I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Lily at Vogue Knitting Live and here’s what she had to say:
::Can’t see the video above? Click here: http://youtu.be/_0YhiyvBWjs::
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:
|Knit and Crochet Tunic||Crochet Circular Shrug||Knit Ballet Wrap|
|Crochet Flame Stitch Coat||Crochet Modern Lace Scarf||Crochet New Lace Tunic|
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!:
|Hand Therapy for Knitters; a hands on demo by Colette Smith (designer of Colette’s Gardens) Watch techniques to be demonstrated here!
|Lily Chin will be signing copies of the following DVDs:- Join As You Go Crochet- Join As You Go Knitting- Two Color Circular Tunisian Crochet
|Dora Ohrenstein will be signing copies of her newest release, The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop.
| Margaret Hubert signing copies of The Complete Photo Guide to Knitting (2nd edition) and The Complete Photo Guide to Crochet (2nd edition)
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!
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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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!
|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!
|Knit Abstracted Lion Pullover||Knit Embroidered Slouch Hat
Openwork Crochet Shrug
|Crochet Flower Power Hat
Knit Modular Cowl
My First Collared Raglan Cardigan
|Knit Garden Fantasy Afghan|
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.
Over the last 5 years, the Lion Brand Yarn Studio has had some phenomenal displays. Every season, we feature a different fantastical scene, almost all created with yarn (and sometimes knitting needles and crochet hooks!). Watch this short video to take a look.
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The store celebrates its 5th anniversary with a party on November 17th, and throughout the month of November, it will be offering special discounts. Visit its website for more details.Lion Brand Yarn Studio
If you loved designer and artist Anna Hrachovec’s books of teeny adorable mochimochi (her little knitted creatures and creations), you’ll love her newest book of giant buddies—just released!
To celebrate, we’re sharing a super-sized version of her popular Petite Pencil, excerpted from the book. Click on the image for the pattern and click on the book cover for more info about it!
Want your own copy of the book? Look out for a giveaway in next week’s issue of The Weekly Stitch!
Rohn Strong is a crochet and knitwear designer who has published numerous independent patterns including a paperback book entitled, Heritage Collection: WWI & WWII: Two Wars. Two Needles. One Extraordinary Response to War, where he combined knitting, history and personal stories to convey the lifestyles and realities of those who were living during that era.
Rohn has just released a new pattern e-book entitled, Southern Crochet Winter 2012, where he combined both his love for crochet and the south. His crochet designs are modern and fashionable, yet timeless; pieces you’ll be sure to wear year after year. Rohn’s latest patterns are now available on Ravelry; I personally love the Emily’s Sweater pattern crocheted in Fishermen’s Wool. Find out more about Rohn and his inspirations below!
Rohn: I have been knitting for just over 7 years now. I learned when I was running after school programs for at-risk youth. We wanted to teach them knitting and crochet to give them something to do one day a week.
As for crochet I have been doing that for about 18 years. I began when my Mother decided to begin making an afghan for my father (who mind you, was 6’5″ and weighed over 400 pounds!). She quickly gave up and I taught myself what I was doing. I put it down here and there over the years and within the last three to four years I have been perfecting my craft!