Monday, December 25, 2006

January Events

December 26, 2006
Well, we are almost at the New Year and we are excited to be at the beginning of so many exciting changes. If you haven’t gotten by the new shop yet, we hope you will be able to stop in after the holidays. It has a warm ambience that is perfect for a fiber arts enterprise.
We continue to offer “Accessory Club” on Friday afternoons from 3-6. The patterns and instruction are free and we endeavor to teach a new technique in a fun project. Many of the patterns are originals so you get them before they go on sale. I am attempting to get the samples up quicker so you have a chance to check it out before the day they are presented. The 5th & 19th are original patterns, the 2 hats are downloads from the internet and we will have copies for your use.
“What is New” ;
Included in our Saturday classes will be a series I am calling “Cardigan Construction”. The first part on the 6th will be the Gauge workshop. This is an introduction to gauging, swatching and planning the details for finishing. This is also a stand alone lesson and the pink fuzzy, glittery mobius that many of you have commented on is a result of one of these workshops. But if you have ever thought about starting a garment, this series will make sure that you are successful. Although I am calling it Cardigan Construction, it can be any garment you choose. The second part will be on the 20th and will deal with armhole and shoulder shapings, again with an eye to finishing. These are both on Saturdays but, if I have requests, I will be happy to repeat these on Sundays.
Spinning is again being offered on 2 Sundays, the 14th & 28th and we hope to offer it every Sunday by February. We are also planning on including weaving as part of our expanding repertoire so let us know if you are interested and when you would like to see it offered.
We continue to receive new colors of Kureyon for those of you that are working on the Lizard Ridge from and it was also used in the Short Row Hat, our Accessory Club project on the 12th.
I continue to work on the Scrumbling project that was started on 12/16. Again, it is a super way to use up those scraps you have accumulated. Check out Prudence Mapstone’s website at Aren’t the purses marvelous?
I hope to have the Shibori project (see Interweave Knits Fall 2005) finished in the next 2 weeks and will begin workshops on this in February. Check out Jeung-Hwa Park’s work at to get an idea of the inspiring results that can be accomplished. I also hope to have some hairpin lace samples up in a few weeks and will offer this in February as well. As I say, we are excited to explore new fields, although knitting will always be my first love, so let us know if there are areas of interest that you would like to see.
I continue to work on getting the website updated and hope to have this accomplished soon. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to make your visits more pleasant and creative.
Happy New Year !!!
Karen, Bonnie, Tierney & Natalie
Hope to see you soon!

ABC's of Creative Pursuits
1412 17th St, Ste E-Haberfelde Gallery
Bakersfield, CA 93301
M-F 10-6, Sat 10-5, Sun Noon-4

January 2007
Fri 5th- Accessory Club A Different Kind of Ruffled Scarf 3-6PM
Sat 6th- 10-12 Open lessons; Cardigan Construction Part 1 Gauge workshop 1-3 $15 incl handouts
Sun 7th- Block Club $20 for 4 sessions Open lessons 1-3Pm
Fri 12th- Accessory Club Short Row Hat 3-6PM
Sat 13th- 10-12 Open lessons; Scrap Ripple Poncho 1-3 $25 incl pattern
Sun 14th- Spinning & Open lessons 1-3Pm, Block Club
Fri 19th- Accessory Club Garter Blocks Scarf or Wrap 3-6PM
Sat 20th- 10-12 Open lessons; Cardigan Construction Part 2-Armhole Shaping 1-3 $15
Sun 21th- Spinning & Open lessons 1-3Pm; Block Club
Fri 26th- Accessory Club Marigold Hat 3-6 PM
Sat 27th- 10-12 Open lessons; Socks 1-3 PM
Sun 28th-Open lessons 1-3 PM; Block Club

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