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Talks from the Yarniverse: Watch Interviews at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio

April 12th, 2011

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Each month at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we are lucky enough to have a special guest join us. We have had wonderful designers, fiber artists, authors, and teachers who come in for our free special event night. The store is closed and customers who RSVP’ed fill the audience for these great talks, presentations, and trunk shows. With all the yarn, stories, and yarncrafting, a great time is had by all.

Since not everyone can join us here in NY, we film an interview and put it up on YouTube so the whole world can join in on the fun. Here’s a playlist of interviews so far (click the left and right arrows to browse all the videos):

Planning a trip to the NYC area? Be sure to check out the Lion Brand Yarn Studio’s blog for upcoming free events! We hope you stop on by!


Gestrickt Planeten! (Knitted Planets!) Mochimochi Worlds in Berlin

March 29th, 2011

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If you’re going to be in Berlin from April 6 to 10, stop by the Pictoplasma Festival–an annual celebration contemporary character culture–to see a whole solar system made in yarn!

Our friend Anna Hrachovec, the amazing knitter behind the popular blog Mochimochi Land and the book Knitting Mochimochi, will have a new installation called “Mochimochi Worlds” held at the Smallspace gallery. Learn more about the project on her blog.

The adorable planet bodies include a snowman and a big yarn-ball sun, in addition to the bear planet above, and are all made with Hometown USA and Wool-Ease Thick & Quick.

We wish Anna a great show, and we hope that if you’re in the Berlin area, you’ll check it out!


Round-Up: 10 Artists Who Create With Yarn

January 24th, 2011

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Recently Lindsey blogged about a video of artist Olek covering the famous Wall Street bull sculpture with a crocheted cozy. Catching the eye of the culture blog Flavorwire, her work inspired the blog to post an artist round-up: 10 Artists Who Use Yarn As Their Medium.

This interesting blog post includes Tatyana Yanishevsky (whose work can currently be seen at the Brooklyn Art Museum in NYC), Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please (whose work we’ve blogged about previously here and here), and Dave Cole (whose giant knitted pieces have been featured in such exhibits as Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting). Click the title of the article above to learn more about these 10 artists and their work.

With fiber art garnering more and more attention, it will be interesting to see what 2011 brings! Do you have a favorite fiber artist? Leave us a comment and tell us about him/her!

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Deer in Knits: Cozy Creations from Artist Rachel Denny

January 18th, 2011

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Winter always makes me think of ski lodges, roaring fires, pine trees, and knitwear. In that vein, artist Rachel Denny‘s work combines a classic ski lodge staple with yarny goodness for a look that’s unexpected, cozy, and perfect for winter decor.

Made of foam, wood, and yarn, these beautifully carved deer heads have a touch of whimsy. In addition, Rachel’s yarn-covered work extends beyond just deer, with rabbits made of angora yarn.

In the last year, we’ve seen artists decorate everything from cars and bicycles to driftwood and fences with yarn. What do you hope 2011 will bring from the world of fiber art? Leave a comment and let us know!

Via 2Modern Design Talk.

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A Bull in a Sweater

January 7th, 2011

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We love to see the creative things that people yarn bomb.  It’s always fun when artists add knit or crochet to existing statues, such as Robyn Love’s “Memorials/The Doughboy”.  New York City’s newest sweater clad statue is the iconic Wall Street Bull.  Olek, the same artists who brought us the crocheted bicycle, crocheted this fabulous cozy.  You can see her putting it all together in the video below.

Tell us about the fun places you’ve seen knitted and crocheted art near you.


Crochet on the Beach

November 19th, 2010

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NeSpoon, a Polish artist, adorned her favorite beach with beautiful doilies.  Her street art often involves using lace as a stencil to to create ceramics and paint public spaces, but for this project she decided to use the actual lace.  The delicate doilies were photographed and moved about by beach goers before eventually giving in to the salt air and disintegrating.  If you could decorate anywhere with yarn, where would you decorate and what kind of adornments would you use?

(via DudeCraft)

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Arts Street Textile Studio: Fiber Arts Supporting the Homeless in Philadelphia

October 18th, 2010

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This month, we’re highlighting various fiber works and projects taking place currently around the country and the world. If you’d like to suggest an artist, exhibit, or event, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

From the summer of 2009 to the summer of 2010, the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program worked on the “Finding Home” project, a textile mural designed by Josh Saranatitis and Kathryn Pannepacker, assisted by Shelby Donnelly, aimed at raising awareness about homelessness. During that time artists and volunteers working in homeless shelters and cafes throughout Philadelphia worked together to weave the pieces of this mural. After this project, the studio re-invented itself into the Arts Street Textile Studio: handmade with the homeless. Staffed by fiber artists Kathryn Pannepacker and Leslie Sudock, recreation specialist Rachel Gucwa and muralist Mary Newsom, it’s a space that offers lessons in weaving, knitting, crochet, quilting, embroidery in an open studio space for a nominal contribution. The studio will also serve as a gallery featuring the works “of individuals who, though stigmatized as homeless or life-challenged, nonetheless identify as artists and want to work productively as artisans.” In addition, the organization–which is currently working to obtain non-profit status–has also initiated an outreach program to invite homeless women and children to participate in knitting, crochet, and quilting circles.

Stating that “art is a social service,” they are encouraging members of their community to come learn new skills and support this effort. Donations and contributions of materials, tools, and equipment are always welcome. Learn more by contacting Kathryn Pannepacker (kpannepacker@gmail.com) or Leslie Sudock (lsudock@gmail.com).

Arts Street Textile Studio
626 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
Wednesday – Sunday, 3 – 8pm

For more organizations doing good in the world through yarncrafting, click here for our Charity Connection.


Help Create Art Inspired by Endangered Animals

October 12th, 2010

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This month, we’re highlighting the works of various fiber artists currently showing around the country and the world. If you’d like to suggest an artist or an exhibit, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

Ruth Marshall, a fiber artist based in New York City, is looking for volunteer knitters to help her create knitted tiger pelts, her latest fine art textile project, sponsored in part by Lion Brand. Ruth has been studying archived tiger pelts at the American Museum of Natural History, and she currently participating in the Open Studio Program at the Museum of Art & Design located at Columbus Circle, in Manhattan, every Friday until December 3rd, 2010.

On YarnCraft, our radio-style podcast, my co-host Liz and I also had the pleasure of talking to Ruth about her fascinating work, which draws attention to various endangered big cat species. (Click here to listen to that episode [MP3]; the interview with Ruth starts at about 11:14.)

If you are an experienced knitter in the NYC-area, particularly with experience in intarsia and multi-colored yarns and would like to hang out and knit at the Museum of Art & Design, please contact Ruth by visiting her website, RuthMarshall.com, and clicking on the “contact” button which will open up an email window.

Ruth’s previous work has been exhibited across North America at such institutions as the Hunterdon Museum, San Jose Museum, Indiana State Museum, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, MassArt, Museum of Art & Design, Dam, Stuhltrager Gallery – Brooklyn & Berlin, as well as various art fairs in Miami, FL; Chicago, IL; Paris, France; and Istanbul, Turkey. Awards include the BRIO-Bronx Council of the Arts. Ruth will be featured in two books coming out next spring, and will participate in “Green: A Color and a Cause”, at the Textile Museum, Washington D.C. in 2011.

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Fiber Arts Shows in NYC

October 11th, 2010

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This month, we’re highlighting the works of various fiber artists currently showing around the country and the world. If you’d like to suggest an artist or an exhibit, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know!

This past week two fun art exhibits in New York City opened featuring some of our favorite fiber artists: Anna Hrachovec and Nathan Vincent.

Anna Hrachovec is best known for her blog Mochimochi Land and Knitting Mochimochi, her book of adorable knit toys.  Her new exhibit at Gallery Hanahou displays an entirely hand-knit world, including skyscrapers and a quirky landscape with a model train running through it.  The exhibit will last through October 29.

Nathan Vincent is a fiber artist who creates typically masculine objects in knit and crochet.  He is one of many artists being featured in the inaugural group exhibit at Klause Gallery through October 31.  You may remember him from the crochet taxidermy at the Lion Brand Yarn Studio or from the Yarn Show on Martha Stewart.

Workshops for a November exhibition at the Textile Arts Center are already underway.  Artist Kim Hall, who believes that every knitter’s first scarf is lucky, is teaching knitting and collecting the resulting scarves for her project, “Virgin Knitters“.  Check out the calendar for more information.

Are there any fiber related events near you?  Let us know in the comments.

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What’s Your Message To The Universe?

October 3rd, 2010

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At the World Maker Faire in New York City last week,  fiber artist, Robyn Love, created a piece of installation art that was made of hundreds of hand knit and crochet squares of Hometown USA yarn.  The squares were sewn together to create flame-like extensions for the rocket ship (still standing from the 1964 World’s Fair) that is located on the grounds of the New York Hall of Science.  Robyn invited visitors to pin a note to the yarn squares with their message to the universe to symbolically send their wishes into space.  Thousands of people at Maker Faire saw the work and hundreds participated by sending a message.  The hand crafted “yarn flames” were removed from the rocket ship and will be resewn into afghans to donate to Warm Up America.

If you could send a message to the universe in just a few words, what would it be?

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