store.


Skreened

3327 N. High St., Campus

614-824-4455

skreened.com

Skreened has a "Create" section on its website where users can upload a customized design and add text to be soft printed on any color shirt and picked up at the store.

Designs have ranged from business logos to a grinning dinosaur with the text "Snatchin' Yo People Up."


Wholly Craft

3169 N. High St., Clintonville

614-447-3445

whollycraft.net

Learning to thread yarn in and out of itself isn't as easy as it sounds. Wholly Craft can help. The shop has classes on how to knit and spin yarn that are taught by the professional knitters of local line Crafty Beavers. The in-store lessons, which are listed online, also include sewing basics, cross-stitching, folding origami and soap-making.


Gahanna Bead Studio

1024 N. Hamilton Rd., Gahanna

614-933-8948

gahannabeadstudio.com

Bead it at these classes, where you'll learn more than just how to attach a clasp or craft color schemes. Workshops include creating Polymer clay beads, sculpting rings and piecing together intricately patterned bracelets.


Lauren Luna Ltd.

artistaluna.com

LL Cool J has argyle sneakers designed by Lauren Luna. You can have a pair, too.

Customers provide the local artist with the shoes and an idea of the end look. Luna, whose services start at $150, decorates footwear with paint, studs, feathers, and even candy corn and Jolly Ranchers.