A Creative and Crafty Ladies’ Night

Ladies Craft Night | Crafts, Laughs, Friends | www.sarahdivi.comLast weekend, I had the opportunity to lead a craft party for an incredible fun group of ladies. I walked them through two different projects, step by step, demonstrating several techniques and design options for each project. We created star stamped infinity scarves (see how to make the no-carve stamps here) and stranded necklaces from t-shirts (tutorial to come soon).

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Each lady put their own unique spin on their project. Their crafting abilities ranged from “I sew all of my kids’ costumes” Diane to “not a crafty bone in my body” Lynne. And you know what? There were successful! I’m so proud of each one of them.

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Rap Embroidery Class at Hudson River Museum

Rap Embroidery | Free Classes Spring 2015 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY taught by textile artist Sarah Divi | SarahDivi.com

This Saturday is the next Crafting Community class at the Hudson River Museum. Would you like to learn to embroider? Or just have some company while you stitch? Maybe see some new artwork or a planetarium show? We’ll be remixing traditional embroidery samplers with modern rap lyrics, inspired by the new Frohawk Two Feathers exhibition. You can make our featured project, or bring your own needlework, knitting or crochet project. The class is free with admission and all materials are provided, including coffee and home-baked goods.

Since this Saturday is also Pi Day (3/14), I’ll bring a homemade pie for us to enjoy while we work. Do you have a great pie recipe? We’d be delighted to try it!

Even the HRM Employees Can't Resist Trying Rap Embroidery | Free Classes Spring 2015 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY taught by textile artist Sarah Divi | SarahDivi.com

Even the staff couldn’t resist joining in this project.

Rap and Candy Heart Embroidery | Free Classes Spring 2015 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY taught by textile artist Sarah Divi | SarahDivi.com

Some of our finished projects from last month.Stitch In Progress: Big Poppa - The Notorious B.I.G. | Rap Embroidery | Free Classes Spring 2015 at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY taught by textile artist Sarah Divi | SarahDivi.com

Here’s my current stitch-in-process. I think it needs some flowers for flair.

Join us this Saturday, March 14th, from 2-4 PM, and mark your calendar for the upcoming classes on April 11th and May 9th.

Click on the “Classes” link in the navigation bar on top to see where and what I’ll be teaching next! I hope to see you there!

Tutorial: Stitched Candy Hearts and Embroidery Class Announcement

Candy Conversation Heart Embroidered Art | Valentine's Day Tutorial | sarahdivi.comI’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.

Conversation Heart Embroidered Art | Valentine's Day Tutorial | sarahdivi.com

With just a handful of supplies, you can make this easy gift or decoration before this weekend.

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Peacock Plumage Scarf and a Hudson River Museum Update

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.

Peacock Plumage Scarf Knit Pattern | sarahdivi.com

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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Tutorial: Simple No-Carve Stamps

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. Star Stamped Infinity Scarf | sarahdivi.com

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’m Teaching Classes at Curious On Hudson!

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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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Tutorial: Doctor Who Tardis Cocktail Napkins

How To: Tardis Cocktail Napkins Tutorial | SarahDivi.com

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!

How To: Tardis Cocktail Napkins Tutorial | SarahDivi.comI’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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Yonkers Yarn Bomb: Round Two

Yonkers Yarn Bombing  | Photo by Lester Millman | SarahDivi.com

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.

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Yonkers Yarn Bomb: Social Media Edition

Bike Rings at Sunset. Photo by Allison Mara of True North | SarahDivi.com 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 | SarahDivi.com 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

Yonkers Yarn Bomb – Round One

Yonkers Yarn Bombing | SarahDivi.com  | Photo by Lester Millman Yonkers Yarn Bombing | SarahDivi.com  | Photo by Lester Millman 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