Let’s celebrate Canada’s 150th!

by guest blogger Lori Tarantini, National Accounts Manager Specialty Chains/Marketing Manager, Coats & Crafts Canada

July 1st may mark Canada’s 150th Birthday, but Canadians are celebrating all year! As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation events and activities are being planned all over the country. To learn more about all the great events planned check out Canada’s Official 150th Anniversary website.

We love celebrations at Red Heart so we created some fabulous free patterns to celebrate with our Canadian friends.

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Donna’s Dozen Free Patterns for Your Wedding Day

by Donna Stinson

It takes months, sometime years, of planning to make your wedding day perfect. There are so many overwhelming decisions that have to be made from the weddings rings to the honeymoon destination and a million other things in between. I went to Red Heart.com and found a dozen brilliant crochet projects that can be worn (or held) by the bride, wedding party, mother-of-the-bride/groom and there is even an 18” wedding doll. You may not have time to make something for yourself, but I bet there is someone special that would love to make a hand-crafted gift for the happy couple. It could be the start of a family heirloom to be passed down for generations.

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#StitchAwayStress with the Craft Yarn Council

April is Stress Awareness Month! As a part of this, the Craft Yarn Council (CYC) is sponsoring the month-long event called #StitchAwayStress. Crocheting and knitting are great ways to relieve stress, among other health benefits. Each week there will be a challenge on CYC’s social media for a chance to win one of four $50 prize packs at the end of the month!

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Recap of the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival 2017

The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival and Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival for 2017 has come to a close! It was at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on March 24-26, 2017. There was much to see for knitters and crocheters. There was a Red Heart & Marly Bird Learning Corner booth where we discussed Marly’s New Learning Corner on redheart.com, showed off some of her latest designs and videos on planned pooling. Marly Bird taught several crochet and knit classes and several of the students came to the booth raving about their experience!

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Marly Bird at Stitches United

Marly Bird is teaching 6 classes at the upcoming Stitches United, including both classes for knitting and for crochet! Stitches United is a new Stitches show, bringing together knitters and crocheters who come to most Stitches shows with quilters, sewers, embroiderers, and so on in a gathering of fiber artist of all types. Stitches United will happen April 27-30, 2017 in Hartford, CT at the Connecticut Convention Center & Marriott Hartford Downtown. Read on to hear about the classes, market, and other fun events.

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