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


March 20, 21, 22, 2020
DoubleTree by Hilton, Green Tree, PA 15205


Special Events

Please scroll down for a complete list of Events and Activities featured at the 2019 Festival.  An admission ticket must be purchased to attend any classes or evening special events. 


Join in the fun – A Scavenger Hunt!

As part of our 15 year Anniversary Celebration, we have strategically hidden 15 items and it’s up to you to find each one and jot down it’s location in your program. Once you’ve found the items in all 15 locations, bring back your program to registration with all 15 items checked off for a prize, graciously provided by our sponsors.

(Hint: there are 5 items hidden in each of the 3 market rooms, Greentree, Oakmont and Duquesne)


Block Party Weekend Pop-Ups and Night Maker Faire – The Party Doesn’t Stop!

We are extending the fun after market hours to include additional activities in a Block Party with a series of Pop-Ups, demos and interactive maker activities on Friday and Saturday Evenings. Block Party Hours on both nights are from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Included in the cost of your admission ticket, you can spend an evening taking part in Games, Activities, Show and Tell, Drag and Brag, Yarn Tastings, Fabric Projects, A Spin In, String Art, Meet the Teachers, A Charity Lounge, a UFO Crashsite and more!

BLOCK PARTY SCHEDULE:

Friday Evening:

  • Join Artisanal Yarns for a Beaded Yarn Tasting, Angora spinning demo, straw loom sessions and the famous one hour skirts on display.
  • Pamper Yourself Lounge: Massages with Olive Nusida, Scrubs and personal essential oils with Melanie Cummins, a Young Living Oils representative. Soma Chatterji for Mehndi temporary body art tattoos. (Nominal fees will be associated with the Pamper Yourself Services).
  • Antique Circular Sock Machine Demonstration with J. Cody Edgar
  • Hand painted Gourds by Julie Stunden
  • Lion Brand Yarn’s Charity Lounge, hosted by Bethany Community Ministries. Stop by the lounge and join the ladies from Bethany Community Ministries in making hearts, hats, blocks and other charity knitting and crochet projects. A coloring lounge will also be featured. Various weight yarns will graciously be donated by Lion Brand Yarn for your use.
  • Flower Power!  Flower Making for upcoming Yarn Bombing at Randyland. (all materials provided).
  • Pisanki, a demo of the traditionally decorated eggs at Easter among the Slavic people with Larry Kozlowski.
  • Stretch and Renew with Natalie Roberson.  Natalie will show you how to loosen up those tight neck and shoulder muscles and some good exercises for alleviating hand cramps and keeping your hands flexible.
  • LinaBags – These Talk and Text cell phone bags with a clear plastic pocket allow you to use your cell phone without the fear of dropping it and leave it in the bag!
  • Meet the Teachers: Meet, chat and have an informal discussion with some of our teachers. Get your book signed, buy a copy of a book or pattern or just get some advice from these knowledgeable instructors.
  • Flameworking Demos with the Pittsburgh Glass Center. Watch Artisans work with glass rods.
  • String Art and Card Making with Doug Krienik.Try your hand at string art techniques with Doug and his team from Krienik Mfg. Interactive Weaving will also be included with local weavers. Embroidery supplies will be available for sale.
  • Join Quilt National and The Dairy Barn Arts Center and their team of quilters in the Creative Open Studio to make a variety of fabric hearts. (all materials supplied).

Saturday Evening:

  • Join Adirondack Yarns to learn Color Theory. Try combining colors with the help of the Color Wheel.
  • HipStrings and Gwen Erin will host a “Spin-In”with supported spinning, Turkish spinning and wheel spinning demos. Try your hand at all of them and find out what fibers you like best. HipStrings will have a full supply of spinning accessories and Gwen Erin will offer a wide array of fibers for sale to support the spinning.
  • LinaBags – These Talk and Text cell phone bags with a clear plastic pocket allow you to use your cell phone without the fear of dropping it and leave it in the bag!
  • On the Rocks Designs – you will want to see (and buy) all of the beautiful hand crafted jewelry by Lisa Parker, a local Pittsburgh artisan. Earrings, Cuff bracelets, pendants and more!
  • Try your hand at weaving Tropical palm fronds, traditional folk art with Larry Kozlowski.
  • Join Quilt National and The Dairy Barn Arts Center and their team of quilters in the Creative Open Studio to make a variety of fabric hearts. (all materials supplied).
  • String Art and Card Making with Doug Krienik.Try your hand at string art techniques with Doug and his team from Krienik Mfg. Interactive Weaving will also be included with local weavers. Embroidery supplies will be available for sale.
  • A UFO Crash Site and ER Lounge – bring in your “Un Finished Objects” (knit and crochet) in a relaxed environment and get some expert advice and assistance with Jolie Elder and Catherine Kocina, two of our teachers.
  • Stitch & Party! McWalker Yarns will host a “Sit and Stitch” and a trunk show of Stitch Party Yarns. Come join in on the fun!
  • Amy Baughman Sew & Quilt Center will offer a fun make it activity and invite you to a “Drag and Brag” (Show and tell). Bring your latest projects to share with others.
  • Pamper Yourself Lounge: Massages with Olive Nusida. Scrubs and personal essential oils with Melanie Cummins, a Young Living Oils representative. Soma Chatterji for Mehndi temporary body art tattoos. (Nominal fees will be associated with the Pamper Yourself Services).
  • Maker’s Pop Up Night Market:  Featuring wearables, jewelry, pottery, beaded accessories, wooden works, felted hats and more with local Pittsburgh Artisans.
  • Lion Brand Yarn’s Charity Lounge, hosted by Bethany Community Ministries. Stop by the lounge and join the ladies from Bethany Community Ministries in making hearts, hats, blocks and other charity knitting and crochet projects. A card making activity will also be featured. Various weight yarns will graciously be donated by Lion Brand Yarn for your use.
  • Flower Power!  Flower Making for upcoming Yarn Bombing at Randyland. (all materials provided).

 

 


Maker Space

We will offer different Make and Take activities each day – Free with your admission ticket.

  

We are pleased to welcome back Doug Krienik and his team from Krienik Mfg. Co. They will be in the Maker Space Friday and Saturday evenings as part of the Block Party and all day Saturday with String Art, Embroidery techniques, Card making and Weaving. Stop in if you’re a crafter, do needlepoint, if you are a quilter, knitter, crocheter, do cross-stitch or want to learn something new and play.


Sunday Kid’s Crafts hosted by Every Child, Inc.

All day Sunday, Every Child Inc. will facilitate the creation of an enormous family quilt that will be displayed throughout Pittsburgh once completed. Participants (children and adults) are invited to create colorful squares focusing on what family means to you. These squares will be be quilted together to create a wonderful mosaic displaying families.

Other heart making craft activities will also be available in the Maker Space.

http://www.everychildinc.org


Creative Open Studio 

Quilt National from Athens, Ohio is taking over the Creative Open Studio all weekend long. The Quilt National, is an international juried exhibition of innovative contemporary art quilts. They have invited several former Quilt National winners and judges to join them all weekend long to assist you in the HandMade Heart Making, Demos, Trunk Shows and interactive discussions. They have partnered with Cherrywood Fabrics and will be carrying their fabrics for sale and literature to support the Prince Cherrywood Challenge. They will also feature some of the quilts from their previous shows. There is no additional charge and no reservation needed for the presentations, it is on a drop in basis, however, seating is limited.  A full schedule will be available on site. Featured Quilters include Ann Judy, Michael Ross, QN Lounge with Cherrywood Fabrics, Denise Roberts, Petra Fallaux, Peggy Black, Stefani Danes and more from QN including a Heart Challenge.


Featured Exhibitions:

  • 2nd Annual Fiber Forward Exhibition (a dedicated Knit & Crochet Exhibit)
  • Prince Cherrywood Challenge 2018 Tribute Tour
  • The Best of the MQG QuiltCon 2018 Traveling Exhibition (last stop on the tour)

Sunday Swap

Stick around for the Sunday Swap! (NO! Not your husbands!)

Bring an item to swap in one of the following categories:

  • Yarn
  • Fabric
  • Hand Made

Bring your item in a PLAIN BROWN PAPER BAG for the Sunday Swap.

Your swap item must have a retail value of  approximately $25.00.

You will receive a ticket with a number on it and your swap item will be ready to collect on Sunday afternoon at 2:30.

If you’re bringing yarn, you will receive a ticket with a Y #

If you’re bringing fabric, you will receive a ticket with a F #

If you’re bringing a handmade item, you will receive a ticket with a HM #

If you would like to participate and prefer NOT to bring an item to swap, we will be selling a limited number of tickets for this activity.

 

For RSVP and Ticket purchase – please go to registration by SUNDAY at 11:00 AM.

All SWAP Items can be brought to registration on Friday and Saturday afternoons after 1:00 PM and on Sunday by 11:00 AM.

A fun way to end the weekend, with a surprise gift!

(All items must be un-used, of good quality and from a smoke and scent- free household)


Pgh HandMade Hearts

Please join me in Pgh HandMade Hearts campaign started by Barb Grossman and her family.

On October 27, 2018, worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, were attacked in a senseless act of hatred. In response, we, the Grossman family, started the Pgh HandMade Hearts campaign to make and place handmade hearts in public places as vivid reminders of the power of kindness.

Our mission is to foster compassion for those impacted by acts of violence and hatred, as well as to discourage future acts of this nature. Let’s #ShareAHeartPgh, with #PghHandMadeHearts.

We will be supplying a variety of materials with instructions at the festival, tagging them with positive messages and asking you to take a few with you to put in places such as: libraries, lobbies, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centers, senior centers, auditoriums, at a bus stop, in a supermarket (among the apples or mangos) (on the cereal shelf), at the park, playground, on a hiking trail, etc.

You may make hearts in advance and bring them with you. If you are unable to attend, please drop them at designated stores listed below:

The hearts can be hand stitched, machine stitched, embroidered, knitted, crocheted, made from wood, clay, etc., approx 2- 3 inches in size.

If you happen to find a little heart in a public space in the meantime, please take a picture, note where you found it and post it to social media with the following hashtags: #ShareAHeartPgh, #PghHandMadeHearts, #LOVE>hate, #Lovegreaterthanhate