Craft Critique Visits the Urban Craft Center

Written by Sarah Moore, Editor-in-Chief

When we were in Los Angeles recently for the CHA conference we thought it’d be fun to explore some local craft shops.  Top on our list, and for good reason, was the Urban Craft Center in Santa Monica.

From the Urban Craft Center About Page:

The Urban Craft Center is a place of social gathering and craft inspiration for the Santa Monica, Southern California area. We have plenty of room for you to spread out projects and a vast assortment of tools available for use in the studio. Add to that our classes, private lessons and full retail space with natural, hard to find items, and the U.C.C is your one stop craft Mecca. You can do it all at the U.C.C – so come on in and get inspired.

Private Lessons in Yudu screenprinting, sewing, knitting, crochet, bookbinding and more, are available at the center, and the space can also be booked for private parties or events.

Owner, crafter and entrepreneur, Angharad Jones, moved to Los Angeles from Oregon, and wanted to create a space reminiscent of her indie-craft roots.  The ample space, hidden away in downtown Santa Monica is a crafter’s paradise!

Even the Calendar and community board were appealing to us crafters!

Crafty ideas from past and future classes line the walls and fill the shelves.  We especially loved this first class for couples!



There was plenty of eye candy for us to ogle over…




 Check out this ball of yarn!

An amazing crafty book collection…

Supplies and notions…

And many giftables for your favorite crafter…

And then they have a perfect open craft space.  Couches for those who like to get cozy while they craft, and tables for people who need space to spread out!  We were there on an open craft night, when it was free to sit and craft, but the space can be rented for a nominal fee anytime the shop is open.  Perfect for apartment dwellers who don’t have a lot of crafting space at home.

I love that you can have access to all these wonderful supplies right at your fingertips; The Yudu, sewing machine, a spinning wheel, a computerized die cut machine, a propane tank for precious metal and clay firing, polymer clay tools, rubber stamps, paper punches, embroidery hoops, needle felting, paper making, soap making, scrapbooking and dyeing equipment, and a washing machine for felting!

The icing on the cake was the Yarn Bomb we discovered outside the shop.  This is crafty vandalism we can get behind!

Where do you go in your neighborhood to socialize with other crafters?  Share your favorite store/meeting space or club.  Who knows, maybe Craft Critique will stop on by!

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2 Responses to Craft Critique Visits the Urban Craft Center

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    Dee in N.H. March 22, 2011 at 9:50 am #

    Oh my, that looks heavenly!

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    Robyn March 22, 2011 at 5:07 pm #

    In our own small way,l this is what we are growing towards at Nice Threads/Studio Gallery
    In Black Mountain, NC
    We welcome use of our studio,tools and have a comfy sitting and crafting area. Come Visit!