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Brighten Your Summer with a CRAFTED Class

Posted July 23rd, 2015

Summer is an easy, breezy time to explore and catch up with life. So make some time to explore your creativity and catch up with your inner artist! Spend an afternoon with fellow creative explorers at CRAFTED – sign up for a a class led by one of our master crafters. You’ll thank yourself AND have a nice little talent to foster when the day is over, not to mention a piece of art to take home. Here are some of the classes scheduled for this summer:

Introduction to Metal Clay

This wonderfully malleable material, consisting of fine silver particles suspended in an organic binder and water, can be formed like modeling clay. When fired with a torch or in a kiln, it sinters together, making a molecular bond. The binder burns away and the maker is left with a pure silver object (.999). In this class you will learn to produce a pendant from fine silver metal clay. Learn how to design, texture, pre-fire finish, fire and finish a piece to take with you.

For more information on classes with Phoenix Magyk at CRAFTED, click here.



Beginning Quilting

Learn quilting basics, like how to construct, design and sew a quilt.  In this class you will construct 12 inch blocks, a great start for creating your own quilt.quilt show quilting class

Please bring a sewing machine and your sewing notions. If you don’t have one or are ready to  RSVP, send instructor Linda an email at to schedule a lesson any Saturday from 12-2:30p.m.





Wine, Dine & Fine Art Painting Class

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Come join decorative artist Shari Tipich for the ultimate summer painting party subject: Flamingos! Whether you love them on lawns or at the zoo, this campy and colorful bird is sure to keep you smiling while improving your brush skills. You’ll also get a kick out of the tropical-themed appetizers, desserts, wine and beverages being served.

All artistic levels welcome. Registration includes 16″x 20″ canvas, use of easels, paint and brushes, three hours of step-by-step instruction, and all food and beverages.

Click here to reserve your easel!


If you don’t have much time or want to just dip your toe in the creative pool, there are all kinds of crafting opportunities at CRAFTED to fit your needs. The Creation Station offers a different craft every week for crafters of all ages and ECF has a printmaking class that is always a good time. You can always check out our event calendar for the latest craft and class listings.

The New Taste of San Pedro is coming to CRAFTED August 1

Posted July 23rd, 2015

San Pedro’s premiere “foodie” event is back with a delicious vengeance –  and it’s coming to CRAFTED on August 1 from 5-10 p.m.

Prepare to put your palate to the test with tastes from over 20 local restaurants, including a little something special from J. Trani’s Ristorante, home of one of L.A.’s hottest chefs and San Pedro’s culinary pride, Chef Dustin Trani. There will also be numerous craft beers, wines and cocktails being poured to pair perfectly with every taste, satisfying your hunger and thirst for fine dining. Make sure you get tastes from CRAFTED’s own Chori-Man, Drunken Cake Pops, Paradise Preserves and Brouwerij West!

To round out the sensory experience, you can explore CRAFTED’s arts & crafts market until 8 p.m., and some of L.A.’s best musicians will be performing for you, including Trio Ellas and up and coming songstress Irene Diaz.

Purchase tickets here and use the code “Handmade” to save $10. This is one event you won’t want to miss!

CRAFTED Welcomes Gems Forever

Posted July 14th, 2015

Gems Forever personalized bead custom jewelry gifts
Gems Forever is the latest in a collection of cute shops with equally adorable owners to join CRAFTED in recent months. We’re so happy to have Erinn and the memorable, personalized jewelry she makes.

Gems Forever got its start with a great Christmas present idea for some family and friends. Erinn added photos and embellishments to mother of pearl beads, and created some truly original and completely personal gifts. When she saw the impact the bracelets had on her loved ones, she knew she had something special that all families could appreciate.

Gems Forever has expended their line of personalized bracelets to include pendants, charms for Pandora bracelets and other wonderful jewelry pieces.

Making memories will always be in fashion, and so will Gems Forever.

Quilting Class: Making 12″ Blocks

Posted July 14th, 2015

JULY 17 @ 12:00 – 2:00 PM | $45

Join us in the “Quilters Studio” and learn how to make 12 inch blocks. Quilter Linda Curry of One of a Kind Machine Quilting will walk you through the process of cutting and piecing of red, white and blue prints and solids. You can then use the 12 inch blocks you make in your next quilt, or you may ask Linda to donate your creations to a Southern California Quilts of Valor – a non-profit aimed at giving quilts to service members and veterans affected by war.

The L.A. Quilt Show and Fiber Fest is happening August 8th & 9th at CRAFTED and the submission deadline was just extended to July 26th! That means you have even more time to turn some of these 12 inch blocks into a fabulous quilt that you can enter into the show. If you choose to donate your squares, you can come to the show and actually watch volunteer quilters from So Cal Quilts of Valor sew them into a quilt that will bring comfort to a Veteran who has served our country.

Sign up for Linda’s class by emailing her at

Learn more and get your tickets at

CRAFTED Artists Team Up for yes4arts Fashion Show

Posted July 9th, 2015

CRAFTED artist Paula Bennett created yes4arts to provide FREE crochet, knitting and sewing classes as a vehicle for sharing and preserving fiber arts. As a non-profit organization, yes4arts is dedicated to creating a space where students can both learn and share their knowledge, while expressing themselves creatively.

Being a tightly knit community, other CRAFTED artists began to rally around the idea of yes4arts and joined the Board of Directors (above), including Jodi Gilbert (proprietor of Vintage Soul), Diane Gonzales (proprietor of Global Gifts for UNICEF) and Kelly Reid (proprietor of The Vintage Stop).


On Saturday, July 25 from 6-10 p.m., yes4arts will be holding its first annual fashion show fundraiser with all proceeds going directly to teaching students the art of crochet, knitting and sewing.

Even more CRAFTED artists have gotten in on the festivities. There will be first time fashion show entries from LF Cubed Designs, Beadwork by cgm and Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry. At intermission you’ll be able to bid on silent auction items from the San Pedro Art Association, Drunken Cake Pops, Thnk Drnk, Tamiza’s Treats, Eileen’s Beaded Jewelry and Beadwork by cgm. The second half of the fashion show will include master fashion designs from Vintage Soul and Paula Crochet Fashion. Besides her high fashion crochet designs, you will not want to miss Paula’s crochet recreations of costumes from the hit movie, “Chicago!”. Tickets to the event are $35 in advance and can be purchased on the yes4arts website.


These dolls will also be available for purchase at the event. For $25 you purchase them as a gift that gives twice: the recipient will get to enjoy the doll as well as learn how to crochet, knit or sew from yes4arts! If you can’t make it to the fashion show, the dolls are also available at CRAFTED at the yes4arts shop.

Take Five with Paula Bennett

Posted July 8th, 2015

CRAFTED is always buzzing with activity, so “TAKE FIVE” gives us a chance to take a break and learn a little bit about the artists who make the market great!

1. How did you get your start teaching crochet to young people?
In Belize I worked in a big commercial center where they sold fruits and had little gift shops. I sold crochet and art from the country to tourists and locals. After being there a year, I met a little kid in my shop who told me that she would love to learn to crochet. That made me think that I should go to the schools and teach. I sent a letter to the tourist board and they agreed to fund my program.

2. What’s your favorite part about teaching children?
When I started teaching, I really liked it. I realized you could share knowledge with the kids while also giving them something to do. Getting their brains even more creative — that’s why I do it. People are amazed when they see they can make something.

3. Why don’t you like charging for your classes?
I don’t like charging because I learned for free. I have this thing where I just want to pass it down. Seeing people’s faces when they make something by themselves, passing it down and getting people involved…to me, that’s worth more than the money.

4. Do you have any talents besides being an amazing crochet artist?
I’m a cabinet maker. I had a family-owned business where we would go to construction sites and install cabinets. I would build and cut them, use machines, everything; I would literally build cabinets. I made the desk and shelves in my shop at CRAFTED.

5. Why does being at CRAFTED give you a sense of déjà vu?
I visited CRAFTED in 2012 with my husband and he asked me if I thought I could have a space here. It was just like where I was in Belize. I thought I was done with that life. But I came back a year later and decided that I had to do it because there was something pulling me. Once I opened my shop, somebody saw me working and asked me if I taught classes in crochet. So now I’m in my shop with the desk I made passing crochet down, and it’s like déjà vu!

Fabulous Friday July 10

Posted July 2nd, 2015

Fabulous Friday is almost here! Join us on July 10th until 8p.m. for an evening of great shopping, fun mingling and open mic action.

Fabulous Friday is hosted by the San Pedro Art Association and Read on till Morning. Come down to meet local artists and start your weekend off right!

Celebrate “Independents” All Weekend at CRAFTED

Posted July 2nd, 2015

CRAFTED is the “home of handmade” in Southern California – and it’s home to dozens of independent artisans who create handcrafted items to sell in their shops. The Port of Los Angeles recently stopped by to highlight some of these talented people.

These are the wonderful people you are supporting when you shop independent. Come down to CRAFTED this weekend and celebrate the holiday with us. We’ll be open on July 4th from 11a.m. until 6p.m. with special activities and a DJ to keep the party going all day long!

Celebrate “Independents” & Independence for a Chance to Win!

Posted June 26th, 2015

It’s CRAFTED’s 3rd Anniversary this week and you know what they say: “three’s a charm,” “three’s a magic number,” and “three’s company!”

So bring three people along on your next visit to CRAFTED and say “Happy Anniversary!” to an Ambassador at the Beverage Station, and you can enter to win passes to three creative classes taught by CRAFTED artisans! Come by with your guests on July 4th and you’ll get an extra entry for your declaring that you support Independents (a.k.a. small business owners, like the ones at CRAFTED).

You can also celebrate online by sharing a picture/post of your favorite thing about CRAFTED (like your favorite shop, item you bought here or an event you enjoyed) and you’ll be entered too.

To connect with us on social media use:
Twitter: @CRAFTEDport_la
Instagram: @CRAFTEDport_la

CRAFTED Welcomes Banter & Bliss

Posted June 26th, 2015

For the third week in a row, a brand new store has opened in the market: It is our pleasure to introduce you to your future favorite candle company, Banter & Bliss. Banter & Bliss offers high-quality soy candles in a bouquet of fragrant scents.

Banter & Bliss soy candles Sheena handmade Los AngelesBanter & Bliss candles are all natural and hand-poured locally in Pasadena. The candles come in three different sizes to satisfy your burning desires.

Banter & Bliss soy candles Sheena los angeles Get your favorite Banter & Bliss scent in melt form if you prefer not to play with fire. Gifting someone? Visit Banter & Bliss for custom metal marquee letters and personalized etched glasses for a thoughtful present.

Banter & Bliss Sheena soy candles los angeles handmadeMake sure you follow your nose back to Banter & Bliss the next time you’re at CRAFTED and check out all of their great products and gifts – shopping there is a treat for the senses!

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