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Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Yarn Bombing the Streets of LA

    This summer, artist Ellen Schinderman curated an exhibit in Los Angeles called "Home Is Where the Needle Marks", showcasing fiber art and exploring the home sphere. Working with Lion Brand yarns, Ellen and her cohorts yarn-bombed several areas of LA as part of the Downtown LA Artwalk to draw attention to the fiber arts. Recently, she shared these photos with us:

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    Plus, the group of knitters and crocheters who helped Ellen create all of the colorful, textural pieces will be taking all of their leftover yarn and making hats and scarves for homeless in their community.

    Have you yarn-bombed something in your community? Tell us about  it in the comments!

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  • A Lion Brand Exclusive: Behind the Scenes of Our Offices in NYC

    If you follow Lion Brand on Twitter or Facebook, you'll sometimes find behind scenes images from photoshoots, upcoming yarn releases - or even pictures of some of the staff crafting, or at events. Today, I'd like to share with you a few "behind the scenes" images from our offices in the New York City location.  We recently invited a few of our favorite craft bloggers to spend a day with us at our Lion Brand offices, and I'd like to share a few of their images that capture some of the creativity and inspiration at Lion Brand.

    Design DepartmentKristy from Glass Posse captured this image of Karen Tanaka, the Creative Director of our Design Department.  Karen was sharing some of the Design Department's mood boards and inspirations. Lion and WalrusHaley from The Zen of Making captured an image of these cute stuffed animals, which were featured in past window displays.  The Lion can be seen here from the Studio's 1st window display in 2008.

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  • 9 Tips on How to Get Your Crafting Organized & Keep It That Way!

    Getting craft supplies organized tends to fall to the bottom of my to do list, "After all," I think, "it'll just get messy again as soon as I make something, why bother?" But sooner or later the time comes to clear up all the yarn, organize the hooks and needles, and stow all fabric, glitter and crafting supplies away. Good organization can help us make beautiful, useful projects; after all, crafting is much easier when you know where to look for supplies, and can tell right away if you're running out of something or need to go out and get a new tool.

    Here are some tips to help you get organized and, just as importantly, stay organized all year long!

    Give everything a home: Things can't be put away without a home, but more importantly, homeless tools and supplies are almost always difficult to find when you need them. Tired of retracing your crafting steps to try to remember where your shears or glue gun has gone? Then giving these tools a home could be the solution.

    Consider labeling: Lots of folks love handwritten labels or using a label maker, but what if you don't like traditional labels? How about using a small picture of what you're putting inside? Tassels of yarn on decorative bins, or paper samples on the edge of scrap booking boxes tell you exactly what's inside with a visual examples.
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