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Eco Pet Handbags Returns to CRAFTED

Posted August 19th, 2015

We’re happy to announce that Eco Pet Handbags is available again in the market! Eco Pet fuses upcycled pet food bags with designer fabrics to create purses, clutches and pouches that are both functional and fashionable. These bags are truly worth more than the sum of their parts, since maker Laura donates a portion of all proceeds to animal-benefit organizations. You can find Eco Pet Handbags in the Twisted Sisters shop, #208.

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    CRAFTED Back to School 2015

    Posted August 19th, 2015

    Summer is winding down and schools are ramping up for fall semester. Heading back to school doesn’t have to mean the season for self-expression is over. Make this semester a lot more stylish for your favorite student or teacher – especially if that scholar is you! Here are just some of the handmade creations that are worthy of an “A+” grade.


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      2015 L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Art Fest Highlights

      Posted August 14th, 2015

      The L.A. Quilt Show and Fiber Arts Fest returned to CRAFTED for an even bigger second time around on August 8th & 9th. This year brought more quilt and fiber arts entries, more guilds and more hands-on learning opportunities. We’re proud of the CRAFTED host committee for creating and facilitating such a well-rounded experience for participants and attendees. Below are some highlights from the show – if you missed it, make sure to join the 2016 invite list here.

      Southern California Quilts of Valor

      We were honored to welcome the Southern California chapter of Quilts of Valor to this year’s event. Their volunteers really walk the talk: not only did they speak about the importance of comforting veterans and active military through quilting, they also presented two deserving service men with quilts and hosted a sew-a-thon during the show!

      Speakers & Classes

      There were other informative talks and several hands-on classes offered this year, including one led by event sponsor Nick Coman of Dragonfly Dyeworks (left). Julie Sawyer-Rogan, a quilter who exhibited in last year’s show, returned this year to lead a very informative talk on the history of upcycling feed bags. It was great to see both familiar and new faces at this year’s show.

      In addition to all of the learning opportunities, there were lots of other ways guests got to dig in and get creative, from painting scarves with Mayu Silk Art, trying their hand at using the Go!Baby die cutter with Kersey Girl Creations and learning how to crochet with yes4arts.

      The Main Event

      The quilt show competition was definitely the main event of the entire weekend. There is something about seeing all the colors against the bare wood of the warehouse that really make them pop! We were glad to welcome a number of guilds who brought some beautiful pieces with them. There were also a lot more non-quilt fiber arts entries this year which was really exciting.

      Quilt Show Results

      We had such a great showing from a variety of styles and they all looked so wonderful, as evidenced by our Best in Show winner above, Paprika by Pat O’Bryan. Here is a list and gallery of all the award-winning entries.

      Best in Show – “Paprika” by Pat O’Bryan
      People’s Choice – “Bleeding Heart” by Grace Errea
      Functional Fiber Art Award – “August in Mojave” by Suzie McCall
      CRAFTED Award – “Rand McNally Map Series” by Ellen November
      Young Quilter Award – “Beauty Meadow” by Ava Ingerson

      Thank you to all of the volunteers from the Friendship Square Quilt Guild, the Santa Monica Quilt Guild, the South Bay Quilters Guild and the Quilters by the Sea for keeping the show running smoothly, and to sponsors  Dragonfly Dyeworks, Kersey Girl Creations, Accuquilt, L’Atelier and OC Sewing for their support. See you next year!

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        Shop the Fiber Arts at CRAFTED

        Posted August 13th, 2015

        In addition to being a fabulous marketplace full of wonderful handmade products by amazing artists, CRAFTED is a dynamic creative community that likes to challenge and inspire each other. So it’s no wonder that some of our artists saw last week’s quilt show and fiber art fest as an opportunity to produce some outstanding new pieces that are now available for purchase!

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          Plan Your Visit to the L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Art Fest!

          Posted July 31st, 2015

          The 2nd Annual L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Fest is next weekend, so it’s time to buy your tickets and start plotting your best visit! Whether you’re a maker or simply a fiber arts enthusiast, the Host Committee has jam packed the show full of classes and activities for everyone. You’ll probably need both days to enjoy it all, so here are some tips for your planning:

          Get Guilded
          A number of quilting guilds will be participating in the the L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Art Fest and recruiting new members, so if you’ve ever wanted to take your quilting out of your craft room and into the community, the event is a great way to find a group to join. Non-makers can still appreciate the guilds’ opportunity quilts that will be on display. Buy a raffle ticket and you’ll get the chance to take one home!

          Fiber arts fans will just LOVE the speakers we have lined up this year. Julie Sawyer-Rogan will take us through the history of feed bags and their usefulness during the Great Depression; Barbara Winkler, Coordinator of So Cal Quilts of Valor, will speak about the national movement to honor and comfort veterans by creating quilts for them and Steve from OC Sewing will be giving a spirited talk entitled, “Sewing Without Swearing: Mastering Your Machine.” Check the schedule for times.

          Get Hands-On
          Not only can you learn how to master your machine at the show, you are encourage to bring it along! Join up with the So Cal Quilts of Valor “quilt-a-thon” to make pieces for comforting veterans and active military, or use your machine to take one of the classes that includes sewing. Incredibly talented instructors including Grace Errea, Sandra Johnson, Robin Lake and Meriel Stern will be leading both sewing and non-sewing lessons ranging from dyeing to weaving and color theory. Register now while there are still spots open.

          You can also visit the yes4arts shop inside CRAFTED for free lessons on crochet basics.

          In addition to all the great shopping to be had at CRAFTED year-round, there will be 20 visiting vendors (including sponsors Dragonfly Dyeworks and Kersey Girl Creations) featuring an array of quilting and fiber supplies and finished products.

          Eye-Catching Exhibits
          And the main event: quilts and fiber art! Hanging from the rafters, showcased on pedestals – there will be over 20,000 square feet of beauty in the main hall. Guest are invited to don white gloves to touch some of the pieces, and to cast a ballot for their favorite piece. Winning makers will be announced on Sunday afternoon.

          Get your ticket to the show now and save $3 off the door price. Sew cool!

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            L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Art Class Preview

            Posted July 28th, 2015

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            In only its second year, the L.A. Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Fest has expanded to include multi-disciplinary classes taught by esteemed instructors. These hands-on workshops will take your skills to the next level as the instructors guide your through each project. Here’s a preview of the great classes that will be going on at this year’s quilt show. Space is limited, so register now at


            Class_Value_GErreaThe Value of VALUE Saturday, August 8 from 12-1:20 p.m.
            Value does all the work in art, but Color gets all the credit. This class is all about Value: what it is, what can it do for the art piece, and how and where to use it. Lots of live examples will be provided. This is a fun and entertaining class that also provides a wealth of information. Plus, students will receive a value matching tool created by instructor, Grace Errea.



            Upcycled Jean Quilting Saturday, August 8 from 12-1:20 p.m.
            Instru Class_JeanQuilt_VJohnsonctor Sandra Johnson will show you how to deconstruct “over-loved” jeans and clothes to create a quilt from your family’s favorite former fashions. Use classic embroidery stitches along with learning a few Sashiko style contemporary Japanese patterns to personalize your project. To bring: Rotary cutter and mat, scissors, ruler for cutting, iron, ironing surface, marking pins and jeans/clothes you’re ready to use in a new way.



            Design & Print Bold Flowers on Fabric Saturday, August 8 from 3-4:20 p.m.Quilt Show Fiber Art Robin Lake Screenprint Dye
            Robin Lake will lead you through the process of creative paper stencil design to make bold flower motifs. Then she’ll show you printing techniques in order to screenprint discharge dye removal. You will produce usable swatches that you can incorporate into our sewing projects. All materials included with registration.




            Crocheted Sculpture Sunday, August 9 from 12-12:50 p.m.Quilt Show Fiber Fest Meriel Stern Crochet Sculpture
            Meriel Stern will share how to use crochet wire, magnetic tape and other unusual fibers to create one-of-a-kind sculptures based on shapes found in nature. No previous knowledge of crochet techniques is required, while those who are proficient in traditional techniques will benefit from new ideas introduced. Meriel will provide wire, magnetic tape, plastic bags, and fiber materials, as well as share historical reference materials for inspiration. Please bring: crochet hooks of all sizes.


            Please note: Registration for the California Dreaming Shawl and Wee Woven Bag classes are closed.

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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.

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                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!

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                  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.

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                    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

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