Wednesday, April 28, 2010

this weekend in beacon, ny:

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There's still room in our Make a Sock Animal class this Saturday!

Make a Sock Animal

Join us on Saturday May 1st from 10:30am to 12:30pm and let Cal Patch teach you how to turn a pair of socks into an adorable new friend.

Use a pair of socks to make a sweet stuffed dog (or other critter) with just a few snips and a little hand sewing. Customize with some button eyes and a few stitches of embroidery, and you’ll want to make a whole menagerie!

You bring the socks, we’ll provide everything else.
(Children’s socks recommended.)
Cost: $25 + $5 materials fee

A 50% deposit is required to hold your place in a class. Cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to the class in order to receive store credit for your deposit. To reserve a spot, drop by the shop or give us a call at 845-481-0149 during store hours.


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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

food and craft

from alison tauber:

this weekend i’ll be participating in the brooklyn lyceum’s spring food & craft market. if you happen to be in the area you should definitely stop by to check it out. i’ve participated in holiday events at the lyceum and the shows have always been fantastic with a great mix of vendors.

you can get more info about it here and see a list of participating vendors here.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Sirius* Lux entering internets full steam ahead!

Sirius Lux jewelry website is starting to finally come together...and i've put a few pieces on the treehouse etsy site as well...thank you natalie chitwood for the beautiful photos!

kisses from the branches, and reaching for the stars,

sirius* (lux) treehouse

astulabee @ hanahou

ooh, i sure would love to take this workshop with nicole of astulabee! she is also teaching at peter's valley in july...

in progress

Finishing up works for a show **here** at Gallery Hanahou where I'll also be hosting a special workshop on May 8th:
(from the Gallery Hanahou website)
Contemporary Embroidered Fabric Collage with Nicole Licht

Brooklyn fiber artist Nicole Licht will lead participants in making embroidery and fabric collages with a "Lost at Sea" theme.

Date + Time: Saturday, May 8, 1-3 pm
Place: gallery hanahou, 611 Broadway, Suite 730, NYC
Cost: $45
Signup: Email to sign up - space is limited!

I'd love to see you there!

Friday, April 09, 2010

get squirrely!

Where Country Fiber Warms the Big City

How much do we love squirrels?


Enough to create this cozy patchwork tree in our front window, with the hope that it will inspire you to enter our HANDMADE SQUIRREL CONTEST!

Use any materials you like to create a handmade squirrel, pack up their tiny suitcase, and send them to Brooklyn for a visit. The squirrels will be displayed in the tree in our front window until the judging and Squirrel Party on May 15th (details to follow!).

We will be giving away some wonderful prizes!

1st Prize: $200 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).
2nd Prize: $100 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).
3rd Prize: $50 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).

Youth Prizes (0-15 yrs):
Three squirrels will each be awarded one $50 Brooklyn General Store gift certificate (valid for one year).

So take a few minutes to go outside with your journal or sketchbook, get a breath of fresh air, and commune with a our nut-gathering friends, and give yourself permission to get creative!

This is a great springtime activity to do with kids!

Please see our most recent blog post at for the Official Contest Rules.

Need some Squirrel Contest inspiration? We made this flirty girl with Ecological Woolfrom Cascade. We were attracted to the 100% Peruvian Highland wool because of its natural, chemical-free and un-dyed colors. This soft but durable yarn has beautiful volume and stitch definition. For an all-wool yarn this is so fluffy and soft--perfect for knitting nature.


Rowan's PureLife Organic Wool Naturally Dyedis grown in an environmentally and socially responsible way from sheep grazed on land free from pesticides and chemical fertilizers. It is dyed using natural sustainable plant dyes. British Sheep Breeds Undyedis shorn and blended from four classic British sheep breeds, then spun into five beautiful un-dyed shades with the natural lanolin content maintained. Two more prefect, natural yarn choices.


We're not the only ones to be inspired by squirrels and their furry friends--the latest Echino Collectionfeatures squirrels, along with birds, horses, and rabbits in a print that is at once sweet and classic and bold and modern.


Why not try your hand at a felted squirrel? The shop has a nice selection of fiber, felting tools, and felting books--everything you need to get started.


Whether you sew, knit, crochet or felt your squirrel, we have many books to help you along!

Need a little help getting started? The next Toy Knittingclass begins April 16!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

embroidered journal class @ pratt

wow! this embroidered journaling class looks amazing... here's what iviva has to say about it:

I am excited about my imminent 5-week embroidery workshop at Pratt, The Embroidered Art Journal. I hope some of you will join me, or pass the word on to friends who may be looking for a creative way to spend Wednesdays in April and May. Here are the details:

The Embroidered Art Journal, PMDA-104
5 Wednesdays at Pratt Center for Continuing and Professional Studies
144 West 14th Street, near 7th Avenue
April 21st - May 19th, 6:30-9:30pm


After mastering a dozen stitches for decorative and practical use, we will explore a range of methods for interpreting photographs as embroideries, drawing with thread, and transferring images and text onto fabric.

The goal is for each student to embark on a personal project that incorporates embroidery and narrative. Mixed media projects are encouraged.

Previous students have worked on a wide range of pursuits: one is in the process of making a book for her soon-to-be grandchild, another did preparatory work for exhibition pieces for a show. Students experimented with non-traditional materials, like sewing on bubble wrap and other forms of packaging. Some created sculptural "landscapes" by manipulating fabric and thread. Others reinterpreted their own drawings and illustrations using fabric and thread.

The possibilities for this class are endless...

Tuition is $195 for 5 weeks (15 hours of class time). Supplies are minimal - I provide as much as possible, which you can supplement with materials of your choice.

Also coming up this spring is the Affordable Art Fair, May 6-9th...More details to come!

With very best wishes,
Iviva Olenick

Friday, April 02, 2010

SPRING sale continues and new SUN dresses and treats keep rolling into our branches!!!!

it's HERE!!!!
and the HUGE SALE continues!!!
20% off most everything
and then this weekend...

we'll be putting out
gorgeous new designer AND
vintage dresses and skirts and jumpsuits
and and and...

really fun stuff to have fun in the
(finally!!!) SUN!!!
so come quick before someone
snatches up your dream spring frock...

oh, and we may be open part of sunday, but it's easter,
and we may have to go on a picnic with a chocolate easter egg hunt...

Let The Good Times Bloom...;)

kisses from the branches,
and reaching for the stars,
sirius* treehouse