12th Annual Pittsburgh Knit and

Crochet Festival

and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

March 4, 5, 6, 2016

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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Supporting Our Community

We are pleased each year to support the Salvation Army Fabric Fair with your generous contribution of fabrics, notions, yarns and crafting supplies. Remember to bring your donations to the festival this year, they are greatly appreciated. This year we are pleased to support another organization. The Charity lounge will feature both Warm Up America donations and projects, as well as instructions for the Red Heart/Red Cross blankets. Red Heart has teamed up with the Red Cross to provide blankets for those in need and will be sending materials, supplies and instructions for the knitted and crocheted blankets. These can be started on site in the Charity Lounge and continued at home or with your group or guild as a team effort.

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So if you are not taking classes and have some free time at the Festival, we hope you can join us in the Charity Lounge.

In the Creative Open Studio, the extra creative blocks made will be donated to Annie Stunden’s sewing group to make quilts for the East End Cooperative Ministry.

Have you been bitten by the coloring craze? While in California at the Mega Craft and Hobby Association trade show, I was amazed by the numerous coloring books, panels and activities that allow us some playtime and great stress relief. We are thrilled to include a “Coloring Lounge” at the Festival this year. We will have coloring pages, pencils, markers and gel pens for you to play with, graciously provided by Leisure Arts.

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With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

Fun Events at the Festival!

The PJ Party with StevenBe returns! Steven has been busy preparing for the fun again, we can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeve this year. There will be a chocolate fountain with goodies to satisfy your sweet tooth and gifts from our sponsors Be Sweet and Berroco. The PJ Party will be held at the Westin Hotel adjacent to the Convention Center on Saturday, March 5th at 8:00 PM. There is still time to register for this fun evening!

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Louet, NA will be featuring a Magical Mystery Spin at their booths with 3 of the best skeins to be awarded a prize at the PJ Party. Also featured will be a carding station and a fiber bar.You can read more information about the Magical Mystery Spin on the website. We are excited to have Louet on site to join in the fun.

Still looking for more to do at the Festival? Pat Catan’s Craft Centers will be onsite offering Make it and Take it crafts and will have supplies for sale for all of your favorite crafting needs. The Warm Up America lounge is also sponsored by Pat Catan’s where you can knit or crochet 7″ x 9″ sections or join the afghans together to give the finished afghans to those in need.

This year our class offerings have expanded to include quilting, sewing, paper arts, jewelry making and more! The Scrapbook Super Station has put together a great line up of classes. For a complete list of all the paper arts classes simply click here. All students taking any paper craft classes will receive a special gift to take home. Create new memories and learn new techniques.

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With Warm Regards,
Barb and Ann

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Gifts, Prizes OH MY!!!!!

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We are receiving many donations and wonderful prizes from our sponsors, here’s a sneak peek:

Janome sewing machine, the DC2030 as one of the Grand Prizes to be selected on Sunday, March 6th. WOW!!!

Creativebug is the sponsor of the Creative Block Challenge and will be awarding 3 ONE YEAR SUBSCRIPTIONS to 3 lucky winners for the best and most creative blocks. (You don’t have to be a sewer to participate)

Make it Coats is donating Free Spirit fabric bundles for the first 500 quilting and sewing enthusiasts. Here are some photos of a few of their lovely patterns.

 

Berroco and Mango Moon are PJ Party Sponsors.

Kraemer Yarns is donating yarn for Linda Voss Plummer’s Knitted Yarn Caddy Sweater and The Iconic Knitted Pi Shawlclasses.

Lion Brand Yarn is sponsoring the Fashion, Fit, Form and Function class with the Shibaguyz. Each student will receive a free skein of yarn in the class.

Crystal Palace Yarns is sponsoring the Crochet Cables – Put a Little Twist in Your Stitches class with the Shibaguyz.  Each student will receive a free skein of yarn in this class.

Check out Clover Needlecraft‘s latest tools in the Creative Open Studio.  In addition they have provided a free set of Bamboo knitting needles OR an Amour crochet hook for each student in Edie Eckman’s classes.  The Amour crochet cook is an ergonomically designed hook to provide added comfort for the crocheter.

An added bonus, every student in Edie Eckman’s classes will also receive a free skein of yarn and Edie is graciously providing one of her books for one lucky winner in each of her 5 classes.  Don’t miss out on these great giveaways.

We will have magazines, yarns, needles, hooks, books, fabrics and many other great giveaways!  Stay tuned next week for more announcements.

Classes are beginning to fill up, make sure to check if the CLASS IS FULL before mailing in a registration. And don’t forget that you can look up your favorite teacher by using the SEARCH engine on the website, just type in their name and all of their classes will be listed.

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

 


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Sponsors

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We are grateful for the ongoing support of our previous sponsors and welcome the following new ones.

UPMC Senior Communities is sponsoring the Festival with a “Senior Sunday.” All seniors 65 and over can attend for only $5.00 at the door on Sunday, March 6th, 2016, a $10.00 savings!

 

Creativebug is sponsoring a Creative Block Challenge, featured in the new Creative Open Studio. You are invited to create a 12 x 12 inch block with a variety of materials (yarns, fabrics, fibers, scraps, silks, notions, ribbons). All of the machines are graciously provided by Babylock,BrotherInnova Quilting Systems and Janome, as well as FeltLOOM®. These machines as well as a variety of cutting tools will be available for your use the entire weekend. All materials will be provided for you and 3 winners will be selected by Creativebug with a special prize awarded to each winner. Test your skills, challenge your creativity and have fun in this year’s new Creative Open Studio. This is free with your admission and is open for everyone creative, regardless of your skill sets.

Join Pat Catan’s Craft Center’s Make it and Take It Pop Up Stand at their booths and make your very own craft/s to take home. A variety of craft techniques will be offered all weekend long during Marketplace hours, with their design team and staff on hand to assist you. This will be free with your admission.

Look for more sponsor information in upcoming newsletters.

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

The Winner of the Irish Crochet Book sweepstakes is Peg Mallin of Erie, PA. 


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P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Happy New Year!!!

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Let’s start the New Year off with a book, review and giveaway!

The Go-To Book for Irish Crochet Motifs by Kathryn White

 


This book covers a broad range of motifs that have been used for centuries. With a new twist on vintage and antique patterns, crocheters will start with the basics and then work with the instructions to create more complex forms and designs. The directions are clear and photographs are lovely (my favorite – the 5 layer finished rose, pictured on the cover). Instructions are both charted and written. The 100+ pieces will leave you with no questions unanswered.

“Irish Crochet is one of the most striking lace fabrics and can be quite intimidating to the untrained eye” says our teacher Robyn Chachula. Robyn teaches an Irish Crochet Today class on Friday, March 4th at the Festival. She will highlight the beauty of each individual motif and show you how to create amazing projects. Robyn is best known as our “Go-To” Crochet teacher, but you asked for more crochet and we delivered!  The Shibaguyz, Edie Eckman, Shelley Shaffer, Kitty Spangler and Bev Bortner will all be offering a variety of crochet classes for the very beginner to advanced. Edie Eckman traditionally is best known for her crochet, but Edie has published equally as many knitting books and we are pleased to have Edie offer classes for both knitters and crocheters this year. See all classes here.

Stay tuned next week when we announce our sponsors….

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

To enter the Book Sweepstakes giveaway please email pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title – IRISH CROCHET GIVEAWAY. One lucky winner will be announced on Jan. 11th, 2016.

 

 


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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from our Family to You!

Registration is Open and all classes are posted.  We will resume regular newsletters, reviews and giveaways the 1st of the year with additional Festival announcements..

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann


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REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR THE 2016 FESTIVAL!!!

 

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We have 110 classes scheduled for this year with many new teachers and returning favorites! All classes have detailed descriptions, with homework and material needs listed. We are offering 2 registration options, a mail in form which can be downloaded and an electronic option using PayPal. If you are sending a registration for more than one person, please be sure to list all names. Group discounts and coupons are only accepted with mail in registrations. Many of the Special Events are included with your general admission. To register for admission and classes, please follow this LINK

Creative Open Studio:

 

A Creative Block Challenge sponsored by CreativeBug

Magical Mystery Spin:

Bring an old skein and create a new “signature” skein with Dave Van Stralen, president of Louet, NAand StevenBe.

Pat Catan’s “Make It and Take It” Corner:

Make sure to check out all of our returning and new EXHIBITORS. They are busy preparing for the Festival and will have a great selection for everyone.

Hotel room reservations are available, please make sure to use this link to get the Festival room rate.

And don’t forget, with the Holidays just around the corner, we offer gift certificates for that special someone in your life.

With warm regards,

Barb and Ann

 

Congratulations to last month’s Sweepstakes Giveaway Winner:

The Spinner’s Book of Fleece Book Giveaway was won by Melissa Watkins of Morgantown, WV.

 


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Sneak Peak at Teachers Line Up

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We are pleased to announce the addition of Lisa H. Calle to the headliner line up. Lisa has a background in Textile Management and Marketing, but found her true love and her creative niche in the “other” side of textiles. An award winning quilt designer, producing DVD’s and the Quilter’s Groove line of templates, Lisa will share her knowledge and expertise with 5 creative classes. You can visit Lisa’s website here and view her full bio on the Teacher Page of the Festival Website.

See the full line up of ALL TEACHERS offering classes in Knitting, Crochet, Sewing, Quilting, Fiber, Papercraft and Creative Classes here.

We will feature over 100 classes with all of these artistic and knowledgeable teachers. Classes and registration to open later this month….stay tuned!

With warm regards,

Barb and Ann

Book Review and Giveaway:

The Spinner’s Book of Fleece

A Breed-by-Breed Guide to Choosing and Spinning the PERFECT FIBER for EVERY PURPOSE by Beth Smith

A book suited not just for spinners, but anyone interested in and working with wool and fibers. Many years ago, the choices were very limited when it came to deciding which fleeces were going to be spun into yarn. It was marked “wool” with no details given about the breed of sheep from which it came. Today, the variety of options for spinners has vastly expanded – from processed to unprocessed fiber, which breed’s wool, fiber length or coat type. The choices can be overwhelming and having the right knowledge can make this task much easier to understand. In this book, Beth shares her wealth of knowledge and helps readers evaluate raw fleece and prepare it to be spun according to breed characteristics. This “sheep by sheep” guide provides profiles of 19 breeds and describes different spinning methods that produce yarns suitable for a wide range of projects – from lacy shawls to sturdy outerwear.

You’ll have an opportunity to learn more about various wools and fibers during the Festival with this year’s featured activity: The Magical Mystery Spin. Offered at booth numbers 92-93 and sponsored by our long time friends Louet, NA, the Magical Mystery Spin will invite you to bring an old skein of yarn from your stash and sit and spin to create your own “Signature Yarn” with the fibers provided by Louet. StevenBe will be on hand to lend his expertise and inspire you with fiber suggestions to integrate into the yarn you bring to create a one of a kind sensation. Louet and StevenBe will be offering prizes at the PJ Party for some of the best, most creative and innovative skeins. This book will give you some advance knowledge of the various fibers that Dave Van Stralen from Louet will have on hand to test and try.

To Enter the giveaway for The Spinner’s Book of Fleece please email: pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title “Spinner’s Book of Fleece” by November 18th, 2015

Congratulations to last month’s Sweepstakes Giveaway Winner:

The Knitting Fabric Rugs Book Giveaway was won by Susan Padezanin of East Liverpool, OH.


Festival Update is published by
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P.O. Box 7706, Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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Copyright 2015 Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part is prohibited without written permission.

 

2016 Festival Headliners Announced!!!!

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                              FESTIVAL HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED!!!!

We are thrilled to announce the following teachers as part of the upcoming line up for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival, March 4, 5, 6, 2016 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

  • Edie Eckman, Knit and Crochet Expert
  • Patty Lyons, Designer and Knitter Extraordinaire
  • Linda Hall, Quilting, Sewing and Felting Artist
  • Shibaguyz, (Shannon and Jason Mullett-Bowlsby) all the way from Seattle with knitting, crochet, fashion, photography and more
  • Karen Montgomery, Nationally recognized Quilt designer and teacher
  • Robyn Chachula, Crochet Guru.

We will be announcing additional teachers in the next month and will keep you posted…..in the meantime, we have 2 cool project idea books for review and giveaway to keep you occupied until the weather cools down.

With warm regards,

Barb and Ann

Book Reviews:

The hand embroidered haven 

20 home sewing projects with hand embroidery, twilling, and applique by Megan Frock

Hand made projects are all the latest rage. In this book, Megan shows how to stitch, sew and applique your way to fun, funky home decor with many ideas to a more personalized style for quilts, pillows, towels and wearables. Perfect for today’s crafter or anyone looking to customize their home. We have a copy of this book for one lucky winner.

everyday HANDMADE

22 practical projects for the modern sewist by Cassie Barden and Adrienne Smitke

A practical and fun book with enticing ideas for bags and accessories, items for travel, gifts and home decor. Shown are a variety of ways to embellish and personalize, with clear easy to follow steps, instructions and patterns. Their motto: “Make it. Use it. Love it!” We have a copy of this book for one lucky winner.

To enter this month’s Sweepstakes Giveaways:

The Hand Embroidered Haven Book Giveaway email: pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title “Hand Embroidered” by September 23, 2015

The Everyday Handmade Book Giveaway email: pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title “Everyday Handmade” by September 23, 2015

Congratulations to the winner from the last newsletter sweepstakes:

The Winner of the skacel Scoreboard KAL Giveaway Sweepstakes is Marlene Gillaland of Hermitage, PA


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Ready for Football Season?

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skacel has a great knit along for 2015 Football Season, regardless of what team you support. As long as you are a fan, the 2015 Scoreboard KAL will allow fans to capture their favorite team’s season in the form of a hand knitted SCOREBOARD Cowl! They are also offering a kit giveaway for one lucky winner to get you started in Pittsburgh Steeler’s black and gold colors. The kit from skacel includes:

  • 6 hanks of HiKoo® Simplicity in MC (Steeler’s color #1)
  • 6 hanks of HiKoo® Simplicity in CC (Steeler’s color #2)
  • (2) addi® Rockets 16″ US 7 circular needles.

This will provide enough yarn to complete the entire KAL. The pattern will be released by Michelle Hunter, the KAL SCOREBOARD cowl designer, on September 3, 2015, which is what all participants will follow, get all information from the link above. For participating shops you can get the complete list in your state at this link.  Make sure to stop by our participating exhibitors including: Cultured Purl in Erie, PA, Kathy’s Kreations in Ligonier, PA,  Ewes d’Bleu in Cleveland, OH and Yarns by Design in Oakmont, PA,

A sample of the knitted cowl that was provided for us is pictured here: GO STEELERS!!!

skacel has been the sole importer for addi needles since the 1980′s. A complete story about Karin Skacel and her family is in this month’s fall magazine issue of Interweave Knits. We are grateful for skacel’s ongoing support of the Festival!

Stay tuned for the announcement of all of the 2016 headliners for knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and fiber! We are still accepting class submissions. If you are interested in teaching at the 2016 Festival, the deadline of September 9th is approaching and you can email your submissions to pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com. We are accepting class submissions in knit, crochet, sewing, quilting, paper arts and more, so don’t be shy, get creative and your class could be in the line up for 2016!

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

To enter this month’s Sweepstakes Giveaway from skacel email: pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com with the title “SCOREBOARD KAL” by August 26, 2015

Congratulations to the winners from the last newsletter sweepstakes:

The Winner of the  Book Giveaway Sweepstakes “Sew Many Dresses” is Teresa Pollock of Pittsburgh, PA

The Winner of the Fabric Giveaway Sweepstakes is Judy Baker of Jeannette, PA


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