The monthly Family Art Day events continue at the Great River Arts Association (GRAA) this month in partnership with the Little Falls Knit N Stitch group. The group will be guiding participants through projects, providing hands-on demonstrations on how to start knitting and crocheting, and offering advice to people who might need help with their own projects. This is a great event for families, as there will be a variety of projects for ages 3 through adult.
“We are excited to team up with Knit N Stitch for an event that will introduce the community to a fun, accessible, and useful art form,” said GRAA Executive Director Cynthia French. While there will be take-home projects being made that day, members of the Knit N Stitch group will be at the art center working on their own projects, showing others what the group is all about – sharing a love of yarn arts, exchanging ideas and enjoying the camaraderie.
One of the founding members of the group, Stacy Zeigler, said the Little Falls Knit N Stitch group first started at Lost Lake Design.
“A small group of knitters and other thread artists would get together to help those newer to the art form get started, inspire each other and just relax and make friends,” she said. The group soon grew out of its space and has moved their get-togethers to The Royal in Little Falls, where they meet every other Tuesday from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. It’s free to come to Knit N Stitch, and people don’t have to be an expert knitter, the group just asks that they support the local dining establishment.
Some members of the group also teach classes locally through Community Education Services and the Great River Arts Association.
“I took beginning knitting last spring at Great River Arts, but then I got too busy to keep knitting over the summer,” said French. “I came up with an idea for a project to make for my brother, and showed up a Knit N Stitch with a pattern and some yarn and they helped me get started.”
The Knit N Stitch group stays active in the community by participating in events such as the Fishing Museum Christmas Tree Lane project and creating period pieces for the Charles A. Lindbergh Historical Site.
Last year, they created “knit bombs,” that were then wrapped around trees in downtown Little Falls. Those knit bombs, along with a variety of unique pieces created by the group’s members are on display at the Great River Arts Center front window gallery through the month of January. Artists on display include Jessica Wilson, Tanya Roufs, Maggie Johnson, Mary Bramscher, Mariann Tiblin and Stacy Zeigler. This months’ window display is sponsored by Larson Boats.
The Knit N Stitch group also plans retreat weekends during the year, which have been held at St. Francis, the Waller House Inn and in members’ homes. They basically get together for 48 hours of knitting fun.
“It’s great,” says Zeigler, “we basically stay up all night knitting.”
The Family Art Day with Knit N Stitch will be held Saturday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The event is free, and open to the public, with a suggested $3 donation to help cover supplies. Great River Arts Association is located at 122 S.E. First Street in downtown Little Falls. Visit www.greatart.org or call (320) 632-0960 for more information.