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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN HOTEL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

I am thrilled to share the news! Pittsburgh City Council will honor the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival with a proclamation in the Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 24th at 10:00 AM in the City County Building on the 5th floor. Please join us in this celebration if you happen to be in town.

We are also pleased to announce that we have had our submission approved by the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. The free “make it and take it craft” “Springtime Sprite, Fairy or Angel” that we are offering during the Festival has been approved for children whose stay is extensive or critical.

We invite you to make one to take home and make one for a child at Children’s Hospital while you are at the Festival. The pastoral department will distribute them to the children and their families. Thank you in advance for participating. A special thank you to Louet for providing the fiber. We will have non-wool fibers for those who have allergies to wool.

With warm regards,

Barb

REGISTRATION DETAILS:

We will have registration tables set up on the 3rd floor of the Westin Hotel. Coat check is also on the 3rd floor as well as the Marketplace. 

If you have prepaid, you may pick up your registration packet and program in the Advanced Registration lines. No advanced tickets will be mailed.

The final day to purchase an advance admission ticket or classes online is Sunday, March 21, 2015 at NOON. All other ticket purchases will be available at the door. 

Registration opens a 1/2 hour prior to market hours to allow ample time to check your belongings and get to your first class. Marketplace hours are listed below:

Friday: 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Sunday:  9:00 AM to 4:00 PM


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

Don’t go to the wrong location! We are at the Westin Hotel at 1000 Penn Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 (downtown). It is adjacent to the convention center. With only 15 more days to go, below are some important reminders, updates and notes to make:

  • Mohair, South Africa has sent a small gift for each person taking the “Knittsburgh” Tour with StevenBe on Friday morning, March 27th.
  • The last day to mail in an advanced registration form is this Friday, March 13th.
  • The final day to make class choices or register in advance online is Sunday, March 22nd. There may be some available open classes, but onsite class selections are an additional $5.00. Take a peek and make those selections now.
  • We will be accepting donations for the Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair. You still have time to clear out a drawer or closet and bring in any fabrics, notions, yarns, and art and crafting supplies. Donations will be accepted on the 3rd floor at the registration area.
  • Hog Heaven Rescue Farm will be returning as our official coat and bag check and skein winder. (We may not need coats by the end of the month). They are happy to keep all purchases and bags to keep you from having to cart all of your belongings throughout the day. Coat check hours are the same as Marketplace Hours. Bring in any skeins of yarn from home and they’ll have staff onsite to wind them for a small donation.
  • The final day to make shuttle arrangements with Pittsburgh Transportation Group is Monday, March 23rd.

On a last note, Ann and I will be on TV next week. Tune in to KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live on Monday, March 16 at 9:00 AM.

Stay tuned next week for all registration and check in details.

With warm regards,

Barb


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER HOTEL DOWNTOWN PITTSBURGH

The boxes are beginning to arrive full of gifts and giveaways from our Sponsors for the Festival just 22 days away.

We are excited and pleased to announce the inclusion of gifts to the following classes from our sponsors:

The Yarn Tasting Party will be a whole lotta’ fun….like a kid in a candy store! What better way to spend your Friday evening than “tasting” a variety of yarns, needles, hooks and other accessories from our Sponsors and some of our exhibitors who dye their own yarns. There will be fiber, wheels and drop spindles for those who would like to try their hand at spinning… and did we mention a chocolate fountain?

The list for the Yarn Tasting includes: Artisanal YarnsBryson DistributingDebbie BlissFairy Tale KnitsHoliday YarnsKraemer Yarns, Lion Brand Exclusive LB® CollectionLouetMirasol,RowanSchachenmayrSusan’s Fiber Shop and Tahki Stacy Charles. Debbie Bliss and Mirasol yarns graciously provided by Knitting Fever.

And don’t forget, anyone using Pittsburgh Tours and More for a ride or shuttle, individual or group, receives a free admission ticket to the Yarn Tasting. Tickets will be issued on your ride.

Please note: Pittsburgh Tours and More has worked hard to provide guests of the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival with a reasonably priced alternative to attend the Festival. Taxi fees and/or ride share service is approximately double the shuttle price (round trip) for just one way. All locations with times have now been posted. Please CLICK HERE for shuttle reservations, locations and times. The deadline for making your shuttle or ride reservations is March 23, 2015. If you have any questions please feel free to contact info@pghtoursandmore.net.

Important reminder: Today is the final day to make a hotel reservation to receive the special group rate for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival at the Westin Hotel, Downtown Pittsburgh.

With warm regards,

Barb


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

SIGN UP NOW FOR THE TOUR!

                                                          Lights, Camera, Action: “Knittsburgh”!

Join StevenBe and his film crew on Friday morning, March 27, to kick off the filming of “Knittsburgh” in Pittsburgh with a special tour to Celebrate the “Hollywood of the East”, where movies and film crews abound! This is an interactive tour through city backdrops of movies such as The Dark Knight Rises, Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flashdance, Next Three Days, Inspector Gadget, Abduction, Jack Reacher and dozens more!

Photo ops with Steven as you stop at various locations where movies were made in the ‘burgh. You’ll have an opportunity to ride up the incline, to have an inside peek at various city locations, with surprise guests, a surprise stop and photo op. Treats are included in this fun, interactive tour of Pittsburgh.

Tour departs from the Westin at 9:30 AM with a 12:00 Noon return. Hop on board to be included in the filming of StevenBe’s new Reality show.

Seating is limited, don’t delay. Check out this intro: http://www.surecan.tv/#!work/c24vq

Tour cost: $45.00 - Reservations will only be available for this tour online.   REGISTER HERE

The filming will continue throughout the hours of the festival with Steven and his crew.  They’ll be filming Steven as he interacts with his Festival friends, at the PJ Party, where we’ll be featuring Spring’s latest fashions from ourSponsors, original creations from the Fab Four, and the Design Contest finalists with the “Best in Show” winner to be awarded.

Warm regards,

Barb


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

We are literally raising the curtain at the Festival to welcome StevenBe and his film crew to film some “Knittsburgh” segments at the Festival for Steven’s upcoming TV Show.

StevenBe is bringing his film crew and in order to accommodate all of the needed footage, we are shifting some of our previously scheduled activities. All of the activities that were planned to take place at the Luncheon on Friday, March 27 will be shifted to Saturday evening at Steven’s Fabulous PJ PARTYThe Fashion Show, Design Contest (with the $500.00 Best in Show Award), Mystery Gifts, and more will be held Saturday evening at the PJ Party! We are cancelling the Friday luncheon in order to schedule a “Knittsburgh” Tour with StevenBe and his film crew on Friday morning. We are in the process of putting together a fun tour with Steven and will let you know next week so you can be included in the filming of “Knittsburgh.”…Stay Tuned!!!

Class Updates and Reminders:

  • Due to the extremely high demand for the Dye Your Own Roving or Yarn class, we have added aSunday morning session with Jennifer Vancalcar.
  • With all classes, please be sure to check out preliminary work and homework required for the class you select. Some teachers have specific instructions.
  • Please note: If you are sending in your registration in the mail, please be sure to check the website prior to sending to see if the class you selected is full.
  • If you are adding a class or event to a previously submitted registration, please let us know it is an add on.
  • If you are paying for more than one person in your registration, please provide all names.
  • Don’t forget, entries for the Design Contest are due next week. We are extending the date to Feb.27.

This years demo includes the LEXI FeltLOOM® needle felting machine. You’ll have an opportunity to see how it works and what you can create with it.

                            

Imagine designing and making your own throw pillow covers, chair covers or artwork to grace your walls. In the FeltLOOM® Freestyle Fabric Class with Jude’ Ernest, you will have the FeltLOOMs® and the instructor all to yourself in this 3 1/2 hour class, which gives you enough time to walk away with a designer piece to compliment your home.

Stay Warm,

Barb

Senior Sunday
UPMC SENIOR COMMUNITIES 
is graciously sponsoring Senior Sunday. Every senior, 65 and older, will receive a $10 discount at the door, Admission will be only $5.00 Sunday, March 29th.

How are you getting to the Festival and where to park?
All Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival friends needing a ride from the airport receive 10% off SuperShuttle Shared Ride Van or ExecuCar Private Sedan. Follow this link to make your reservations in advance: groups.supershuttle.com/pghknitcrochet. If you are interested in a shuttle, Pittsburgh Tours and More can help with that.

We have listed suggested parking and rates on the main page of our website for your convenience.

Have you seen our billboard?
It’s on the Boulevard of the Allies, just past the Bloomfield Bridge inbound.

 SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY WINNERS:

In the last newsletter, we showed you the fun Jamberry Nail Wraps. Shelly Rushe, a festival friend, is giving us one set of nail wraps for two lucky winners. The two winners were randomly selected. Congratulations to Suzanne Fisher of Washington, PA and Karen Rumbaugh of Canonsburg, PA.


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Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH

We are excited to host a Design Contest at this year’s Fashion Show and Luncheon. Many of you have asked if you need to submit a garment in order to attend. NO... Attendees to the Fashion Show Luncheon and Design Contest are not required to submit a garment for the Design Contest, however, if you choose to, your luncheon ticket price includes one free garment entry, a Friday admission pass and chances to win one of the 10 Mystery Prizes which will include gifts from our sponsors, cash, accessories, gift cards and more!!! Be one of the people selected and find out what is in the Mystery Boxes!

We have been working with Pittsburgh Tours and More to provide shuttles locally to the Festival. Pittsburgh Tours and More will also provide transportation from up to 4 hours away! If your group, guild or club is interested in chartering a bus: small, medium or large, please go to Pittsburgh Tours and More to make arrangements. All people using the Pittsburgh Transportation Group will receive a Free Admission Pass to the Yarn Tasting included with the cost of their ride.

We have made arrangements with the Westin for special room rates the weekend of the Festival. Stay the whole weekend and have more fun. Share a room with a friend and you can stay late and ride upstairs to your room after the Yarn Tasting or the PJ Party. Remember StevenBe will be giving special prizes for those wild PJ’s, socks, hats and a special gift for that special someone with a sassier attitude than his. Everyone who attends the PJ Party will receive a special gift from our sponsors.

With Warm Regards,

Barb

A reminder about Design Contest Details:

Since this is a 1st time event at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, we don’t know if your design was started last year or entered in another contest. Any innovative designs in the categories below are acceptable, regardless of when you finished them. We are also excited to open the Design Contest to students, at no cost! We are extending a special invitation to CAPA students, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Students, the students at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Kent State and Indiana University of Pittsburgh. If you have a child in school, and you are aware of their creativity, pass the information below along, and, if you aware of any other schools with a fashion design department, please make us aware so that we may send them an invitation as well. We are extremely excited to see what the younger generation is creating.

The Fashion Show Design Contest entry categories are as follows:

  1. ​ Crochet or Knitted Garment
  2.  Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  3.  Crochet or Knitted Accessory. For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet etc.
  4.  Wild Wearable Art. For example, any combination of medium including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials and construction technique including weaving, machine assisted, needle felting and wet felting.

​ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY FEB. 22 BY EMAIL OR US MAIL.

BOOK REVIEW and SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY:

The Knowledgeable Knitter by Margaret Radcliffe
Understanding the Inner Workings of Knitting and Make Every Project a Success

This is the ultimate resource book/guide for knitting. We have all had the experience of buying beautiful yarn and getting a great new pattern only to be frustrated at some of the instructions along the way. Encountering stumbling blocks and not knowing what to do, where to turn to, is oftentimes what leaves us with those many unfinished projects. Margaret explains in this book every choice you’ll come across in the life of a project. From start to finish, Margaret empowers you to understand “why” instead of “how” to enhance your overall understanding of knitting and how it relates to your projects. Beautifully illustrated and accompanied by excellent color photos, Margaret starts with understanding and evaluating schematics, to choosing correct yarns for patterns, to finishing, this book is a must have for every knitter.

If you prefer classes and a hands on explanation, we have a class offered at the Festival that touches on what Margaret has offered in this book: Knitting the Big Picture with Lauren Sims, is just the class for you. Lauren analyzes the why and how of 4 patterns so that you will have a full understanding of why the designer did what they did, coming away with an “aha” and being able to tackle any challenges in any pattern. Lauren joins us this year as a new instructor, with 2 classes: Knitting the Big Picture and Cables Ahoy! offering students a unique twist – how to cable without a cable needle.

The Knowledgeable Knitter will be raffled to one of the attendees in Lauren’s Knitting the Big Picture Class on March 27th in her class. Only attendees enrolled in the class will be eligible to receive a chance to win the book.

Congratulations to the winner from our last newsletter!  Genna Kasun of Huntingdon, PA was randomly drawn to receive 52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris de Longpre’.


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH


The Holidays are now behind us. I had much time to reflect on a great year. We spent a good deal of time making gifts for our loved ones this year. Sarah made felted baby booties for the new baby and she placed some on Etsy to sell.

                                  

The gifts were heartfelt and the time spent together made it even more special. I am seeing a surge of hand made items in recent years and am pleased to witness the return to simpler times, and more thoughtful giving. With the availability of so many places to sell: craft fairs, handmade markets and Etsy, it gives us all an opportunity to make, create and sell our handmade items. For those of you who haven’t discovered Etsy yet, we are offering a class: Learning to Sell Your Handmade Items on Etsy.

I finished a shawl I started 9 years ago! I’ve almost finished a sweater (for myself) with a yarn I purchased long ago and may even begin another sweater soon! With upcoming travel plans, taking a book to read takes 2nd place to knitting.

With Warm Regards,

Barb

An important note about the Design Contest Details:

Since this is a 1st time event at the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival, we don’t know if your design was started last year or finished semi recently. Any innovative designs in the categories below are acceptable, regardless of when you finished them. We are excited to open the Design Contest to students, at no cost! We are extending a special invitation to CAPA students, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Students, the students at Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Kent State and Indiana University of Pittsburgh. If you have a child in school, and you are aware of their creativity, pass the information below along, and, if you aware of any other schools with a fashion design department, please make us aware so that we may send them an invitation as well. We are extremely excited to see what the younger generation is creating.

The Fashion Show Design Contest entry categories are as follows:

  1. ​ Crochet or Knitted Garment
  2.  Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  3.  Crochet or Knitted Accessory. For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet etc.
  4.  Wild Wearable Art. For example, any combination of medium including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials and construction technique including weaving, machine assisted, needle felting and wet felting.

​ALL ENTRIES ARE DUE BY FEB. 22 BY EMAIL OR US MAIL.

BOOK REVIEW and SWEEPSTAKES GIVEAWAY:

52 Timeless Toys to Knit by Chris de Longpre’
Chris has autographed the copy for us to give away. The book is a delightful menagerie of playful patterns that will enchant knitters and children of all ages. A timeless book, as the name indicates, for all seasons, animals that can be played with all year long. The book is cleverly divided into patterns for animals that fall into their habitat categories: Down Under features Crocodile, Kangaroo (complete with pouch and Joey), Kiwi, Koala and Platypus! Wetlands features: Beaver, Frog, Garter Snake, Snail and Turtle. There are 9 categories in all: Flock, Heartland, Midnight Sun, Reef, Serengeti, Southwest and Woodlands. We’ve all seen Monkeys, Hens, Chicks, Penguins, Bunnies and Owls, but have you ever seen a toy Armadillo, Puffin, Toucan, Blue-Footed Booby or Lizard? It is obvious that a great deal of time went into making this book, with tremendous detail on every critter. Whimsical embroidery details are included (funny little teeth for crocodiles) as well as stuffing instructions. Chris chooses yarns from Brown Sheep Yarn Company due to their natural fibers and they are made in the US. This book is a must have for all animal enthusiasts, parents, grandparents, teachers and children. Kudos to Chris for a fun, colorful and playful book! My favorite is the Flamingo.

To enter this sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person please) topghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line of “52 Timeless Toys” by January 21st, 2015. Winner will be announced in our next newsletter.

Congratulations to our winners from our last newsletter! Mary Beth Bowler of Pittsburgh, PA was randomly drawn to receive Christmas Crochet for Hearth Home and Tree by Edie Eckman and Mary Dudding of Lewis Center, OH will receive cozy toes for baby, sweet shoes to crochet and felt by Chantal Garceau and Mary J. King.


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

THE WESTIN CONVENTION CENTER PITTSBURGH


I have so much to be thankful for this Holiday season: good health, family, good friends and laughter. And with a new granddaughter, what better gift could I ask for? I would like to send a special holiday greeting out to each of you and hope that your Holidays are peaceful and filled with Joy.

I have 2 books to give away this issue, both crochet related. Although one is a “Christmas” Crochet book, and we won’t get it out to you until after the New Year, it can be our belated gift just for you. We have much crochet at the Festival in March, with The Crochet Dude® Drew Emborsky and Robyn Chachula and their Crochet Superbooth as well as many crochet classes with other teachers and a crochet category in each category of the Design Contest… All of our crochet fans will have no time to rest.

We are thrilled to have such a fantastic line up of new exhibitors with many of our returning favorites. If you are wondering why some of our “old time” vendors are not returning, many are not doing the “show circuit” any longer and some had conflicts with the new dates, March 27, 28, 29th 2015. Check out all of our exhibitors many of whom are offering classes and will have many new products.

On a last note, when sending in your registration electronically, if you are sending it in for 2 people, please put the name of the other person in the Instructions from Buyer section. We would like to list all names on the class rosters.

With Warm Regards,

Barb

BOOK REVIEWS and SWEEPSTAKES:

Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree by Edie Eckman
Edie Eckman is a household name, her work has been seen in every publication that is crochet related.  Maybe she will consider joining us next year. This book is aptly named, with patterns for stockings, ornaments, garlands and more. With projects to get started on for next year and those beautiful stars that I have hanging on my tree and in my window year round. I have never made them, but always purchased them at local craft fairs.

To enter this sweepstakes, please send an email (one entry per person please) topghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the subject line of “Christmas Crochet” by December 31st, 2014. Winner will be announced in our next newsletter.

cozy toes for baby, sweet shoes to crochet and felt by Chantel Garceau and Mary J. King
At last, a felting book for Crochet! To my knowledge, this may be a 1st, with patterns for 7 baby booties, slippers and shoes that can be worn all year long. Whimsical, cute patterns that all kids will enjoy: ladybugs, frogs, sock monkey, pandas, an owl and even a watermelon! The slippers are shown with either a crocheted bottom or an alternative leather bottom stitched on.  A perfect easy to follow book with step by step instructions. (I think I could even make these) And why not a hat to match?

To enter this sweepstakes please send an email to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com (one entry per person please) with the subject line “cozy toes” by December 31, 2014. Winner will be announced in our next newsletter.


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

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Check it out: Classes are now open for registration at PghKnitAndCrochet.com! We have classes for everyone: knitting, crochet, wet and needle felting, FeltLOOM classes, spinning, and more. Classes fill early, so don’t wait too long to sign up for your favorites.

Special Events include:

Pittsburgh Tours & More is providing shuttling to the Westin for the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival, March 27, 28, 29, 2015. Please contact smoreira@supershuttle.com to make your ride arrangements from all points East, West, South and North of Pittsburgh (locations to be announced) and for groups coming up to a four-hour distance. All persons using Pittsburgh Tours & More will receive a FREE Admission Pass to the Yarn Tasting included with the cost of the ride.
Last, but not least: Festival Gift Certificates make a GREAT holiday gift… for a friend and for yourself! Click here to learn more.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


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March 27, 28, 29, 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving!

We are almost done and ready to open registration. You’ll hear from us the first week of December which day we are ready to open. We had one change to our schedule: Steven West canceled, but we are thrilled to include Alasdair Post-Quinn, the Extreme Double Knitting Master. He has a great selection of classes to offer, and he’ll be on hand to sign his books, too. In the meantime, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with your family and loved ones.
We have included for your pleasure a video of my sister Ann making an effort to teach crochet! After having gone through all of the class submissions, and carefully selected classes that hold a broad appeal, she came up with her version of what would be a fun class. That’s me laughing hysterically in the background (Ann was always the class clown).
As mentioned in our last issue, we encourage you to start thinking about several special design prizes that will be awarded at the Festival.At the Friday Luncheon and Fashion Show, we will be awarding a $500.00 cash prize for the “Best in Show,” and prizes for the three winners in each category:
  • Crochet or Knitted Garment
  • Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  • Crochet or Knitted Accessory (For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet, etc.)
  • Wild Wearable Art (For example, any combination of media, including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials, and construction technique including weaving, machine-assisted, needle and wet felting)
Entry forms will be available when we open registration.
Last but not least, mark your calendars for Handmade Arcade, Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Spinning Plate Gallery, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Great holiday gifts abound! Many of our featured teachers and friends will be at both events, so please come and support your local artists.

With Warm Regards,

Barb


New at the 2015 Festival: Pop des Fleurs ‘Pop In’ Lounge

Pop des Fleurs is an outdoor installation planned for the winter of 2016, designed to bring delight and color during the dark season through handmade, pop-up flower gardens. Just like the Knit the Bridge installation, Pop des Fleurs will be created by the community, and the flowers will be made primarily out of repurposed materials, knitted and crocheted. Pop des Fleurs was selected as a Community Outreach Project of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh’s Fiberart International 2016.

The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival will host a Pop des Fleurs “Pop In” Lounge, along with the Warm Up America! Lounge. Materials and Fiber Arts Guild members will be available and on hand to show you how to make flowers. Drop in and participate in Pittsburgh’s next community installation by making a flower, knitted, crocheted or otherwise. You can also start making flowers now and drop them off at the Festival. We have posted a step-by-step written tutorial for a beautiful and easy Puff Flower here, and the YouTube demonstration version can be found here.The Pop des Fleurs website also has tutorials here.


PJ Party with our Darlin’ StevenBe

On Saturday, March 28, at 9 p.m., put your PJs on and come on down to enjoy a fun-filled evening with our Darlin’ StevenBe. He’ll entertain us with his latest creations, as well as the fabulous designs from our other Fab Guys. We’ll also have some exciting surprises in store for you! Snacks, light refreshments, prizes and giveaways will all be part of this special evening. Plus, each person who attends Steven’s PJ party will receive a special gift from our sponsors.Extra-special prizes will also be awarded for:

  • Wildest Socks
  • Most Outrageous PJs
  • Craziest Hat
  • The Best and Sassiest Attitude!

Registration for the PJ party opens soon.


October Sweepstakes Winner

Congratulations to Andrea Simpson of Toronto, Ohio, for being our randomly drawn winner of Felt So Good, by Tone Rorseth.

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