Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive 2016

I only got a few things at the 2013 Creative Stitches show

I only got a few things at the 2013 Creative Stitches show

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.

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Tournament Prizes

Decorated notebooks

Decorated notebooks

As Avacal & Montengarde’s A&S champion, I’m hoping to help host some Arts & Science (A&S) tournaments, challenges, and displays this year. Since I want to have prizes for the participants/winners, I need to build a little stock of *stuff* to give away. In early April I invited some of my SCA friends to come help me with a first project – decorated notebooks!

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Travel souvenirs for crafty folk – Scrapbooking

To follow up my post about fabric stores in Hawaii’s big island, I also visited a scrapbooking store.

Suzi’s Scrapbooking Paradise

Scrapbook papers and stickers from Hawaii

Scrapbook papers and stickers from Hawaii

Kamuela, HI

Across the road from Topstitch is another shopping plaza, and if you didn’t know Suzi’s was there, you might miss it. Sharing space with a music instrument store, the shop is kind of a strange combination, and very, very small. The scrapbooking store has only one aisle – but there were still a number of kits, stickers, papers, and other bits and pieces for scrapbooking. The owner also has several huge binders full of all the papers she only has a few of, and she has a great memory of what is in each, if you’re looking for something in particular (or don’t mind flipping through the binders…)

Scrapbook papers and stickers from Hawaii

Scrapbook papers and stickers from Hawaii

I ended up picking up papers and stickers from Suzi’s – to, what else, scrapbook my Hawaiian vacation!

Up next… beads!