Class: Make Little Notebooks from Repurposed Materials

Crafting Community Class: Learn to Make Mini Jounals from Repurposed Materials  Saturday July 11th, 2015 at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY |

This Saturday, learn to repurpose common household items into clever little notebooks at my next Crafting Community class.

The mini journals pictured here are made from: scrapbooking paper, brown paper bag, a map of Texas and envelopes, graham cracker box, a greeting card, and gift wrap (lying open). Just think of all the things lying around your home/office that you can upcycle into a fun notebook! You’ll be digging through your recycling bin for journal materials when you get home. Make one to keep track of your favorite wines, make a summer reading list, or add envelopes and collect memories from your summer travels.

We’ll have a studio to ourselves at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY. Stop in anything between 2-4 PM on this Saturday, July 11th, create a journal or two, have a cookie, and meet other local crafters. No crafting skills required. I’ll be teaching this special project just once, so don’t miss out!

Museum admission is $6 with discounts for students and seniors. It includes the Crafting Community class and materials, exhibits, a children’s craft project (wild creature masks!), parking and more. Make an afternoon of it and check out Adrien Broom’s hauntingly beautiful fairytale exhibit.

Help Create the Yonkers American Yarn Flag

Remember the yarn bomb in downtown Yonkers from last summer?

Yonkers Yarn Bombing |  | Photo by Lester Millman Yonkers Yarn Bombing  | Photo by Lester Millman | Yonkers Yarn Bombing |  | Photo by Lester Millman

More specifically this huge American yarn flag?

Yonkers Yarn Bombing |

The Yonker’s Mayor’s Office loved the yarn flag installation we did last year so much, that they invited us back for the Fourth of July weekend!

Yonkers Yarn Bombing |

Join the Hudson River Museum and myself on Sunday, June 28th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM in Van Der Donck Park for a whirlwind morning yarn bomb! We’ll be weaving yarn through the bridge railings to recreate the American Flag from last year’s exhibit. No knitting or crochet skills required. If you have a friend that’s always wanted to join a yarn bomb, but doesn’t knit (yet), bring them along! We need lots of helping hands to weave yarn, tie knots, measure and, inevitably, detangle yarn, etc.

Yonkers Yarn Bombing |

The Museum will be supplying the yarn. I recommend bringing sunscreen, a water bottle, and quarters for parking. We’re hoping that the rain will hold out until later in the afternoon. We’ll be working in Van Der Donck Park in downtown Yonkers. It’s a beautiful new park with the Saw Mill River running right through it. The closest street address is 5 Buena Vista Ave, Yonkers, NY which is the Metro North station. We’ll be working in the middle of the park on the pedestrian bring crossing the river.

Yonkers Yarn Bombing |

Our raindate is on Monday, June 29th from 3:00-6:00 PM, but fingers-crossed that we don’t need it.

Please post here (or send me a message) if you’re interested in coming. I hope to see you there!

Call for Yarn Art for Festival Art Installation

I’m at it again! Last summer, I lead a team to wrap Van Der Donck Park in yarn. This time I’m creating a giant tapestry to decorate the Garner Arts Center. Using bright colors and simple shapes, the tapestry will mark the entrance to the Garner Arts Festival next month.

Yarn Art Call for Entry | Garner Arts Festival |

I am collecting:

  • 4 inch wide rectangles, 2 to 8 feet long in red OR orange OR yellow solid yarn. One color per rectangle please.
  • 8 inch wide rectangles, 2 to 8 feet long in red OR orange OR yellow solid yarn. One color per rectangle please.
  • Braids, i-cords, finger-weaving (aka finger-knitting) 5 to 8 feet  long in red, orange, and yellow in solid or variegated yarn. Mixing colors is encouraged.
  • Pom Poms of all sizes in red, orange, and yellow in solid or variegated yarn. Mixing colors is encouraged.

Both knitters and crocheters are welcome to submit. Use your imagination for the stitch and design – the work will be viewed from all sides, so keep that in mind when you’re picking stitches. Reversible stitches are suggested, like garter, seed/moss, checkerboard, etc. Any size yarn and needle/hook combination are fine. I recommend cheap acrylic yarn for this, it lasts longer in the weather. I’ve been working on size 15 needles with worsted weight recently – they go really quickly!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Please mail your work to the following address postmarked by May 15, 2015:

Sarah Divi
PO Box 174
Bronxville, NY 10708

Garner Arts and Music Festival May 2015 in Garnerville, NY

See our finished work on display at the Garner Arts and Music Festival, while enjoying some shopping from local Etsy sellers, local artisans, a yarn spinning demo, live music, a beer garden and more! Experience my fiber installation We Should Have Just Let Go, knit from cast-off sweaters into a walkable, touchable, life-size maze.

Saturday, May 30th and Sunday, May 31st from 11 AM – 6 PM in Garnerville, NY.

Post below if you’re contributing to the work, sharing it with friends or coming to see it live at the festival! Have friends who knit, crochet, braid or make pom-poms? Use the share buttons to let them know about this project!

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).

Ladies Craft Night | Crafts, Laughs, Friends |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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 |

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

Conversation Heart Embroidered Art | Valentine's Day Tutorial |

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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 |

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 |

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!

Curious on Hudson |
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 |

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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