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Thursday, April 15, 2010


We went to see the Tim Burton exhibit at the Musuem of Modern Art today and there, among costumes from some of his movies, was thewhite, angora sweater that I knit for Johnny Depp to wear in "Ed Wood". I even got a credit for making the sweater, which was more than I got on the original movie. Unfortunately, you aren't allowed to take any photos and the guards were vigilant--so no photos of my fuzzy, white sweater on display.
If you are a Tim Burton fan in the New York City area and haven't seen the show, do order tickets beforehand, brave the crowds, and get to MOMA before April 26. It is an overwhelming exhibit. My favorite overheard comment was the one from a woman who said to her companion "I am not really a fan of his darker works."....and his lighter works are?
To take a peak at part of the exhibit, visit

Monday, April 12, 2010


I will be teaching two classes at the upcoming Innovative Beads & Fiber Expo here in New York City from May 21-23, 2010:


This class is for anyone interested in bead crochet. Based on a Turkish lace (oya) stitch that I learned from a shopkeeper while visiting the Roman ruins at Ephesus, Turkey, this bracelet is a fun introduction to bead crochet but also offers experienced bead crocheters a new stitch and a chance to play with fibers and beads. Students will also learn how to make a button and loop closure and how to embellish the loop with more beads. Basic crochet skills are required.

When: 2:30-5:30pm Friday, May 21, 2010
Class Fee: $60, pre-register and save $10
Kit Fee: $20 (more colors available than shown)
Students need to bring scissors, task lamp (optional)

Tired of hunting all over for those needles you had just a few minutes ago? Make a colorful, felt needle book to hold needles, pins, and other sewing supplies. Embroider felt flowers and leaves to a felt cover, embellish it with a botton and cheerful bee, then sew together 4 "pages" and the cover to make a handy place to store necessary items. Students will learn the running stitch, blanket stitch, whip stitch, French knot, how to sew on a button, and how to sew on a snap. Basic sewing skills are helpful.
When: 2:30-5:30pm Sunday, May 22, 2010
Class Fee: $60, pre-register and save $10
Kit Fee: $20
Students need to bring scissors, task lamp (optional)
To register for teither class or for more information about the Expo, visit:
Hope to see you there.

Monday, April 5, 2010


As I was frantically getting ready to speak at a conference in England (that's for another post), I took time out to attend a knitting workshop with Adrienne Sloane, an incredibly talented fiber artist. That is her work above. I joined some of my fellow Textile Study Group of New York members at the aprtment of one member for a stimulating and fun day.
Our first exercise were to try knitting with non-traditional materials. I tried knitting with rubber bands and yarn--not easy because the
rubber bands stuck to my needles.

copper wire

and metal guimpe with a green lurex yarn

After a quick lunch, we spent the afternoon working on a sampler of various knitting techniques for making 3-D structures. Here is my effort:

After we finished our samplers, we spent time looking at books and magazines that Adrienne found inspirational. I learned a lot and also had a lot of fun; Adrienne is a great and patient teacher. Check out her website at She will be teaching classes
at various venues, including Split Rock and Penland School of Craft.