Archive for September, 2011

OMG! Heart goes to Maker Faire

Sep 21

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I had so much fun at last weekend’s Maker Faire 2011 at the Hall of Science, Flushing Meadow Corona Park here in NYC! I managed to see most of the artists and vendors on my list but totally missed out on TNNAA booth :(. Ah well. Perhaps next time! A list of vendors and artists seen in this album coming soon!

See Craftzine’s Cosby Sweater in the above photo album getting made using Machine Knitting at the Maker Faire!

Special thanks to Craigston Yip III, Esq. for all the photos! ❤

Maker Faire NYC 2011

Sep 16

Maker Faire NYCI’m falling asleep at the wheel! Last year I missed the Maker Faire and Singer Sewing Co. was there giving demos and lots of freebies. I heard from everyone who went that it was awesome! So this year I’m going to hustle it over there. I hope it’s as good this year! In short, the Maker Faire is good stuff for science, DIY, and fiber fanatics alike. 3rd Ward is going to be there too with all their crafty sciencey fun!

What is Maker Faire? It’s a traveling carnival of sorts. A huge DIY festival. Part carnival, part science fair, part hands-on extravaganza… A whirlwind festival to make, create, learn, invent, recycle, play and be inspired. We’ll be there with a Member Showcase and 3rd Ward Education Demos and workshops. DIY topics include photo-etching, patinas, microphone-making, bicycle sculpture, stop-motion animation, making furniture with cardboard and much, much more. Maker Faire is all that and more, as thousands of people gather to make, do, and play with the amazing things around us. –3rd Ward

Check out my photos from Maker Faire at OMG! Heart goes to Maker Faire. :)

Who Will Be There:
~ Purl Soho will be there with an Easy Knitting booth.
~ Learn about Free Motion Quilting & Embroidery
~ Learn How to Sew a Skirt in One Hour by Brett Bara
~ Knot By Gran’ma will be there with her wacky crochet Art Monsters
~ Loop of the Loom will be there to demonstrate some hand-weaving
~ The National Needle Arts Association will be there teaching crochet, cross-stitch, knit, or needlepoint. You will receive free supplies with every lesson!

Hall of Science, Queens, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY Hall of Science, Queens, NY

Another bonus is it’s at the Hall of Science. A fun little place that’s shaped like a weird spiral. It’s been there since I was little. This science pavilion was built for the 1964 World’s Fair. It’s in Flushing Meadow Corona Park where the US Open is held at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the giant globe.


Sew For The Love Of It

Sep 16

September is National Sewing MonthSo… I just found out today that September is officially National Sewing Month! If you’re mad into sewing and would like a reason to celebrate, try this month. Have a sewing party! Teach a friend to sew! Submit your latest or greatest project to a National Sewing Month contest.

This year’s theme is “Sew for the love of it!“. I came across it on, a wonderful resource for sewing news. It’s an aggregator of sorts for sewing blogs. What’s great is that blogs are hand-curated to try to bring the best of sewing blog news to you! is full of free sewing projects, ideas, inspiration. See also Sewing & Craft Alliance and the American Sewing Guild for some more sewing resources from where to find instructors in your area to where to buy supplies!! I found a nice little guide to Buying A Sewing Machine while browsing around. Check out my Library of Sewing Patterns too. Some free, some not!

The Sheep & Wool Family Festival

Sep 12

Fall is officially here! Love it or hate it, summer is over :(. It also happens to be that time of year where… Holiday season is coming up! So it’s time to start planning your holiday gift knitting, sewing, or crochet too. Yep, can’t believe how time flies either… Anyway, more about that later!

I was looking for a one day getaway outside of the city the other day and found this while on the hunt! It’s the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival that takes place up in Rhinebeck, NY. It’s a hike! It will be quite a long trip but for those New Yorkers and fiber fanatics looking for a one day getaway or a weekend getaway this fall, Rhinebeck could be a lovely little trip.

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

The northeast’s thriving sheep industry is showcased and celebrated each year in this famous festival that draws 30,000 visitors from across the country to the lovely village of Rhinebeck. And there’s more here than sheep, llamas, alpacas, and their luscious fibers. Your day will include 300 fiber artists and crafts galore, amazing sheepherding demonstrations and sheepdog trials, a petting zoo, hay maze, and other children’s activities, plus the ever-popular Punkin’ Chuckin’ competition on Sunday. By the time you add in great food and music (even a fiddler or two), it will be time to go home and you’ll start counting the days until the 2012 Festival. — New York State Sheep & Wool Festival

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

There are also wonderful workshops like Spinning, Weaving, Yarn Painting, Dyeing, Bavarian Crochet, Portuguese Knitting, Basket Weaving, Oh My! Check out the Workshops page for all the nice classes. And of course there will be yarn, yarn, yarn! From local vendors to vendors like Lion Brand Yarns, Knit Picks, and Webs.

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival

Sheep & Wool Festival
The Dutchess County Fairgrounds
6550 Spring Brook Avenue
Rhinebeck, NY 12572

Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 ~ 9-5PM
Sunday, Oct 16, 2011 ~ 10-5PM

You will take the Metro-North Railroad to the Poughkeepsie stop. This stop is on the “Hudson Line” train. From there you will have to take a bus to the festival. The Metro-North Railroad trains can be caught at Grand Central Terminal, right here in NYC at 42nd Street and Park Ave. To buy “the package”, go up to the ticket teller and request the “New York State Sheep and Wool Family Festival Package”. It will include roundtrip fare and admission. See below for further details.

Get this Package: Metro-North Getaways
Get on at: Grand Central Terminal
Take this train: Hudson Line
Get off at: Poughkeepsie Station
Roundtrip Fare: $31.50
Roundtrip Shuttle: $5.00 (not included in package price) Approx. 45 minutes
Festival Admission: $9.00

If you’re not leaving from New York City, there’s lots of other ways to get there too. So be sure check out their website for other modes of transport.

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival
All pics in this post by Garret C. Lown

PIP: African Print Shorts

Sep 01

Project in Progress: African Print Shorts!

African Print Shorts

Not too long ago I took a pattern making class at Sew Fast Sew Easy. Marco, our instructor, was just out of this world fabulous! The class was called Copy Your Own Clothes and was extremely technical and quite advanced. However, he made all of it so digestible and gave all of us the confidence and the tools to learn to make our own patterns. I took away some wonderful insights, felt like I learned loads, and best of all came away with my own personally drafted pattern. Anyway, here are my shorts, made from the pattern I drafted! It was based on a pair of shorts that I loved.

African Print ShortsThese shorts were made with Kente Cloth. See here for my post on African Print Fabrics.

When done they will feature Pleats, Pockets with pocket flap and button detailing, Cuffs, and Cuff Detailing with buttons.

African Print ShortsPocket pieces getting ready to be sewn. These are also my first time ever working with pants or shorts!

African Print ShortsSewing the pocket backings. All my sewing projects are done on my vintage Singer sewing machine circa 1920s.

African Print ShortsPockets sewn and attached to front panel. Pinning the pleats in place.

African Print ShortsSewing the pleats!

African Print ShortsMy semi-completed shorts! They still need the waistband, zipper, waistband button, pocket flap details, and cuff detailing! Whew! Lots left.

More about the pattern (which I will try to give away free!) and my completed shorts to come! Stay tuned!

African Print Shorts