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From: MaryW
Date: 10-23-2003, 07:56 AM (1 of 2)
Ok girls, who went to the show? I love it. Can anyone share what they saw, bought, drooled over and anything else interesting.
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From: plinko
Date: 10-24-2003, 12:33 PM (2 of 2)
I went for 3 days and went non stop the entire time. I'm rested enough to write about it.

I drooled over the Brother PR-600C small commercial embroidery machine (it's bigger than it looks in pictures) and the tapestries from the guy from the USA. I didn't buy either. I also wanted to buy crystals from Savorski but they were just handing out business cards. hmm. I bought lots of thread from Marathon and silk organza from Dixon Chan of G & S Dye, not for dying but for sewing with. What else, hmm, I bought a rhinestone heat setter from Kandi corp and one of those hand cranked French knitters from Bond for the kids to use. I bought Pants for Real People book, and the Curves pattern software from Wild Ginger.

Other than the organza, I didn't buy fabric, that was a first. I got home and was actually confused because I had looked and felt so many fabrics that I thought I did buy something. In fabrics there was Lens Mill store, Ann's Fabrics (oooh, the slinky), Tex-Stiles, the Wool House, MacdonaldFaber (MacFab) for home dec stuff and silks, and many quilt places selling fat quarter packages. Also, there was cork fabric from Jelinek, very new and it looks and feels exactly like leather, quite fascinating.

I took seminars/classes from Kenneth King, Sandra Betzina(who signed my books), Susan Lazar (cochenille design software), slipcovers from Karen Erikson (slipcoverAmerica), she is one lively miss I tell ya, Sewing Business from Kathleen Cheetham, actually I was disappointed at that class and I wasn't the only one. I had wonderful conversations with Trevor from Saskatchewan (Trevor Conquergood of Stitchitize), Ron Collins (also of Saskatchewan) , Paolo (Paul) Shanley of Wild Ginger and countless other fellow sewers.

I sewed bags for charity at the MacFab booth, and learned that I wasn't the only perfectionist sewer, and that the beige fabric was the nastiest stuff ever invented. If anyone else sewed a bag with that stuff, good for you!

I wasn't overwhelmed by the Kaffe Fassett lecture on Friday night, lovely to see him in person, but the event was shorter than I thought.

Kaye England was an absolutely smashing guest speaker at the Gala Dinner. Also a good bingo caller. It's a Zed, not a Zee !!!

The surprise of the Gala night is that after the guest speaker, we all moved to another ballroom and played at a charity style casino, with play money. The "dealers" were the show celebrities and sponsors. At the end of the evening, door prizes were auctioned off, and we had to use our winnings to bid on the items. Very quickly I realized that my few thousand dollars wouldn't win anything and I gave my money away. In the end the sewing machine was auctioned off to one of two people, I never found out who, and basically the room split with people giving their play money to one or the other.

I took more lectures than hands on workshops this year. I want to go back to taking more hands on things next year, the lectures were good and I got an idea of who everyone is, but next year I want to do dyeing, quilting with Kaye England if she comes back, and machine embelishment techniques like freehand zig zag.
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