Mark your calendar for Oct. 26-27 Ann Arbor Fiber Expo

If you’re a fiber enthusiasts, then you won’t want to miss the Ann Arbor Fiber Expo at the Washtenaw Farm Council Grounds, 5055 Ann Arbor Saline Road. “Classes will be available in many of the fiber arts. Vendors will be on site offering a wide selection of products. Breeders will be exhibiting some of their … Continue Reading →

Enter giveaway for chance to win copy of 'Woodland Knits'

If the sound of unique wearables like a “deer hat, butterfly mitts, (a) fawn poncho, (an) oh my bear sweater, (and a) wolf wristlet” give you the urge to cast on to your knitting needles, then “Woodland Knits, Over 20 Enchanting Patterns” (The Taunton Press/$19.95) is just the book you’ll need to keep you busy knitting in the … Continue Reading →

Longtime crafter has supplies to give away

Kathryn of Birmingham just called to say she has tons of various craft supplies to give away to individuals or groups. A crafter for “over 50 years,” Kathyrn says her stash includes fabric, wreath forms, yarn, knitting needles and LOTS more. She feels it’s all too nice to toss in the trash, and that there has to be … Continue Reading →

20th annual American Sewing Expo set for Sept. 27-29

Once again, the American Sewing Expo will be held at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The 20th anniversary event will be held Sept. 27-29. Featured will be “accessories, embellishments, one-of-a-kind fabrics and supplies, fashion sewing, fitting, home decorating, machine embroidery, needle arts, quilting, sergers and wearable art. Showgoers will see over 20 exhibits, fashion style shows … Continue Reading →

More books to giveaway!

Hmmm…I just found several more books here on my desk for giveaway. If you’re interested in cardmaking, sewing for infants, decorative painting, crafting ideas for a wedding, tie-dyeing, upholstering furniture, knitting toys or embroidering items for your home, just drop me an email at and tell me which book(s) you’re interested in possibly receiving. Please put the word “giveaways” in … Continue Reading →

Life's A Stitch! craft group holds first meeting Sept. 10th

Come September, there’ll be a new craft group in town called Life’s A Stitch. Members plan to gather every Tuesday, from 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Affirmations Community Center,  290 W. Nine Mile in Ferndale. The first meeting is set for Sept. 10th. Persons, ages 18-100, are invited to join the group in a “safe and fun environment in which … Continue Reading →

Sally Melville scheduled to teach four classes at Nautical Yarn

Popular knitwear designer and author Sally Melville will be at Nautical Yarn Aug. 2-5. On Friday, she will be the honored guest at the shop’s annual Fash N Stash Bash and MerryTime Academy Graduation Ceremony. She’ll speak on “Why We Do What We Do.” This event is open to the public, however, it’s requested that those … Continue Reading →

Artisan Knitworks is moving to Farmington

“Within the next 30 days, or so” Artisan Knitworks in St. Clair Shores will be moving to a new location in Farmington, “roughly at the intersection of Farmington Road and Grand River — details later.” In her blog, owner Sandra Van Burkleo writes, “The new place even has a terrace, so we can have some … Continue Reading →

Stay warm this winter with 'Free-Spirit Shawls'

Be inspired with new and more fashion-forward patterns for knitting shawls with “Free-Spirit Shawls, 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day” (Interweave/$24.95) by Lisa Shroyer, editor of “Knitscene” and author of “Knitting Plus: Mastering Fit + 15 Projects” and “The Best of Knitscene: A Collection of Simple, Stylish & Spirited Knits” (both from Interweave). The book … Continue Reading →

Nicky Epstein offers playful patterns in 'Knit for Dolls'

Is knitting for dolls one of your favorite past times? If so, “Nicky Epstein Knits for Dolls, 25 Fun, Fabulous Outfits for 18-inch Dolls” (Sixth&Spring Books/$19.95) is just the book you need for stylish patterns, designed in miniature sizes. The collection of adorable little garments featured in the book include cardigans, dresses, skirts, shorts and more. There are even … Continue Reading →