June Meet Up: Make 3D glasses & experience a 3D member show @ Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar

Hosted by our member, Bonnie MacAllister. Learn how to make 3D glasses and use your new glasses to see her 3D art show at the Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar featuring fibers, painting, fabric prints, and more!

Bring one of your own works in progress to share with the group. 

The Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar features a full bar and full menu including but not limited to vegetarian options, small plates, specialty teas, and brunch items. The curried carrots are incredible!10299080_451928318284549_2565652561968721307_n images

RSVP here at our Facebook event.

Follow Bonnie on Instagram here.

Sunday, June 8 from 4-6 p.m.
at the
Flying Carpet Cafe & Bar
1841-43 Poplar Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 235-2525 (restaurant phone)




Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2012

Posted On May 7, 2012

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This is the second year I visited the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, located on the fairgrounds in West Friendship, MD.   It is a fiber art paradise, complete with workshops, more yarn and roving than I could even see.  I’m still dizzy from the stimulation of the fair, the amazing animals like four horned Jacob Sheep.  A filmmaker, I couldn’t resist capturing images and sound, but those will be saved for another project.  Instead, here are two local vendors I met there and whose farms I would love to visit.

The fun part is seeing all of the garments modeled by the fiber artists who flock to the festival.  My necklace made of recycled saris was a conversation piece with many friendly festival-goers, and there was so much knitting and crocheting in public even on damp grass next to nearby food stands.  Ravelry is present, button clad, and heard even in the bathroom, “Oh, I know your pattern.”  One can’t help but admire the handiwork of the intricate shawls and sweaters everyone is wearing, and it’s not uncommon for strangers to touch each others’ garments to experience their textures.  Local yarn stores even bus folks down in droves.



Cozy Rabbit Farm


This little marvel is an English-French Angora, a treasure to pet.  One day I dream of raising Angoras of my own, but for now I settled with taking home this gorgeous yarn.


Tamarack Farm in Spring Mills, PA



The family at Tamarack has raised Icelandic and natural-colored Merino Sheep for over fifteen years.  They recently took a trip to Iceland and sell a variety of products available on their Etsy site and website: everything from morels to eggs to felted, and of course the fleece and yarn.  This yarn is so soft.  It would be lovely for gloves, a shawl, or a sweater.  You will want to pet it all day long.


So please enjoy this alpaca, and I hope to see you in Rhinebeck: www.sheepandwool.com



Bonnie MacAllister is a multimedia artist.  She’s in process of knitting her costume with some of this fabulous pluckyfluff and from recycled saris for the Sandy Spring Museum on June 24.  Her piece “What the Water Wore” describes the fundamental right to clean water, the threats faced globally in our challenged ecosystems, through the perspective of the water herself if she were a woman living a village with no well or access to this life source.  www.etsy.com/shop/bonnielasses

Blizzard Buys: winter blues & whites to reflect our 71.5 inches!

Over the last week, Philadelphia has been hit with more snow than it has received in at least 100 years. Some are happy about it. Others are not. But either way, many of us find a bit of extra time on our hands to peruse Etsy for wonderful local purchases. The following selection highlights local crafters, used by clicking on the “Shop Local” option on the left side of the main Etsy home page.  To shop for items from Handmade Philly members, simply use the search “Philly Team”. The important point is that we all support buying local, and often you can contact local sellers about drop-offs and pick-ups to reduce shipping costs. As the proprietress of Lilith’s Apothecary, I can tell you that I do this all the time!

Blue Ballon pot by Allisonsceramics.etsy.com

Blue Balloon Pot by Allisonsceramics.etsy.com

Allison Ostertag, an Etsian with several shops showcasing her multiple talents, showcases these lovely blue ceramic balloon pots, or vases, in her Allison’s Ceramics Etsy store.  As an ikebana practitioner, I’d love the aesthetic of these pots, not to mention the luminous blue tones that seem to suit the wintery mood.

hand-crocheted hat on a baby

Handmade hat by Irish Hooks and Yarn

A beautiful photograph can bring a handcrafted item to new heights. Add a gorgeous little baby into the mix, and one almost forgets that the hat is for sale. It’s adorable. It’s soft and sweet. And it’s handmade by local artisan and proprietress of Irish Hooks and Yarn, an Etsy endeavor that caters to those who seek out hand-crocheted hats, sweaters, and booties for children.

Mobile by PoppyandBean.etsy.com

Mobile by PoppyandBean.etsy.com

Poppy and Bean is a new Etsy shop that deserves some attention. Specializing in handmade lovelies for the home, this shop includes such beautiful fabric-art pieces as this ethereal mobile. Mobiles are not just for children, mind! I have a mobile in my own bedroom which adds another ~ shall we say, airy ~ dimension to the room. I think Calder would agree. This piece would look beautiful in many a Philadelphia home!

The Gathering by Moonlight Photography on etsy

I have a special place in my heart for pigeons. Why? I’m not sure, but they seem somehow an integral part of this landscape.  In any case, this haunting photograph jumped out at me when encountering Moonlight Photography, as did many other photographs in this Etsian’s shop. The proprietress features many highly professional images that are almost meditative in their still-life quality. Rather than finding oneself privy to a scene of human life in action, one finds a focus on rare moments of beauty, mystery, or tranquility.

Blue Glass Vase from the Wallflower company

Blue Glass Vase from the theWallflowercompany.etsy.com

The Wallflower Company, a one-of-a-kind glassworks is chock full of gorgeous handmade glass pieces made by proprietors Genevieve and Sam. Looking for an amazing wedding, engagement, or even Valentine’s gift? Check out beautiful glass vases such as this one in cobalt blue. Who doesn’t love blue glass? For those of you familiar with my shop, you might know I’m a bit biased 🙂