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

April 6, 7, 8, 2018
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Special Events

Please scroll down for a complete list of Events and Activities.  An admission ticket must be purchased to attend any classes or special event. 

Kickoff Luncheon – Sponsored by Berroco 

Friday, April 6th, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Location:  Marketplace, Hall A

Price: $37.50

Start your weekend off with a fun, interactive, color workshop and lunch. Join Julie Stunden, a multi-media artist who teaches color theory to artists, architects and interior designers, as she takes you on a journey through the color wheel. You’ll receive a Pocket Color Wheel as a gift and a goodie bag too, based on your interest: fabric, yarn, etc. Take part in a fun, interactive luncheon workshop as Julie helps you to realize what colors mean for each of us and what colors might make you feel better! It will be a great way to start the weekend and help you break out of the traditional color choices you make. Also try your hand at making a block print on a variety of beautiful hand-dyed fabrics for a personalized square to include on your garments, pillows, wearables. Block printing intro will be presented by Jody and Addie Best from the Confluence Art Center.

Luncheon includes:

  • An opportunity to bypass registration lines and be the 1st ones on the market floor!
  • A Color Workshop
  • Goody Bag with a Pocket Color Wheel
  • A chance to spin the Color Wheel for additional fabulous prizes: Sweaters, garments, accessories, gift-cards, fabrics, yarns, books, all provided by our sponsors
  • A personalized color block print

Boxed Luncheon choices:

  • Turkey and Cheddar on a croissant
  • Tuna on a croissant

Each lunch box also includes cookies, chips and your choice of bottled water, soda, juice or iced tea


Pamper Yourself Evening

Sponsored by Universal Yarn 

Saturday, April 7th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location:  Concourse outside of Hall A

Price: $30.00

Spend the evening unwinding and taking the time to pamper yourself. Relax and enjoy a variety of gentle and soothing activities designed with YOU in mind. Enjoy light refreshments and satisfy your sweet tooth with a Fondue bar, tea and coffee.

Your ticket includes:

  • Fondue bar and beverages
  • Try some new organic body products
  • Experience pure essential oils
  • Indulge in foot therapy
  • Restorative neck and shoulder mini massages
  • Gentle seated mini yoga sessions
  • Intro Zentangle sessions
  • Spin for additional prizes on the Color Wheel

Prizes include: finished garments, gift cards, jewelry, wine, fabric, yarn and more.

Take part in the Wild Legging Contest. Lularoe rep Jenny Tabrum will give away a pair of leggings to 3 lucky winners. Leggings can be store purchased, hand made, embellished… the choice is yours! Wear them and show them off Saturday evening in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with all of your friends.

The market will close at 6:00 pm and the food concession will remain open until market closing to accommodate your dinner needs before going into the Pamper Yourself Evening, giving you an opportunity to eat onsite and have dessert with us.


Hoffman Fabric Extravaganza and Educational Series

Location:  Marketplace, Hall A

Price: $10.00

This year we are thrilled to feature an exclusive Hoffman Fabric Extravaganza, which includes onsite Hoffman Fabric Quilt Challenge Exhibition, multiple Hoffman Fabric Trunk Shows, and a Hoffman Fabric Education Series. The educational series will be multiple mini sessions presented by Hoffman Fabric Educational Specialist direct from California. The Exhibitions will be available for viewing all weekend during market hours and the educational series will be available with a Hoffman Education Pass, which can be used multiple times all weekend long.

Hoffman Education Series (one hour presentations):

  • Friday, April 6th:  4:30 PM – From Field to Fabric
  • Friday, April 6th:  6:00 PM – Be a Buyer for a Day
  • Saturday, April 7th:  11:00 AM – Be a Buyer for a Day
  • Saturday, April 7th:  2:00 PM – From Field to Fabric
  • Sunday, April 8th:  10:00 AM – The Art of It
  • Sunday, April 8th:  1:00 PM – Hoffman Fabrics: A Textile Evolution

The cost of the Hoffman Fabric Education Pass is a one time $10.00, which gains you entry into the Educational classroom Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Mini classes will rotate over the 3 days, giving you an opportunity to catch them all. Don’t miss this Exclusive Tri-State Hoffman Fabric Extravaganza! www.hoffmanfabrics.com


Creative Open Studio – Sponsored by Clover 

Location:  Marketplace, Hall A

Price: FREE


How would you like a chance to just play!! Stop into the Creative Open Studio and create your own unique fabric! We’ll supply all of the materials and you can experiment with a term called fabric slashing. Not the traditional fabric slashing though- we’re making available an assortment of other materials to make something more interesting.

In this play space for adults, we invite you to try your hand at creating something fantastic. With the assistance of our staff and and the use of machines from Thornton Co., you can try this technique and take it home and apply it to quilt tops, wall hangings, wearables, home decor….  Join Valerie Schlake of the The Longarm Network as she shows you fresh and unique ways of embellishing and using your new fabric.

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

Also in the Creative Open Studio, we are pleased to feature a chance to have your scissors sharpened.

A&L Sharpening Service is pleased to provide scissor and shear sharpening for the patrons of the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. We can sharpen fabric, applique, pinking, and household shears that open 90 degrees or more. We will not be able to sharpen thread snips, convex shears, blades shorter than 2 inches, or any scissors that do not open 90 degrees onsite at the event. We look forward to returning your shears to effective daily use!  Saturday and Sunday during market hours. Cost is $8.00 per set of shears, $1.00 oiling if needed, optional. (payable to A & L onsite)


Maker Space – Sponsored by Clover

Price: FREE

Location: Marketplace, Hall A

Have fun making 3 different activities specially planned for you, a different one each day.

Friday:  Pom Pom Making with yarn, fabrics and ribbons with the Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

Saturday: Hexie Pins with the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild

Quilt Display and Quilt Raffle with the Pittsburgh Modern Quilt Guild

Pop Up Shop with Raggz Fiber Art

Sunday: Tasselz hosted by Raggz Fiber Art


Raveler’s Lounge

Sponsor: Lion Brand Yarns

Price: FREE

Location: Marketplace, Hall A

Spend some time in the Raveler’s Lounge inside the Marketplace learning new tricks and engaging in demos with Lion Brand Educational Specialists from NY! Demos all weekend long. Check in at the lounge for a complete list of what Lion Brand Yarns has in store for you.

Fiber Forward Exhibition

Price: FREE

Location: Marketplace

A juried Exhibition celebrating the Art of Knit and Crochet will be featured all weekend. Festival headliners will determine the winners in each category and you’ll have a chance to cast your vote for the People’s Choice favorite. www.fiberforwardpgh.com 

Awards presentation will be held on Saturday, April 7th at 1:00 PM at the Fiber Forward Exhibition area.

Quilt Guild Challenge and Quilt Exhibition

Price: FREE

Location: Marketplace

Take your time strolling through this year’s Quilt Exhibition. Check back to see who will be showcasing their work.

Ongoing Demos

Price:  FREE

Make sure to stop by the following booths for ongoing demos throughout the weekend: (booth numbers and additional demos will be listed at a later date)

Alpaca Kid & Ewe – Weaving demonstrations on a Rigid Heddle Loom

Amy Baughman Sew & Quilt – Embroidery Couching with Yarn

Ashgrove Soaps and Sundries – Soap Felting

Artisanal Yarns – Custom yarn creator

Butler Machine Knitters – Machine knitting

Butler Spinners and Weavers – Spinning and weaving

Fairy Tale Knits – Yarn Tasting

Firecracker Fabrics – Scrap buster projects (making rope with fabric, making bias tape and more)

Glenfiddich Wool – Construction tips, seaming, weaving in and picking up stitches

Good for Ewe – Fair Isle Knitting with beads

Innova Quilting Systems – Long arm machine quilting

Jul Designs – How to select the perfect shawl pin or closure for your knitwear,  How to style with screw-in closures, and How to do fast finishing on bags with screw-in leather handles

Kathy’s Kreations –  Addi Flexi Flip needles and HiKoo Concentric gradient cake yarn

Kreinik Mfg Co. – String Art, Cording, Embroidery and Iron On Threads

Lazy O Ranch – Drop spindle demos

Lion Brand Yarn – Drop spindle, weaving , I-cord and more!

Louet, NA – Kollage Needle Demos

Machine Lady– Try out different feet on sewing machines

North Light Fibers – Fiber education and Touch Tanks (touch fibers from camels, yaks, alpaca, llama and various sheep breeds)

Pittsburgh Lace Group – Demos in Lacemaking

Quilter’s Corner – Twisted Batik Friendship Bracelet using Hoffman Fabric Strips

Star Knits – “Bag Tasting” – how to use bags with wheels (spinning demos), Make a square for a blanket donation, How to use the bags for all projects

Susan’s Fiber Shop – Get started in Spinning and Warping a Rigid Heddle Loom

Three Rivers EGA – Needlepoint and Cross Stitch demos

Wild Hare Fiber – Circle Weaving