Crochet Basics Class

Join us this Saturday from 3-5 pm.

In this series you will learn crochet techniques, step by step, starting at the beginning. Instructor: Yvanna.

$15/ bring your own supplies, $20/ all supplies included. (Sliding scale, pay what you can)

Ages 12+.

Members save 10%.

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Address: 47 East High Street, Philadelphia PA.


Crochet Basics: This Saturday

In this series you will learn crochet techniques, step by step, starting at the beginning. Instructor: Yvanna.

$15/ bring your own supplies, $20/ all supplies included. (Sliding scale, pay what you can.)

Ages 12+.

Tulpehocken Exchange members save 10%.

Light refreshments served.


Handmade Philly’s Crochet Basics: Rescheduled


Saturday’s class is rescheduled due to the Women’s March.


Meet Ang Davidson

1. Please tell us who you are, about your background and the origins of your Etsy shop, 

I’m Angela, I’m 27 and I live in Center City Philadelphia with my dog Moe and 2 cats, Carrot and Rabbit.  I moved to Philadelphia from the DC area in 2000 to go to University of the Arts, where I earned my BFA in painting and drawing.  I always loved drawing little animals and characters, and I’ve been in love with crocheting since my mom taught me when I was about 10.  My crocheted stuffed animals emerged from those passions coming together.  I started making them about 3 years ago just for my own enjoyment, and I had a mini show of the first 20 or so pieces in the Art Ed Dept. at the University of the Arts.  I had such an amazing response from that little show, I knew I was onto something- that’s when I started my etsy site, and the rest is history! 

Mellow Yellow DreadHead


Small Turtle


Bug Eye Guy


Goaty Goat


2. What do you think you do best? 

Obviously crocheting, and I like to paint and draw.  Also I’m pretty awesome at Scrabble!  

3.  How do you think the internet has affected your business? 

I wouldn’t have much of a business without the internet.  At least 75% of my sales have been through my etsy site.  To date, I’ve sent pieces to 30 states and 10 countries- this would never have been possible without etsy!  I’ve also made numerous connections through my etsy site and Philadelphia handmade networking.  I don’t know how artists ever made a living before the internet! 

4. What is your workspace like?  My workspace is my living room couch about 99% of the time. 



5.  What are your plans for the rest of 2010.  

 I’m working on a thesis for my Master’s Degree in Art Education.  I’m also trying to get myself and my work out into the Philadelphia community as much as possible.  I don’t want to jinx it by saying too much, but I’m also in the process of getting my crocheted animals into mass production. 

You can see more of Ang’s cutie guys in Salon Ricochet on 13th in Center City and her etsy store. 

Thanks for reading this interview.  Ang and I will be sharing a booth at The InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor annual party and sale in the Crane Arts Building on June 13.  Come by and say hello. 

– Jan,

Upcoming Event- “Manual Science” at Chemical Heritage Foundation

(posted by Jen McCleary)

This looks like it will be an interesting event, particularly for those who crochet. I don’t personally crochet (yet), but I do love intersections of art and science, which appeal to my not-very-well-hidden inner nerd! I used to work in an office building just a few doors down from CHF, and I had no idea they had so many interesting exhibits. If you’re into art and science, definitely check out their website. Here’s the info about the upcoming event:

CHF is a museum and library in Old City dedicated to the history of the chemical and molecular sciences. (You can find out more at our Web site, This year our “Manual Science” series features hands-on activities for adults during our extended First Friday hours. In May, we’ll be demonstrating hyperbolic crochet, made famous by the folks at the Institute for Figuring, The official announcement follows:

CHF, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 925-2222.  Monthly First Friday “Manual Science” event enables attendees to spin a “yarn” or two about science—in crochet form.  (Hooks and yarn provided.) Learn about hyperbolic curves and how scientists use models to visualize the molecular world.  Permanent exhibit Making Modernity and traveling exhibit sLowlife will both be open.  First Friday event May 1, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  For more information:  Museum hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; First Fridays 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.  Free admission.

I visited the Institute for Figuring website too and there’s lots of interesting stuff there! Here’s an image of a crochet model of a hyperbolic plane:


Crochet model of hyperbolic plane by Daina Taimina

There’s a great explanation about hyperbolic planes on the IFF website, and an interesting interview with Daina Taimina, who pioneered the use of crochet in modeling hyperbolic planes, which, according to the interview, was “a feat many mathematicians had believed was impossible.”  I just love the idea of a sometimes-denigrated craft coming to the rescue of science!