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tardmuffin
« on: August 23, 2006 06:34:04 PM »

Just moved in to Clark, and while I didnt pack my craft stuff, I'm close enough to home that I can justify a weekend to grab it all.
Problem is, I know of nothing in the city, no stores or crafty groups or anything. So, anything would be awesome. And if it's within walking distance, even better! I do have a car, and would be capable of driving places but I have only the faintest how to parellel park  Undecided (thank god for parking garages) so less driving= more happy tardmuffin.
Thank you in advance Smiley
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sixfist
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2006 05:09:22 PM »

hello there fellow clark student.
what sorts of craft are you into? i myself don't find time for such things normally, but i know other more dedicated crafters around here.
how ya likin' clark so far?
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tardmuffin
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2006 07:39:37 PM »

Sewing, embroidery, stencils, screenprinting, scrapbooking, minor jewelry making, pretty much anything except knitting and crochet, though i'm itching to learn to knit.
Know any good stores nearby either? i've only ventured off campusto get to cvs and some apartments, so i havent discovered any craft stores. Or anything for that matter. I should probably try getting off campus.
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QueenofSporks
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2006 11:11:00 AM »

Well, not a clark student, but a WPI student, so close enough.

I haven't really looked for specialty yarn stores, but wpi sort of has a "knitting club" or whatever. It's entirely populated by middle-aged administrative women, so not really a good time, but they have a good resource link: http://www.wpi.edu/Admin/HR/Knit/Resources/lys.html

I usually just stick to AC Moore.

it's unfortunate worcester doesn't have a stitch and bitch or something.

Enjoying worcester's "threadbare ambiance"?
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QueenofSporks
« Reply #4 on: August 31, 2006 11:14:57 AM »

Whoops, I read that as you wanting to know where yarn stores were, not general crafts. Anatomy test in an hour, my brain is fried.

Well, those resources should help you, anyway. Also, there's a jo-ann's fabrics up route 9 (Belmont Street). Most of these places are closer to WPI than clark (we're more strategically located, naaah nahhh nahnahnaaaaaah. Sorry, had to get it out, heh.)

I usually get stenciling stuff at micheals (also up route 9), fabric and joann's and yarn at A.C. Moore.
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supersleeves
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2006 08:09:52 AM »

Clark craftster here! AC Moore is really good for craft supplies (super cheap t-shirts in every color imaginable too!). Other than that, I really don't know of much around the area... I grew up in Fitchburg (about a half hour from Worcester), and I know that this area is generally not crafter-friendly. However, I've heard if you look hard enough, you can find some pretty cool stuff.

Hey, and if you're itching to learn how to knit, I'm usually around and would be glad to teach... drop me a line on AIM if you want (supersleeves). Smiley

Happy Crafting!!
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Amara
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2006 11:39:35 AM »

I'm also a Clarkie Crafter!

What's up with the Craft room in the basement of the Higgins center? (It's my first semester, I'm a transfer student.)
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Amara
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2006 11:41:04 AM »

Oh yeah, and the Salvation Army thrift store next to the Price Chopper is AWESOME for finding great clothes to remake, and furniture to reupholster and/or decoupage.
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supersleeves
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2006 02:22:31 PM »

Thanks for the tip about the Salvation Army.. I've been meaning to check that out!

(I'm a transfer too Smiley)
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snowmoon3
« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2006 05:04:14 PM »

I graduated from Clark in 04 but I still live in Worcester.  I knit, crochet, and spin and am willing to teach any of it. 

The only craft store in Worcester is A.C. Moore.  It's on Lincoln Street.

There is a Jo-Ann's in Shrewsbury (Rt. 9) and there are Michael's in Shrewsbury (Rt. 9) and Millbury (Blackstone Valley Shoppes).

If you are interested in weaving, there is the Saori Studio on Highland Street.

There are no local yarn stores in Worcester but there are several in surrounding towns.  There is Village Needleworks in Northborough (Rt. 20), Necessities for Needlework in Westborough (E. Main Street),  and The Sheep Shack in Holden (Main Street).  I've heard there's also a nice one in Gardner but that's a bit further and I don't know what it's called or where it is.  There's also supposedly one in Grafton but I don't know name or location for that either.  Also, if you can get out to North Hampton, Webs is supposed to be amazing. 

As for the craft studio in the basement of Higgins, I never found it useful but things may have changed over the past few years.  If you go down there, there should be a poster with class times and fees.

You can reach me on AIM at snwmoon3 or on my knitting blog www.snowmoon3.blogspot.com or the shownotes for my podcast
http://btfm.livejournal.com

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