Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival

Only a month away and we are so excited for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival!

Amelia and Wiggles are joining me in cooking up some fun surprises at our CROCHET booth.  As always, we will have all my books, DVDs, and patterns.  We will have their furry friend inspired yarn, which is fantastic to crochet.  We have made kits of our favorite projects, and brand new ones for each class that I will be teaching.  We hope a number of our friends will be joining us in the booth with all their wonderful crochet notion, yarn, and patterns too.  No matter what, stopping by booth 20-21; you will find crochet exploding from every corner.

This year I am teaching a number of new classes, and I am so excited to see you at some of them!  Here is my full line up.

Irish Crochet For Today

Friday 12-3pmIrish Crochet is one of the most striking lace fabrics and can be quite intimidating to the untrained eye. In class, we will break how Irish Crochet to its basics; motifs and lace netting. We will highlight the beauty of each individual motif and how they themselves can make amazing projects. We will show how to use simple stitches to create a netting to join the motifs together. This class will show you that Irish Crochet has a great history but truly can make lovely projects for all today. This is an intermediate level class.

Crochet Your First Top Down Sweater
Friday 4:30-7:30pm
Looking for some instant gratification, crocheting top down sweaters could be for you!  In class we will walk through everything from picking out the best yarn, the best stitches, how to shape the yoke of the sweater, how to join for the body and sleeves, and on through finishing.  By the end of class you will be completely equipped to make the perfect sweater for you, and halfway through our class sample doll sweater. This is an intermediate level class.

Modern Filet Crochet 
Saturday 9am-12pm
Think you know filet crochet?  Think again.  Sure, we have all seen the incredible vintage thread designs, but filet can be so much more.  In class we will quickly master the basics and move right into with simple twists we can make incredible fashion forward fabrics.  By the end of class, you will be on your way to your own unique shawl of your own design. This is an intermediate level class

Solomon's Knot Lace
Saturday 2-5pm
Come join me as we fall in love with a beautiful vintage lace technique.  Solomon’s Knot Lace is an amazingly easy lace to crochet once you master the basic stitches. In class, we will talk about tips for making the perfect loops, how to add sparkle with beads, and how simple it is to combine it with classic crochet stitches.  If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that single skein of dramatic novelty yarn in your stash, this is the lace technique for you! This is a beginner level class, and students must know chain and single crochet.

Tunisian Color Play
Sunday 9am-12pm
Looking for a woven fabric without the hassle of warping a loom? Then come check out Tunisian Crochet. Even with the simplest stitches, just by adding a bit of color you can have powerful results making the most unique woven like fabric. In class we will review the basics of Tunisian Crochet then dive into adding color. By the end of the class, we all will be masters of color and laughing all along the way. This is a beginner level class, students must be familiar with the basics of Tunisian stitches.

101 Ways to Wear a Handmade Shawl
Sunday 130-230pm
We all love shawls, but unless you have a wedding or other occasion to wear it when does it come out of your closet?  Come join me in learning a number of ways to twist and turn your shawl into many different shapes.  Armed with some shawl pins and know how we can turn any average shawl into a bolero, cowl, wrap, skirt, and more.  Bring your favorite shawl and shawl pins, and get ready to have some fun. This class is suitable for all levels and for anyone who owns a shawl. A perfect class to end the weekend

I really hope to see you at the show this year.  Its our first year at the convention center, and I can't wait to hear what you think about the new location!

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