Harlem Needle Arts

Harlem Needle Arts

A few weeks back - the first Thursday in May to be exact - we were fortunate to have Michelle Bishop, the Director of  Harlem Needle Arts, come to the store for a presentation. We we were fortunate to first meet Michelle in the "early days", right after Knitty City opened. The following year, 2007, Michelle began to form HNA, which is now a full fledged non-profit organization, dedicated to the preservation of  textile, design and needle art of the African Diaspora.  As members of the needlework community and as neighbors, we have benefitted from one another's presence in New York. 

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Max Alexander

Max Alexander

One of the great things about having a "passion" is that it keeps you exploring.  A lot of us are constantly on the look-out for new and interesting people, places and things in the world of fiber.. The upside is discovery; the downside, is that you find so many interesting people and things that you become overwhelmed by the desire to meet and talk with them all. Nonetheless, one persists!!!

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Oh The Places We Go!

Oh The Places We Go!

If you love hand made things, the world has a lot to offer you these days. Unless you've been napping somewhere, you will have noticed that fibrous materials, and the attendant arts, are capturing a lot of attention. Whether it's pink hats in the knitting studios of Manhattan or self expression on the runways, "made by hand" is going full tilt on the domestic and international fronts. Case in point: The Edinburgh Yarn Festival. So, come hang with the "Wool Tribe" and see some of what we saw last weekend in Scotland.

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The Community that Knits Together...

The Community that Knits Together...

A lot has been written about the many changes in the world of knitting and fiber arts.  As retailers, we hear concerns about the closing of local shops, the growth of internet sales and the glut of free patterns that don't make it easy for designer and magazine sales. While we agree that rapid change is on-going, we would like to share another perspective on the evolution of the market.

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