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1  CITY GUIDES FOR CRAFTSTERS / ASIA / Re: Any Crafty People in Beijing? on: November 24, 2010 07:56:39 PM
Well, this is such an old thread, you've probably either found the craftiness you need or fled by now, but in case some one else is looking---yes, there is craftiness in Beijing. It's not like Japan or N. America, but it's there...

To connect with (English-speaking) yarn crafty people, check out Stitch-n-Bitch Beijing


And also the Ravelry China Knitters group, which includes yarny folks in other Chinese cities.

The "Insider's Guide to Beijing" from Immersion Guides, is a useful reference for English-speakers living in Beijing, and is for sale in many places where the expat types congregate (hotel newstands, the Bookworm in Sanlitun, The Bridge Cafe in Wudaokou). It doesn't have a separate "crafts" listing but they do list places to buy fabric and yarn, art supplies, and stationary/paper-related stuff. They also have a website which has all kinds of listings of events and shops and so on:


If your Chinese is fluent, you really don't need my help....

2  UNITED STATES / Massachusetts / Re: Craft felt in Boston area? on: August 09, 2008 01:34:39 PM
Maybe you've already got your felt by now, but in addition to the fabric stores mentioned above, Pearl Arts and Crafts in Central Square (Cambridge) has craft felt. It's down in the basement, I think you'd turn left at the bottom of the stairs to find it.  Good luck trying to get one of their preciously tatooed love-child employees who seems so embarassed to be found in a "craft" section to help you in any substantive way, but the store is very convenient to the T (red line) and other fun places.
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: SUPER MARTIAN ROBOT GIRL!!!! on: July 25, 2008 11:55:51 AM
I also say: let her wear it to the party if she wants to! It's super-cute, and every so festive! (and besides: a happy child is a well-behaved child)
4  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Crafty Resources in Minnesota on: July 23, 2008 01:09:02 PM
I'm a native St Paul gal, now  living elsewhere. I visited this thread to see what new places I should check on my next trip home (thank you all!), but I also have one to add:

 Mosaic on a Stick
It's in St Paul, on Snelling Ave (north of University Ave, south of Hamline University) http://mosaiconastick.com/

It has mosaic supplies--like, the last time I was there, a whole rack of different colors of grout, which I didn't even know existed---books, some finished pieces for sale, studio space, classes, parties, and a fun creative atmosphere. The owners, Lori and Maria, are friendly and also pretty multi-crafty  so if you are new to the area, or new to crafting, they are good people to talk to about other craft'n'art venues and stores.

5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: Another miniature grouping on: July 20, 2008 07:07:56 PM
These remind me of The Tale of The Two Bad Mice (Beatrix Potter), in which the mice vandalize a doll house because they are SO mad when they realize that the great food they thought they found is really just painted plaster miniatures...So tasty looking I could understand their frustration...
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Marilyn Monroe - Warhol Style - Afghan on: March 17, 2008 05:07:27 PM
I'm trying to think of something cleverly Warholian to say but all I can say is wow. That is some wildly cool afghan.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Easter dress for my little girl Soo pretty, please look!! on: March 17, 2008 11:36:31 AM
totally cute---and looks comfy too! The color is great on her.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Purple plaid fleece coat and the painful story of its creation on: January 30, 2008 04:58:27 PM
oh yeah, you are SO not alone. I really don't have it too bad, my wee gal is pretty good at taking the pins out for me, and NOT sticking her fingers under the needle, but with all the pointy, sharp and hot things in the sewing room, it's not exactly relaxing to have her in there---I count myself lucky when she keeps her
self busy unfolding my stash and spreading it around the room, with a generous sprinkling of buttons....

Great coat! If you didn't say the ribbons under the buttons were there to hide a mistake, I'd just think they were a clever design detail.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Fleece hoodie on: January 30, 2008 04:46:35 PM
Totally cute. I love the purple lining.
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: My first crocheted thing (a hat) on: January 26, 2008 11:43:40 AM
but i love the yarn you used as well, it looks so silky. what is it?

It's a Patton's Wool-Soy blend, I didn't save the label unfortunately but I think it is called "soy wool stripes" (I Yarn from soy beans Huh this is new to me....) It's very soft, so nice to wear, and was pleasant to work with, but it's sort of fuzzy, like it's not twisted or plied very tightly, so when I made a mistake it was a bit hard to rip out---I'd  snagged it without realizing---sorry if that's too rambly or unclear. I would use it again tho.
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