About The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet &
Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
What has become the annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival started small in 2005 by Barbara Grossman as a fundraiser for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. In 2012, Barbara joined forces with her sister Ann Szilagyi , and merged with the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival as an annual event that takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Featuring knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing and other creative art classes, workshops, vendors and special displays and events, the Festival is a local favorite, having been named a “Top 10 Best Bet in Pittsburgh” by Pittsburgh magazine in February 2013.
Festival headliners over the years have included Annie Modesitt, Kathy Zimmerman, Candace Eisner Strick, Melissa Leapman, Maggie Jackson, Robyn Chachula, The Shibaguyz, Patty Lyons, Edie Eckman, Lisa H Calle, Andrea Wong, Debbie Macomber, StevenBe, Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude), Charles Gandy, Alasdair Post Quinn and Nicky Epstein, as well as many local teachers and designers.
The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival and the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival have expanded in order to embrace other forms of fiber art, including quilting, sewing, embroidery, surface design, recycling, weaving, tatting, spinning, wet and needle felting, rug hooking, dyeing, paper crafts and jewelry making.
Pat Catan’s sponsors a Warm Up America Lounge, supplying attendees with yarn to knit or crochet squares for blankets that are donated to local shelters and other charitable organizations.
We are proud to support the Salvation Army of Pittsburgh’s Annual Fabric Fair as an official drop off for fabrics, yarns, notions, crafting supplies etc.
My sister and I plan and prepare all year long for each festival, and we are grateful for the suggestions from vendors, teachers, designers, and visitors to the festival who help us to make each year even better than the last.
Traditional hand crafts have enjoyed a vibrant comeback, thanks in large part to the Internet, where all artists can connect with each other in so many ways (Ravelry, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogs). The times, they are a changin’, however the techniques remain the same. We honor the old traditions passed down from our mothers and grandmothers and continue to make wonderful things for our families and friends to treasure.
My sister and I look forward to seeing you at each Festival!
Barb & Ann