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1  California / California: North / San Francisco, CA: A Family Affair: Tips and Treats with the SF Craft Mafia on: July 02, 2007 09:01:34 PM


The San Francisco Craft Mafia (SFCM) strikes again with a community event for Bay Area designers, crafty businesses, and the general public alike. A Family Affair: Tips and Treats with the SF Craft Mafia offers local businesses and designers the perfect chance to network as well as fabulous opportunities to gain new, crafty skills.

Stitch Loungea member of SFCMwill sponsor and host, A Family Affair on August 12, 2-6pm, and feature a number of work stations to pick up jewelry-making tips, work on selected patterns from Stitch Lounge's published guide to clothing customization, Sew Subversive, embellish and bedazzle garments with an assortment of buttons, beads, and sequins, and decorate delicious cupcakes. Business owners and designers can mingle over treats and exchange their own business tips and experiences.

A Family Affair: Tips and Treats with the SF Craft Mafia
August 12, 2007, 2-6pm
@ Stitch Lounge
182 Gough Street (@ Oak in Hayes Valley) San Francisco, CA 94102-5918
Free to the public
$1-2 donations gladly accepted

+ Jewelry-making station: Cute n' easy earrings in 5 minutes.

+ Clothing customization station: Get your sew on with patterns from Stitch Lounge's published guide to clothing alteration, Sew Subversive.

+ Garment embellishment station: Sequins, fringe, beads, oh my! Bring in your old duds and get bedazzled.

+ Cupcake makeover station: Decorate delicious homemade cupcakes with gummy, sprinkly, frosty fun.

2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: Where Do You All Host Pictures? on: August 18, 2005 04:57:42 PM
I totally love Flickr. Here are my reasons:

1) free!
2) Link to other people's pictures (Contacts)
3) Create communities (there's a bunch of crafty ones!)
4) Comment on each other's pictures =)
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Re: fiber arts? on: August 18, 2005 04:37:03 PM
Hooray! Thanks Leah! I agree with teamwang that wetfelting knits should stay with the knitting board. Wetfelting exists as a process in and of itself outside of knitting so it's probably best to keep them separate.
4  California / California: North / Re: Anyone sewing in Oakland, CA? on: April 08, 2005 10:39:40 PM
Hey ladies, I've got a good tip for classes; definitely check out Stone Mountain and Daughter on Shattuck and Dwight in Berkeley.  I took the 5-wk Sewing 101 class, which was great and so helpful to learn good sewing machine habits. It doesn't matter if you already know how to work a sewing machine or you don't know how to thread a bobbin because the class is 5-6 people and the teachers provide plenty of individual attention. =D  I'd shopped around at other places and this place is definitely the least expensive but with more classroom hours than any of the rest.


I live near Lake Merritt, off of Harrison and the 580. =) 
5  California / California: Central / Re: Awesome fabrics store in Berkeley/Bay Area on: April 08, 2005 10:32:43 PM
I've wandered into Silk Road before because I work in downtown Oakland, right next to City Hall. I was really intent for some athletic nylon stuff they didn't have so I can't recall too much. I do remember that they had some really nice raw-looking silks.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: my first felted wool flowers! on: April 03, 2005 04:49:29 PM
Thanks for the compliments!

Candlellight, you can purchase felting supplies at a lot of places:
www.outbackfibers.com (pricey)
http://www.mielkesfarm.com (inexpensive)

If you do a search for "felting" other Craftster ladies have weighed in on their favorite on-line felting suppliers.

Pink Plumeria, I just clicked on the link I posted again and it works fine for me. You can check http://www.mielkesfarm.com/ and look around for another link to the instructions. Have fun!
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: another sampler site.........? on: March 31, 2005 01:47:09 PM
The Sampler, at the end of the day, is a legal business. To run any business smoothly takes an enormous amount of time, networking and resources, especially if it's a small one-person business.  You must ask yourself if you're ready for that kind of work right now. 

Also, it's a violation of business ethics involved with taking and implementing someone else's business plan in the same industry, that being the crafters' industry. Your reasoning is somewhat generous, but you must recognize that the world of crafty businesses run by women is a SMALL world. How many of us know about the Sampler, and are active on Craftster, Get Crafty, Glitter, LJ's Craftgrrl AND are businesswomen? How quickly does it take for news of fellow businesswomen "borrowing" ideas and text from another person's website to travel through the grapevine? It's all instantaneous.

I'm just starting out in this business but I can tell you that people know one another, many are friends and supporters of each other and their businesses. As a friend of Marie, I've seen her go through a lot hell and legal frustration with someone who's decided to clearly copy her business plan and the "Sampler" name. Therefore, I'm honestly sensitive to someone trying to do something Sampler-like because it's not fair to Marie's amazing efforts to make the Sampler reputable and supportive of this crafty community. Professionally-speaking, I can tell you that because Marie is a great person to know, I'm not alone in feeling supportive and loyal to her business; the thought of working with a Sampler-like entity is pretty much going to feel like a stab in the back. In a big business world, it wouldn't be a big deal to work with a competitor but when it's small and personal like it is here, this won't be perceived as a nice idea.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Deuces Wild Flower Pin Swap Round 3 on: March 07, 2005 02:40:44 PM
Yay! I'm glad you love it! =) Thanks for inspiring me to try something natural. =D
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Deuces Wild Flower Pin Swap Round 3 on: March 06, 2005 07:20:14 PM
I just received two crocheted(?) flowers from jennickell: (Thanks so much, my favorite is the blue one! =)

10  California / California: Central / Re: Where can I buy wool roving in the bay area? on: March 06, 2005 12:27:01 PM
Hey Rachelyra, I just went to Deep Color Studio yesterday. It was fun to make felted balls and flowers using wet felting techniques. And of course, I didn't get out of there without buying some more roving and a felting book in Japanese (nope, I'm not Japanese or fluent in the language) but there are lots of pretty, inspirational pictures). It was a lot of fun. Claudia, the store owner says that her store is geared more towards spinning and wetfelting, which I could totally tell.

The price of roving is very decent, $3.66 for 2 oz., although my heart is still with the pricier Outback Fibers. Anyhow, Deep Color Studio has a decent variety of colors, and some with a type of shimmery tinsel as well as some multicolored ones. (Note: They only accept cash and check.)
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