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mspuff
« on: November 22, 2003 09:08:05 PM »

please, please?
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saucyhiggens
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2003 07:12:26 PM »

What are you looking for?
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mspuff
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2003 07:48:55 PM »

Sorry, I guess I should have been more specific, but I really didn't think anyone would respond  Undecided.  Anyway I'm new to the area and looking for cool crafty + arsty people/classes/stores.  I'm into silkscreening, paper-related arts (but not really scrapbooking), graphics, furniture making...and of course, have a secret penchant for making little crafty objects, like magnets etc.  Anyway, I haven't had much luck finding the people/classes/stores so far -- I've found some classes offered by ACAD (really expensive!) and City of Calgary Recreation.  As for stores, it seems that if it can't be found at Lewiscraft, Fanny's Fabrics, Walmart or Michael's then it doesn't exist!  Are there any independent craft stores out here?  Any great places to take classes and meet people?  I even thought about taking up knitting (an activity that's very counter to me since I'm not very detail-oriented) but alas, not even a Stitch and Bitch or yarn store around, or at least none that I can find.  If anyone can point me in the right direction, I'd be grateful!
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saucyhiggens
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2003 08:13:45 PM »

Alas, Micheals has wiped out all of the cool craft stores that used to be around.  If you are into beads at all, Suzie Q Beads in Inglewood has some classes on what to do with them.  They are kind of pricy for the beads them selves, though.  They also hooked me up with a place to learn how to make glass beads.  (haven't taken it yet, but sometime in the new year...)  I have taken a few classes from the Calgary Parks & Rec books, and they are pretty good.  

I'm not really into furniture making, so I'm not sure where to go for that.  If you ever did find out where to do silkscreening, I would be curious to know, it's something I would like to do.

Good luck!
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mspuff
« Reply #4 on: November 29, 2003 06:54:20 PM »

cool, I'll have to check out Suzie Q--I've been meaning to go there so even more incentive.  There's a silkscreening class through Alberta College of Art + Design, but it's pretty expensive ($235 I think?) for a three day class.  Glass beads sounds fun, is it through a stained glass place?
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cateph
« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2003 07:49:35 AM »

Hi,  Unfortunatley you are right about the selection of craft stores here.
I am anxiously waiting for my stitch n' bitch book (should be here tomorrow!) I have never knit anything in my life. Under YARN in the yellow pages I found Gina Browns, near Chinook Center another is Birch Hill Yarn on Lake Fraser DR SE.
There is also a good paper store at 130th and Deerfoot SE. It is a scrapbooking store, but they sell sell really cool paper, lots of handmade and comtemporary stuff. I am not sure of the name, it is Scrapbook...something. It is a little on the expensive side.
I will have to go to Suzie Q beads on of these days. There is also Beads and Plenty more in Bonavista Shopping Centre, they offer classes. I think most of these stores do.
Hope some of this helps Smiley
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mspuff
« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2003 03:48:01 PM »

If you get so inspired to start a Stitch and Bitch, let me know!  Maybe I can knit a misshapen scarf or something...

I noticed that the dollar store (I think A Buck or Two) now stocks some cool handmade-ish Indian/Thai papers.  Also the art store (Colours) in Marda Loop has DIY screenprinting kits for about $80.  

Sigh, I wish the soapmaking classes were cheaper...somehow I can't justify paying like $80 to make 3 bars of soap.
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cateph
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2003 08:11:07 AM »

I don't know that I will be ambitious enough to Start a Stich and Bitch right away, maybe in the New Year. I will certainly let you know! I would love to learn how to knit with other people, I really don't have a clue. The book finally arrived yesterday.
I never thought about trying the dollar store for paper...I will have to look there.
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« Reply #8 on: January 06, 2004 12:55:19 PM »

I currently go to ACADI'm a second year Fibre and Textiles major. I know you can take Con-ED classes for printing on cloth, the technician in my department teaches them (at least she did last year). They are expensive, yes, but you get access to unlimited facilities and the instructors are absolutely fabulous (everyone in the Fibre department is nice as pie). This semester I'm taking a printing on cloth course (specializing in silkscreening) and I'm super excited.

And as for craft stores, everyone is right: there's hardly anything good here. If you want great fibres for knitting/crocheting/weaving, head to Gina Browns or Beehive (they're both in the same area of town, just off Macleod Trail). There's also a great fibres store in Carstairs, I forget what it's called. It's a long drive away but it's worth it if you want to get quality stuff.

Also, there's Nordraft art supplies on 16th Avenue, they sell everything under the sun. I've bought quite a bit of my lino printing supplies there.

And! If there's a Stich and Bitch going on, count me in! I'm all about meeting new crafty kids!
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dancecraze
« Reply #9 on: January 06, 2004 08:08:48 PM »

My favourite place to wander around with a debit card is the sixth floor (I think; the one above the furniture floor) of the Bay downtown. There's a Michael's there AND a fabric/accessories place!

Also, there's always Mona Lisa at 17th Ave & 7th Street. You probably already knew about it, but still!

Aaand, I'm all for learning how to knit at a S&B. I'm too intimidated to knit around pros.
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