Artisanal LA – Highlight on Crafts

25 Oct

The Artisanal LA event this weekend was a blast.  There were some good finds and discoveries.

The best craft discovery was Common Thread.  Common Thread is a studio that allows you to rent their equipment. Inexpensive rentals!!  $10 an hour. Or $50 for the day.   They have a wide variety of sewing and craft machinery including equipment for silkscreening.

Grrrrr….I would never have bought my sewing machine and serger last year had I known Common Thread existed!  I don’t sew often so it would have been more practical to rent the equipment.

I have always wanted to try silkscreening.  Silkscreening equipment is expensive and Common Thread makes it possible to test it out for a low fee.

Here is a picture of Common Thread’s booth at the Artisanal LA event.

Common Thread also offers classes and private lessons.  You can find out more about them by going to their website at

I am going to have to make a trip to their studio in Pasadena soon and check it out.

Do you have a studio similar to this in your city?  If so, please share this information.  This is something I am sure others would love to know about!

I also happened to come across this cork bulletin board on display.  I’ve been saving up my wine corks and wanted to do something interesting with them.  This just might be the thing!  It’s small and easy to make. I also love how they have it standing up like a picture frame instead of hanging on a wall. That would be so helpful and look great on a desk.

Here are some more interesting craft works that were on display at Artisanal LA.  The pattern mixes and color combinations are fun and inspiring!

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5 Responses to “Artisanal LA – Highlight on Crafts”

  1. Lita Smithberger October 30, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Thank you for this info! I enjoyed it.

  2. Jin November 2, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    Thanks for the post about my store Common Thread Studio! Hope you WILL come by soon.

  3. Angie & Carrie November 2, 2010 at 7:02 pm #

    Jin, you have an amazing concept! I can’t wait to check it out. I’ll come by and check out your studio in the next few weeks. Angie

  4. club penguin money maker November 9, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

    Cool article. Very interesting.

  5. lisa valenzuela January 11, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Thank you for including my booth (Domestic Doll) in your blog. I also appreciate your compliment re: my fabric choices. :)

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