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Festival Update

March 27, 28, 29, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving!

We are almost done and ready to open registration. You’ll hear from us the first week of December which day we are ready to open. We had one change to our schedule: Steven West canceled, but we are thrilled to include Alasdair Post-Quinn, the Extreme Double Knitting Master. He has a great selection of classes to offer, and he’ll be on hand to sign his books, too. In the meantime, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend with your family and loved ones.
We have included for your pleasure a video of my sister Ann making an effort to teach crochet! After having gone through all of the class submissions, and carefully selected classes that hold a broad appeal, she came up with her version of what would be a fun class. That’s me laughing hysterically in the background (Ann was always the class clown).
As mentioned in our last issue, we encourage you to start thinking about several special design prizes that will be awarded at the Festival.At the Friday Luncheon and Fashion Show, we will be awarding a $500.00 cash prize for the “Best in Show,” and prizes for the three winners in each category:
  • Crochet or Knitted Garment
  • Crochet or Knitted Shawl
  • Crochet or Knitted Accessory (For example: a bag, scarf, hat, boot topper, socks, shrug, capelet, etc.)
  • Wild Wearable Art (For example, any combination of media, including fiber, fabric, yarn, recycled materials, and construction technique including weaving, machine-assisted, needle and wet felting)
Entry forms will be available when we open registration.
Last but not least, mark your calendars for Handmade Arcade, Saturday, Dec. 6, and the Spinning Plate Gallery, Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 6-7. Great holiday gifts abound! Many of our featured teachers and friends will be at both events, so please come and support your local artists.

With Warm Regards,


New at the 2015 Festival: Pop des Fleurs ‘Pop In’ Lounge

Pop des Fleurs is an outdoor installation planned for the winter of 2016, designed to bring delight and color during the dark season through handmade, pop-up flower gardens. Just like the Knit the Bridge installation, Pop des Fleurs will be created by the community, and the flowers will be made primarily out of repurposed materials, knitted and crocheted. Pop des Fleurs was selected as a Community Outreach Project of the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh’s Fiberart International 2016.

The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival will host a Pop des Fleurs “Pop In” Lounge, along with the Warm Up America! Lounge. Materials and Fiber Arts Guild members will be available and on hand to show you how to make flowers. Drop in and participate in Pittsburgh’s next community installation by making a flower, knitted, crocheted or otherwise. You can also start making flowers now and drop them off at the Festival. We have posted a step-by-step written tutorial for a beautiful and easy Puff Flower here, and the YouTube demonstration version can be found here.The Pop des Fleurs website also has tutorials here.

PJ Party with our Darlin’ StevenBe

On Saturday, March 28, at 9 p.m., put your PJs on and come on down to enjoy a fun-filled evening with our Darlin’ StevenBe. He’ll entertain us with his latest creations, as well as the fabulous designs from our other Fab Guys. We’ll also have some exciting surprises in store for you! Snacks, light refreshments, prizes and giveaways will all be part of this special evening. Plus, each person who attends Steven’s PJ party will receive a special gift from our sponsors.Extra-special prizes will also be awarded for:

  • Wildest Socks
  • Most Outrageous PJs
  • Craziest Hat
  • The Best and Sassiest Attitude!

Registration for the PJ party opens soon.

October Sweepstakes Winner

Congratulations to Andrea Simpson of Toronto, Ohio, for being our randomly drawn winner of Felt So Good, by Tone Rorseth.

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