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Congratulations Crochet Guild of America 2012 Design Competition Winners!

Friday, August 10th, 2012
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WEBS recently sponsored the accessories category in the Crochet Guild of America‘s Design Competition. The results were amazing! The winners don’t have any patterns written up for their projects yet, but these are beautiful works of art and fantastic inspiration.



Winner of the $100 Third Prize: Romantic Pineapple Shawl Designed by Kathryn White, Apache Junction, AZ

The Romantic Pineapple shawl is made in Lustersheen. The shawl features cluster V stitches with pineapples worked into the piece to give it interest and beauty. Edged with a pineapple border to finish the piece. The shawl measures 68″ wide by 35″ long. This is a luxurious shawl that will make you feel special as it keeps you warm.












Winner of the $200 Second Prize:

Vineyard at Dawn Shawl Desgined by Linda Dean, Placerville, CA

The dew kisses the grapes of the vineyard at dawn, the inspiration for this shawl. Grape and leaf motifs are attached by “meshing” reflecting vines. The shawl is V shaped, allowing a gentle rest on the shoulders and a beautiful drape in the back. This project was completed in Blue Heron Yarn Rayon Metallic.








Winner of the $300 First Prize: Knots of Love Shawl Designed by Kathryn White, Apache Junction, AZ.

This is a light and lovely shawl done in Estillo Tamm yarn in burgundy color. The design features lovers knots surrounding a rose accent. The edging is a clover dangle to finish the piece. This light weight shawl is perfect to dress up anything you wear it with.









Introducing Trendsetter Bodega

Sunday, October 9th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

We just received the latest iteration of ruffle yarns from Trendsetter Yarns, and this one is fun and quite lovely.

Trendestter Bodega is a blend of acrylic, mohair, and polyamide. A thin mohair blend and a chenille yarn are knit into an airy tube. You then work with this tube to create ruffles.

You can work a simple slip stitch along one edge to gather and create a ruffle. It can be knit alone like many of the other popular ruffle yarns, or you can work it with a simple yarn base so the ruffles fall over the base creating a lovely spiral.

The colors blend beautifully in Trendsetter Bodega and the knit tube spreads out into a drapey ruffle once it’s done.

Check out Trendsetter Bodega. You just need one skein to create a fun scarf. It’s great for a quick gift, and as much as I don’t want to admit it, it’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts!

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!

Yarn Bombing in Western Massachusetts

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
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“Yarn Bombings” seem to be dropping all over WEBS hometown in Western Massachusetts since International Yarn Bombing Day passed on June 11. If you’ve taken a trip to our neck of the woods since then you may have noticed some of the parking meters, railings, and other concrete fixtures in downtown Northampton to be wrapped in beautiful knit fabric.

Our multimedia coordinator, Lindsey Palatino, was fortunate enough to catch wind of some guerilla knitting at a local library and put together this video to share some of the fun!

Find more inspiration on taking your knitting out into the world in books such as Yarn Bombing, Knitting for Peace, Knitting for Good, and Knitting Art.

How have you taken your knitting beyond the practical?

Tahki Stacy Charles Fashion Show

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
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Hi Everyone

Back in January at VK Live in NYC, the folks from Tahki/Stacy Charles held a fashion show featuring many of the garments from their Spring Collection.  Stacy Charles himself MC’d the event which is an extra special treat!


They have now posted clips from the show on their Youtube Channel.  You can click the following links for the specific brand segment!

Tahki Yarns Fashion Show at VK Live

S. Charles Collezione Fashion Show at VK Live

Filatura Di Crosa Fashion Show at VK Live

There’s nothing better than seeing garments on a model (even if they aren’t necessarily built like you and me) and understanding a bit about the fit and movement.

I will warn you, the first 30 seconds or so of each clip has the same opening edited in and then it flips to the brand segment.  Don’t think you’re seeing a dupe and Stacy is charming enough to watch for 90 seconds, that’s for sure!

You can check out many of the yarns and patterns referenced in the videos at!



Introducing Northampton Beadery

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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Hi Everyone

I am very excited to share some important news with all of you.  As many of you may be aware, way back in 2008, Steve and I bought ourselves a little bead store.   It was a business that had been in Northampton under a different name for many years and we were proud to become the new shepherds and continue to have a local bead store in our community.

I am a firm believer in fate – it’s how we came to own a bead store and it’s how we have come to the place we are now.  As of this Saturday, April 9, 2011 we will be closing WEBS – America’s Bead Store.  This is not a time for sadness in any way, shape or form.  I could write a short story about our experience with this venture but in a nutshell, we just weren’t having very much fun.  Truth be told, if I’m in a 900 sq ft space full of gorgeous sparkle-y beads, semi-precious stones and the like and not having fun, then something is definitely wrong!  Steve and I made the decision it was time to close and move on and that’s when fate stepped in once again.

The lovely Heather Black, our current Asst Store Manager, approached us about buying the store.  Heather is a gifted artist and a warm and caring person.  The stars aligned themselves and Heather will be assuming ownership of the Bead Store.  I am happy to introduce all of you to Northampton Beadery:


Northampton Beadery will open on Friday, April 15th.  Check out the website for the specials Heather has planned.  She will also be offering a wonderful line-up of classes, Wednesday drop-in will be continuing and I’m sure there’s even more plans in the works!

Our e-commerce site has been disabled.  We are not taking any further on-line or phone orders.  Heather has decided to honor any outstanding WEBS Beads gift cards for six months – cut off date is October 15, 2011.  I’m sure you will see her put her own personal stamp on product but I know she is committed to continuing to support the seed bead needs of our fiber fanatic customers.  Thanks Heather!

Whether you are one of our local customers or travel to visit us, I hope you will take the time to pop into Northampton Beadery when you are in the area.

We wish Heather and her team the best and we know that Northampton Beadery is going to be a wonderful place for everyone who loves beads.

Thanks to our wonderful customers who support WEBS – America’s Bead Store.  We appreciate your patronage and it has been our absolute privilege to be a part of the beading community.



Knitcircus Spring Issue Plus a Giveaway

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

The spring issue of the online magazine Knitcircus went up recently, and it’s definitely worth more than a once-over!

In this issue, you’ll find gorgeous shawls, beautiful garments for adults and kids, and great accessories. There are also a couple crochet patterns – a lovely shawl and a baby blanket and hat set. Here’s just a sampling of what you’ll find.

I’m particularly drawn to the socks that are pictured above. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been knitting socks, pretty much exclusively to try and catch up on a sock club I’m part of, and I think these would be great to have in my sock pattern collection. They look simple enough to knit up fast, but with enough interest so I actually want to knit them.

Gerberada is a pretty shawlette that is knit in Valley Yarns Franklin. I love the touch of lace on the edge with the addition of a few beads for a hint of sparkle!

The issue is also packed with interesting, informative articles you can read for free, including one on Aran design and another on armholes. There is also a recipe for hazlenut macarons that is quite tempting. To download all of the patterns, it is $7.99, or you can get a 5 issue subscription for $23.50.

We’re giving away two spring issues and one subscription. To win, head on over to Knitcircus and take a look. Come back here and leave a comment with which pattern you want to cast on for right away. Winners will be selected randomly and announced Friday. Please leave your comment by Thursday, February 10th at 11:59pm EST.

Happy Browsing,


How to Dress a Bull

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011
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Hi Everyone

Overnight I received a comment on my “Feeling Bullish” post that included a link to a video showing Olek dressing the bull!!!  Here’s the link:


Amazing!  Thanks to PATP for sending this link along.



Feeling Bullish

Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

I was cruising around Twitter and found this via Guy Kawasaki, founder of among other things:


New York-based artist Agata Olek aka “Crocheted Olek” covered the entire Wall Street Bull in crochet.  According to Ms. Olek’s blog this was her  “. . . Christmas gift to NYC and a tribute to the sculptor of the bull, Arturo di Modica, who in another guerrilla act, placed the bull on Wall Street in Christmas of 1987 as a symbol of the “strength and power of the American people” following the 1987 Stock Market crash.”  Reports are that the covering was removed after about 2 hours by city officials, which is unfortunate.

I only wish Ms. Olek gave more background into the design process, how long it took to make, what yarn was used, etc.    The piece fits the bull so perfectly. . . . . .

What do you think?



Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
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Hi Everyone

I have a couple of industry tidbits to share with you all today.

First up is some exciting news from Artyarns.  Owners Iris & Eliot.  They were selected by American Express to participate in a brand makeover that was video taped.  There are three episodes that have been posted on Amex’s OpenForum and are described as follows:

“This video is part of our Project RE:Brand web series in which small businesses undergo brand makeovers from design experts. “

Below is the link to episode 1 of 3.  The other two are shown as thumbnails to immediately to the right – just click on them to see them as well:

As someone who has and MBA in Marketing and has spent the better part of 20 years in the field one way or another, I was completely intrigued by this.  Iris & Eliot recently visited and shared the link along with many aspects of the project.  They had mentioned this to us at TNNA but we really didn’t “get” what the project was about.  The insight from the design team they received along with the collateral materials are amazing.  What a tremendous opportunity for them.  Check out the videos and watch the process and learn more about Artyarns!  Also, be sure to check out Iris’ new blog at   There you will find out about her latest designs and escapades.  Plus there are a bunch of great FREE Patterns!  Congratulations again to them and we couldn’t be happier to carry their gorgeous, luxury yarns!

Next up, I received a link to Amazon’s “Best Books of 2010: Crafts:

First and foremost, let’s all give our very own Gail Callahan, a.k.a. The Kangaroo Dyer a HUGE round of applause!  Her book, “Hand Dyeing Fleece & Yarn” was ranked #3!!!  Way to go Gail!  We all knew her book would be tremendously awesome, even when she was doubting the book.  Although it’s her baby, we are a proud group of aunties & uncles at WEBS!

What is even more exciting is that Gail is in very good company!  Congratulations also go out to:

Kari Chapin author of “The Handmade Marketplace“.  This is a great book.  We were fortunate enough to host a book signing with Kari and we are just tickled that she came in at #1!

Fellow shop owner Joelle Hoverson checks in at #4 with her much anticipated follow up to “Last Minute Knitted Gifts” with “More Last Minute Knitted Gifts“.  We all loved the first book and we all love the second just as much!

In at #7 is “Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders” from Judith Durant and the lovely folks at Storey Publishing.  We love the entire One Skein series particularly because there are many designs across the series that were submitted by members of our faboo staff!

Rounding out the list at #10 is Julie Turjoman’s acclaimed “Brave New Knits“.  Another fabulous author that we had the pleasure of hosting, Julie’s book has been a great hit!

We are thrilled for all of these authors and the success they have enjoyed this year.  Any of these books would make great holiday gifts.  Don’t forget that books count towards the WEBS discount!



Yankee Candle Mob Dance

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
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The Yankee Candle Flagship Store (and their corporate offices) are located just 15 minutes north of us.  The story of Yankee Candle is inspiring whether you have entrepreneurial tendencies or not.  Steve & I are big fans of the store not only because we love their products but we love just walking through the store – watching and observing (I know -we’re a barrel of fun on a Saturday night, aren’t we?).

This morning one of J2’s baseball coaches sent along a link to a video that his son wrote, sung, directed, choreographed, and produced.  Tyler is also featured front and center in most of the video.  Producing a piece like this is no small feat and Tyler did a great job.

If you are like me, then the concept of a “mob dance” was not something I was familiar with until this morning.  In doing a little research, I found out this:  A “flash mob” occurs when groups of people come together for a spontaneous demonstration after an alert is sent out through a social network, such as Facebook or Twitter.  Obviously this video was pre-planned and not organized via any social media platform but I still love it.

How much fun would it be for a mob dance to erupt in our warehouse??