The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival
The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival happening later this month which will feature Marly Bird was the topic of today’s Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
What has become the annual Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival started small in 2005 by Barbara Grossman as a fundraiser for the Waldorf School of Pittsburgh. In 2012, Barbara joined forces with her sister Ann Szilagyi, and merged with the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival as an annual event that takes place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. Featuring knitting, crochet, quilting, sewing and other creative art classes, workshops, vendors and special displays, demos, and events, the Festival is a local favorite, having been named a “Top 10 Best Bet in Pittsburgh” by Pittsburgh magazine in February 2013.
Festival headliners over the years have included Annie Modesitt, Kathy Zimmerman, Candace Eisner Strick, Melissa Leapman, Maggie Jackson, Robyn Chachula, The Shibaguyz, Patty Lyons, Edie Eckman, Lisa H Calle, Andrea Wong, Debbie Macomber, StevenBe, Drew Emborsky (The Crochet Dude), Charles Gandy, Alasdair Post Quinn and Nicky Epstein, as well as many local teachers and designers.
The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival and the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival have expanded in order to embrace other forms of fiber art, including quilting, sewing, embroidery, surface design, recycling, weaving, tatting, spinning, wet and needle felting, rug hooking, dyeing, paper crafts and jewelry making.
We offer many onsite charity projects and activities: Warm Up America Lounge, supplying attendees with yarn to knit or crochet squares for blankets that are donated to local shelters and other charitable organizations, supported by Red Heart.
We are proud to support the Salvation Army of Pittsburgh’s Annual Fabric Fair, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Children’s Home and many other local and national non profit organizations.
Barbara and Ann plan and prepare all year long for each festival, and are excited to have Marly join in the fun this year. Traditional hand crafts have enjoyed a vibrant comeback, thanks in large part to the Internet, where all artists can connect with each other in so many ways (Ravelry, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogs). The times, they are a changin’, however the techniques remain the same. We honor the old traditions passed down from our mothers and grandmothers and continue to make wonderful things for our families and friends to treasure.
Find more information at their website: www.PittsburghKnitandCrochet.com and click here for information on classes with Marly or look for her in the Crochet Superbooth at the event. There was an earlier blog post this year RIGHT HERE about this event at MarlyBird.com.
You can watch the video in Marly’s Facebook page or listen to the podcast episode https://www.blogtalkradio.com/yarnthing/2017/03/07/the-pittsburgh-knit-and-crochet-festival