Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Interdependence Tree Project: Completed

At the HHCC's March 2009 monthly meeting, members & visitors were encouraged to crochet leaves for the Interdependence Tree Project. At that meeting, a total of 50 leaves, created by: Hinda Alder, Celeste Caprio, Karen Harney, Rosalie Hollingsworth, Grace Gardiner, Diane Gilbert, Margaret Hubert, Irene Iannelli, Chava Karlovich, Nicole Lewis, Anna Margan, Kathy Philips, Dee Stanziano, and Sheila Sweet were crocheted and then mailed in to the International Fiber Collaborative. The HHCC leaves are acknowledged on the Gallery of Leaves here.

The International Fiber Collaborative then created and assembled the tree, which was then showcased at the Big Springs Park. The project is reported to have people participating from 23 countries, and 39 states from the U.S. The tree, measuring approximately 28 feet tall & 25 feet wide, with over 7000 leaves, will be taken down and installed at the Earlyworks Childrens Museum in Huntsville, AL, for display in August.

To see the tree in all its glory, click here. It was an honor for the HHCC to contribute to this Interdependence Tree Project.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Crochet Display & Demo A Success!

Yesterday, members of the HHCC participated, for the third straight year, in the annual Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival. Although the weather was unusually hot, this did not discourage the HHCC in showing how wonderful crochet can be with both crochet stitches & techniques, but also with natural fibers such as alpaca, corn, silk, soy, and wool. In addition, what made participating this year even more special, was that it was the 100th anniversary for the Connecticut Sheep & Wool festival, having first begun way back in 1909 -- before the invention of the radio or television, and when only 8,000 cars were on were on American roads (a total of 10 miles of which were paved)!

Our reception at the festival was great! We met many new people, and got to talk with many people we met at previous festivals, such as with Tammy who learned about Tunisian crochet and crocheting with unspun roving. Changing people's minds about what crochet is -- and can be -- is a very rewarding experience! We were not alone: it was also great to see Lady Shirret there promoting crochet!

Visit Dee's and Nancy's blogs for more information and pictures from this event.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

EVENT: April 25, 2009 CT Sheep & Wool Festival

Members of the HHCC will be participating in the 100th Anniversary of the Connecticut Sheep & Wool Festival being held in Tolland, CT.

This will be the third attendance as volunteers for the HHCC. Members of the HHCC will be in the White Barn, offering free beginner crochet lessons, a demonstration on Tunisian Crochet, and a demonstration on crocheting with unspun roving.

For more information about the Festival, please visit:

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Monday, April 13, 2009

May Meeting 2009

The May meeting is going to be on the third Sunday the 17th, same time, 1:00 - 4:00,same place, at the Danbury Hospital in the conference room next to the phamacy.We are proud to annouce our guest speaker Willena Nanton of the NY City crochet Guild.She's going to be talking to us about her crochet designs and inspirations that havebeen wowing many at the fashion shows in Manchester, Chicago, etc....Bring a project to work on. Vistors welcome....bring along a friend or two.

Willena Nanton does not have a website. You can see some of her work featured at sistahcraft

Images below from the 2008 CGOA Fashion Show where the crowd was "Wow'ed!" by her one-of-a-kind creations: