mid april 2014

hey everyone
before i begin to blab, let me remind you that the shop is CLOSED THIS FRIDAY 4/18 DUE TO THE EASTER HOLIDAY.
although we had snow yesterday, i am almost certain that was the last cold blast and we are on our way to beautiful spring weather.  this has made me think of sheep (another new one born last sunday), pastures, flowers, etc and has prompted me to finally get classes scheduled, so here are the new upcoming classes:  as with all classes, pre-
registration and prepayment is necessary to hold your spot in the class.  for further details, check out the website at raggzfiberart.com


two tuesdays, may 20 and 27th 
10 to 12 at the shop
$25 includes all materials*
*no previous felting experience 


also known as the afghan stitch, a simple 

stitch using a long crochet hook,creating 

a dense, heavier “fabric.”
wednesday, may 21  1 to 3 at the shop
instructor:  sylvia elliott
bring your own cotton yarn to make a
dish cloth or pot holder.  we have
enough of the ‘needles’ for students
to borrow for the class.


this photo shows one type of flower prior to felting

after much clamoring for a felt flower 
 class, it has finally arrived! we will make several different flower types.

wednesday may 28  10 to 12 OR
                              1 to 3 at the shop
select either morning OR afternoon
$30 includes all materials*
*some wet felting experience is


try your hand at making a wall hanging

mondays june 9 AND june 19 
1 to 4 at the shop
includes all materials except stick
*some wet felting experience is

the first class you will lay out and wet
felt your landscape.  for the second class,
we will be doing some hand embellishing.
start looking now for an interesting
stick to hang yours from!


ok folks this is it!  this is a sheep you 
knit, stitch together, then felt.  in 

this class you will learn some short
row shaping techniques.  the class is
THREE weeks:
wednesdays, june 25, july 2, and july 9
10 – 12 OR 1 – 3  select a.m. or p.m.
$35 and includes the pattern only
requires basic knitting skills – see website
for materials list

a 4th class, which is optional, will be 
added to do some additional needle 
felting to add curls to your sheep 
to make it more realistic.  the info on
this class will be announced after this 
class has been completed.

that’s all i have scheduled for now.  phew it takes longer than you think!  but i have ‘on deck’ more classes coming up late summer, early fall including but not limited to:
felted gnome homes, a felted clock (YES a real clock), felt vessels, felt pumpkins in the fall, peg loom, arm knitting, pin weaving, and fixing simple knitting mistakes.  be sure to check the website at raggzfiberart.com for more details on the classes.  contact me via email or phone to register for a class.


new improved bling bites from pagewood farm as well as loads of beautiful fibers from opulent fibers in oregon.  

new colors in brown sheep seconds (burly spun $9 caribbean waves, victorian pink, and periwinkle); worsted $3.50 pink, teal haze, autumn harvest, violet fields, supreme purple, red hot passion; bulky $3.50 lemon drop and christmas green.  

also some hand crafted wooden knitting needles made by a lady in lawrenceville.  the sizes i received are 17’s, 35’s and 50’s but susan will be making me 19’s and some smaller sizes as well.  these one-of-a-kind needles are certainly beautiful and i can wait to use some myself.  i posted this picture on Facebook and that day kay farabaugh came to the shop early enough to get first pick!


the felt cuff class was fun and i am never ceased to be amazed how students all start out similarly but end up with such different and unique end products.  also our embellished sweater class is ongoing – we all got started at our first class on april 10 and we meet again may 15 to put our rectangles together and learn how to embellish them.  pictures below in the ‘gallery’ of both classes.


raggz is holding its first fundraiser.  sylvia elliott, a member of the craftique fiber arts group and the friday chubby knitters club (also the instructor for the tunisian crochet class) has a grandson who has played ultimate frisbee for 3 to 4 years and was recently asked to go to Atlanta to try out for the world team. This involved players from all over the U.S.A. and of 20 chosen, Scott was one of them. The next step is a week in Boston to train, then to Italy where 56 countries will compete for the world championship. Ultimate Frisbee is a fast moving and fun game to watch.To see how it is played go to ultimatefrisbee.com and somewhere there will be video of a game.

Scott is 18 and lives in Gibsonia with brother Kevin (also a player) Mom Nicola and step dad Mike.  Sylvia tells me he is a good student and hard working kid who is paying his own way, not only going to school but working several jobs to pay for it all.  mind you, NONE of the expenses are paid for by the organization – each person has to pay his own way in its entirety!

SOOOOOOOOO for the month of may and into june, i will have a silent auction of sorts set up here at the shop.  the auction items will all be fiber related and each item will have a sheet where you can bid.  of course to the highest bidder go the spoils.  i will be donating items and i am asking that anyone interested, please donate as well, to help scott pay for his trip to boston, then italy that he has worked so diligently towards.  the bidding will start may 2, so please let me know what you would like to donate.  the sheet will have the donors name on it and the value of the item as well.  i hope to get a lot of support for scott, as its so nice to see a young person who doesn’t expect the mom and dad bank to pay his way.  please consider helping! 

i will be posting photos of the donated items on my Facebook page or you can come to the shop to see them in person (my preferred method).

now onto regular business…


wednesday 4/16  4-6 close knit girls meet at panera murrysville
saturdays 4/19 and 26 craftique fiber arts group meets at craftique
tuesday, 4/22 shop open 1-6
thursday, 4/24 purlin girls meet at the bean 12-3
friday, 4/25 shop open 10-6

HAPPY MID TO LATE APRIL BIRTHDAYS TO:  jan l (4/21) and laura t (4/29).  have a great birthday ladies!

also don’t forget i still have some hand made wooden yarn swifts.  these are a steal at $25 and come in very handy when you order yarn online and it arrives unwound.  

i have some very good news!  deni and anthony are coming for a visit (a short visit but i’ll take it!) tuesday april 29.  they arrive around midnight at pittsburgh airport and i am so happy i could bust.  anthony is bringing along the bike he assembled for me and i am excited to learn how to ride again!  deni will also be here at the shop on friday, may 2 to visit with all of us so try to pop in to say hello.  its not often she gets to come here and i’m about over the moon with excitement so i’m not planning anything that week.  she leaves the following tuesday and unfortunately anthony has to leave sunday, as his band is going on tour.

well i hope i’ve covered everything so i’ll close with wishing you all a blessed Easter and adding a few pix to the gallery below:

tom on his recently acquired ‘new’ tractor

the morning embellished sweater class (note monte getting special attention, as usual)
cuff class

cuff class

one of maia’s cuffs

one of mary ann’s cuffs

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