Handmade Philly + Tulpehocken Exchange: Winter Art Classes

We are stoked to announce a partnership between Handmade Philly and a new maker space, Tulpehocken Exchange. We are hosting a number of workshops at the new space, located in Germantown at 47 East High Street (the 47Arts building), including Silhouette Portraits, Holiday Watercolor Card Making, Winter Still Life Painting & Pastel Portraiture. We will be posting additional details in the near future, so stay tuned!

All classes are age 12 and up.

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Check out http://www.uglystepsisterart.wordpress.com for more details about Kirsten Ashley’s art work and upcoming classes.

To sign up, email info@handmadephilly.com


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Something exciting is in the works…check back soon for details!



Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso

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Visual Vibration Vol 2: Photo Picasso.

Processed with VSCO with v5 presetPhoto Picasso is the second edition of a series of exhibits by experimental photographer Rell Stylez under his brand Visual Vibration.

Photo Picasso is a celebration of women of color touching on themes such as femininity, race, challenging beauty standards, and sexuality. The intention is to add to the discussion on these various issues with thought provoking quality images. The exhibit will showcase new, never before seen images that Stylez has created over the past year.

This conceptual, experimental photo art show that will be held at 1652 Ridge Avenue, July 29th, 2017 from 5 pm – 9 pm.

The show is free and open to the public.

In addition to the new collection being released and photos that will give off vibrations to the visual eye, stimulating your thoughts, there will also be live performances. Featured in the exhibit will be musical and visual performances by artists Bobbie Maack, Anubliss, Victorious, and Dolo. Stylez will also have limited edition autographed prints available for art collectors and admirers of his work.

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Rell Stylez aka Stylez with the Smilez is a self-taught photographer from West Philadelphia, who has been an artist since is childhood years. Through street art, Stylez was able to channel into ideas of how an image can have an impact on the eye of an observer, which would later develop into his photo art career. He started to create art by manipulating real life scenes with various forms of lighting to bring images to life that exude various moods. The brand “Visual Vibration” was born. Stylez describes his work as edgy and experimental with a touch of sensuality. His conceptual, experimental photo art, brings enjoyment, entertainment and discussion for art admirers. As he continues to grow as a photographer his recent work he feels will add to discussions on race, culture, sexuality, politics, and femininity. He also provides professional services to those interested in using his photography for personal and business use.

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For more information on the show you can visit click here.

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Women’s Caucus for Art Philly Chapter + Liz Krick’s workshop + upcoming Reception @ Jed Williams Gallery

The Women’s Caucus for Art Philadelphia Chapter met up this month at Jed Williams Gallery. After the meeting, Philly painter (and Handmade Philly member) Liz Krick led a workshop which was open to the public: EXPLORING CREATIVITY THROUGH SYMBOLISM. Workshop participants are having their work featured at Jed Williams Gallery. The work being exhibited includes previously created work, along with work created during the workshop. Featured artists include: Michael Johnson, Sheila Fox, Rosalind Bloom, Sarah Bloom, Karla Hill, Shizu Homma & Ruthie Schanbacher. Exhibit runs from May 21- May 28.  Jed Williams Gallery is located at 615 Bainbridge Street.


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The Women’s Caucus for Art is a national organization whose mission is to create community through art, education, and social activism, while recognizing the contribution of women in the arts. The Philadelphia Chapter provides a support network for women artists in Philadelphia and surrounding communities. We meet at member studios to network, learn, discuss art and plan shows. All are welcome. Contact:  wcaphiladelphia@gmail.com.



Posted On March 4, 2017

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Hello Handmade Philly! As promised this post will be about yarn. But first I need to add a fabric shop to the list from my last post.

Anna McCormick was nice enough to respond and let me know about a place I wasn’t aware of. Gaffney Fabrics. They were established in 1970 in Glenside but moved eight years later to their current location at 5401 Germantown Avenue 19144, at Coulter Street; 215-849-8180. http://www.gaffneyfabrics.com. They have a huge 10,00 sq. ft. space with a wide variety of fabrics, buttons, fixings, supplies and notions. They sell fabric by the bolt and have regular sales and promotions. I am really excited to visit them on my next trip across the city. I am looking forward to finding a new place to get cloth.

Now onto the yarn.

Unfortunately, a lot of popular and well-known yarn shops have closed in the past number of years. These include Rosie’s Yarn Cellar in Rittenhouse Square, Sophie’s Yarns in Queen Village, The Tangled Web, Chestnut Hill and my favorite Nangellini on South Street. There are still a few old favorites but also lot of new shops have opened up too. Here are a few:

Yarnphoria, located at 1020 Pine Street in Society Hill, 19107, they have a selection of fine yarns and knitting supplies, including double ended and curved needles. The display of their products is arranged in a Beautiful rainbow of colors. The proprietor Dona is really helpful when it comes to suggestions and questions too. She can be reached at 215-923-0914, dona@yarnphoriapa.com or yarnphoriapa.com

Hidden River Yarns, at 4358 B Main Street in Manayunk, 19127 is a bigger shop with some affordable options as well. They have a larger floor space than some of the boutique shops in center city and am told that affords them a bigger selection of everyday yarns as well as locally spun and other hard to get items. I’m told it is also easy to buy enough skeins for a whole garment instead of having to reorder some from the same dye lot. The last time I was there I saw their big communal knitting table in the center of the shop where they have their knitting instruction and classes as well as supplies.  They may be reached at 215-920-2603, info@hiddenriveryarns.com or http://www.hiddenriveryarns.com.

The Knit With, 8226 Germantown Avenue is Philadelphia’s oldest specialty knitting shop carrying natural fibers, designer, artisan and novelty yarns with almost 500 different varieties in their store. They carry a range of weights from lace all the way through super bulky and needles from gauge 0-50 of all different lengths and crochet hooks of every size. They also carry books as well as patterns. Their website and e-mail are http://www.theknitwith.com and theknitwithyarnshop@msn.com.

Loop is a boutique yarn shop in the Graduate Hospital area at 1914 South Street, 19146. They have cotton as well as wool yarns and small brands and batches not found in other Philadelphia stores. Loop has lessons as well as a workshop next door. They also have a selection of nice accessories and the staff is very helpful.

All of these yarn shops are focused toward knitting but yarn is also used for crocheting and weaving which has not been mentioned before in this post. While I have not found too many yarn shops that sell looms or crochet supplies I did find a few leads on spinning wheels. Loop had a couple of wheels in their workshop the last time I visited. There is also Woolbearers in Mount Holly, New Jersey, which carries wool for spinning as well as a few spinning wheels themselves. I will try to do a blurb on them to add to this post soon, although I hope to visit them first. Lastly, there is supposed to be a good article about spinning and wheels in the March (February?) edition of Spin Off Magazine (through Interweave Knits.) Thank you to Ms. Wood for alerting me to this. I can’t wait to get my copy or find it online.






Posted On February 8, 2017

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Today I will be talking about where to get fabric. Some of my friends sew their own products and a lot of homemade artists make their own patterns.  Another acquaintance re-upholsters furniture. Others use fabric and thread in mixed media and some just as accents or finishes.


I will be featuring a  few small businesses, mostly independently owned, where not only can you find fabric but also a place where perhaps one can connect with others in the same community and network.

There are quite a few shops on what is known as Philly’s Fabric Row. Fabric row is a two block stretch on the 700 block of south 4th Street in Queen Village. There used to be 30 fabric shops in the heyday of the mid 20th century, all family owned, but only 10 remain to this day. Fabric row is sort of a one stop shop for all of your textile needs. You can find all sorts of materials in a variety of colors, patterns and weights, leather, fixings, trimmings, thread, rhinestones, decorations, tassels, buttons, zippers, leather, and more. Next is a description of a few of the stores:

Jack B. Fabrics: 748 South 4th Street (215) 925-2991 http://www.jackbfabrics.com

Jack B. Fabrics was founded in 1985 by Jack and Rose Blumenthal. A fire destroyed the store and several other adjoining businesses in April 2013 and took the life of fire Captain Michael Goodwin. Since then the store has been rebuilt and modernized. It features hundreds of bolts of cloth, lace, trimmings, thread, zippers, elastic, velcro, craft supplies and more.

Fleishman’s: 749 South 4th Street (215) 925-0449 fleishmansfabrics@blogspot.com

Fleishman’s was founded in 1925 by the father of the current owners, Stanley and Tricia Fleishman. they carry fabric, embellishments, dry cleaning supplies including hangers, plastic wrap and tickets, studs, spikes, leather and pocketbook hardware for crafters.

B. Wilk: 801 South 4th Street (on the corner) (215) 627-1146 bwilksfabrics.com

B. Wilk was founded y Bernard Wilk in 1954. Today it is run by his daughter Michelle and and her husband Bill Burson. As well as fabric they offer an onsite decorating service.

Maxie’s Daughter: 724 South 4th Street (215) 829-2226 http://www.maxiesdaughter.com

Maxie’s daughter, on the corner of 4th and Monroe Streets is owned by the Trobman family. They offer bridal fabrics and veil material, dress fabrics, drapery, upholstery and vinyl.

Phuong’s Tailor and Fabrics: 757 South 4th Street (215) 551-6704 ptaf@juno.com

Phuong’s offers dress fabrics for evening wear, gowns and prom dresses. It is  caters to people who customize and alter their own clothing as well.There is also a custom tailor on premises

Adler’s: 742 South 4th Street (215) 925-8984 http://www.adlersfabrics.com

Besides more fabric, Adler’s sells foam and poly-fill. Foam can be cut to custom sizes according to your needs.

I hope I could provide a good reference for textiles and related supplies. Please message me or post with any additions, feedback or suggestions you may have.

Next up will be yarn. After that I should be moving away from the sewing/knitting and into sources for found art and collage.

How we get our supplies

Posted On January 21, 2017

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Hi guys.  My name is Yvanna Sherman. I am a new member here at Handemade Philly. As I am in between major projects and am slowly mastering a new handmade skill I wanted to start a discussion on where we get our materials for what we make. We have a diverse set of artists and craftspeople and use a variety of supplies to make our projects. Whether it’s bottles and cans for an art project on the state of waste in America or fine paper for bookmaking or collage, 3-D pint shops, resins or where to get spinning wheels, paint, rare foodstuffs, tools, specialty lighting, natural dyes or anything else.



I would also like to bring the community together. I’d like some suggestions of which people and places I could feature. As I have a limited experience in just my crafts and in my part of Philadelphia the input of the community would be very welcome. Ideally I’d like to put together a list of quality and reliable sources that we can refer to and use as a whole. I find that I constantly delve into new areas and often crossover into the world of other skills which use new materials and supplies. I have learned so much from being exposed to other crafts, the variety of ideas and skills and the techniques of other artists and craftspeople. I would like to put together a list so that when we need materials or something different from what we are familiar with we can find a reliable place to get what we need. This list can also help out young artists and artisans new to the area. I think it will be a great resource for all while expanding our knowledge, keeping it local and collaborating with the general creative community at large.

I will be posting about a few people/businesses/suppliers in the coming couple of weeks and am looking to to make regular contributions. I will be mostly concentrating on small independently owned places that are in Philadelphia or the surrounding area. Places that work well and have a good reputation withing the community.  On my next two posts I will be concentrating on a few businesses that cater to cooks and people in the textile fields like weaving, spinning, sewing and knitting/crocheting. I also plan to feature a variety of other types of places in the coming weeks so if creations in the kitchen and textiles aren’t your thing give me a suggestion and I will try to include your ideas and interests in a future post. I’m looking forward to your input.


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