Friday, May 1, 2015

Runway News

                            Photo by Doug Mitchell Photography
On April 25 2015, frittelli & LOCKWOOD participated in the 6th annual Electric City Couture Fashion Show: Makers Movement at the Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs NY. As a benefit for the ongoing restoration of Universal Preservation Hall, the event drew enthusiastic attendees from all over the region. Joining other capital area designers, frittelli & LOCKWOOD presented their newest collection of handwoven men's and women's wear and accessories.

Electric City Couture Team
Producer: Corey Aldrich
Casting: Annie Delano
Hair and Make-up Lead: Claire Harris
Mens Hair: Patsy's Barber Shop
Make-up: Doria Tremante
UPH Director: Teddy Foster
Event Co-Chairs: Ardie Russell and Wayne Akey

In a new partnership, they collaborated with Christopher Mastroianni of Last Gentleman Co, Schenectady NY, who upcycles classic men's wingtips with colorful vibram soles and laces. Some of the shoes incorporate handwoven fabrics for a unique textured shoe that co-ordinated with the model's clothing.
 Photo by Lisa Miller, Studio di Luce
 Along with frittelli & LOCKWOOD, participating designers included ekologic, Vilma Mare Baltic Style, Marika Charles, and Gamakache Black. Each design company outfitted 10-12 models with each designer's collection accompanied by specially-produced music and unique lighting. After the fashion show, designers displayed clothing from the runway in a "pop-up shop" so customers could try on and order pieces for themselves. It was a sold out show and a great success!

Photos from the event are courtesy of Lisa Miller, Studio di Luce and Doug Mitchell Photography.
                                          Model Aaron Everett
                                                 Model Anthony Haywood
             "Demo" by shoe designer Christopher Mastroianni
                       Model Danielle Jachlewski
                               Group runway walk
                        Model Gaston Bonenfant
                                  Model Jessi Alcala
                               Model Kathleen Faulkner
                                          Model Nathan Brown
                                           Model Pharroh Gordon
                             Opening Scene Vignette

Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 Events

2015 Events - all shows listed here are confirmed.
Feb 18-19   American Craft Council Show, Wholesale to the Trade, Baltimore Conv Ctr, Baltimore MD, Booth 4905
Feb 20-22   American Craft Council Show, Retail Days, Baltimore Conv Ctr, Baltimore MD, Booth 4905
April 20-21   Adirondack Buyer Days, Wholesale to the Trade, City Center, Saratoga Springs NY
April 24-26   American Fine Craft Show to benefit the Textile and Costume Society, Wadsworth Museum, XL Center, Hartford CT
April 25   6th Annual Electric City Couture Fashion Show- Saratoga edition, Universal Preservation Hall, Saratoga Springs  NY
April 26   Electric City Couture Fashion Show- Pop Up Shop "buy it off the runway"  Universal Preservation Hall,  Saratoga Springs  NY
July 10-12   Crafts Alliance at the Chautauqua Institution, Bestor Plaza, Chautauqua NY
Aug 14-16  Berkshire Craft Fair, Monument Mt High School, Great Barrington MA
September 24-27  American Craft Exposition, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe IL
October 16-18   Academy Art Museum Craft Show,  Easton MD,
October 23-25    American Fine Craft Show to benefit the National Museum of Women in the Arts, DC Armory, Washington DC
November 6-8   Memorial Gallery Craft Show, Rochester NY
November 19-22   Hudson Mohawk Weavers Guild Show and Sale, Finch Pruyn House, Old Niskayuna Road, Colonie  NY
December 11-13  CraftBoston, Hynes Convention Ctr, Boston MA

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Events: August-December 2014

August 8-10 Berkshire Crafts Fair, Great Barrington MA
August 16- 19  NY Now, Javits Center, NYC,  wholesale to the trade (Booth #9554)
October 24-26 Memorial Gallery Fine Craft Show, Rochester NY 
November 1-2  Artrider Crafts at Purchase, Purchase NY 
November 20-23 Hudson Mohawk Weavers Guild, Latham NY
December 4-7 Craft Boston, Hynes Conv Ctr, Boston, MA
December 12-14 Artrider Crafts at the Armory, Morristown NJ 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Events from January-June 2014

January 18  Trunk Show at The National Men's Shop, 385 Broadway, Saratoga Springs NY   10-2pm

Feb 19-20 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Ctr, Pratt St, Baltimore MD, Booth 227
to the Trade Only

Feb 21-23 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Ctr, Pratt St, Baltimore MD, Booth 227
for the General Public

Feb 28-March 2  Germantown Friends School Craft Show, 31 West Coulter St, Philadelphia PA

April 10-13 dcTrunk Show, Harman Hall, 610 F St NW, Washington DC

April 25-26  Arts and Crafts Festival, Arts Center, 265 River St, Troy NY

June 15  Beekman St Art Fair, part of Saratoga ArtsFest, Saratoga Springs NY

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Designing new samples

In preparation for our trade show at New York Gift next month, I'm designing a couple new style scarves for fall. Here are some process shots showing multiple colorways side by side to work out warp and fill formats and colors on smaller size swatches before weaving full-size scarf samples. This is the kind of creative work that I wish I had more time's so much fun to play with color and switch out yarns to get  unusual color crossings. After the swatch blanket is complete, we all examine it and decide which swatches work best to make up the new collection.

Scarf swatch blanket- 3 colorways side by side, changing some of the warp colors

Arranging cones at the warping board for sample swatch blanket

View from the lease pegs of the warping board looking down at yarn cones- 4 colorways warped side by side

Scarf swatch blanket with 4 colorways side by side. This weave has 2 different colored fills so many times the crossings (weft or fill colors that are different than the warp colors)are more interesting than the true fills(fill colors that are the same as the warp colors)

Monday, July 15, 2013

Summer 2013

For the first time since we opened our shop in Saratoga, we offered weaving lessons. Students were able to choose their own projects and materials, based on previous experience. They produced scarves, table runners and mats, a small throw, and fabric yardage- impressive! We taught students each process from warping to dressing a loom, weaving and finishing. As one of our students exclaimed at the end of her session, " I will never look at fabric the same way again!"

Fall production for our retail shows and our wholesale accounts is in full swing. Here is a listing of the shows we will be exhibiting at this fall. We will keep our shop open normal hours as well. Hope to see you this fall in our booth at a show near you or at the shop wrapping up in our handwoven clothing!

Show Schedule Fall 2013

August 9-11 Berkshire Craft Fair
 Monument Mt H’School,  Route 7
Great Barrington MA

August 17-20 New York Now
(To the Trade Only- NY Gift Fair)
Jacob Javits Center,  NYC NY

October 4-6  Hudson Valley  Arts Festival
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Route 9
Rhinebeck NY

October 25-27 Smithsonian Craft 2 Wear
National Building Museum
401 F St NW, Washington DC

November 1-3  Fine Craft Show
Memorial Art Gallery, 500 Univ.  Ave
Univ of Rochester  Rochester NY

November 21-24 Hudson Mohawk Weavers Guild
Pruyn House, 207 Old Niskayuna Road 
Newtonville NY

December 6-8 Craft Boston
Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston St,  Boston MA

December 13-15 Crafts at Morristown
Western Ave Armory
Morristown NJ

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Design Mode January 2013

Here is a pile of scarves being "unfringed."  The roll has been woven as long yardage, then cut and sewn into individual scarves. To make the decorative fringe at the bottom, the weft yarn is pulled out or unwoven for a couple inches till it's caught in the stitches.                                                                          

Here's our new line of bamboo stripes in multi-pattern weaves that form stripes of leno, an open-stitch weave and herringbone, a pointed twill weave. Bamboo fiber takes dye very well and we love the radiance of these stripes.                                                                          

We always strive to be a zero-waste studio, and it's always fun to come up with new products using our handwoven "scraps." These are a series of kits assembled and ready to be sewn into pouch bags.
We have 2 fine craft shows coming up soon. The first is the American Craft Council show in Baltimore which takes place February 20-24. The first 2 days are wholesale to the trade only and the weekend is open to the public. Visit for more info.
March 22-24 will find us at the Paradise City Arts Show in Marlborough MA at the Royal Plaza Trade Center. Visit for more info.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Exciting News!!

We just got word that our studio has been chosen as one of 100 finalists (out of 2000 entries) in the American Made Awards sponsored by Martha Stewart.! If we get enough votes between now and September 24, we could win some major national exposure as well as $10,000!
We would be so grateful if you could take a couple minutes every day for the next 2 weeks, visit this website and place your vote.
Type in "Textile Studio" in the Search box.
Thank you so much for your support of our American-made business!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fall 2012 Show Schedule

It's going to be a very busy fall and we are getting ready for it!  Hope to see you at one of these shows where you will find the very best artisans from all over the country.

Aug 10-12  Berkshire Craft Fair
Monument HS,  Route 7, Great Barrington MA

Aug 18-21  New York Gift Show
Booth 9549 Javits Center, New York NY
(Wholesale only)

Sept 29-30 Armonk Craft Fair
Westchester Community Park,  Armonk NY

Oct 12-14 Westchester Craft Show
Westchester County Center, White Plains NY

Oct 20-21 Northeast Fine Craft Show
Proctors Theatre, Schenectady NY

Nov 2-4  Rochester Fine Craft Show
Memorial Art Gallery, Univ of Rochester, NY

Nov 16-18 Washington Craft Show
Convention Center, Washington DC

Nov 30-Dec 2 Crafts at Morristown (confirmed)
Western Ave Armory, Morristown NJ

Dec 7-9 CraftBoston (confirmed)
Cyclorama, Tremont St,  Boston MA

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Laundry Day

July is the month we usually get serious about fall scarf production. We've collected orders from shops and galleries since February, entered the data in our computer system, and printed out inventory reports specifying how many of each style is needed by each account and by when. In the "old" days (80's and very early 90's) I would chart the orders on huge pieces of graph paper.... I'm so glad the computer compiles all this data for us effortlessly we can concentrate on designing and weaving!

After the warps come off the loom, we launder them to give them a lived-in softness. Here they're drying on our railing on a breezy July day. When dry, the long warps will be cut into individual scarves, steam-pressed, sewn, unfringed, labeled, then boxed up and sent to specialty shops around the country.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Smithsonian Craft Show April 2012

Our week in Washington was wonderful!  We spent the week of April 17th in the glorious National Building Museum at the one and only Smithsonian Craft Show.  Exhilarated and exhausted, we came home with a pile of orders and a whole lot less inventory... thank you to the Smithsonian Women's Committee and our patrons for another incredible show!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

All in a Day's Work

Last day of January 2012.... This month we focused on new fabric design and construction.  The looms get "dressed" and "undressed" repeatedly as we change warp colors, draws (the order in which yarn is threaded through the heddles on the loom) and sett (how densely or loosely the warp threads are placed together.) Dressing the loom can be very tedious, especially when it's an all day process involving 500 different ends (threads) each threaded through an individual heddle on the loom.  Good to have some help or at least some warm fur to keep me company!  

Our late winter/early spring shows are coming up soon:
February 22-26 American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore MD
March 23-25 CraftBoston, World Trade Center, Seaport Blvd. Boston MA
April 18-22 Smithsonian Craft Show, National Building Museum, Washington DC

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Show Schedule Dec 2011 - April 2012

Hope to see you soon at a show near you!  Click on the show for more info on show's website.



We are pleased to be featured in the current issue of Ornament Magazine, an international publication focusing on the "art of personal adornment" including jewelry, costume, and art to wear.  Click here to see the online article.

Late Fall at the Studio

Pile of cut scarves ready for hemming. We use a vintage straight stitcher made by Singer in the 60's, not a fancy machine but a real workhorse!

Laundered warps hanging out to dry. We've had a mild winter and the ramp railings provide a good clothesline.
Here is one of our latest scarves- vibrant colors for fall and winter.
This one would look gorgeous on camel, grey, black, or navy coat. Magenta and topaz checks woven with a little bit of citron green.
In soft drapey rayon chenille.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Production

September is a busy month at Textile Studio...our looms and sewing machines are whirring with activity. We're shipping our scarves and accessories all over the country to shops and galleries carrying our work. Look for the frittelli & LOCKWOOD label at a special store near you!

Monday, August 22, 2011

2011 Fall Show Schedule

The first crimson fall leaf landed on our patio today and so starts the slow change towards fall, our favorite season.... because it's scarf season!  Our fall schedule is set, see below, and of course we welcome you to visit us in our open studio/gallery in Saratoga Springs, NY.  We look forward to showing you our cozy handwoven scarves, caps, and clothing for men and women.....

September 2-5    Longs Park Craft Fair   Booth 172   Longs Park  Harrisburg Pike
Lancaster PA

October 22-23   Proctors Fine Craft Show   Proctors Theatre
Schenectady NY

November 17-20   Hudson Mohawk Weavers Guild     Pruyn House    Old Niskayuna Road
Colonie NY     518-583-2129 for more info

November 19-20     Craft Westport    Staples High School  on  North Ave
Westport  CT

December 2-4    Craft Morristown      Armory on Western Ave
Morristown NJ

December  9-11  Craft Boston    Cyclorama at The Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street   Boston MA

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Happy Summer!

Getting ready for the summer crowds in Saratoga who spend alot of time outdoors in the evening at our fabulous SPAC outdoor ampitheatre or on the patios of our fabulous restaurants. We have the perfect accessory for cool summer evenings- a lacy shawl handwoven of bamboo fiber in a luscious pink and taupe combination.  I was pressing it and realized the reason we all love this color so-  it reminds us of neapolitan ice cream, where the strawberry and chocolate and vanilla all melt together soft and creamy.  Happy Summer everyone!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Arts Fest June 10-12, 2011!

Crocheted Pears and Felted Tomatoes
almost good enough to eat.... but a little
too high in fiber!

We are part of ARTS FEST this weekend June 10-12 at our shop in the Beekman Street Arts District. An open house/studio, visiting fiber artists, and weaving demonstrations will take place Saturday 10-8 pm and Sunday 12-4 pm. The galleries in our Arts District will display special pieces for ARTS FEAST- handmade functional art in tableware and table coverings. Textile Studio will be adding fun fiber food too- all handmade by American artisans using knit, crochet, and felting techniques.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spring 2011


March 25-27 Craft Boston, World Trade Center, Boston, MA (retail)

April 1-3 Craft New York, 7W Building, 34th St & Fifth Ave, New York, NY (retail)

April 14-15 Invitational Trunk Show, Harman Center for the Arts, 610 F St NW, 9am-9pm.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baltimore Feb 2011- American Craft Council Fair

Our menswear collection- neckties, scarves, and our new line of asymmetrical pieced vests. We have a small but loyal men's following at this show, artful dressers.

Booth 530, our little corner of the world, among 700 top notch craft artists from across the USA. Here we're showing some new linen/silk jackets for spring along with our bamboo scarves and shawls. This is a well-attended show and it's great to be appreciated by an enthusiastic, buying crowd.