Posted by Stitchy McYarnpants On January - 9 - 2007   ShareThis



‚ . . .from the seamy underbelly of the Museum world!

And unholy alliance of Kitschy Stitches and Bad Art has been formed, consider yourself duly warned.

I will be making an appearance at the Museum of Bad Art in Dedham, MA on January 15th at 7:30! I can’t tell you how excited I am. As a great lover of the arts and a long-time admirer of movie theater basements, I am thrilled at the opportunity to take part in this historic occasion. MOBA is celebrating the return of one of its crown jewels, a painting called “Eileen”, which years ago found itself mixed up in mystery and intrigue. There may have even been hijinks. You can read all about it here. Only at the event will you hear the tale of it’s journey home.

Join me, along with Leah Kramer, creator of the amazing and author of The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts, as we rejoice in the return of the prodigal painting. I will have the Traveling Trunk Show in tow and I know Leah will have something deliciously kitschy cooked up for you, as well.

The MOBA Gallery is located at 580 High St, Dedham Square, in the basement of the Dedham Community Theatre. You can also visit them online!

Hope to see you at MOBA! There will be weenies!

(I couldn’t fit the whole newsletter from MOBA in this post, so I’m just going to paste the text about the event.)


Help Us Celebrate the Return of “Eileen”‚ 
In our last newsletter, we told you that our treasured, iconic painting, “Eileen” has been recovered, after being stolen in 1996. We will once again unveil this masterpiece and celebrate her return at a reception in the MOBA gallery on Monday evening, January 15.

We’ll retell the heart-stopping tale of recovering our treasure. After a ten year hiatus, you will be able to appreciate “Eileen” in person.

Please join us at 7:30 PM at the MOBA Gallery, 580 High St, Dedham Square, in the basement of the Dedham Community Theatre. Traditional MOBA music and refreshments!

As always, this event is free. As always, creative attire is encouraged – especially if you have an Eileen-like hat.

And, as always, we would be delighted to have a few volunteers help with the event. Contact

While you’re there, you’ll have a chance to take in current MOBA exhibit:
…Nature Abhors a Vacuum and All Other Housework:
…Unlikely Landscapes, Still Lifes, and Portraits.

And, as the following article explains, we are combining the return of Eileen with another very special event.‚ 

Bad Art Meets Bad Craft‚ 
You know that MOBA collects, exhibits, and celebrates art. We eschew craft and turn down offers of shag rugs, macramĩ plant hangers, paint-by-numbers, and more. But we appreciate kitschy craft.

The Boston area is home to the authors of:
“The Museum of Kitschy Stitches: A Gallery of Notorious Knits” and
“The Craftster Guide to Nifty, Thrifty, and Kitschy Crafts:
Fifty Fabulous Projects From the Fifties and Sixties”

We have persuaded Leah Kramer, (“Craftster Guide”) and Stitchy McYarnpants a.k.a. Debbie Brisson , (“Museum of Kitschy Stitches”) to come to MOBA for a gala book signing. Leah and Stitchy will show us projects from their amazing books and tell us about the kitsch in their worlds.

This is also on January 15, combined with the event listed above. So you don’t miss this evening! There have been hints that Stitchy may bring one of her famous Astro-Weenie trees to complete the snack offerings.

See Stitchy at or visit Leah at

Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the Queens of Kitschy Craft at the Museum of Bad Art.

A personal note: One MOBA staffer admits to crocheting. We have a photo of an item she created in the 70s from a pattern featured in “The Museum of Kitschy Stitches”. We’ll have that one enhanced and enlarged to present to Ms. McYarnpants.‚ 


4 Responses

  1. Kim P says:

    Oh my God! What an amazing event. I have never been to MOBA but plan to stop in next time I am in the Boston area. I am a long time collector/patron of bad art as well as bad crafting. I will be there in spirit.

  2. Mel says:

    *sigh* It figures it would be a work night for me. I think it’s an absolutely brilliant venue for you.

  3. Love your blog, Stitchy–

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