Friday, October 30, 2009


Two 2-hour classes

6pm – 8pm

Mondays Nov 9th & 16th

Fort Greene, Brooklyn


Shabd creates extraordinary tie dyed textiles, and in this workshop she will be sharing her secrets and techniques! She will demonstrate how she mixes dyes and chemicals, and several methods for tie dyeing to create different patterns. You will need to bring clothing for dyeing (cotton works best, but also silk and rayon), including tee shirts, scarves, socks, etc. Shabd is a multimedia artist also works with embroidery, photography, sculpture, performance, and other methods of storytellying. Her products can be seen on her website, here:

to sign up, email: info (at)

Monday, October 19, 2009

design your own t-shirt this weekend



Our Patternmaking Workshop taught by Cal Patch is coming up this Sunday October 25th, and we have something special in store:

Right after the workshop, we will be celebrating the release of Cal's new book Design Yourself Clothes - Patternmaking Simplified. Copies will be available for signing.

Sunday October 25, from 10am-12pm
Design and make your own clothes! In this 2-hour class you will learn the basic principles of making your own sewing patterns, and make a pattern for a T-Shirt that fits your own unique body. With this foundation you'll be able to sew the projects you envision! Basic sewing experience is helpful to get the most from this class.

Materials: 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)


Call the store at (718) 237-7753 to sign up and reserve your spot before the class fills up!

See you at the shop!

Brooklyn General Store

Store Hours:
closed Mondays
Tuesday-Thursday:12 pm - 7 pm
Friday & Saturday:12 pm - 6 pm
Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm


Thursday, October 15, 2009

seedy art opening

i am really bummed that i won't be able to attend the unveiling of the new seed packet artwork for next year's hudson valley seed library packets. the put out a call for artists earlier this year and now the works have been chosen and will be shown at Roos Arts in Rosendale on november 14. sadly, i will be teaching that weekend down in the city...

news from the {NewNew}

Fall in Love with Handmade Goodness
Celebrate the bounty of Autumn with some fabulous events during the month of October.
NYCraft at Madison Square Market Debut

NYCraft, a collective of seven distinguished artists from The {NewNew}, is participating in the inaugural season of the Madison Square Mark’t at Madison Square Park.

From October 9 through November 1, NYCraft will join more than 60 artists, designers and chefs for a month-long artisan market at historic Madison Square Park. The participants have been specifically selected and curated to offer shoppers the best from independent New York designers and chefs.

“We are excited to be a part of this select showcase of local artists, designers, and chefs during this gorgeous time of the year,” said Kimm Alfonso, team leader, and participating NYCraft designer. “Madison Square Park, the crisp fall weather, pumpkins for the kids, and the best of New York designers makes for a great recipe!”

The Mark’t hours will be 11am-8pm, seven days a week.

Visitors to the NYCraft booth will find Alexandra Ferguson pillows, KimmChi t-shirts, Meeg├╝n bags, ceramics by Lorrie Veasey, paper goods by Pretty Stationery for Beautiful Souls, and jewelry by Metalicious and Wabisabi Brooklyn.

Speaking of Crafts and Chelsea

On October 17, The {NewNew} sponsors Crafts in Chelsea, a fall delight of handmade shopping with free food, games and a petting zoo for the kids over at P.S. 11. Shop for Pulp Sushi jewelry, Groundsel handbags, Virginia Kraijevic artwork and Better Than Jam apparel. Click here for a full list of participating vendors, and directions to the school.

Crafts in Chelsea will run from 10am-5pm.

Gotham Returns to Beantown

Not only do New York and Boston share a passion for baseball, the cities share a common appreciation for artisanal goods. The {NewNew} takes another road trip up to Boston's ultra-hip Sowa Openmarket on October 25 after a well-received first run back in August.
The market will be hosting its 6th Annual Vendor/Customer Halloween Costume Contest, so be sure to look for the blue banners admist all the ghosts and goblins.

Sowa Open Market is open from 10am-4pm.

In the midst of all this activity, we're planning our largest and most spectacular Handmade Cavalcade yet, so mark your calendar for Saturday, December 5, 2009. Details to come shortly, and sign up for announcements if you haven't already done so!

Friday, October 09, 2009

get on the bus!

i just got a note from heather at Brooklyn Gneral, saying that there is indeed STILL ROOM on the bus to rhinebeck next weekend! if i weren’t already up here i’d be on that bus for sure, so all of you city folks should jump at the chance to see the spectacular fall foliage, pet furry animals and buy lots and lots of fiber and YARN!!! and now here’s what heather has to say:

Hello All,
Some of you may have heard that I am organizing a bus trip to Rhinebeck, NY for the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival next weekend. This amazing event it is a two-day extravaganza with vendors from all over the country. Can you say knitter’s paradise? You can check out for all the highlights. Here are the details for my bus:
The bus will depart from John Jay HS (7th Ave btwn 4/5th Sts in Park Slope, Brooklyn) at 8 am on Saturday, October 17, 2009. It is about 4 blocks walk from the 7th Ave stop on the F/G trains and it generally takes about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes to travel from mid-town. We should arrive in Rhinebeck for Sheep and Wool at about 10 am. The bus will leave the fairgrounds at 5pm so that we should be back at John Jay at about 7pm. Bus service is being provided by US Coachways, a nationally woman-owned company. All drivers are licensed/insured and restrooms will be available on-board.
The cost of the trip is $70 per person and includes round-trip transportation, a ticket into the fair and a gift bag filled with goodies including handspun and hand-dyed yarns, roving, patterns and coupons. There will also be opportunities to win special prizes and to participate in invitation-only events after Rhinebeck. I am offering a discount of $10 off for parties of three or more. If you would like to reserve a spot, let me know how many people are in your party and I will happily send you a paypal request for payment.
I hope that some of you will join us for the festivities and please tell all of your friends. If you have any questions you can email me at or call me at Brooklyn General Store anytime at 718.237.7753. Hope to see you on the 17th!
Heather Love

Thursday, October 08, 2009

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the flea design co-op starts this saturday!

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i'm helping organize/curate a new booth at the fort greene brooklyn flea, which will sell products by some of my favorite designers. the section will be run by rebecca kutys of moontree letterpress, and for october we have these talented makers: (photos from top to bottom) marcie mcgoldrick, maptote, lotta jansdotter, moontree letterpress, wayne pate/good shape design, laura normandin, sesame letterpress and my work/lines & shapes.
and there will be some special guest sellers, yet to be announced...

the first saturday, october 10th, lotta jansdotter will be giving away a free goodie with each purchase.

the flea design co-op poster was designed by wayne pate, and will be for sale at the flea for $15 (email me if you are interested in ordering it online and i might be able to arrange it).

hope to see you at the flea!

176 lafayette ave. (btw. vanderbilt + clermont ave.)
every saturday, 10am-5pm

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Sirius Lux hand-crocheted chain neckpiece on CNN! thanx uniform project lasses!

Sheena of The Uniform Project was interviewed about theie project while at London Fashion Week wearing the crocheted chain collar that's a part of my new line Sirius Lux . Yay! great project, great interview, and so glad to be a lil part of it! ;)