April 11, 2016 |
Broad Street has been yarn-bombed! Perfect timing! With unseasonable snow in the forecast, the big concrete planters in front of the Merriam Theater are wearing sweaters, and the orange tulips are looking cozy as well as very pretty. It's a lovely installation created by University of the Arts students in conjunction with Knitting Peace , the first show of PIFA (Philadelphia Festival of the Arts) playing through Sunday at the Merriam Theater. The yarn-bombing UArts students are part of a remarkable interdisciplinary course.
February 13, 2016 |
Melissa Maddonni Haims knits or crochets while she's walking, talking, dining out, or watching TV. She does it during meetings and even - shhhh - when she's in a car. Driving. "You can get six stitches on at a red light," she says, "three at a stop sign. " Stitch by obsessive stitch, this is how she created "The Foragers," a new yarn-bombing exhibit at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education in upper Roxborough, which runs through the end of March, and "Wrapped Up," a similar yarn fest at Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill that runs from March 26 to October - or until it disintegrates, whichever happens first.
November 1, 2013 |
The camera pushes forward, taking us with it, across a deserted, wooded hilltop toward an inviting country house. We're transported through the door, along the hallway, and stop in front of a display case on the far wall. It's a framed collection of butterflies. Marked by delicate wings yellow and blue, red and green, they are firmly affixed to the back board with pins. Almost imperceptibly, one of the creatures stirs. It flaps its wings more deliberately now, and flies out. Crash!
May 31, 2013 |
The fiber arts never stuck with Melissa Maddonni Haims. Although her mother was a master knitter who even stitched suits, Haims never mastered a straight line. Until 2008. Haims' mother, dying of cancer, asked her daughter to finish a scarf she'd started making for her best friend. "She had about 10 days to live," remembers Haims, 41, a trained artist who was working in found-object mixed media at the time. "I finished the scarf in record time, about two days, and she said, 'OK, go into the living room, behind the yellow curtain, in the blue bag, I have another one for you.' " As Haims mourned, she worked her way through her mother's unfinished projects, completing scarf after scarf, casting off on a navy blue sweater that clearly had been intended for Haims - it was in her high school colors.
February 15, 2013
M ARTIN HEILMAN, 61, of Abington, has been president of Wayne Mills, a Germantown fabric manufacturer, since 2006. The family-owned company, which has been around since 1910 , makes narrow woven fabric strips in a former textile mill. Heilman began working at the company in 1969 running a boxing machine for $1.50 an hour. Q: What exactly does the business do? A: We're currently weaving about 40 different yarns, with about 50 percent of the business cotton, 45 percent polyester and 5 percent nylon.
November 28, 2012 |
Dorothy Golley's first yarncraft class at Audubon Towers drew a crowd. "I put up a poster in the lobby saying 'hookers needed,' " says Golley, 88. "When we met, some of the men in the building stood around and watched. They wanted to know where the hookers were. " Sorry, fellas. The dozen ladies gathered in the community room of the seniors complex were there to make hats, not whoopee. That was in 2010. Since then, Golley's lively group of grandmotherly gals has donated more than 500 woolly, hand-hooked winterwear items to programs for South Jersey's sick or needy kids and to churches.
April 16, 2012 |
At long last, people who care about the environment have something nice to say about those ubiquitous, fossil fuel-based, all-too-disposable plastic bags. Apparently, they make great eco-art. And great purses, placemats, floor mats, chair covers, you name it. Some years back, an ingenious soul -- no one is quite sure who -- figured out how to cut the bags into strips that could be fused into longer lengths or loops, which in turn could be linked the same way as a string of rubber bands.
February 24, 2012
IN CASE YOU haven't heard, yarn bombing is the new graffiti, and not just because it's cleaner and more environmentally-friendly. Yarn bombing is the act of knitting a cozy or warmer to spontaneously and secretly wrap around something in a public space.One famous examples of this guerrilla knitting is last April's bombing of the Rocky statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. To prove how mainstream the movement has become, it's moved into...
December 30, 2011 |
If feathered friends are frequent visitors to your yard, here are easy and healthful winter treats, important when natural sources are gone. The recipes come from Cole's wild bird feed, www.coleswildbird.com . PINECONE FEEDERS Materials: Large pinecones Ribbon, yarn, or twine 1 cup lard 1 cup peanut butter 1 cup shelled seed, such as sunflower meats 1/4 cup raisins or...
April 1, 2011
DEAR READERS: It's April 1, the day I get to share some of the occasional letters I receive from folks who are pulling my leg. Read on: DEAR ABBY: My wife of 23 years is threatening to divorce me on the grounds that I'm "unreasonable. " Is it unreasonable for me to attempt to keep my socks oriented to the proper feet? When I put my socks on the wrong feet, I run around in circles and become disoriented. I know that women don't have this problem because they wear pantyhose - so it's impossible to put them on the wrong feet.