March 4, 5, 6, 2016

David L. Lawrence Convention Center

Pittsburgh, PA

Classes announced!


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Aug. 22-23, 2014 | Four Points Sheraton North

Class selections being made this week

At the Festival, Barbara Assejew can show you how to transform one of your old garments into something like the above!

Lori Chandler from Ashgrove Soaps will be offering a soap-making class and will have a booth selling her lovely handmade soaps.

We have been busy selecting classes and working on getting all information up on the website to open registration in just a couple of weeks. There were so many exciting and creative class submissions sent in! It was difficult selecting just enough for one day, so in addition to the Market Sneak Preview and Reception, we decided to offer some easy, fun classes on Friday evening also. Now you can save both dates: Friday, Aug. 22, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a fun-filled creative weekend!
Just some of the classes that have been selected include:
  • Transforming a Garment with Barbara Assejew (see photo above)
  • Metal Embossing with Cass Barth
  • Hand Painting a Silk Scarf (an exercise in letting go) with Evi Slaby
  • Book Arts Boot Camp with Kitty Spangler
  • Collage Techniques for Textile and Decorative Paper Design with Amber Coppings
  • Wire Wrapped Bracelet with Elaine Smith
  • Color and Your Emotions with Donna Bogosto Kearns: a class that explains why we select the color of clothing we wear, and why we are drawn to certain colors and how they affect our emotions.
Other classes include: Embroidery, Basketry, Paper Marbling, Collage Painting, Soapmaking, Jewelry, Beading, Quilting, Fabric and Paper Design and more. We’ll have some make-it and take-it projects onsite, with more details on those — and who some of the vendors are, and what they will be bringing! —  in the next newsletter.

With Warm Regards,

Barb Grossman and Ann Szilagyi, Co-Founders

Book review and giveaway:Weaving Rag Rugs

By Tom Knisley
At one time, making rag rugs was a necessity. Now it is considered an form of art. What our ancestors probably didn’t realize is that they were being very artistic while being practical! Now we have the luxury of being artistic and taking the time to think through fabric selection and color schemes for our art (rugs, pillows, clothing and accessories).
In this book, Tom takes us through all of the steps needed to begin weaving, from a basic explanation of the loom, the materials needed, to preparing and selecting a wide range of fabrics and rags, to warping the loom, weaving the rug and finishing. He offers his 30 favorite rag rug patterns, from simple to advanced. Shown are also various style rugs from around the world. With what appear to be easy-to-follow steps, (I am not a weaver) and clear directions.
This book makes me want to go out and buy a loom. Rags and old shirts we have plenty of in this house, time we do not! So… this book will be a lovely addition to someone’s library. We have one for a sweepstakes giveaway and another to give away at the Festival in August.
HOW TO ENTER THE SWEEPSTAKES: Simply send an email (one entry per person, please) to by May 31, 2014, with the subject line of “Weaving Rag Rugs.” Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached. The winner will be drawn randomly from the entries and announced in our next issue.

And speaking of Sweepstakes…

Congratulations to Annette Fetty-Santilli, who is the randomly drawn winner of our April prize, a copy of Super Stitches Sewing: A Complete Guide to Machine-Sewing and Hand-Stitching Techniques.
The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival will be a two-day show, with Friday evening classes, reception, wine, refreshments, music, demos, prizes and a Market Sneak Preview. Saturday will feature the Marketplace, all-day demos, classes and workshops.

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