Kristl Goes to the Craft and Hobby Show
August 6, 2009
We will be creating a fabulous needle arts category starting in September. I met with my wonderful Rowan Rep, Carol, before I went to
On the yarn side of the things at the show, I also met with Lion Brand Yarns. They have some wonderful basics that we will carry. They also carry Vanna White's yarns. She is an avid crocheter, but these yarns can also be used for knitting, of course. Pisgah yarns will bring us the Peaches and Cream brand of 100% cotton yarn. It is still made in the
I saw a booth filled with funky buttons, and I knew you would love them. Blumenthal/Lansing has button collections that include very modern motifs in fantastic color combinations! Some are opaque and some have a little clear area to feature whatever is beneath. These buttons have lots of applications outside of making a garment fabulous. They also have a terrific collection of ceramic buttons. I can see them on a beautiful sweater or jacket. This booth had a Make and Take mini class. I made a cute button pendant. They promise kits for the pendants in the future.
One of the most popular Make and Take classes at the show was at the Plaid Booth. They have simplified screen printing, and made it so cool! They have created about 30 different reusable stencils in some fabulous motifs! There's a chandelier, a skull with a crown, yoga motifs and more. They have a screen printing paint, and a ''medium'' that allows you to use foil or glitter on the designs. And it's all washable! You can just squeegee on one color, or get in there and hand paint, glitter and foil within the stencil. I see a lot of possibilities and a Craft Day for our staff in the future so we can show you more!
The show was full of all kinds of crafting possibilities including a great deal of scrap booking suppliers. Those booths were full of inspiration and eye candy. I did a couple of Make and Takes at those booths as well even though I do not scrap. I do wear jewelry, and those mini classes were a lot of fun. There are so many tools and mediums out there. Some of them have a fabric angle. I am going to have a lot of fun trying to figure them out and bring them to you!