Pittsburgh's Knit, Crochet, Quilt & Creative Arts Festival!

March 24, 25, 26, 2017
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Special Events


Weekend Kick Off Luncheon with StevenBe

Beat the registration lines and start your weekend off with StevenBe!

berroco-logoHave lunch with Steven and let him help you to better understand how to use color and why you make the color selections that you do. Look at the significance of color, and how color preferences affect each of us. This is a fun interactive lunch and a great way to kick off your weekend! Bring the most colorful garment for show and tell or wear your boldest garment to make a statement! Most colorful garment gets a special prize from our sponsors! This luncheon is suited for people of all ages, knitters, crocheters, quilters or sewers – if you love color, join Steven and have fun and maybe learn a little about why you are attracted to certain colors and make the selections that you do. A great way to beat the registration lines! We’ll have your registration packet, a goody bag and a boxed lunch ready for you when you arrive!   A special thanks to Berroco for sponsoring the luncheon!

When: Friday, March 24 –  11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Where: Room 330, 3rd Floor
Price: $35.00 – Includes boxed lunch & beverage, a 3 Day Movie Pass, A Goody Bag, Mini Color Class, Admission to the Special Bonus Presentations with Michelle Hunter and Franklin Habit and a chance to win prizes from our sponsors!

Luncheon Choices (Please select one below)
1. Ham and Cheese Sandwich, Chips, Cookie and Beverage (assorted bottled soda or water)
2. Tuna Salad on Croissant, Chips, Cookie and Beverage (assorted bottled soda or water)

A 3.00 electronic administrative fee will be added for all online registration transactions.






Skacel’s Movie Room

With just one ticket, you can enter all weekend long and stay as long you like to watch Michelle “Knit Purl” Hunter’s Video tips and special “Maker” Cross-Crafting videos teaching you new techniques, tips and tricks. Stop in and spend a half an hour or all day, come back the next day.

Your Movie Pass will also include admission to the Special Bonus Presentations by the talented Michelle Hunter and Charlie DeWeese.

Additional “How To” and “DIY” videos will be provided by Creativebug featuring a variety of topics including Sewing, Crochet, Quilting, Home Decor, Fabric, Dyeing and more!

Movie Room Hours:
Friday, March 24:  12:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Saturday, March 25:  9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Bonus Prize Giveaways with Charlie DeWeese, The Fiber Guy at 5:30 PM
Sunday, March 26:  9:30 AM to 3:30 PM . Bonus Presentation with Michelle Hunter at 1:00 PM

Price: $10.00 (valid all weekend)

A 3.00 electronic administrative fee will be added for all online registration transactions.



Creative Open Studio


How would you like a chance to expand your skill set with all of the latest equipment?

Maybe you’ve always wanted to experiment or find out more but were intimidated by the machinery or afraid to make a financial commitment before trying it out first. Or maybe you just want to play with your friends. This year the festival is once again is repeating this unique opportunity for you to explore the workings of a variety of equipment under the watchful eyes of experts who will assist you how to use them.

In this open studio/play space, we invite you to try out sergers, long-arm quilters, embroidery machines, state-of-the-art sewing machines, felting tools, the latest cutting tools, etc. All materials will be provided for you to make a pillowcase for the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge, or just to try out the machines.

No risk involved here. No obligation to buy. Just visit the studio and be prepared to play! Located inside the Marketplace.



1 Million Pillowcase Challenge

For people who love to sew or quilt, it’s so easy to lift spirits and bring smiles to hospitalized kids, homeless families, and others in need. Join us and American Patchwork & Quilting magazine’s 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge. Make one, two, or more pillowcases. You’ll create just as many smiles.


The 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge will be inside the Creative Open Studio. We provide the materials and equipment, you sew the pillowcase and we will take care of delivering the Pillowcases!  All pillowcases donated will bring smiles to the patients at UPMC Cancer Centers.



Maker Space


The Maker Space will allow you to try and take home some different, fun “Cross- Crafting” Techniques. A different activity will be offered each day, free with your admission ticket. Try your hand at the featured activity and become inspired!.

Friday:  Make Jump Ropes with the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh school children from yarn and fabric strips. You can take one home with you or leave it with the kids for them to sell at their annual May Fair fundraiser (image above of Jump Rope).

Saturday:  Community needle felting projects with skacel and Charlie DeWeese, the Fiber Guy. Try your hand at the addi® Quick Needle Felting Tool, a perfect tool for quick and easy embellishing on quilt tops, for surface design, garments or just for relaxation. The fibers are graciously being provided by Louet, NA.

Sunday:  Embroidery.  Yes, embroidery is trending with new designs, shading techniques, ribbons and flosses! The materials and simple design will be supplied for you. Join members of The Embroiderer’s Guild of America, Kreinik Mfg. Co. and our staff to assist you with guidance and how-to instructions.

All materials will be supplied for you, compliments of the festival and our sponsors.  Located inside Marketplace.

Charity Lounge


Spend a little time or a lot of time just hanging out with your friends stitching, knitting or crocheting a square for the Warm Up America Foundation. Local instructors and volunteers will be on hand to assist you. Pat Catan’s and many of our sponsors will provide yarn and needles for your use. The squares, knitted or crocheted, are sewn together, assembled and distributed to families in need and given to local shelters. Make a 7 x 9 inch square, learn a new stitch, piece a few together and spend some time socializing while you do some charity work. Open during market hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the reception area near registration. 2nd floor.

Remember to bring your donation of fabrics, yarns and notions for the Salvation Army Fabric Fair. We are pleased to serve as an official drop off point for the Annual Fabric Fair.