I’ve been on an embroidery kick lately. I’ve merely dabbled in it before, but now I’m kinda obsessed. It started with a rap embroidery sampler, then another, and now I’ve been sketching up new plans almost everyday. I’m teaching embroidery at the Hudson River Museum starting this Saturday, February 14th. Click on the “Classes” link in the navigation bar or read on to learn more about the upcoming classes.
When I saw the Valentine’s Day candy displays in stores, those little conversation hearts were just begging to be stitched. Do I have the patience to fill that heart in with stitches? Ha! Valentine’s Day is this week! Who has that much time? We’re making it super easy and painting that heart in first.
With just a handful of supplies, you can make this easy gift or decoration before this weekend.
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Just as I was wrapping up my teaching residency with the Hudson River Museum, they invited me to stay on for a new program. The Fiber Friends knitting & crochet group has been so successful, we’ve decided to extend the it for a few more months! The name has changed to Crafting Community, however it is still FREE. We’ll continue getting together on the second Saturday of each month from 2-4 PM to knit, crochet, do needlework and (of course) eat cookies. I’ll now be offering an optional craft activity, for those who are between projects, want to try something new, or just can’t resist another WIP.
In celebration of their peacock-themed fall exhibit, I’ve designed a peacock plumage scarf pattern. It’s a great first lace project, and an easy memorizable pattern for advanced knitters. If you can knit and purl, you can make this scarf. The Museum provides acrylic yarn, although I suggest bringing your own size 10.5 needles. The Peacock Plumage Scarf (Ravelry link) pictured in the post used one skein of Red Heart Super Saver (worsted weight yarn) in Turquoise for a six foot long scarf.
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In anticipation of my next fiber art class at Curious on Hudson, here’s a sneak peak of the Star Stamped Infinity Scarves that we’ll be creating together.
I’m sharing a quick, simple and cheap DIY project to make your own foam stamps. No carving is required to make your own stamps to use for a variety of projects. It’s a whopping three step process. Are you ready for this?
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I too, am totally psyched for this announcement! I’m partnering with Curious on Hudson to teach fabric and yarn craft classes this fall. I’ll be walking you step-by-step through a range of projects, including arm-knitting, weaving, Kool-aid dying and more.
These one-evening classes will provide you with the materials, the know-how and the time to make those beautiful projects that you’ve been pining for on Pinterest. At the end of each class, you’ll leave with a finished project ready to be worn or gifted. To wrap it all up, the last class of 2014 will be gift wrapping!
Read on to find out about the first two classes – starting next week!
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Inspired by one of my favorite shows and an upcoming bridal shower for a Whovian-loving friend, I whipped-up a set of Doctor Who themed TARDIS cocktail napkins. They were so simple to make and fun to use, there’s no reason not to make yourself a set to celebrate your favorite fandom. Plus, add a set of martini glasses, cocktail mixers, or silly ice cube trays and you have a geeky gift ready to go!
I’m now curious, what’s the plural of TARDIS? TARDISes? TARDI?
Anyway, are you ready to make your own set? Allons-y!
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The fish are swimming at Van Der Donck Park! This is the second and final round of the Yonkers Yarn Bomb project with the Hudson River Museum. We installed them last Saturday with a team of volunteers.
Bike Rings at Sunset. Photo by Alison Mara of True North My awesome helpers and I have been busy knitting and crocheting for Round Two of the Yonkers Yarn Bomb. I’ve received some great coverage and even my first TV interview! The completed woven American flag. Photo by Sarah Divi. While I finish sewing squares into fish for this Saturday’s installation, check out what people are posting about the yarn bomb: Continue reading
For the past two months, I’ve been collaborating with the Hudson River Museum as their Teaching Artist in Residence. In addition to creating the curriculum for their Family Studio Projects and hosting a monthly Fiber Friends knitting group, I’ve been leading a summer long yarn bombing project. It’s been an incredible experience working with both the museum’s staff, their high school junior docents, and the local knitters, and being able to do it all in my own backyard of Yonkers, NY. Continue reading
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An updated to my most pinned project – my mended jeans.
It’s been a while, but I haven’t forgotten about you. I’ve been busy working on creating smaller projects and developing bigger projects.
Sketchbooks: New & Old
I’ve spent some time reading and thinking about blogging and I’ve come to a decision. Continue reading
There’s a new show up at the Say What? Gallery! It’s based on this Ralph Waldo Emerson’s quote:
“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”
These are the two new works that I hinted at in the last post. They’re made from unraveled sweaters and yarn scraps knit back together. In drastic contrast to my knit maze, I used small knitting needles. In working on these pieces, I thought about wear this yarn had come from, sometimes from a thrift store sweater, or the back of a friend’s closet, or simply leftovers from a hat project. Some of this yarn has been moving with me, from home to home, for years.
Once I started playing with smaller needles and scraps of yarn, the process developed as the pattern slowly turned into a landscape, and I changed the yarn colors around to emphasize the rolling hills.
The show is open until August 18th.
Say What? Contemporary Art Gallery is located at:
6042 Main Street, Tannersville, New York 12485
The gallery hours are Wednesday through Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Their phone number is (518) 589-7500.