Category Archives: New Work

Fall into Fine Craft Artisan Spotlight – Nancy Crochet

We’re delighted to feature member Nancy Crochet in today’s Artisan Spotlight. Nancy has exhibited in every Fall into Fine Craft! She has also served a number of terms as our chapter secretary, served as the secretary of prior Fall into Fine Craft committees, and is deeply involved with Foundry Day, the one-day outdoor show that our chapter co-sponsors with the Boiling Springs Civic Association, the first Saturday in June. Whew! We’re not sure how she finds time to create, but we’re sure glad she does!

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What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?

My medium is sewing. I have sewn for most of my life. I always liked the creative process involved. I especially like the details in couture sewing from the handwork to the fine fitting and tailoring.  This year I decided to explore an area of sewing that I had avoided in the past, quilting. I made a quilt for my granddaughter and then one for my great nephew. I liked the process of making the quilts so I am now making crib sized quilts that can also be wall-hangings or lap quilts. My quilts are colorful and fun.

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If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?

I would like to learn how to paint with watercolor.  There are so many different styles of watercolor that I think it could be fun to try.

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What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?

I will have a whole new inventory of quilts and dresses for sale this year. I am looking forward to the response from the customers.

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You can find more about Nancy and see her other lines at

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Because you need a little Spring….

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Linda Billet is putting the Dandy in dandelion!  It’s not quite done yet (oh stop!)  The finished ‘product’ will follow shortly.    Stay tuned.

Dyeing for the Library!

Last week I got the coolest email from member Beth Aten showing her new three quilt installation from her Tall Timbers series at the Penn State Library in Middleton.  Check it out:


Beth told me that she uses industrial dyes that are colorfast on cotton broadcloth, as the installation must withstand a lot of natural light.  She dyed fabric for a month, then sewed for five months, at least one whole month being spent on the hundreds of quilting lines on top.  After all that, the installation was a breeze, especially with the helpful maintenance guys at the library.

To see more of Beth’s work, check out her blog and her website .

Thanks for sharing, Beth!



Angela Heim needs your vote to win the contest for @The Crafts Report Magazine ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26th Please vote for her jewelry: “Granulated Amethyst Necklace in Silver”.

Here’s how to vote: Starting today, June 26th, The Crafts Report Magazine will post her necklace picture along with 4 other artist images on The Crafts Report Magazine’s Facebook Timeline. Vote for her necklace by clicking “like” on that image on The Crafts Report Magazine’s facebook wall.

NOTE: you must ‘Like’ the image on The Crafts Report wall in order for your vote to count! ‘Liking’ the shared story or photo does not count as a vote.

The single highest vote-getter for each day will move to the Final Round of voting, which will be a one-on-one voting competition on July 1 – 3.

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What’s Happening?

I’m back from a brief blogging hiatus.  It’s hard to blog on a dead computer, and even harder to blog from a Kindle Fire.  (The KF is great, but not good for blogging.  If anyone is a KF pro, please contact me, I’m plodding along with mine)

So here we are, a new year, with a new President (of the Guild), new members and many new ideas for 2013.

One of our new members, Erma Martin Yost, is an amazing textile artist.  Her work is being featured in New York City at the NOHO Galleries in Chelsea.  Here’s the press release, which also features two pieces (Pond Shadows and Firefly Field) of her amazing work:

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Felted Fields

February 5–March 2, 2013

Reception: Saturday, February 9, 4–6 pm

Erma Martin Yost presents Felted Fields, hand-felted stitched constructions, as pictorial and poetic metaphors. Using felt as her canvas and thread as her paint brush the magical mesh of fibers create a language of symbolic images and archetypal forms. Some fields lie dormant where shadowy shapes shift mysteriously. Other fields burst with brilliant color and fertile life. In all of Yost’s work a strong sense of place and personal poetry emerge as she fuses her natural and inner worlds.

Felt, the most ancient textile form, predates spinning and weaving by several thousand years. Nomadic peoples discovered felt when subjecting wool to heat and moisture, pounding it until it matted into a cohesive structure. These densely packed fibers were transformed into durable objects ranging from the utilitarian to the religious, even transportable tents. Today felt is a favored medium for fiber artists and the commercial textile industry as wool is a versatile renewable resource.

This is Yost’s 19th solo exhibition at Noho Gallery. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Art and Design and was included in their New Acquisitions exhibit in 1995. In 2009 and 2012 Yost’s work was included in Art of the State at The State Museum of Pennsylvania. Also in 2009 Yost soloed at the Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters. Yost received New Jersey Council on the Arts fellowships in 1991 and 1999. Through the New Jersey Art Annual: Crafts exhibitions, her work has been exhibited in the Jersey City Museum, the Newark Museum, the New Jersey State Museum, the Hunterdon Museum, and the Morris Museum. Her work is included in twenty-one books, including The Art Quilt Book by Robert Shaw and Object Lessons published by GUILD, Inc. and juried by Michael Monroe, former curator of the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. View Yost’s work at

Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 11-6  pm      

Pre-show contact: 201-401-8385;

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AnJules & The 2012 Higashi Jewelry Designer Competition

The YBC’s very own Angela Heim & Julie Reitenbach also known as AnJules are finalists in the 2012 Higashi Jewelry Designer Competition.

The competition was an individual competition but the AnJules business is a partnership between the sisters.   The competition will help launch the AnJules business based on Angela’s designs.

The collection was based on windows that inspire them.  Angela titled the collection Windows To You.  Each window is open to the viewers interpretation of your soul during a specific period of life.  Some windows look very symmetrical, planned or arranged while others show growth or decline.

The voting is open from September 22 through Oct 7th. You can cast your vote and help pick the Grand Prize Winner by email, in store ballot or leave your ‘like’ or comment on the Face-book album of the entrant

From her Artist’s bio:  Angela Heim’s jewelry career began to solidify after taking a local soldering workshop in 2010.  She enrolled in night classes at HACC for further jewelry instruction, under the guidance of Ben Fierer. Since the first class on stone setting, Angela has an endless fascination for vividly colored gemstones, precious or otherwise. The gemstones provide the inspiration and Angela uses silver and gold to form reoccurring patterns to accentuate the diverse textures and cuts of the gemstones.

Like most artists Angela has a quirky side; she loves to create crowns and tiaras that she dreamt about as a young child.  Angela is a member of the Yellow Breeches Chapter of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths and a member of the American Craft Council.

Angela resides in the quite outer edge of Lykens, PA with her husband two children. Together they raise their family with the same ‘if you can dream it, you can do it’ attitude that propels Angela’s designs.

Let’s get out and support one of our members in a chance to be recognized!  Go to the Higashi store upstairs in the West Store plaza, or visit the Facebook page and vote!

Higashi Jewelry & Eyewear




Back By Popular Demand

Last year, a cultural icon in area closed. There was wringing of hands and gnashing of teeth as the Hodgepodgery closed it’s doors.

Dawn Rettinger did some other things for awhile, even taking the HoPo on the road (The HoPo Roadshow). While it was a good idea, it wasn’t the Hodgepodgery we knew and loved.

So in December, Dawn signed the lease on a new (new to them) building in Midtown Harrisburg, and the Hodgepodgery was reborn, to the delight of their many fans and friends.

Besides more space, Hodgepodgery 2.0 will have studio space for rent, as well as a whole other area for the many classes, talks, seminars, and sewing/knitting circles, There’s yet ANOTHER room for workshops, and a kitchen in the works. (You could live here you know, or at least hide out for awhile)

The HoPo is run as an artist’s collective. You pay a monthly fee, plus 10% and donate 5 hours a month of your time towards the common good of the HoPo. Be it helping out at workshops, pitching in at the store, blog posts/social media, etc.

The New HoPo will have an open house on January 20th from 6-9 pm.  The new address is 1320 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA.  There will snacks, crafts and cocktails, as well as tons of great people. Come out and say Hi to Dawn, get to know the new HoPo, and pick up a consignment application.  If you can’t make it to the open house, you can get an application here on their blog.