13th Annual Pittsburgh Knit and

Crochet Festival

and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival

March 24, 25, 26, 2017

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Special Events

PJ Party with our Favorite Celebrity: StevenBe

Saturday, March 5, 2016 8:00 PM – ???? – $10.00

PJ Party will be held at the Westin Hotel in the Pennsylvania Ballroom, 2nd floor.

Put your PJ’s on and come on down and enjoy a fun filled evening with our Darlin’ StevenBe. He’ll entertain us with his latest creations, present some fabulous “Trunk Show” garments from multiple sponsors including Be Sweet, and have lots of tips and tricks he’ll share with you. We’ll also have some exciting surprises in store for you! Desserts, light refreshments, prizes, trunk shows and giveaways will all be part of this fun filled evening. Each person who attends Steven’s PJ party will receive a special gift from our sponsors. If you participated in the Magical Mystery Spin, you are invited to bring your skein with you to the PJ Party.

Special prizes will be awarded for the 3 favorite skeins.

Bring or wear your favorite garments and we’ll have a Show and Tell and giveaways for Steven’s Favorites.

Registration is now closed, you may purchase tickets at the door!

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

Magical Mystery SpinFREE-with-admission-box

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Bring an old skein and create a new “signature” skein.

Join the Louet, NA Team at their booths as they provide wheels and fibers to assist you in making a “signature” skein of yarn. All you need to do is bring a skein of yarn with you. The Louet Team, StevenBe and his team will all be on hand to assist you with ideas and make suggestions on what fibers/colors to add, and what to embellish it with. You’ll leave with your very own designer skein of yarn and Steven can help you plan the perfect accessory to compliment the yarn you created. Your finished skein can be brought to the PJ Party for a Show and Tell with some of the favorites and most creative skeins winning a prize from our sponsors.

Louet will also be providing Spinning Wheel tune ups – free of charge. You can sample and try out Blending Boards, Floor Looms, Drum Carders, Spinning Wheels and lots of fiber!!! At the “Blending Bar” (think salad bar) you blend the fibers you want and pay by weight!

Open during market hours
Stop in at booth #s 92-95 to try your hand at the Magical Mystery Spin and have some fun spinning. (No spinning experience required, members of local spinning guilds will also be on hand to assist you with your creative ideas.)


Creative Open Studio


A Creative Block Challenge sponsored by Creativebug

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How would you like a chance to expand your skill set with all of the latest equipment and have fun creating a scrap block? This is not just for quilters and sewers! It is for anyone who loves color, textures, likes to create and loves a challenge.

In this open studio/play room, we invite you to try out sergers, long-arm quilters, embroidery machines, state-of-the-art sewing machines, felting machines, FeltLOOM®, embellishers, the latest cutting tools, etc. All materials (fabrics, yarns, fibers, threads, recycled materials and embellishments) will be provided for you in a secret bag to make one twelve-inch block. Your creative artistry will be tested when you sit down to work with materials you might not have typically selected to work with. Test your skills, challenge yourself to come up with the most Creative Block to win one of the many prizes we’ll have from our sponsors. 3 lucky winners will receive a 1 year subscription to Creativebug! You are invited to take the blocks home if you wish—although we’d love it if you would make a second one that could be donated.

Or, 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. This is a 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. Machines will be supplied by Babylock, Brother, FeltLOOM®, Janome, Ottlite, Sizzix and more. No sewing or felting experience required, just bring your creativity and a good attitude.

Open during market hours, free with your admission. No risk involved here. No obligation to buy. Just visit the studio and be prepared to play!

Creativebug is donating a one year subscription for 3 lucky winners!!!

Pat Catan’s “Make it and Take it” Pop-Up Stand


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Join Pat Catan’s at their booths and make your very own craft to take home. A variety of activities covering all of your favorite craft techniques will be offered all weekend long, with their design team and staff on hand to assist you. Free with your admission. See a full display at registration and at their booth with the times each activity will be offered. No registration necessary, all seats are a first come first serve basis.

Coloring Lounge

FREE-with-admission-boxHave you been bitten by the coloring craze? We are happy to include a “Coloring Lounge” at the Festival this year for your relaxation and enjoyment.  We will have coloring pages, pencils, markers and gel pens for you to use and play with, graciously provided by Leisure Arts. Open during market hours, free with your admission.

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Charity Lounge


Spend a little time or a lot of time just hanging out with your friends knitting or crocheting a square or piecing squares together for the Warm Up America Foundation. This year, Pat Catan’s is bringing squares and we will have staff and volunteers on hand to assist you with the assembly of pre-existing squares. Pat Catan’s will provide yarn and needles for your use. The squares, knitted or crocheted, once assembled are distributed to families in need and given to local shelters. Make a 7 x 9 inch square, learn a new stitch, and spend some time socializing while you do some charity work.

We are pleased each year to support The Salvation Army Fabric Fair with your generous donations of fabrics, notions, yarns and crafting supplies. Remember to bring your donations to the festival this year.  They are greatly appreciated.

The Charity Lounge will also feature the Red Heart/Red Heart Cares blanket . Red Heart will be sending materials, supplies and patterns for the knitted and crocheted blankets.

Open during market hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. No registration necessary.