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Yep, the time she doth fly, here we are in June, and classes are coming up! I have the correct dates and times for when I’ll be teaching at Unincorporated Education: Sunday June 30th (3pm-5.30pm), Sunday July 21st (3pm-5.30pm) and if Sundays don’t work for you, in August I’ll be teaching on Thursday August 22 (7pm-9.30).
It’s a crash course in embroidery. I’ll be teaching basic stitches (back stitch, split stitch, running stitch, etc) and each student will walk away with a completed piece of stitching – I’ll be supplying little patterns to work on as well as scrap fabric for practicing.
It should be lots of fun. The space is light and bright and open feeling and conveniently located in Hollywood, close to the 101 if you’re a west-sider.
I’ve created a Facebook event with information, HERE, please feel free to share.
And here’s the link to register for this month’s class.
Hope to see you there!
Here’s something exciting, I’m going to start teaching classes at Unincorporated Education, in June! It’s a lovely space in Hollywood, light and bright, devoted to really fun and interesting classes (from knitting to dj-ing basics!). I’m going to be teaching a “Crash Course” in embroidery once a month, starting with Sunday June 9th at 3pm – more details to come – and then in the fall I’ll be adding weekly classes!
So, while I’ve been lying here, ankle aching, I’ve made a sampler for the upcoming classes, with the basic stitches I’ll be covering… I’m sure I’ll wind up mentioning or teaching others, but these will be “core curriculum.”
I get a bit busy, and don’t share things I want to, but since I’m home with a sprained ankle, elevating and icing, and pretty unable to do much else, I’m going to try to catch up a bit.
Something I’ve been meaning and wanting to share is my fabulous experience volunteering, teaching embroidery at Aviva House, a home and high school for teen girls who are in the system. I have to say, it’s even better than I hoped it would be! Not only do I get the selfish joy of giving back – and feeling “there but for the grace of God go any of us” when I see the situations these girls are in and from – but I adore my girls!! They are smart and funny and sassy and they seem to adore me, too, although they do tell me I’m a dork (which I do not/can not deny).
There was a brunch last weekend to thank the volunteers and to display some of the works the girls have made in their classes (They have all sorts of classes, photography, comedy and improv, sewing, etc. If you’re in LA and interested in volunteering, contact me, it’s a fantastic program!). I made a bunting of the available embroideries, the ones they haven’t given away… They’re so fabulous and talented!!!
Been super busy over here making and doing and showing and making and prepping (gasping inhale)… and not writing… but, I wanted to stop and let you know about up coming fun and things!
On top of that, we’ll be bombing! So if you’re a knitter, a crocheter, or just want to be, come and help us!! We’ll be beginning the bomb at the opening itself, and continuing through the month of the show and beyond.
I’ll post more details about stitch-ins, but for now I wanted to take the opportunity to say, “hooray!” and “Hello World.”
Do you know about the Craftivist Collective in the UK, run by my lovely friend Sarah Corbett? They’re a super group (not the kind that fills stadiums and has gold records) that create projects and host workshops for public works all on socially relevant topics. Sarah’s amazing, and just got back from Indonesia!! but that’s another story for another time.
Sarah’s putting together a book!!! And they need some help fundraising, so here’s some info, in the lady’s very own words:
“I’ve attached information on a Little Book of Craftivism we are producing with Cicada Publishing (who are boss!) but they can only pay for half of the budget because this is a niche market and a risk for them. So, we are crowdfunding the rest of the money (£5000- we currently have £1400 from individuals. The deadline is 1st February eek!). Would you or any of your contacts (individuals or organizations) be interested in offering some funding for this book? It can be as little at £1 to £3000.”
HERE is where you can donate and find out more about the book.
I am!! That’s right! Who’s house?? Run’s house!
Sorry, I get a bit excited.
So the deal is… my work is now available at Co-op28 on Vermont in Los Feliz, right here in Los Angeles! Woot! There’s some pillows:
and some cards:
and I’m sure more artsy-craftsy silliness will ensue and join them.
I took these shots yesterday when I dropped off, but will go back later in the week when it’s a bit more set up and take more, wonderfuler shots.
I’m very excited to be working with Co-op28, it’s a terrific business that champions handmade goods; woo hoo! They also have a small, but well chosen, selection of well priced vintage goods and clothes (I gots a fab new hat!).
More news to come in the next couple weeks… happenings at the Hive, sprucing up the online store, not to mention the website…. lots of goodness.
Have a super happy Thanksgiving everybody; Japanese turkeys say gobbu gobbu.
Holy cow! It’s less than two weeks until the first opening of Home is Where the Needle Marks, my curatorial debut! The time, she is flying!! This is what all the stitching and hustle has been leading to of late.
In conjunction with Pop tART gallery, I have put together a fab show, Home is Where the Needle Marks. It’s a fantastic group of stitched artwork on the theme of “home.” In fact, so much wonderful work was submitted that we decided to split the show into two shows, in two spaces, with two openings! The first is Saturday June 9th, and the second Saturday June 16th.
We’re doing more stitching tomorrow evening at Pop tART gallery! Making small swatches to be bombed in a few weeks in a large-ish installation. If you’re in the LA area and can knit or crochet, or just want to be a part of a big, fun, stitchy project, come out!!
Stitch-in!! 6-9pm, Wed, May 23 at Pop tART Gallery – 3023 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90020 – that’s west 6th Street at Virgil.
Hope to see you there (we have candy)!
Keep calm and cast on!
What fun Saturday afternoon was! A group of us sat around and knitted and crocheted in preparation for Yarn Bombing outside my upcoming art shows! We had a ton of yarn, a lot of candy, and a craxy amount of laughter. T’was brilliant!
The amazing Kristy Kizzee, also known as Bombastitch, has created something fantastic and is giving it away!!! A fabulous pattern to make an xstitch tribute to MCA. Stitching and BBoys? I can hardly contain myself!
You know I’m stitching this up as soon as I get a chance; one for me, one for MJ, one for T… Go check her shiz out, she’ll hook you up!
Here we go! This weekend is the first of the Yarn Bombing events leading up to the openings of Home is Where the Needle Marks, the two part show I’m curating in June! So much fun, so much work!
Lion Brand has donated 200 skeins of yarn and giant needles and hooks for us to work with. And I have different sized needles and random yarn around… So, if you knit, or crochet, or just like big public art projects and want to learn a bit, please come join us, this Saturday, May 19th, to begin stitching bits to later be installed around (sub)Urban Home and Pop tART Gallery!
Details: Saturday May 19 from 2-5pm at Pop tART Gallery, 3023 W. 6th St. Los Angeles, CA 90020.
And we’ll be doing it again Wed eve, May 23 5-8pm, and Saturday June 2 from 2-5.
Please join us. Invite your friends. Bring your favorite needles. Bring your joy! Hope to see you stitching soon!