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Colette Smith Turns Craft into Art!

February 11th, 2015

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Colette Smith is passionate about teaching knitters and crocheters techniques to help keep wrists and hands pain-free. That’s because she’s an amazing fiber artist herself who knits for hours every day! Colette designs and creates incredible sculptures, including dragons, insects, and sea creatures. These fanciful creations can be over six feet tall and sometimes take over 15 miles of yarn to complete!

While Colette visited the Lion Brand booth at Vogue Knitting Live, I asked her about her experiences making such unique pieces of art and she shared some tips for beginners:

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P.S. If you live in the New York City area, you can see Colette’s art in-person at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio – watch the Lion Brand Studio blog for details in the coming days.


Dora Ohrenstein Makes a Gauge Swatch and Checks it Twice

January 31st, 2015

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Dora Ohrenstein is a crochet master! She’s designed patterns and written many books, including her latest, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop. When I spoke to her at Vogue Knitting Live, she told me that even experts have trouble with gauge. Her advice? Watch the video below to find out!

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If you’re interested in meeting Dora, she’ll be visiting the Lion Brand Yarn Studio for a book signing event on Thursday, February 19th from 6:30 – 7:30pm. Find out more here.


Margaret Hubert’s Favorite Fan Interaction!

January 26th, 2015

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Margaret Hubert has written over 30 books about knitting and crochet! With so many years in the yarncrafting industry, I just had to sit down with Margaret to hear about her career as a designer and author. She loves her fans and shared a fun story with me about one of her favorite pieces of fan mail!

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Here are some of Margaret’s great patterns!

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Knit Alpine Zip-Neck Pullover Knit Wooden Handle Tote (and a Crochet version, too!) Crochet Wild Flowers Shawl

Lily Chin Shares Her Biggest Knitting Mishap!

January 23rd, 2015

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Lily Chin always has great stories to tell. Known for her speedy crochet skills and her impressive hand-knit costumes, she’s knit and crocheted it all!

I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Lily at Vogue Knitting Live and here’s what she had to say:

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Now that you know Lily LOVES to knit dresses, maybe you’re inspired to make one for yourself. Browse through our collection of dress patterns, we’re certain that you’ll find one you like!

Here are several of Lily’s own beautifully designed patterns for you to knit and crochet:

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Knit and Crochet Tunic Crochet Circular Shrug Knit Ballet Wrap
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Crochet Flame Stitch Coat Crochet Modern Lace Scarf Crochet New Lace Tunic

Join Lion Brand at Vogue Knitting LIVE NYC, January 16-18!

January 7th, 2015

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January is here and that means Vogue Knitting LIVE! The popular three-day event takes place at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York, January 16th through 18th. Visit us at booth #221 for book signings and exciting demonstrations (scroll down for schedule and details).

We’re also thrilled to announce that our fabulous 7 Wonders of the Yarn World art exhibit will be on display to the public for the first time!

Designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent, each sculpture of the 7 Wonders of The Yarn World represents a different technique found in knit or crochet (cables, colorwork, textures and more). The installations stand about 5 feet high or taller, and include marvels such as the Great Wall of China crocheted with granny squares, an embellished knit Taj Mahal, a lace crocheted Leaning Tower of Pisa, a crocheted Sphinx, and more.

You don’t want to miss this incredible display. Be sure to stop by the 5th floor art gallery to see these 7 Wonders of The Yarn World!

ALSO, stop by our booth on Saturday to get a free hand massage demonstration from fiber artist Colette Smith (12:30pm), and be sure to visit us on Sunday for book and DVD signings from legends such as Dora Ohrenstein, Lily Chin, and Margaret Hubert. Plus- we’ve got an extra special giveaway for the first 50 attendees to stop by the booth on Friday!

Meet these lovely women at our booth!:

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Hand Therapy for Knitters; a hands on demo by Colette Smith (designer of Colette’s Gardens) Watch techniques to be demonstrated here!

Sat: 12:30-1:30pm

Sun: 10:30-11:30pm

Lily Chin will be signing copies of the following DVDs:- Join As You Go CrochetJoin As You Go KnittingTwo Color Circular Tunisian Crochet 

Sun: 11:30-12pm

 

Dora Ohrenstein will be signing copies of her newest release, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop.

Sun: 12:30-1pm

 Margaret Hubert signing copies of The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting (2nd edition) and The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (2nd edition)

Sun: 1:30-2pm

 


Happening Now: The World Amigurumi Exhibition at RESOBOX in New York

December 26th, 2014

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The World Amigurumi Exhibition is happening at Resobox, now through to February 28th, and I had the chance to stop by this past weekend.

Resobox is a Japanese cultural center in Long Island City and their mission is to share and celebrate Japanese influence in the arts. The World Amigurumi Exhibition features over 4,000 amigurumi contributed by over 140 artists from 32 different countries — and it’s something else.

Among my favorite finds – Star Wars Kewpie dolls, Frida Kahlo dolls and colorful ninjas!

I took my six year son and my husband and they both loved the show – there really is something for everyone – and because it’s all for sale, make plans to visit sooner rather than later!

p.s. If you’re going to be at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC this January, Resobox curators Takashi Ikezawa and Helen Moss are giving a FREE lecture on Sunday, January 18th at 11:15am–12:00 noon. I’m planning to be there – hope to see you too! I also understand that VKLive is hosting a pop-up shop – great news for those of you who can’t make it out to Queens.

Below is a selection of photos I took at the show – photography is encouraged at Resobox!

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The Many Costumes of Knit and Crochet Aficionado, Lily Chin!

August 20th, 2014

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Almost 20 years ago at a Stitches East conference, Lily Chin conceptualized a unique and inspiring way to make her grand entrance at the Stitches student banquet… she wore a handmade costume!

Rather than just wear her “best” knits and crochets for the event, Lily thought that with the show being close to Halloween (Stitches East happens in mid-October), she would surprise everyone with a knit or crochet costume. Now a tradition years later, as of this past Stitches Midwest (August, 2014), Lily is proud to have created her 50th costume – that’s 5-0, fifty! Interestingly enough, she seldom wears her outfits again … except for on Halloween, and even then only occasionally. For now, they mostly sit in storage. We’d love for Lily to compile her fabulous costume designs into a book. Come on, Lily!

Through her wonderful costumes, the creative maven has portrayed many characters: Ariel the Little Mermaid, Morticia Adams, Cleopatra, and even Scarlet O’Hara from Gone with the Wind (noting that going to the bathroom with a hoop skirt isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do). Along with Scarlet O’Hara, her other favorites are the Statue of Liberty, which she made after 9/11, and last year’s dramatic “Brunhilde” (pictured below).

Everyone needs a creative outlet right? This happens to be Lily’s. Since she designs patterns for a living, this form of needle-crafting allows her to just have fun and not worry about pattern writing.

I personally love all of the detail that went into her Brunhilde, and even her Raggedy Ann doll outfit, which for Lily, evokes warm memories of childhood and good times. Her latest outfit, debuted at Stitches East in 2014, was inspired by Marie Antoinette (see above), and is knit with Vanna’s Glamour for the dress, with Wool-Ease in “Frost” for the wig.

I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next. Be sure to look out for Lily Chin and her amazing costume designs whenever you’re at a Stitches show, especially the night of the student banquet – she never ceases to amaze!

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Yarn Bomb Spotted in Brooklyn

July 7th, 2014

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Over the weekend I spotted this yarn bomb under a Brooklyn highway as I was walking back home. As soon as I saw it I had to take a picture – not only because it was made out of yarn but I instantly recognized the person behind this mysterious yarn art.

This cute, cartoon style belongs to none other than local crochet artist, London Kaye, who is known for her unique street art pieces (she even yarnbombed an entire subway train for Valentine’s Day).  According to her blog and Instagram it was originally done last month in honor of International Yarn Bomb Day.

Great job London Kaye!


Craft Through the 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – Next Stop: Embellishments!

April 30th, 2014

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Nathan Vincent sculpture of the Taj Mahal; model wearing crochet Knit Embellished Pullover

Crafting is not just for cold months, but all year round. Warmer weather is the time for lacy projects and it’s also a great time to make garments brand-new with small embellishments.

Which brings us to our next stop in Lion Brand’s 7 Wonders of the Yarn World series: Embellishments and the Taj Mahal. Earlier this year we asked Nathan Vincent to create fiber art sculptures that incorporated seven different yarn techniques and to associate each with one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Previously in this series we’ve covered textures, stripes and chevrons, and cables.

Nathan’s recreation of the Taj Mahal represents this yarn technique well because of its attention to detail.

An embellishment can be anything from a simple ruffle or fur trim to a scarf made with our array of self-striping yarns like Unique and Tweed Stripes® to a complex embroidery pattern. Lion Brand’s Bonbons yarn is perfect for embroidery and embellishing larger projects like afghans and sweaters.

Below are some of amazing designs that use embellishments to make them even better!

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Knit Abstracted Lion Pullover Knit Embroidered Slouch Hat
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Openwork Crochet Shrug
Crochet Flower Power Hat
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Knit Modular Cowl
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My First Collared Raglan Cardigan
Knit Garden Fantasy Afghan

The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World – revealed!

January 10th, 2014

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UPDATED 7 Wonders Collage

Lion Brand Yarn Company Showcases “The 7 Wonders of the Yarn World” at CHA Winter Tradeshow

We’re at the Craft Hobby Association (CHA) Winter 2014 tradeshow in Anaheim, CA this weekend and our big secret is now out! Keep watching here as we reveal “7 Wonders of the Yarn World” — a fiber art installation that includes large-scale yarn sculptures representing the 7 wonders of the world.

The 7 Wonders of The World sculptures were designed by fiber artist Nathan Vincent. Each sculpture represents a different technique found in knit or crochet. The installations that represent the “7 Wonders of the Yarn World” theme stand about 5 feet high or taller, and include marvels such as the Great Wall of China crocheted with granny squares, an embellished knit Taj Mahal, a lace crocheted Leaning Tower of Pisa, a crocheted Lion Sphinx, and more.

Keep watching here as more photos get added to our gallery.

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