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

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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 2020 Festival.  Stay tuned for additional events!  An admission ticket must be purchased to attend any classes or special events. 

It’s back! Join in the fun – A Scavenger Hunt!  

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 Saturday Night: 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 Saturday Evening. Block Party Hours on are from 7:30 PM to 10:30 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!


Creative Open Studio:
Get your creative juices on! Sponsored by Janome and Amy Baughman’s Sew & Quilt

There will be fun and easy make and take activities offered all 3 days, embroidery sessions, special presentations with guest speakers and quilts on display!  Visit Amy’s booths in the Creative Open Studio with Janome machines, a Stitch Studio and all of your sewing and quilting needs.


Maker Space:
We have a lot going on in the Maker Space sponsored by Clover USA and Lion Brand Yarns.

A Clover, USA educator will be onsite offering a different make and take activity each day for fabric and yarn lovers. The activities are FREE and will be on a drop in basis, however, seating will be limited.

FREE Learn to Knit and Learn to Crochet Classes, sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn and hosted by the Bethany Community Ministries volunteers.

Learn to Knit and Crochet Class Schedule:

  • Friday, 2:00 pm, Learn to Knit
  • Friday, 4:00 pm, Learn to Crochet
  • Saturday, 10:30 am, Learn to Knit
  • Saturday, 11:30 am, Learn to Crochet
  • Saturday, 2:30 pm, Learn to Knit
  • Saturday, 4:30 pm, Learn to Crochet

Sunday, all day, a yarn wrapped heart will be offered and led by Bethany Community Ministries and the Girl Scouts of W. PA, sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn.  Girl Scout Cookies will be available to purchase.

Sign up sheets for Friday and Saturday sessions will be available in the Maker Space each day. Seating is limited and students will be taken on a first come, first serve basis.

You are invited to participate in the 25 Million Stitch Project with the Embroidery Guild of America’s local Pgh chapter members. Panels from the project will be on display. Muslin panels, threads and needles will be available for you to sit, stitch and participate.

All materials provided for you in the Maker Space by our sponsors.

Lion Brand Yarns and Clover supplies will be available for purchase in the Maker Space.

Pgh HandMade Hearts

Please join us as we continue the Pgh HandMade Hearts campaign started by Barb Grossman and her family last year.

On October 27, 2018, worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA, were attacked in a senseless act of hatred. In response, 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 materials on Sunday all day.  A yarn wrapped heart will be offered and led by Bethany Community Ministries volunteers and the Girl Scouts of W PA, sponsored by Lion Brand Yarn. We’ll tag them with positive messages and put them in public places such as: libraries, lobbies, churches, mosques, synagogues, community centers, senior centers, auditoriums, at a bus stop,  at the park, playground, on a hiking trail, etc.

To date, we have made and placed over 5500 handmade hearts in public places. We have engaged many groups, schools, community centers, guilds and individuals in this kindness campaign. Many groups have continued to act on their own as they tag and distribute the handmade hearts. We are proud to have reached beyond our borders and assisted people in Morgantown, WV, El Paso, Texas and Carlisle, PA in starting their own HandMade Heart initiatives. Our goal is to continue to spread kindness and share the hearts to any area affected by recent tragedies.

You may also make hearts in advance and bring them with you. We’ll provide the tags.

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 some of the following hashtags: #ShareAHeartPgh, #PghHandMadeHearts, #LOVE>hate, #Lovegreaterthanhate