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ABRAMS Craft 2 ways in the next couple of weeks!

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 14:49:17 +0000

Whether your cold-weather armor is of the woolly persuasion or you prefer the comfort of a bright cotton quilt, we have two weeks of craft authors at some of the country’s largest fiber-arts celebrations: the New York State Sheep and Wool and Festival, Quilt Market Houston, and Quilt Festival.Here’s the who, the where, and when.New York State Sheep and Wool and Festival Dutchess County Fairgrounds6550 Spring Brook AveRhinebeck, New York Building BSaturday, Oct. 21Hannah Thiessen signing Slow Knitting9:00 AM–1:00 PM  Heather Ross signing Boys9:30 AM–5:00 PM  Clara Parkes signing A Stash of One’s Own11:00 AM–2:00 PM [...]

A Stash of One's Own 10-City Tour Starts Today

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 18:49:15 +0000


“All stitchers, you don’t need me to tell you what our stashes mean. You live it. I’m preaching to the choir. In fact, this book is the choir, each voice singing loud and proud.”

Any new book from Clara Parkes is an occasion to celebrate, but true to form, the knitting community-builder has also turned this book into a choir of voices from the fiber arts world, some of them lighthearted and some very intimate (one that reduced me to tears at the beach, I’ll let you guess which)—all of them worth their weight in wool. We hope to see you at any of these stops on the tour, starting with the launch today! Keep an eye out for a special gift with purchase at any of these—a license to hold a stash of your own, whatever it means to you. 


Somerville, MA

Tuesday, September 12

6:00–7:30 PM

Launch party at Somerville Chocolate / Aeronaut Brewing Company

14 Tyler St.

Porter Square Books will be on hand with books for sale.


New York, NY

Wednesday, September 13

6:00–8:00 PM

Knitty City


Alexandria, VA

Thursday, September 14

6:00–8:00 PM

Fibre Space, in the new space at 1319 Prince St.


Chicago, IL

Friday, September 15

6:00–7:30 PM

The Book Cellar, 4736-38 N. Lincoln Ave.


Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, September 16

7:00–9:00 PM

The Workshop Minneapolis (with Jennie the Potter), 5004 S. 34th Ave.

If you can’t make it, you can order a signed copy.


Verona, WI

Sunday, September 17

6:00–8:00 PM

The Sow’s Ear, with Meg Swansen

Details on the shop’s Facebook page. To be sure you get a seat, email sylvie AT knitandsip DOT com or use the contact form on the shop website.


Bainbridge Island, WA

Tuesday, September 19

6:00–8:00 PM

Churchmouse Yarns and Teas


Portland, OR

Wednesday, September 20

7:30–9:00 PM

Powell’s City of Books, downtown location


Oakland, CA

Thursday, September 21

7:00–8:30 PM

A Verb for Keeping Warm, with Kristine Vejar


Los Angeles, CA

Friday, September 22

7:30–9:00 PM

Skylight Books, 1818 North Vermont Ave.

Make Your Own Cape

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 16:45:53 +0000

You need an item that isn’t commercially available. You want something unique. You want total control over the materials, color, style, and details. You want a custom fit. You’re on a budget. You enjoy that smug “I made this” feeling.The reasons that Vogue Patterns editor-in-chief Gillian Conahan gives to cosplayers, performers, and even once-a-year Halloween costume shoppers for learning how to sew (even a little bit) are the kind that we always champion at ABRAMS Craft, but they’re all the more important for those creative souls whose dream projects aren’t just hard to find at the mall—but pure fantasy. Her book The Hero’s Closet: Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming is on sale as of last week! The Hero’s Closet is a practical introduction for anyone who wants to forget about generic, store-bought costumes, including a complete primer on sewing technique, plus patterns for 11 basic pieces that can be combined, altered, and adapted into 9 full-blown costumes. Will James at GeekDad calls the “Getting Started” section “worth the price of admission alone,” but even an advanced sewist might be surprised by sensible advice like Conahan’s for dealing with fake fur: “it should be cut from the back side using a razor blade or craft knife so you don’t cut the pile, which will help to minimize the fluffsplosion.”In this excerpt from The Hero’s Closet you’ll learn to create a “luxuriously swishy” cape with stacked box pleats at the shoulders. It connects to your outfit with snaps, so you can “swiftly detach in the event of an emergency.” CapeExcerpted from The Hero’s ClosetTOOLS AND MATERIALS Sewing Essentials (see above)Lightweight fabric with a soft drape, such as blouse-weight cotton, silk/cotton blends, silky polyester, charmeuse, crepe de chine, or even lining fabric—amount based on step 1 (I used 3½ yds/3.2 m of 54"/137 cm wide gray plain-woven cotton shirting.)10" (25.4 cm) of twill tape, ½" to 1" (1.3 to 2.5 cm) wide (Anything in this size range will work.)1 yd (.9 m) of bias tape, ½" (1.3 cm) single-fold (optional)6 large sew-on snapsLarge safety pinsAll-purpose thread in a matching colorTrim or decorative medallions for the shoulders (optional)NOTE: Choose stable fabrics that don’t stretch or fray much, and make sure that both the garment you’re attaching the cape to and your chosen fastening method can stand up to the weight of the cape. If you want to use a heavy, bulky fabric like velvet, you may need to reinforce the attachment point with interfacing or a piece of twill tape behind the snap area. If you’re attaching the cape to a stretch garment, stick with very lightweight fabrics for the cape to avoid straining the fabric.PATTERNDownload the cape pattern at the link above. Fold the fabric widthwise and cut 1 on the fold; see steps 2 and 3 for details.INSTRUCTIONS⅜" (1 cm) seam allowances are used for this pattern.1. Begin by determining how much yardage you need to buy for your cape. The amount of fabric required will be twice your finished length + your shoulder width (measured across your back) + 16" (40.6 cm) for shoulder extensions and hem allowance. Excess width will fall into draped folds down your back, so if you like that look, feel free to exaggerate it by adding even more width to your shoulder width measurement. (Because the pattern is cut on the fold, any adjustment in the measurement should be halved when placing the template.) The maximum cape length will be the width of the fabric minus 9" (22.9 cm) unless you want to add a seam; for a long cape, make sure you’[...]

The Best Thing You Could Do

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 16:06:16 +0000

“In our world, being an artist was the best thing you could do. That was my parents’ version of me being a dentist or a doctor or a lawyer.”—Livia Cetti, in an interview with Martha Stewart Living A new visitor to Abrams might be struck by the number of paper flowers in the office—cherry blossom branches are tucked into odd corners, and roses sit in pencil cups alongside prints by Robert Indiana and Fletcher Martin. These were taught to us by Livia Cetti, whose first paper flower book was published here in 2014, and whose second—brighter, bolder—title is released this week. Livia describes The Exquisite Book of Paper Flower Transformations as “more me”—a quote she delivered along with a box of hand-dipped tissue paper and a bagful of clipped wire in the midst of an early-March snowstorm.If that is the case, we are grateful for it! The startlingly realistic blooms are photographed by Kate Mathis against vibrant (near-neon) paint-spattered backdrops created by Livia herself, with the result that the book is as visually energizing as it is informative.After a chapter on the deceptively simple dipping, cutting, and wrapping techniques that form the basis for each bloom (the most complicated items on a spread of tools are a hot glue gun and Fiskars zigzag scissors), readers learn step-by-step methods for 26 different flowers—from the globe-shaped Eden Rose and Hydrangea, to the arcs of Honeysuckle and Lily of the Valley, bells like Crocus and Narcissus, saucers, and even spikes: Delphinium, Lupine. Eden Rose by Livia Cetti, photograph by Kate Mathis From there it’s on to a dizzyingly beautiful “Part 2” filled with decorative projects: garlands, wreaths, a Blooming Chandelier, and even a Dutch Still-Life Centerpiece.Cetti credits her success as floral designer to her time spent observing nature over a childhood in the mountains outside of Santa Barbara, and now in her own yard in the Bronx’s Riverdale neighborhood. It’s a causal sequence that perhaps only sounds startling to city dwellers—we recognize her work from magazines and John Derian shops, ad campaigns for Burt’s Bees, or luxurious displays at Tiffany and Co. and the French ceramics boutique Astier de Villatte. But Cetti’s familiarity with her muses shines through on every page. Author, floral stylist, and paper flower artist Livia Cetti  [...]

Two Projects for Easy Spring Maintenance

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:55:01 +0000

Spring may be the "time of plans and projects" but these slightly milder days demand more time in the sun when we can find it! Today’s crop of craft titles yields a pair of easy ways to keep two things in good working order: your wooden spoons and your relationships. Who can do without those?Max Bainbridge graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design before setting up Forest + Found with his partner, quilter Abigail Booth. Based out of a workshop in his East London garden, Max works with sustainably sourced and reclaimed wood to hand carve and turn bespoke kitchen and homeware. Max’s book, Heirloom Wood, is a beautifully photographed and clearly written guide to sourcing your own wood, setting up a basic toolbox, and then creating your own hand-carved bowls, cutting boards, spoons, spatulas, and more. He uses his own recipe for beeswax salve on every piece, to bring out the “natural color and patina of the grain.”We recommend it even if you haven’t carved a thing—woodenware treated this way is not only protected against moisture, it stays usable, washable, and completely food-safe. Learn to carve this birch eating spoon in Heirloom Wood. Beeswax SalveExcerpted from Heirloom WoodThis recipe will give you a large mason jar of salve, which should last you a good amount of time.Tools and materials: 1 quart (1 liter) pure mineral oil18 ounces (500g) pure beeswax pelletslarge saucepanheat sourcemason jarkitchen towel1. Sterilize the mason jar using boiling water, or put it through a dishwasher cycle. Start by measuring out 18 ounces (500g) of beeswax pellets and 1 quart (1 liter) of mineral oil. The basic ratio is two parts mineral oil to one part beeswax. 2. Pour the oil into a large saucepan and set the heat to its lowest setting. Add the beeswax and heat gently until the pellets start to dissolve. Stir very gently to ensure the two ingredients have combined thoroughly. As soon as the mixture is clear, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.3. Let the beeswax and oil cool for 5 to 10 minutes and then pour the mixture into the mason jar. Be careful in case the liquid is still hot.4. Set aside and leave the lid open. Place a kitchen towel over the jar to ensure nothing drops in. Allow the salve to cure overnight and, once it is completely cool, it will set and turn cloudy. It is then ready to use.5. Use a lid with a rubber gasket to seal the jar, and store in a cool, dark place. A long way away across the equator, Australian-Lithuanian photographer and designer Ebony Bizys had worked at Vogue magazines for 11 years before realizing, in 2010, that she felt most alive on her vacations to Japan, and making the move permanent. Since moving to Tokyo, Ebony has art directed books, hosted solo exhibitions, designed a Japanese fashion website, been commissioned by Vogue Japan to make artworks for their publication, collaborated with Japanese masking tape brand mt, and on a fashion line with Romance was Born, styled for various magazines, trend reported for various companies and written for magazines including Vogue, British Airways, Inside Out, Real Living and Frankie. She chronicles her daily life in Tokyo at her blog Hello Sandwich.Ebony describes the book Hello Tokyo as “a hard copy of the blog, with stories about living in Tokyo, projects to create a cute Tokyo-inspired lifestyle, and [...]

ABRAMS Craft Authors at Vogue Knitting LIVE

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 03:42:35 +0000

These events are the closest we have to our own university, to tenured professors and a formal curriculum. Because we lack sufficient financial clout to establish a permanent place for such learning, we have this traveling circus of experts who roam from town to town, event to event, squeaky-wheeled suitcases of samples in tow. Instead of vacuum cleaners or encyclopedias, we sell knowledge and skill acquired from decades of experience.—From Knitlandia, by Clara ParkesThis weekend, thousands of knitters, crocheters, and other fiber arts enthusiasts will converge in New York City at the 7th annual Vogue Knitting LIVE conference—transforming the Times Square-centered New York Marriott Marquis into “our own university.”Tenured professors include our beloved Clara Parkes, Norah Gaughan, Amy Herzog, Maryanne Moodie, and guest of honor Kaffe Fassett—who can be spotted at an “Inside the Designer Studio” talk with moderator Liza Lucy on the Marketplace main stage, as well as at his keynote address for Saturday evening’s Rowan Yarns Gala Dinner. His garments will be featured in a gallery throughout the conference, and at an exclusive fashion show after the gala dinner.More than 200 technique classes including weaving, lace knitting, cables, dyeing, and much more will take place alongside a bustling Marketplace made up of nearly 150 booths selling everything from hard-to-find fibers to patterns and accessories and—most importantly—books. This event will see the debut of our new Kaffe Fassett adult coloring book, Kaffe Fassett’s Adventures in Color—something bound to help you see the world through his master colorist’s eyes.We hope you will stop by booths 712–716 to meet ABRAMS Craft authors hosted by our friends at Knitty City, enter a raffle to win a new craft library, collect some exclusive show giveaways including Knitlandia luggage tags, and perhaps take home a signed book—to study and enjoy long after the university has closed its doors.  Here is your cheat sheet:Saturday, January 14thNew York Marriott Marquis – 1535 Broadway between 45th and 46th StreetsNoon – 12:30 PM at Knitty City (#712–716) – Meet Norah Gaughan 12:30 – 1:00 PM at VKL Book Nook – Meet Kaffe Fassett 12:30 – 1 PM at Knitty City (#712–716) – Meet Amy Herzog                         1 – 1:30 PM at Knitty City (#712–716) – Meet Maryanne Moodie 1:30 – 2 PM at Knitty City (#712–716) – More signing with Kaffe Fassett 4:00 – 5:00 PM at Knitty City (#712–716) – Meet Clara Parkes 5:15 – 6:00 PM at Marketplace main stage – Inside the Designer’s Studio with Kaffe [...]

Last-Minute Fabric Gifts

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:59:42 +0000

It must be something in the air at ABRAMS but I’ve never been the recipient of so many homemade and thoughtful office gifts as I have these past few weeks leading up to our holiday closing.By the time the mason jar of Eleven Madison Park granola appeared on my desk—following the homemade Baileys Irish cream, spiced nuts, truffles, and bottles of wine—I knew I would have to appear at the office prepared or risk imploding from all the unrealized love and gratitude I’ve carried for the faces I see every day. Luckily, even a last-minute crafter is never really empty handed and the office is rich in inspiration in the form of a long and beautiful list of craft titles. Books are the secret friends of harried people, unlike the Internet, so I am sharing a small gift from one of ours. Last-Minute Fabric Gifts by artist and designer Cynthia Treen is helpfully organized by time commitment—from “Less-than-One-Hour Gifts” to “More-than-Three-Hour Gifts”—all clearly marked “hand-sew,” “machine-sew,” or “no-sew” at all. The recommendation of corduroy for this little change purse is the touch that caught my eye. Any durable fabric will do, but corduroy lends itself to dozens of handsome, quirky, or workhorse variations, with a pleasant tactile quality that I can never find except in the most expensive store-bought accessories. Cynthia cuts the wale in a different direction for each purse. Corduroy Change Purse from Last-Minute Fabric Gifts by Cynthia TreenMaterialsOne 5 x 5” and one 2” x 5” piece cotton corduroy7” polyester, all-purpose zipper in contrasting colorThread to match fabricFray Check (optional) I only found 9” zippers at Mood. Their corduroy selection isn’t very big but I picked a black Steven Alan cotton, and an extra half yard of Liberty print cotton. 1.     Lay the zipper, closed and with the back side facing up, along one of the 5” sides of the square corduroy piece. The zipper ends will overhang the edges of the fabric by about 1”. Match the zipper tape edge and the fabric edge to one another and pin the zipper in place. 2.     Using a zipper foot, stitch along the zipper tape with the side of the foot resting against the teeth as you stitch (3/8” seam allowance). Because of the zipper’s extra length, the zipper pull should be out of your way the entire time you are sewing, so there is no need to open and close the zipper as you sew. 3.     Splay the zipper and the fabric open so that their right sides are facing up. Lay the 5” edge of the rectangular piece of fabric, with the right side facing down, onto the unsewn side of the zipper tape. Pin the fabric to the zipper tape, matching the edges.4.     Using the zipper foot, stitch along the fabric edge with the zipper facing up under the fabric and the side of the foot resting against the teeth as you stitch.  5.     Splay the fabric open to expose the zipper and press flat. Unzip the zipper partway so you [...]

A Space I Am Designed For: Small Business Saturday with Kristine Vejar

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 19:40:30 +0000

Kristine Vejar in her natural dye studio at A Verb for Keeping Warm In honor of Small Business Saturday, we visited A Verb for Keeping Warm, Kristine Vejar’s store, teaching space, and natural dyeing studio and garden in Oakland, California. A peek through Verb’s glass door (tucked between a no-frills cupcake shop and a bicycle-friendly cafe) reveals a lofty, light-filled space packed with yarn, fabric, sewing notions, books, patterns, tools, clothes to make yourself, and signs of life in every corner—but calling this a store visit would barely scratch the surface of what we learned. We found instead a hub of scholarship, activism, and community outreach cloaked in laid-back, Bay Area informality, and a powerful example of a person living by her values.Read on for a Q&A with Kristine Vejar, the author of The Modern Natural Dyer—along with a deep dive into giving gifts and giving back, a few recommendations, and other thoughts on small business as we head into the holidays. 11:55 AM activity in the retail shop at A Verb for Keeping Warm For Small Business Saturday, what’s the secret to staying solvent as a small business? Are there any mistakes that you’ve made, or what would you say to someone starting out? When it comes to Small Business Saturday, and shopping, and what have you, it’s interesting that I have a retail shop because I don’t enjoy putting pressure on people to buy things. It’s been an ongoing challenge to myself to honor what I believe, while also knowing that it is a time for a business to make money and that I do have these lovely employees who deserve to make money—so the question becomes how to bridge this quandary.Last year we turned a corner, which felt right—we donate a percentage of our profits to a nonprofit called Global Glimpse. They’re based in Oakland but they have programs in the Bay Area, New York and Chicago, and they’ve created study abroad programs in Ecuador and Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. They believe any kid who wants to study abroad should not be held back by socioeconomic constraints. Global Glimpse works on raising money to help fund and create scholarships for high school students to be able to go to those countries. My own experience studying abroad has been so impactful on my business—placing equality, women’s rights, diversity, the discovery of textiles and what a role textiles play in those cultures front and center—making Global Glimpse a natural bedfellow for us. It feels really authentic and genuine and I feel good. “Ok, people do want to buy gifts. People are very excited to come out and to support small business, but we get to take a percentage and pay it forward.” It makes it easier for me to deliver a marketing message.For me and Verb, I desire to earn money and pay it forward, to pay my employees a living wage (especially challenging living in the Bay Area), while also honoring the customer and giving back to them.  A work station tucked among components for natural dye kits The current habit is for businesses to offer discounts at this time. As a small business it’s a little hard because you are running on such slim margins, but I also get it. So we also offer discounts as a gift to people. What I would say to people starting out in a new business is you really have to be able to honor what your business can[...]

A Year of Quiet and Important Moments

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 16:20:33 +0000

A January day trip with MAV, from A Year Between Friends. Living in Maine means extreme temperatures, MAV calls this “a frigid but beautiful day.” Today’s big news is not what this post is about, but it does serve as a bit of a reminder, whether comforting or not, that headlines and sound bites are not the bulk of our lives. On a December morning almost exactly a decade ago, Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes each posted a still life on the then-new photo-sharing site, Flickr. Though the two women had never met, they were struck by the way the photos seemed to echo each other, and the friendship that followed grew into a year-long photo collaboration, a blog with a worldwide readership, and today, a new book.We are celebrating with a Q&A with Maria (MAV) and Stephanie (SCB).One of our favorite things about A Year Between Friends is the seasonality of your projects and recipes, and how your very different environments affected your tastes. Can you tell us a little about your lives as makers? What are you working on now as the holidays approach? MAV: I live very much in tune with the seasons and I love seeing Stephanie’s life pace along similarly. I know I will see her paper snowflakes coming out after Thanksgiving and her tabletop Christmas tree shortly thereafter. It’s a comfort to me to see these traditions in her life 3,191 miles away. Right now, I am preparing to host Thanksgiving (for 15 adults and 10 children!) and thinking about what I want to make Luna Rose, my baby, and my friends or family for Christmas. My making usually centers around photographs (photo books, framed images), food (cookies or granola in a beautiful jar) or naturally dyed goods (a set of cloth napkins or towels). I don’t work too far ahead and will take each holiday one at a time.SCB: Since childhood, making things has been a part of my daily life, but the process of documenting my life for A Year Between Friends helped me see how my activity and focus flows with the seasons. After a summer spent out in the world—traveling, exploring, gathering inspiration and supplies, now I am settling in for the shorter days when I spend more time indoors at home. Making a little time every day for craft is essential to me whether I am learning a new skill or chipping away at a long-term project. I am doing a lot of mending, both with wool (as shown in our book) and some simple patchwork on favorite garments. As the holidays approach, I am sta[...]

Handmade All Hallows’ Eve

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 16:07:05 +0000

MAV's natural dye luminaries Whether you’re warding off evil spirits, or simply marking the beginning of chillier weather, there is something magical about passing up store-bought treats and decorations and making them by hand.This year we sampled two recommendations from A Year Between Friends, a month-by-month chronicle of the friendship between Maria Alexandra Vettese and Stephanie Congdon Barnes, who live 3,191 miles apart in Portland, Oregon and Portland, Maine.  MAV’s autumn leaf-colored luminaries took less than 20 minutes to make and all of $3.98 in materials—probably even less for those of you with organized spice drawers. Which is all the better as once you’ve seen them glowing in your kitchen you will want to make dozens more and give them to all your friends (wrapped in twine, with tea lights, as MAV recommends). We hope you’ll find the book on November 8 for full instructions, but will hint that we had great results with turmeric.  SCB contributes a thoughtful take on Rice Krispies Treats using brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup-filled marshmallows. This recipe makes 28 small or 15 large squares.Excerpted from A Year Between Friends:Peanut–Crispy Rice Bars 2/3 cup (165 ml) brown rice syrup 2/3 cup (165 ml) natural peanut butter (or another nut butter like almond or cashew)1 teaspoon vanilla extract6 cups (180 g) crispy rice cereal (I use Erewhon’s Rice Twice) 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt or other flake salt (optional) Line an 11 x 7-inch (28 x 17-cm) baking pan with parchment so the parchment hangs over the short sides.In a small saucepan, heat the rice syrup, peanut butter, and vanilla over low heat, stirring constantly, until blended and liquefied (a few minutes). Immediately combine the peanut butter mixture with the rice cereal in a large mixing bowl, then toss until the cereal is very well coated. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan, spreading it out to create an even layer and pressi[...]

We're Headed to Sheep & Wool!

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 19:58:50 +0000

Join ABRAMS in Rhinebeck, NY for the annual New York State Sheep & Wool Festival.We'll be joined by 3 of our talented authors this weekend:Amy HerzogIn-booth signing: (Building B) Saturday 1 - 2 PM and Sunday 11 - 12 PM Wendy BernardIn-booth signing: (Building B) all day Saturday and Sunday. Norah GaughanIn-booth signing: (Building B) Saturday 10 - 12:30 PM and 1:30 - 4:30 PM; Sunday 10 to 12:30 PM and 1:30 - 4:30 PM We hope to see you there![...]

Get Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook Signed at The Sheep & Wool FestivalGet Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook Signed at The Sheep & Wool Festival

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:55:45 +0000

Named one of “Vogue Knitting’s” Master Knitters of the 1990s, Norah Gaughan shares over 150 new and innovative cable stitch patterns in her newest book, Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook. This guide for the modern knitter will help knitters design their own cable knits, and mix and match cables into unique patterns.  Norah Gaughan has served as design director for Berroco Yarns and JCA Yarns, designed for Adrienne Vittadini, and published patterns in all the leading knitting and textile magazines. She is the author of Knitting Nature, Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Afghans, and Comfort Knitting & Crochet: Babies & Toddlers. This weekend, get your copy of Norah Gaughan’s Knitted Cable Sourcebook signed at The New York State Sheep & Wool Festival.Saturday, Oct 15: Building B: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM - 4:00 PMSunday, Oct 16: Building B: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM[...]

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Learn Weaving Basics from Maryanne Moodie this Fall in NYC, LA, and more!

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:15:28 +0000

Weaving lies at the border of art and craft and in On the Loom, Maryanne Moodie brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in a comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography.Split by loom type—circular, rectangular, and even found objects—24 lush, bohemian, and uniquely modern projects for the home and to wear draw deeply on the nostalgic quality of vintage textiles.We've excerpted 3 sample textile projects from On the Loom so you can add a handmade touch to your home this fall:Fringed Place Mats: This perfect place setting makes a warm, inviting dinner party. With a cardboard loom and neutral yarn, you can personalize your dining room. 2. Wrapped Lampshade: Give any room a warm glow with a textile-wrapped lampshade.3. Wall Hanging: Use T-shirt yarn, muslin, and scraps of leftover fabrics to create a unique focal point in your room.Learn how to weave these projects and many, many more by purchasing a copy of On the Loom or attending a class with Maryanne Moodie.Events Join Maryanne Moodie at her launch party and weaving classes in New York and California. Learn more about her classes here. Brooklyn & NYC!Madewell Williamsburg Party, September 23, 5 - 8pmNYC Beginners Weaving Class, Industry City, September 24, 9:30am - 12:30pm, SOLD OUTNYC Intermediate Weaving Class, Industry City, September 24, 1:30 - 4:30pmMM Roving Wall Hanging Class (all levels), Industry City, September 25, 10:30am - 1:30pmPurl Soho Book Signing and NYC Yarn Crawl, September 25, 5 - 7:30pmWeaving Demo and Book Signing, Brooklyn Craft Company, September 28, 6:30 - 8:30pmLos Angeles!LA Beginners Weaving Class, Makers Mess, Silver Lake, October , 1 - 4pmLA Roving Wall Hanging Class (all levels), Makers Mess, Silver Lake, October 1, 5 - 8pmLA Beginners Weaving Class, Makers Mess, Silver Lake, October 2, 10:30am - 1:30pmLA Intermediate Weaving Class, Makers Mess, Silver Lake, October 2, 3 - 6pm Enjoy!-Abrams Craft[...]

Thinking Boldly with Kaffe Fassett

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:11:14 +0000

Fall into a world of bright, visionary colors in Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms. World-renowned textile artist, Kaffe Fassett invites readers into his workshop to learn how to make stunning, eye-catching quilts, needlepoint canvases, and bold ribbon patterns. Pulling inspiration from nature, Kaffe will teach you how to create unique color palettes from soft neutrals to rich, dark tones. With an emphasis on patchwork and needlework, the inventive designs and fresh color palettes translate to many creative disciplines ranging from mosaic, beading, fiber arts, embroidery, floral arrangements, and home décor.Beginning crafters and experienced artists alike will learn and refine Kaffe’s process of sketching fabric swatches and creating mood-boards. There are 18 new quilt patterns and 7 new needlepoint patterns featured throughout, so readers can see projects from concept to completion. Kaffe Fassett’s work has been featured in museums worldwide, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has authored 15 books on quilting and pattern making, including Simple Shapes Spectacular Quilts. Kaffe is regarded as a visionary for the use of bold colors and stunning designs.EventsKaffe will be speaking and signing copies of Kaffe Fassett’s Bold Blooms at the upcoming, Quilters Take Manhattan event on September 24, 2016. GiveawaysOrkan Arts is giving away four copies of Kaffe Fassett's Bold Blooms and bundles of fabrics from Rowan's Kaffe Fassett Collective. Submit to win by September 30th and start creating your boldest patterns yet: [...]

Celebrate Fiber Arts this FallCelebrate Fiber Arts this Fall

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 14:17:26 +0000

With summer coming to a close, we’re ready to break out our favorite yarns with our newest fall titles: You Can Knit ThatMaking your own sweaters doesn’t have to be intimidating. When knitting superstar Amy Herzog gets complimented on her hand-knit sweaters, the compliments are often followed by “but I could never knit that.” Now, you can!Amy Herzog’s signature patterns are back in her newest book, You Can Knit That. Her newest book provides clear instructions for beginners and experts looking to expand their skills in sweater making.  This essential guide starts with basic sweater know-how and moves into instructions for knitting six must-have sweater styles—vests, all-in-one construction, drop shoulders, raglans, yokes, and set-in sleeves.You can catch more of Amy’s easy-to-follow instructions in her first two books, Knit to Flatter and Knit Wear Love or learn from her in person at her fall events:  September 22-25: Fall Sweater Retreat in Mid-Coast MaineNovember 11-14, 2016: November Strung Along Retreat in Port Ludlow, OR.  Try your hand at one of the projects from the book! Get a free pattern for the Easygoing Sweatshirt Mini (above) here. Crochet Therapy Betsan Corkhill is a pioneer in therapeutic knitting and crochet. Her new book, Crochet Therapy will inspire you to unwind with over 20 simple and soothing patterns. Mindfulness exercises accompany the patterns and complement the therapeutic effect of crocheting for achieving calm, stress relief, and becoming “effortlessly present” in your craft.Crochet is a perfect portable means of stress management, easy to do on your commute or lunch b[...]

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Wendy Bernard is Back with The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:29:00 +0000

Expert fiber artist Wendy Bernard (Knit & Tonic) has been hard at work refining patterns since the release of her groundbreaking reference title Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary in 2014. Available this week, The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary presents 150 new patterns for knitting top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round.Picking up where the first volume left off, Bernard adds hundreds of new stitch patterns organized similarly by type—knit and purl, textured stitches, ribs, lace, and cables—plus a chapter on mosaic knitting. Each chapter of The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary includes a customizable pattern so that knitters can easily swap out stitch patterns to make their own unique knitted items. “When I get a chance to talk to people about writing these books, they almost always mention how tough it must be to “crack” each of the stitch patterns. Yup. It is hard. The thing is, I do like knitting in the round and top-down, so while designing new knitting patterns it occurred to me that books like these would be helpful to other knitters who, even though many have the skills to convert them on their own, would like a handy reference at their fingertips that does all the work for them.” — Wendy Bernard, from Kicking off tomorrow, please join us and our fabulous collaborators for a blog tour, complete with a[...]

We're Celebrating National Puppy Day with Our Newest Release, DIY For Your Dog

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 15:54:59 +0000

Today is National Puppy Day!While your dog may technically not be a puppy anymore, as all dog lovers know, our furry friends will always be puppies to us. To help us celebrate this special day, we are turning to the pages of our latest book, DIY for Your Dog, which features 30 lovingly handcrafted projects that will show you how to make, bake, and sew delightful treats for your dog.  Suitable for all breeds, from Chihuahuas to Great Danes, these sweet and easy projects are presented in four sections—“Eat,” “Nest,” “Play,” and “Wear”—and include everything from a cozy traveling dog bed, a knitted blanket, and a throw-and-catch bone to an adorable neckerchief, a colorful crocheted leash cover, and a made-to-measure coat for gray days. There are even recipes for wholesome and easy-to-make treats like Doggie Pops, Bite-Size Biscuits, and the ultimate Doggie Birthday Cake. Fun, practical, and irresistibly cute, DIY for Your Dog will inspire you to channel your love for your puppy into a handmade gift from the heart.For a peek at the projects in the book click through the images below or check out the book on our site. Whether you’re hand-making a gift, purchasing a treat, or giving your dog a warm hug, make sure your puppies know that today is their day.[...]

Gretchen Hirsch dazzles us again with Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book

Tue, 08 Mar 2016 00:15:37 +0000

Lately, we've been dreaming of shedding our winter coats in favor of breezy spring dresses and flowy cottons. While we wait for March's lamb-like side to show up, we're eyeing the stunning dress patterns featured in Gretchen "Gertie" Hirsch's latest book. Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book: A Modern Guide to Sewing Fabulous Vintage Styles is officially on sale today, featuring essential techniques for dressmaking, plus instructions and patterns for 23 dresses for a variety of occasions. Elements from each pattern can be mixed and matched, allowing readers to customize the bodice, skirt, sleeves, pockets, and details of each dress for a truly unique, flattering, vintage-inspired creation.The follow-up to the popular Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing and Gertie Sews Vintage Casual, the latest from Gretchen Hirsch's collection is packed with all the information and patterns you could ever need to create a wardrobe filled with stunning vintage frocks.That's not all: we're kicking off a blog tour today, and each stop will feature a chance to win a copy of the book and a bundle of Gertie-designed fabric from her exclusive line for JoAnn from Fabric Traditions.Follow along, comment, and show us your own Gertie-inspired creations!March 8 Brewer SewingMarch 9 Madalynne.comMarch 14 By Gum By GollyMarch 16 A Dress A DayMarch 18 Lish DorsetYou can also head over to Gretchen's blog, Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing, for a special publication day post and chance to win.In case you missed it: we are also excited about this amazing Pinterest contest going on right now. The grand prize winner will receive $586 worth of patterns, fabric, a Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores gift card, and a signed book[...]

Join Abrams Craft Authors at QuiltCon This Week!

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 15:00:00 +0000

Calling all modern quilters! Will you be at QuiltCon in Pasadena this weekend? Lucky you!

Don't miss these books and signings from some of our star authors who will be teaching at the show! 


We hope to see you there!

Knitlandia is here! Read a sample chapter today.

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 16:00:00 +0000

Today's the day! We're excited to present the latest memoir from the esteemed Clara ParkesKnitlandia: A Knitter Sees the World, available now! For a sneak peek from the book, read sample chapter "From Baseball to Broadway: Swatching in the Big Apple" here


In addition to her physical book tour that we posted about last week (first stop: launch party in Somerville, Mass tonight, next stop-- NYC tomorrow!), Clara also has a blog tour lined up later this month. Hope you will join us on our blog tour, below: 

Feb 22           Knit and Tonic 

Feb 24           My Sister’s Knitter 

Feb 26           Mary Jane Muckelstone 

Feb 29           Knit Circus

March 2          Yarniacs 

March 4          Leethal 

March 7          Tin Can Knits

March 17         Marly Bird