Thursday, January 31, 2008

KnitKnit on NPR

Hi friends,

Here's a link to the 8 minute on-air interview I did with NPR this morning, on my book and on knitting:

There's also a slideshow (with pre-recorded audio, pictures, and captions/credits- if you want to see those, click "show captions"
before you hit 'play')

If you want to email the interview around, go here, click "Knitting Guerrillas Rock the Yarn," and then hit "email." It would be great to get the story into their "top emailed" list!

All best,

Sabrina Gschwandtner

**note added by cal: the lovely felted and studded crest of arms above was made by our own SAPLING elyse allen for KK issue #7

Monday, January 28, 2008

fun february classes at the Etsy Labs!

January 22, 2008

Hello, my long lost loves,

After a long silence, the Etsy Labs mailing list is back in action! The frigid winter is upon us here in Brooklyn, and what better time to stay inside and learn a new skill?

We have an array of upcoming classes at the Etsy Labs, including Patternmaking, Beginning Jewelry, Beginning Sewing, and Embroidery. Sign up soon as space is limited! Learn more details about all of our classes Here.


Sign Up Here.

Date: Fridays 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22 (4 weekly classes)

Time: 6:00-8:00 pm each class


If you love to sew, but are frustrated by the patterns you find in stores, this is the class for you. Here you will learn the basic principles of flat patternmaking, and start having fun designing the clothes you picture in your mind! You will draft patterns for a t-shirt and an A-line skirt (like those in the photos above) based on your own measurements. Then we will manipulate these patterns into other style variations. We will also cover how to rub off a pattern from a pre-existing garment. Basic sewing experience is helpful to benefit from this class. Taught by Cal Patch of HodgePodgeFarm.

Class: BEGINNING SEWING: Design Your Own Totebag

Date: 3 week Tuesday Series: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26 2008

Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Sign Up Here.


If you've been wanting to learn to sew, this introductory class is for you! You will learn how to operate a sewing machine and design and complete your own tote bag. We will cover various techniques such as pockets, straps, lining and trims, and you can choose which to incorporate into your first project. With these skills, you'll soon be stitching up whatever your heart desires... Also taught by by Cal Patch.


Date: Sunday February 3rd, 2008

Time: 11:00am-6:00pm

Sign Up Here.


Learn the basics to jewelry making with Daniellexo (aka PreciousPups). This class will cover a range of basics needed to get started creating great designs in metal. Some basics you will learn: working with an acetylene torch, forming, soldering, basic wire work. If you are unsure about tools, techniques and materials this is a great way to get started! We'll also talk about creating jewelry that will fly off the virtual shelves of your Etsy shop.

Class: EMBROIDERY: Incorporating Embroidery into Art, Design, and Craft Projects

Date: Saturday, February 2, 2008

Time: 1pm-3:30pm

Sign Up Here.


This is a workshop class for students interested in incorporating embroidery into their craft, design, and art projects. Students will learn basic hand sewing and embroidery stitches, as well as several techniques for developing full-scale embroidered drawings. Techniques covered include how to interpret a photograph as a line drawing/embroidery, and how to transform graphic images and drawings into embroideries. The instructor will also demonstrate how to transfer images onto fabric. Taught by Iviva Olenick.

Don’t forget, every Monday night from 4-8pm is Craft Night at the Labs. This is the perfect time to work on a project in the company of fellow crafters, use our equipment and supplies free of charge, get a tour, and see the space. Just stop on by!

If you’re a little rusty or confused about the Etsy Labs and everything it entails, be sure to read this Storque article that answers all your questions about the Etsy Labs.

Warm Wishes,

Julie & the Etsy Labs

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Smetmool Shoppy

Good news! Tom and I have opened an etsy store. The address is:

At the Smetmool shoppy you can purchase BOBBI clothes from past seasons and knitted wonders by Tom Hohmann.
If you don't see anything that grabs your heart make sure to check back again because I am constantly adding items.

The most current BOBBI creations can be found at the stores listed below.

* Lingo located at 257 West 19th Street, New York, NY
* Treehouse located at 430 Graham Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
* SodaFine located at 119 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
* HaNNa (Hpgrp) located in Tokyo, Japan

Monday, January 21, 2008

patternmaking class @ etsy labs in february

we've added a new session of patternmaking at the Etsy Labs. if you've been wanting to learn to make your own sewing patterns, here's your chance:

date: Fridays in February 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, & 2/22 (4 weekly classes)
time: 6:00-8:00 each class
location: Etsy Labs, 325 Gold Street 6th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201

if you love to sew, but are frustrated by the patterns you find in stores, this is the class for you. here you will learn the basic principles of flat patternmaking, and start having fun designing the clothes you picture in your mind! you will draft patterns for a t-shirt and an A-line skirt based on your own measurements. then we will manipulate these patterns into other style variations. we will also cover how to 'rub off' a pattern from a pre-existing garment. basic sewing experience is helpful to benefit from this class.

students are required to bring the following materials to the class:

* a roll or pad of newsprint, drawing paper or patternmaking paper, at least 14" wide
* see-through 18" ruler
* tape measure
* pencil and sharpener (or mechanical pencil)
* eraser
* scissors (for paper)
* 1 yard of muslin or similar inexpensive woven fabric
* 1 and a 1/2 yds of t-shirt jersey or similar knit

class fee is $180.00.

this class will be led by Cal Patch. she has been a clothing designer in NYC for 16 years. she designed the Free People label for Urban Outfitters, and owned PATCH 155, an indie boutique on the lower east side. her line of one-off handmade clothes and accessories, hodge podge, can be found in shops in Brooklyn and Manhattan. check out her work at

Friday, January 18, 2008

'crafting protest' panel discussion

Panel Discussion & Craft Reception

Crafting Protest

Saturday, January 26, 2008, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The New School, Theresa Lang Community and Student Center

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor

New York City

Suggested Admission: $8, free for all students as well as New School
faculty, staff and alumni with valid ID

Many contemporary artists are using craft as a largely unregulated
place of protest where diverse and timely political statements are
being made. This panel is presented as part of a series of talks on
"Agency" and proposes that crafting, because it is so often social and
communal, plays a vital role in the public sphere. The speakers
examine the role of craft in forming national identities, especially
in times of political turmoil or war; notions of patriotism; feminism
and the domestic sphere; and economic models that circumvent
conventional market models. The four artists will present projects and
discuss their work under the broad rubric of "Crafting Protest." By
linking the actual act of production and handmaking in the public
realm to political expression, participants will ask: how can art
foster political agency?

This program is presented concurrently with the release of the
February issue of Modern Painters magazine, within which a roundtable
discussion by the panelists is featured. Participants of this program
have also collaborated on a large-scale knit banner to be unveiled at
the event. Following the panel discussion, audience members are
invited to an informal craft reception in which panelists will present
tactile examples of the materials, machinery, and processes they use
in their work.


Julia Bryan-Wilson, art historian and critic, University of California at Irvine


Liz Collins, artist/designer

Sabrina Gschwandtner, artist

Cat Mazza, artist/activist

Allison Smith, artist

Thursday, January 17, 2008

31 corn lane news

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

i scream, you scream!

Little Cakes is very excited to annouce a tasting
party for Wheeler's Black Label Vegan Ice Cream this
Sunday from 1-3pm! We were chosen from what seems like
a hundred potential hosts for this event!

Word on the street is that it's the BEST tasting
non-dairy ice cream EVER. Thing is, it is not
available outside of Boston at this point so this is
your only chance for the time being. Wheeler's is a
micro ice creamery, all made to order. He's made crazy
concoctions like "Smoke" flavored ice cream and
"Cristal Rose champagne and gold flakes". No joke.

Sunday's theme is Chocolate so most of the flavors
available will be chocolate based but Wheeler says
there will be Pumpkin and Vanilla for those who don't
like chocolate.

I suggest you come on the early side because the event
has been making the rounds in the bloggosphere and I
betcha we will run out of ice cream very fast.

Again, that's this Sunday 1-3pm. Come eat and see the
wonderful show "Beachcombers" by Anna Fidler and
Patricia Fernandez and be merry.

See you around.
Love Hanna

Little Cakes
625 East 6th Street #1B
NY NY 10009


news from feral childe

Happy New Year! Happy 2008! Happy Year of the Rat! We hope this email finds you well.
Moriah and Alice have been working on DAILY PLANNER - Feral Childe's Fall 2008 Collection.
We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at POOL TRADESHOW in Las Vegas, 2/12-14. If you think your local independent clothing boutique would like to stock Feral Childe (if it doesn't already!) please, pass on the word.
4D4Ever, our Spring 2008 Collection, is on its way to stores soon. Please check our website for the latest stockist list. Your 4D4Ever special orders are also on their way to you. We will keep you updated.
Thank you for supporting us over the seasons, and we can't wait to see you in 2008.
xx Alice + Moriah
P.S. Here is a sneak preview of DAILY PLANNER. Please stay tuned for DAILY PLANNER updates and events!