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Placerville - A Crafters Paradise!

Only in Placerville, California can you find four craft businesses owned and operated by women. These ladies are working hard to keep alive the wonderful world of hand crafted art. A recent article in “The Wall Street Journal” by Sharon Begley stated that hobbies can help to keep brains healthy. Hobbies and crafts are interchangeable terms, with most crafters considering their craft an art as well as hobbies. Placerville , California is just the place to go to pick up a new hobby/craft, get back to an old hobby/craft or just to explore possibilities. Not only will individuals be keeping their brain healthy they will be creating beautiful art and heritage items that will last generations to come. There are no other towns in California where you can find four major craft shops all within walking distance of each other. Historic Downtown Placerville just one block south of Highway 50 en-route to South Lake Tahoe is just this place. In amongst the antique shops, a gourmet culinary store and the oldest continually operating hardware store west of the Mississippi, you will find wonderful crafting treasures. Situated on Main Street where the following shops offer something for everyone.

Classes are offered for quilters and sewers from beginning to advanced. Subjects include quilting projects at all levels, creativity and inspiration workshops, machine embroidery techniques, computer software, and more!

Kelsey's Needle Crafts

Kelsey’s Needle Krafts, 447-A Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 622-6205
www.kelseys-needlekrafts.com

The store was established in 2001 with the goal of providing quality material and instructions for the needle artists in the area. They offer a wide range of patterns, kits, fabrics, and fibers for cross-stitching, needlepoint, hardanger, huck weaving and more. Classes are offered for a broad range of experience. They are designed for children, beginners, intermediate, and advanced stitchers. Courses will introduce interesting and decorative stitching techniques on a variety of fabrics with numerous fibers.

Lofty Lou’s, 585 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 642-2270
www.knit.us

Owner Lou Andersen opened Lofty Lou’s in 1990 in a loft above a yarn shop. At that time they specialized in spinning and weaving supplies and equipment. Lou carried a line of hand dyed yarns at this location. The business moved to the present location in 1993, because the spinners and weavers were tired to carrying their spinning wheels up the stairs to the loft. In 1998 when the yarn shop closed, Lou began carrying yarns. Today they carry over 130 different yarns and a full line of fibers, spinning and weaving supplies. Classes are offered to help the knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers.

Beads Plus

Beads Plus, 413 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 642-2323

Owner Lisa Jones operates a shop with a world class selection of beads and trinkets from around the world. She and her staff maintain an atmosphere of fun while helping customers create innovative jewelry, awesome clothing and gifts. The shop carries a full line of books and tools to help you create that special item using their extensive inventory of charms, gemstone, glass, amber, crystals, wood, silver, seed an silver beads. Additionally they offer classes in numerous techniques associated with the beading world.

Placerville News Company

Placerville News Company, 409 Main Street
Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 622-4510
Website: www.pvillenews.com

Placerville News Company carries a large selection of art and craft supplies: paint, paint brushes, glue, stencils, charcoal, origami, coloring books, colored pencils, pastels, throwing clay, glaze and tools, drawing inks, art paper and boards, Xacto knives, drafting tools and the list just goes on and on. They also carry plastic models and everything you need to build and paint them. Owner Mary Meader is the third generation to operate the store and is assisted by two of her children, Jeff and Chris. Stop by and they will be happy to help you with your craft needs.

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