Today was the last day of the festival. I have to say I really enjoyed it. This weekend was a lot of fun and I learned some fun things and some important things. Next year I will need to take more classes. I was afraid of overdoing it this year, but next year I really want to load up on the classes and learn as much as I can learn.
I strolled along the one wall where some quilts were displayed. I’ve thought about doing quilting in the past, but I think I’ll stick with my crochet. There were some beautiful quilts on display though.
I strolled around the marketplace one last time and picked up a couple more things. Ugh, I just love to shop for craft supplies. I was trying to stay on a budget this weekend, but I splurged a little. I also went back to the art exhibit. Some of the pieces
Fishing Tales of Elliott Fisherman by Katrina Shorter-Harrison won for use of unique material
Whirlpools and Waves by Raesus Cannon won for wearable art
Facehugger by Katie Freeman won for Three Dimensional
Beginnings by Stacy Hortner won for two dimensional
And That Was Called Love by Abby Rammelkamp won for craftmanship
I went to my second class, Into to Freeform with Susan Swarthout. We learned the bullion stitch and spirals so we could make scrumbles. Then we pieced our scrumbles together. The next picture is an example of Freeform crochet, a really gorgeous panel. The next picture after that is my first attempt at Freeform. I enjoyed this class, and the freedom of Freeform. I can really see myself getting into this. So much fun and creativity. Love it!
Awesome Freeform display
My first Freeform
Today was Day 2 of the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. I met up with my friend Dawn from Dawn’s Mystical Menagerie and one of her friends from work. Dawn makes sewn bags and blankets, etc and sells them at local craft fairs and comicons. She was interested in the fabrics and sewing equipment at the festival. Her friend likes to make wreaths, as she said she likes any craft with glue guns. lol
Day 1 of the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival was amazing! I started the day with the Color Lunch. The Color Lunch opened at 10 am with a box lunch (turkey and cheddar). We also got swag bags with some Berroco yarn, a color wheel, some quilting squares, and other little goodies. I sat at a table of ladies from around the State and another from West Virginia. We had a great time talking and getting to know each other. The Color Lunch started with a block printing craft by creating patterns on stamps and making stamps on cloth. This activity was presented by Nora Peters of The Stitch Party Then we did another color exercise by Julie Stunden to see how colors react with each other. Oh, and did I mention that I won a prize too? A set of circular knitting needles! Now I really need to learn how to knit.
The Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival is s little more than a week away! I ended up getting a 3 day pass and I signed up for two crochet classes. It will be my first year attending, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. Hopefully I will not be overwhelmed.
Online ticket purchases are still available through Friday. And tickets will also be sold at the door.
After next week I will hopefully have a lot more to write about as I continue to work on my WIP.
I have not been to the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival yet, but I am definitely going to go next year. Next year’s event will take place April 6, 7, and 8, 2018 at the David L Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, PA.
For me, the Handmade Arcade is like Christmas. I get giddy with excitement and this was only my second one! I had already purchased my Early Birdie tickets and my husband came with me again to keep my company (and drive me). There are 170+ vendors! We arrived way too early, 9:30 and hung out until Early Birdie shopping started.