I’ve posted a few photos from various fabric shopping trips over the past few weeks on my Instagram account, and I have a few more to share from different places. Most of these I’ve reviewed before, so I’m mostly sharing photos today… (YEG – Edmonton, YYC – Calgary)
I’ve written in the past about the Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive trade show… in the past I really enjoyed the show, but over time it became less about sewing, and more about scrapbooking. Originally there were a number of free-to-attend classes and workshops, along with a few paid all or half-day classes… then it seemed to move to free “classes” that weren’t much more than sales pitches, and more paid classes. The vendors also seemed to shift away from the good out-of-town fabric and notion stores I adored (Gala Fabrics from Victoria, Great Notion Supply from Abbotsfort/Surrey, etc) and had more of the regular “women’s show” trade show vendors… less interesting to me.
So for several years I haven’t bothered to attend.
All the same… there is a class on redwork at the Calgary show this time around, as well as a few others, and I thought I’d share it to my local readers.
In my earlier post I mentioned the grandmother’s fabric sale… well it’s almost here! For all of my local Calgary friends who have asked me to remind them when this sale is coming up – consider this your reminder!
This year the sale takes place at the Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Dr SW, Calgary, AB. It starts 3:00 p.m. on April 15 (running until 7:30 p.m.) and repeats on April 16 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
- Bring lots of re-useable shopping bags
- Bring a partner to shop with – one of you can stand in to pay while the other shops.
- Leave the coffee cup, etc in the car – you’ll need both hands free to shop, and it gets really crowded in the church.
Be prepared to stand in line for a while, and to park far away – wear good shoes!
- Likewise, consider what you’re wearing… it can be cold in line outside, and then gets really hot in the crowded church.
- Pay attention to what you really want, and go to those areas first. Magazines, patterns, etc are USUALLY (but not always) upstairs, while everything else is downstairs – there are usually different rooms for quilting, notions, yarn/knitting, crafting, and fancy fabrics, as well as a separate room where they have full bolts of fabric.
- Have fun, and know you’re spending money building your fabric/yarn stash for a great cause!
Read more about previous sales here.
It’s nearly time for the Ujamaa Grandma’s annual fabric and yarn sale again! They’re taking fabric, notions, patterns, yarn, knitting needles, etc… all leading up to the sale with funds going to the grandmother’s cause.
If you’re in Calgary, drop off your unused stash at the Woodcliff United Church, 5010 Spruce Dr SW, on April 13 & 14, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Want to learn more about the sale? Check out my previous posts here.