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1  California / California: South / Re: Boyfriend-friendly LA craft stops? on: November 06, 2008 12:10:55 AM
You need to be brave to stay at The Hotel Cecil.  I live in (and love) Downtown LA, but it is not for everyone. There are a lot of homeless people and pan-handlers, so you should only stay here if you are okay with that. The Hotel Cecil is not too far from Skid Row, and there is not a lot of activity on that block at night. There IS a new project at the Hotel Cecil called Stay Hotel which looks interesting. They have renovated a few floors and built a separate entrance. The new project is aimed at a much younger (hipper) demographic. If you want to stay in that part of town, you should check it out: http://www.stay-hotels.net

The subway doesn't reach the beach, but you can take the 720 bus all the way to Santa Monica. It is sort of a fun ride because you go through a lot of areas (Downtown, Mid-City, Miracle Mile, Beverly Hills, Westwood, etc), but it takes about an hour. You can catch it on 5th/Main St.

Good luck!

I agree that Santee Alley is a bit over-rated... but there are good fabric and notion stores nearby.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Felted Stone Rug on: March 25, 2008 10:50:23 PM
This is really beautiful! Congratulations.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Jersey Wrapdress on: August 06, 2006 11:30:19 PM
Looks gorgeous on you!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Give me pictures of your womb! (knitted wombs, of course) on: March 30, 2006 04:15:59 PM
Hello everyone.

Some of you may have read my previous posts on craftster describing the senior thesis project that I working on to complete my graphic design b.f.a... if you haven't: I am doing a project about craftivism. What I am making is a sort of twist on a magazine. It includes background and directions for various "socially conscious" projects.

I am interested in including the womb pattern, but would like to have pictures of the finished pieces and don't have enough time to make one before my project is due.

So, if you have made the womb, and wouldn't mind me using photographs of it in my project (which will only be seen at my school and in my portfolio for self-promotion) please email them to me at traci.larson@gmail.com.

I would prefer the highest resolution you have available, but will not be picky. Also, the more wombs the better!

If your email provider won't allow you to send large files, you can zoom them to me using www.yousendit.com.

Thank you.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to do with eyelash yarn??? on: January 09, 2006 10:45:34 AM
I also recieved some eyelash yarn as a gift and am not a fan of it or the color that I got.... but I used it to knit a little stuffed bird for my boyfriend's sister! I actually only used the eyelash for the lining under the wings, but it could have been the whole thing.

So yeah, I suggest making a stuffed animal for someone.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Stitch as Meditation...'Thread as Thought' Research Project on: January 08, 2006 02:13:35 AM
Aw, don't hide! I completely understoood what you meant... I have actually been thinking about this quite a bit, as I just finished the research portion of my senior thesis (which was about craft/craftivism).

I think for me when I am making things it is often about the transformation of materials that is most exciting. As I am knitting, I usually stop after every row or two to admire my progress. As I am knitting is like "come on, two more stitches to go..." Then it is like "wow! look how big it is!" It is the same when I sew. At the beginning of the project it is like "ugh, look at all the pieces this thing requires! I am never going to finish." But, at the end of every project the sense of accomplishment is so high that any frustration during the middle is forgotten.

There is some joy during the making, don't get me wrong. I especially like knitting rectangles... Scarves or little pouches. If I don't have to think too hard or worry about it working too much it is more fun. I like to knit in the car on long drives.

I am actually knitting my first thing from a pattern right now, though. And I find it really fun to do the shaping. That goes back to the transformation of materials that I mentioned before. Turning a skein of yarn turn into a sweater (or in my current case, a stuffed penquin) is pretty incredible.

I find that knitting is a good balance between relaxation and productivity. I am currently a senior in college and my workload is pretty stressful. I usually feel like I need to be accomplishing something at every minute. By knitting, I am using my time for something useful while still taking a break from working/thinking.

Hope this addresses some of the points you are interested in. Let me know if you'd like to discuss this more or have any questions. Good luck with your research!

7  California / California: South / Re: san fernando valley group? on: December 10, 2005 12:39:13 PM
Did anything ever come of this thread?

I also live in the valley...
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: The role of craft on: October 19, 2005 09:34:38 PM
thanks so much for your response as well!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: The role of craft on: October 16, 2005 01:08:12 AM
Thank you for your reply!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / The role of craft on: October 15, 2005 11:56:31 AM

I am a Senior Graphic Design student at an art-school in Los Angeles.

I am doing my senior thesis about crafting, and am still trying to focus that subject area based on the information that I can find.

I am hoping that some of the wonderful people here at craftster can give me some insight about their craft habits...

These are some general categories I think that I would find helpful, feel free to tell me as much or as little as you have time for or are comfortable doing...

What role does craft have in your life?
   (How often do you do it, how much of the stuff you have is crafted, how many gifts that you give are crafted, how much time do you spend on crafting/researching crafts/buying supplies compared to how much time you spend on other activities, etc.)

When did you start crafting?
   (What was your first craft, who turned you onto crafting, do you still craft with this person, etc.)

What crafts do you do?
  (Are you a jack of all trades or a focused craft(st)er, how long have you been doing these crafts, etc.)

Who do you craft with?
  (Who teaches you, who do you teach, do you craft alone or in groups, what age and gender are the people in your craft group, etc.)

How do people around you feel about your crafts?
  (Do you do it for/because of others or in spite of them, are people appreciate of crafted gifts you give them, do your friends crafts, does your significant other craft, if not how do they feel about your practices, etc.)

What role do computers play in your crafting?
 (How often do you look to internet sites for inspiration/instruction, do you look at them for a reason other than that, which do you use, Do you use any other computer programs to aid your crafting?)

I am open to any other anecdotes or ideas about crafting.

I am most interested in craft's relation to gender and technology.

Please private message me or just respond to this post with any help you can provide.

Thank you!
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