Yulia Ustinova

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hooked sculptires

Yulia (Julia) is a crochet artist of voluptuous naked women. She resides in Moscow, Russia. She obtained her degree from Moscow Printing Arts.

Her sculptures are of women at play with a hula hoop, sunbathing, showering… funny, thoughtful and created with a hook.


Newtown Arts Festival is around the corner

The Newtown Arts Festival is to be held, Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16, 2012 at the Fairfield Hills (Trade Lane) in Newtown, Connecticut. The hours are 9 – 6 p.m., rain or shine. Admission is $5. Children 12 and under are free.
For more information, click here.

Superheroes take up the knitting needles

Superheroes possess extraordinary, often magical powers. Every knitter knows, that a piece of string and two sticks can create magic. See how Mark Newport takes knitting into the superhero realm.

Mark Newport has an exhibit “In Action” of his eight hand-knit superhero inspired costumes. He is a Detroit area artist and educator. Each costume is life-size and wearable. The installation “In Action” looks at what heroes are and how they protect people. It is currently showing at the University of Texas Downtown Gallery. For more superhero action

Free eBooks on Copyright for downloading

Interweave and Knitting Daily is offering free eBooks about copyrights. Interweave is the worlds largest on and off line resource for artists and crafters. This guide, to the basics of copyright and copyright infringement, will help you “better understand what it is and why it matters”.

These eBooks come at just the right time. This past week was World Intellectual Property Day. Whether you design patterns, craft for bazaars or are a craft retailor, this information on copyrights and copyright infringement will help to educate you on the issues that affect the arts and crafts industry.

The 10-page eBook is available for free download in each of Interweave’s online communities for artists and crafters:

Felt your cat

Crafting with Cat Hair is written by Kaori Tsutaya and translated by Amy Hirschman. If you enjoy wet and/or needle felting and have a cat, this book is for you.

Is this extreme? No more extreme than knitting with sheep wool or musk ox. No more out of the box than crocheting with Angora rabbit fur or using soy and milk casein for weaving, or spinning your dog’s fur.   Continue reading: 

A creative pilgramage retreat

Jenny Doh has put together 14 stories of different mixed media teachers, in her book “Creative Pilgrimage“. It is an exploration of artful gatherings and discovery of innovative art techniques, enjoyed by both the teachers and students.

What fun it would be to have the time and funds to just take some time off and be creative. Jenny takes us through the retreats and the teachers that create there.

Vogue Knitting Live recap

Vogue Knitting Live was three days of fashion, fiber and education. This event took place this past weekend, January 14 – 16. In Sheep’s Clothing chartered a bus to the show on Sunday. The yarn shop is located at 98 Main St, Torrington, CT. 06790, 860-482-3979.

The show was not just for knitters, but also spinners, weavers and dyers. There were free demonstrations, free learn to knit classes, non-stop knitwear fashion shows on both floors and classes, classes, classes. Also shopping, shopping and more shopping.

Glitz and glitter were everywhere. Yarn this spring will sparkle with beads and sequins. One ball skeins of the softest cashmere and Quiviut will be made into skinny scarves. Skirts, that’s right, knitted skirts, but not the A-lines of years past.

photo by Ginger Balch of In Sheep's Clothing

Here are more highlights of what the show had to offer.