13th Annual Pittsburgh Knit and

Crochet Festival

and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

March 24, 25, 26, 2017

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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Upcoming Teachers and More!!!

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September 14, 2016
 
We are changing the format of the newsletters. In this and future issues, you will see it divided into 2 segments, possibly more, to bring you reviews, sweepstakes and to showcase everything we have to offer at the upcoming festival March 24, 25, 26, 2017!

Knit, Crochet, Fiber:

We are thrilled to have Marly Bird join us at theFestival! Marly is a Crochet and Knitwear Designer Extraordinaire! You can tell a lot about Marly just by the hats that she wears. She is an avid crocheter and knitter who loves to share her passion with her students. Balancing her day as a wife, mommy, designer, National Spokesperson for Red Heart Yarns, teacher and pod cast host is a challenge, but Marly wouldn’t change any of it. She’s joining us in Pittsburgh with a series of exciting classes and will be on hand when not teaching with Robyn Chachula at the Crochet Superbooth.

To celebrate crocheting, we are giving away this cool book “Boho Crochet” for one lucky winner, see below.

 

Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter, best known for all of herwildly popular KAL’s (Knit -Alongs), has been collaborating on KAL’s with skacel since early 2011. You are probably most familiar with the Scoreboard KAL, Building Blocks and Building in Color that are offered in local yarn stores regularly. We are pleased to have the talented Michelle join us and offer 5 of her newest classes.

Classes in Knit, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Surface Design and MORE!!!

Quilting, Sewing and Fabric:

 

We continue to be inspired and in awe of all of the talented people in the quilting world! The fabrics alone are spectacular but what is being done with fabric and the surfaces of quilts often leaves us amazed. We are now accumulating a stash of books and fabrics, and have spent a good bit of time looking at quilts and quilting on Pinterest.

Our very own Kitty Spangler, A Fiber Arts Guild member, teacher and artist, will be teaching multiple classes, one of which is an English Paper Piecing style class.  Her large quilt seen below, was done to commemorate Pittsburgh’s 250 Year Anniversary.  She took the image on the left (map of Pittsburgh neighborhoods) and turned it into an art quilt pictured on the right, connecting all of the neighborhoods with thread.

 

September Sweepstakes:

 

Boho Crochet Book:

To enter the Sweepstakes, please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by October 5th with the Title “Boho Crochet”.

 

 

 

 

 

Clover Rotary Cutter: 

To enter the Sweepstakes, please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com by October 5th with the title “Clover Rotary Cutter”.

 

March 24, 25, 26th 2017

David L Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

See you at the Festival!

 

Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

 

For Yarn and Quilt Lovers

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August 22, 2016
 
We are changing the format of the newsletters. In this and future issues, you will see it divided into 2 segments, possibly more, to bring you reviews, sweepstakes and to showcase everything we have to offer at the upcoming festival March 24, 25, 26, 2017!

Knit, Crochet, Fiber:

We’re thrilled to announce just one of the fantastic teachers you can look forward to taking classes with in March. Franklin Habit needs no introduction! He’s brilliant and witty. He loves the history of where patterns came from and what our grandmothers were doing in the good ol’ days. He has his own funny, personal, romantic and sometimes heartbreaking stories to share about his first teachers – all women in his family, which he draws inspiration from. He can charm you with antiquities and break down the complexities of Tessellations (interlocking patterns, often times seen in M.C. Escher’s works). This gifted and funny teacher is setting the fiber world on fire. With published books, he also has his own personal blog “Panopticon”, is featured on Skacel’s blog “Fridays with Franklin”, and is seen on Lion Brand’s Notebook. His original patterns can be found on Ravelry and he has published his own coloring book! We are thrilled to have him join us (The only tough part is selecting 5 of the 15 classes he submitted).

Classes in Knit, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Surface Design and MORE!!!

Quilting, Sewing and Fabric:

In the paragraph above, we mentioned Franklin’s recently published coloring book. Coloring books and Zentangle seem to be the latest rage! Pictured here, Gerry Benton, a Pittsburgh native, blends the multiple techniques of “Cross Crafting” (this term penned by our friends at Skacel). This block began as an Art Quilt Group Challenge. Gerry used Zentangle techniques in the larger circle, using a black marker, then machine quilted, machine appliqued and crystal embellished this beautiful 12″ x 12″ block. The theme was black and white fabric and Gerry did it brilliantly. She is a fiber artist, sewer, quilter, designer, knitter, crocheter, embroiderer, painter and Zentangle artist. She is tremendously knowledgeable about everything artistic and craft related. She will be teaching classes at the festival and overseeing the details of the Quilt Challenge. We are thrilled to have Gerry join the line up of teachers and we are grateful to have her share her ideas and suggestions with us. The title of the block shown above is Circles, Crystals and Triangles.

Sweepstakes Winners:

The winners of last months Sweepstakes Giveaways are:

 

MYSTERY BAG GIVEAWAY:  Trudy File of Pittsburgh, PA

 

INCREASE, DECREASE 99 Step-by-Step Methods by Judith Durant:   Joday Joseph of Slippery Rock, PA.

 

Stay tuned for more sweepstakes in future newsletters!

 

March 24, 25, 26th 2017

David L Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA

 

 

See you at the Festival!

 

Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

 

Quilt Challenge, Yarn Crawl and More!

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We are pleased to announce our 1st Quilt Challenge! The Title/Theme is: The Absence of Color (What does that mean to you?

Any variety of fabrics and fibers can be used to express your interpretation of The Absence of Color. Machine quilting, hand quilting, long arm, surface design, felting and embroidery techniques can be used and will be accepted in this Quilt Challenge. This is a People’s Choice contest and there will be monetary prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners, as well as Honorable Mentions at the Festival, March 24, 25, 26, 2017 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. For a complete list of details, rules, eligibility and application form please click here to download forms.

To ignite your creativity we are giving away a Mystery Bag with over 3 yards of fabric, batting, silks, fibers, ribbons, embellishments and more for one lucky winner.  To enter sweepstakes see details below.

 

We didn’t forget about yarn lovers!  We have a book review and giveaway below.

Book Review and Sweepstakes Giveaway:

 

Increase, Decrease, 99 Step-by-Step Methods by Judith Durant

Judith is the best selling author of all of the One Skein Wonder Series which I LOVE and have all 6 of them! This book is just as concise, thorough, with extreme attention to details, and we all know how important it is how to and where to use the right increases or decreases. Appropriate techniques are shown for shaping sleeves and necklines, for lace shaping, increasing from the center, for decreasing the tops of hats and more. The photographs show swatches with easy to follow methods explained using step by step guides. This is a valuable book to have on your shelf, with 99 methods to help every project you make. We have a copy of the book to give away, see below for sweepstakes details.

We would like to congratulate Yarns by Design on celebrating their 10 Year anniversary! They are just one of the shops participating in the Steel Valley Yarn Crawl, July 29th-August 7, 2016. Make sure to stop by and support your local yarn stores in the crawl!

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

The winner of the Sweepstakes Giveaway for the Ottlite Illumination Lamp is Lynn McClurg of Clarks Mill, PA.

To enter the Mystery Bag giveaway please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Mystery Bag” by August 15, 2016.

To enter the Increase Decrease Book by Judith Durant  giveaway please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “Increase Decrease” by August 15, 2016.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2015 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

Ottlite Review & Giveaway!!!

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We are currently making our final headliner selections for the 2017 Festival. We will again be offering classes in Knit, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Surface Design and more!

This month we feature a review and Ottlite giveaway. For those who attended and participated in the Creative Open Studio or attended one of the classes with the Shibaguyz, we featured lights donated by Ottlite. These lights are great for all crafters, regardless what your favorite past time is. Many have magnifying lamps that help with detail work but the lights themselves are perfect for any craft or desk to provide the best illumination.

We will be giving one lucky winner a 13W Slimline Task Lamp by Ottlite shown below. The model we are giving away is black and silver. For details on how to register see below.

 

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

The 5 lucky winners of the Plymouth Yarn Sweepstakes Giveaways from our last newsletter are:

  • Dorothy Wriedt of Swissvale, PA
  • Barb Feldman of West Bloomfield, MI
  • Beverly Bendiksen of Coraopolis, PA
  • Ann Gates of Erie, PA
  • Pam Knepper 

To enter the Sweepstakes Giveaway to win the Ottlite Illumination Lamp please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line “OTTLITE” by July 26th, 2016.


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Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Hot off the Press!!!

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Well, they are not “hot off the press”, but they are the newest fall collection from Plymouth Yarns that were shown at TNNA (The Needle Arts Association) Trade show in Washington DC this past weekend. You can see the entire collection of colors and suggested patterns atPlymouth Yarn and they’ll be at your local yarn store soon so you can keep an eye out. Congratulations to Plymouth Yarn on their 50 Year Anniversary!

Since Barb is still unable to review each individual yarn, we will just list them below and have a Sweepstakes for 5 Lucky winners!

Great new selections from Plymouth Yarn:

  • The Yarnimal Scarf Kit – cute as cute can be!  Available in 4 colors (pictured above)
  • Nako Arya Ebruli, a blend of alpaca, wool and acrylic, in spectacular colorways and generous yardage
  • Nako Arya Ebruli Sim, just like Ebruli, but with a touch of sparkle (pictured above)
  • Bio Bimbo, 100% Organic Cotton Yarn in soft and creamy pastel colorways (pictured above)
  • Cashmere Di Cotone, 10% cashmere and 90% cotton in solid colors
  • Arequipa Aventura, 50% Baby Alpaca and 50% Merino Wool. An amazingly soft boucle yarn in solid colors
  • Plymouth Select – Merino Textura, 62% Superwash finer Merino Wool and 39% Merino Wool, a slightly thick and thin spun yarn in solid colors
  • Linaza Hand Dyed – Multi colored colorway – 50% Alpaca, 25% Linen and 25% Tencel, an exceptional blend which is soft and supple
  • Happy Feet 100 – A multi colored 90% Superwash Merino and 10% nylon
  • Tuscan Aire – 90% Merino Wool and 10% nylon – a slightly thicker weight solid colored yarn from Italy
  • Cannoli – as the name implies – scrumptious! It’s a soft and chunky with a lovely spun twist – 53% wool and 43% acrylic from Italy

Each winner will receive accompanying color cards.

Don’t forget to visit our Facebook page to see what is happening with our followers for Worldwide Knit in Public Day, this Saturday, June 18th, 2016.

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

To enter the Sweepstakes Giveaways from Plymouth Yarn email us at pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title PLYMOUTH YARN.  5 Lucky Winners will be selected by July 4th, 2016.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Taking a brief break

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Plans are in progress for the 13th Annual Festival.  We are currently working on a great line up of teachers and exhibitors.

We will be taking a short break from newsletters and Sweepstakes giveaways.  Barb was recently diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia and will be having surgery next week. She plans to take a few weeks off to recover and heal. After that time we will resume our work to bring you updates on new product and book reviews.  We typically make plans to attend TNNA (The National Needlearts Association) summer show, but we have asked our sponsors to send us their new products to review since the show will be held during Barb’s recovery time. Look forward to sharing what’s new with you next month!

Save the dates for 2017 – March 24, 25, 26th!  Congratulations to our sweepstakes winners from last month’s newsletter listed below.

 

With Warm Regards,

 

Ann

Sweepstakes Giveaway Winners:

The winner of the “Butterfly Garden” charm packs is Elise Anne Bean of Middlesex, PA.

The winner of the Happenstance Sock Blank from Fibernymph Dye Works is Julie Benbenek Driban of Aberdeen, MD.


Festival Update is published by
Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival
P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Loving this weather!

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Is everyone loving the weather? We are and have been out and about, gardening and keeping busy. We stopped into the North Pittsburgh Quilters Guild Spring Quilt Show on Saturday and saw a beautiful array of lovely and awe inspiring quilts, wall hangings and whimsical pieces!

Pictured here is Sandra Schott’s X’s and O’s quilt. Sandra helped us out at the Festival this year. Her work is outstanding and her attention to detail is obvious. Maybe she’ll teach a class or two for us next year.

 

For all of you sewing and quilting enthusiasts, we have 2 Free Spirit charm packs for one lucky winner. The fabric, courtesy of Make it Coats, is 100% cotton, A Dena Design, “Butterfly Garden” just in time for a warm weather project. Enter below to win!

For the yarn lovers, we wonder how many have used sock blanks to make socks? We have a Happenstance Sock Blank with Sparkle, single knit, fingering weight, Merino/Nylon/Stellina, 438 yards. The colorway is purple, blue, green with a hint of silver sparkle and was hand dyed by Fibernymph Dye Works. Enter below to win this, a great project for any season!

Enjoy the weather and all of the blooming trees and flowers!

 

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

To Enter Sweepstakes Giveaways:

To enter to win the “Butterfly Garden” charm packs please email your entry to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title “Charm Packs” in the subject line

To enter to win the Happenstance Sock Blank from Fibernymph Dye Works please email your entry to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title “Sock Blank” in the subject line.

Winners will be drawn by May 1st and will be announced in the next newsletter


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Happy Spring!!

 

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We are back from vacation and have had time to decompress and adequately review all of the details from the 2016 Festival. We are already beginning to plan for the 2017 Festival and welcome your suggestions for teachers, classes, activities etc.

The 3 Grand Prize winners were selected on site.  Congratulations to:

Nicole Miller of Pittsburgh, PA- Winner of the Yarn Lovers Basket which included yarn from our sponsors, various hooks and needles and the skacel Addi Knitting machine

Leslie Stouffer of Slippery Rock, PA - Winner of the Just for me Basket which included various fun products to help you relax

Jen Cieltniks of Indiana, PA - Winner of the Janome Sewing Machine

The winners of the creativebug block challenge have been selected and each winner has received a free one year subscription to creativebug.  The photos of the three winners are shown below.

Dalila Medina:                                   Kristen Christensen:                      Jennie Wood:

 

Thank you to all of our sponsors who donated products and gifts to all of the attendees over the weekend. Please remember to support them throughout the year.

UPMC Senior CommunitiesLouet, NA, Pat Catan’s Craft Centerscreativebug,  JanomeGreen Mountain Energy, BabylockBrotherskacel, Make it CoatsBerrocoLion Brand YarnsBe Sweet,Universal YarnSpoonflowerBryson DistributingClover Needlecraft and Kraemer Yarns.  For a complete list of the people and organizations that helped to make the Festival a success, please visit our website page here.

Save the dates: March 24, 25, 26, 2017 at the David L Lawrence Convention Center, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom.

We will return to our regular newsletter with product, book and yarn and fabric reviews with Sweepstakes giveaways next month.

 

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann


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P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Thank You!!!

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Thank you all for a great festival!

We would like to recognize our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Teachers, Volunteers and Staff who all contributed to make the merger of the Festivals a great success.  We could not do it without their support!

We will be taking a short break to decompress, we are on a flight out for a well deserved rest and will follow up with photos, news and reviews after March 17th.

Save the dates….we are already making some great plans for 2017!!

March 24, 25, 26, 2017 at the David L Lawrence Convention Center, Spirit of Pittsburgh Ballroom.

 

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann


Festival Update is published by
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P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Online registration closes today

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Online Advanced Registration will close today at 5:00 PM. You will still be able to purchase admission tickets and select classes onsite. Please check in at registration to sign up for classes when you arrive.

Single day admission tickets are $15, Senior Sunday price is only $5 admission for seniors over the age of 65 graciously made possible by UPMC Senior Communities .

If you have not received a confirmation and have purchased admission tickets or classes, please be sure to pick up your registration packets at the ADVANCED REGISTRATION area.

Marketplace hours: (Registration opens 1 hour before Marketplace hours)

  • Friday:  12 noon to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday:  9:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday:  9:30 am to 3:30 pm

To make life a little easier, a COMPLIMENTARY SHUTTLE will be available on Friday, March 4th, 2016 from the parking lot at 15th & Smallman Streets. Parking is $7.00 -www.alcoparking,com/stripdistrict.

Look for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and Creative Arts bus provided by Pittsburgh Tours and More.

Complimentary Friday Shuttle will pick up and drop off at 15th Street at the SHUTTLE STOPand drop off at the EAST LOBBY of the Convention Center. Shuttle will run continuously from 10:30 am – 7:30 pm.

                                   

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann


Festival Update is published by
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P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
We do not share our mailing list with any third party.
Copyright 2015 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

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