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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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


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 

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


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.

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
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.

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
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.

Complimentary Friday Shuttle

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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.

There is much to do at this 3 day event, we hope you’ll stay all 3 days and participate in classes, demos, Make it and Take it crafts, Creative Open Studio, Coloring Lounge and more. This year the interactive demos include a Magical Mystery Spin at the Louet, NA and StevenBe booths. You can try your hand at spinning a skein of signature yarn. Your very own hand spun….not sure what to do with it, Amy Francisco can show you how in Knitting with Handspun Yarns Class.

Weaving demos will be at booths 45-47. Local Pittsburgh Weavers Guild, Washington Spinner and Weavers Guild and Lynda West from Ten Mile Fiber Mill will have all the supplies you need to learn how to recycle some of your fabric stash, yarns and t-shirts in a rag rug and a round rug, as well as traditional loom weaving.

 

A Free Coloring Lounge to hang out and relax in with a special surprise being sent fromSpoonflower…check it out onsite!

In the Creative Open Studio, not only can you play on all of the machines, but if you are planning to make some new covers for your throw pillows, consider bringing fabric with you to embellish, embroider or try your hand at a design on one of the Innova Longarm quilting machines.

We are counting down the days, remember, online registration is still open for classes and admission, get the savings before you come.  Mail in registration is now closed.

                                   

With Warm Regards,

Barb and Ann

Festival Information

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Have you started checking off what to do and when to do it at the Festival? Which exhibitors are you going to see first? What classes are you going to take?

We have added 2 pages to the website to make your planning a little easier and help you prepare.  For information on parking, directions, access, etc. go the Festival Information Page.

For information on the 2016 Festival Schedule and Floorplan, please click here. You can also visit our Exhibitor page so that you can coordinate where your favorite exhibitors are located. From booth number 1 to 135, make plans to visit them all. This way to the marketplace!

This year the merger of the Festivals brings us many new exhibitors, new demos and so much more to do. We hope you plan to kick off your shoes, stay the whole weekend and play!

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann

Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair:  Saturday, April 9th, this year at a NEW LOCATION. Don’t forget, we will be collecting fabrics, notions and yarns to support this fabulous event.

Less than 1 month to go….

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We are bursting at the seams with boxes, bags and packages. All of the door prizes and giveaways have steadily been coming in and we are running out of space in the living room and garage! We have bags, yarns, magazines, fabrics, pattern books and accessories. You’ll have plenty of great prizes awaiting you, whether you take a class or just pay general admission at the door, no one leaves empty handed.

If you have sent in a registration for classes or special events and have not received a confirmation, all is well. You may pick up your registration packet when you arrive at the advanced registration table. You will only receive a confirmation if there is a problem with your payment or registration, otherwise, you have been entered in the class/es you selected

Please note: All prices for classes are higher when purchased on site. Advanced registration allows you a discounted rate for admission and for all classes. Mail in registration closes on February 19th. Advanced electronic registration will close on February 29th, 2016.

Registration opens 1 hour before Marketplace hours,listed below. We will have additional staff on hand to check you in to make sure you make it to your class on time.

Marketplace Hours:

  • Friday: 12:00 Noon to 7:00 PM
  • Saturday:  9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
  • Sunday:  9:30 AM to 3:30 PM

Hog Heaven Rescue Farm will be on hand to check your coat and bags all weekend and are providing a skein winding service for those who buy yarn and prefer not to wind it at home.

We are delighted to have such a great line up of teachers and exhibitors, many of whom have traveled from as far as Seattle to Maine!  Please make sure to check out all of the exhibitors online and make your plans to visit the Marketplace.

Save the Date!!!

Salvation Army’s Annual Fabric Fair:  Saturday, April 9th, this year at a NEW LOCATION. Don’t forget, we will be collecting fabrics, notions and yarns to support this fabulous event.

More details next week on parking, on site food options and Festival information.

With Warm Regards,

 

Barb and Ann


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.

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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