us in a little "conspicuous creativity" and...DOITINPUBLIC!®
Come share the work of your hands (latest project) in an atmosphere
of warmth, friendship, and celebration! DIIP
We will meet the SECOND and FOURTH Wednesday
of each month. (And, we may throw in some special meetings
as well...stay tuned!) Sign up for our DIIP News (click the "mailing
list" link above
and be sure to click "yes" to DIIP) to hear all the latest.
Wed, Mar 26, 7pm at Barnes & Noble, Arlington Heights, IL
The Annex, 13 W Rand Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 Get Map
Wed, Apr 9, 7pm at Barnes & Noble, Crystal Lake, IL
5380 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL 60014 Get Map
Wed, Apr 23, 7pm at Barnes & Noble, Geneva, IL
102 Commons Drive, Geneva, IL 60175 Get Map
more to come...
A little “DIIP” history…the concept
of “knitting in public” is not a new one, it turns
out. In Queen Victoria, Born to Succeed, by Elizabeth
Longford, we learn that the Queen, after the death of her husband,
Prince Albert, took to knitting because it relieved her stress
and distress. Further, she herself wrote about the “royals” that
her son “Bertie” ("The King's Speech"--Prince Albert Edward, later King
Edward VII) associated with: “The “Marlborough
House set” who frequented his London home were the fast set.
Knitting in public was one of their least offences.” ...We
are in ROYAL company!
Do It In Public FAQ's
What is “Do It In Public”?
It’s our way of supporting our community – the community
of fiber artists. In order to be available to more people, we are
scattering our meeting times. We gather
together each month…someplace, and we do our art (whatever
it is – lacemaking, knitting, spinning, basket weaving, hand
quilting, etc) in a public place. We share with each other and
we invite comment from passersby. Everyone is welcome at DIIP!
Everyone shares their work
Why do we “Do It In Public”?
- To promote our passion! We get lots of interest from passersby
and we encourage all to be creative! We all encourage and help
newbies who come out to join us. Last month, one of our DIIPers
finished her first project at a DIIP gathering!
- To promote our “communities” and
provide networking opportunities. We invite guild members to come and talk about their
guilds, membership and events – many of those who join us
are looking for community. We update you on the Fair – that
is the BIG gathering of community!
- To promote our resources. We invite any local
shops to come and talk about their shop – many of us are looking for resources.
We need to support our local shops, and more especially in these
tough times. We don’t want our precious resources to go
- To promote arts in
general. We fiber artists
are one of the few kinds of artists who do portable work – so we can "Do
It In Public". Those of us who believe that arts belong
in our educational systems and add to not only our quality of
life but to economic development come to support the arts and
arts funding. See fibers and activism below.
So, please pass on the word to your communities – guild newsletters,
online forums, local yarn shops, etc. about Do It In Public – and
encourage them to join us. Come out and have a GREAT time while
doing all of the above!
Notice: We now have the trademark for "Do It In Public®". We have been holding these meetings since 2008 in association with the event The Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair® (MFFAF). The general public may not hold an event or get together called "Do It In Public®". Why? Because it is associated with the MFFAF. We will, however, grant permission to use "Do It In Public®" if you agree to hold it in the spirit of our meetings and to use our signs and format. Please contact email@example.com if you are interested in holding one of these events/get togethers.
Guild Members, – come join us and tell us all about
your guild, meetings, etc. We always have someone looking for you.
Vendors – come out and talk about your shop, what’s
going on, etc. This is a great and warm environment to promote
your business, workshops, events, sales, etc. prior to the Fair.
Bring your latest fiber project and meet up to
discuss all the latest fair news, knitting challenges, crochet,
lacemaking, weaving, and quilting patterns.
We meet every 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings—somewhere!
Got a great DIIP spot to recommend? E-mail Carol at: Carol@FiberAndFolk.com and
we'll get it going!
Spinners, crocheters, rug hookers, and lacemakers
(even famous ones) are all invited to join us!
you do an art of ANY kind - please join us!
PS DIIP'er Janice Blair, shown above,
won first place for original design AND popular vote in International
Laces, Inc's "Cascade of Lace" competition in 2011 and
was the cover girl for "The Bulletin"! Congratulations,
Friendship, coffee and warmth are the themes
Fiber arts, fiber art fairs, women, and activism have
a long history in the United States. Sayings, including the one
above were embroidered into quilts and other household goods and
sold at Great Fairs in the North to raise money to support the
abolitionists prior to the Civil War. In the South, women sold
Gunboat quilts to raise money for the army. Groups like the Woman's
Relief Corp that existed right here in Crystal Lake, IL, all got
into the prewar effort.
Further back in American History, we all remember and learned
about the Boston Tea Party, but tea wasn't the only or the first
sticking point between the Colonies and the British government.
More festering still was the bitter battle over the colony's efforts
to begin and sustain textile production. In 1699 the British passed "The
Wool Act" which basically prohibited the colonies from selling
textiles to anyone but the British government, who in turn sold
it back to the colonies. In protest of this act, the ladies of
Boston marched out on the Commons and spun yarn in defiance and...in
Other interesting fibery facts:
Do you know...
- according to an article on the front
page of the Wall Street Journal on
April 19, 2008 53
MILLION Americans are now knitting. Woo Hoo!!
- knitting, especially those active between
the ages of 40 and 60, may help stave off Alzheimer's disease
(according to a study presented at the American Academy of
Neurology's 52nd Annual Meeting).
- knitting could help alleviate major trauma effects
to British psychologist Dr. Emily Holmes).
- "a group of mathematicians is taking
a new look at some old problems and using crafts like knitting
and crocheting to solve them. From the way the atmosphere generates
weather to the shape of the human brain, knit and crocheted
models have provided new insight into the geometry of the natural
- knitting and crocheting have been proven to
reduce stress according to a study done by Harvard
Medical School Mind Body Institute and another study done
- there's even research that suggests that
knitting induces a meditative state similar to that of Nepalese
monks - who increase the capacity of their brain through meditation.
Got a link we should add? Please e-mail Carol@FiberAndFolk.com and we'll add it!
Don't forget to sign
up for our e-mail list and we'll keep you up to
date with Fair plans. Click on the "DIIP" option
to get reminders and news. PLUS, your demographic information
is helpful to us as we gain sponsorship. You'd be helping the
Fair grow and we PROMISE that your information will be kept
private. Click here to
"I just wanted to say how wonderful
it was to meet you and your crew and to participate in DIIP." -- e-mail comment
Celebrating the Work of Your Hands
at DIIP for four years:
"How cool is this?! Thank
-- e-mail comment
was the best fiber fair that I've ever been to"
wait for next year :-) "