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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Creative Stitches 2014

Some of the fabric I purchased at the 2012 sewing show

Some of the fabric I purchased at the 2012 sewing show

Earlier today I was responding to a post on Facebook, and it reminded me of the Sewing trade show that comes through Calgary once a year – the Creative Stitches & Crafting Alive show. A quick Google search later, and it turns out the event is at the end of this month! (There’s also a show this weekend in Edmonton for readers in our province’s capital.)

Learn more about the shows by visiting their website:

Calgary show
September 26-27, 2014
Friday 9am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Last year I was astonished at the lack of advertising, and although I’ve received emails from a few different sewing/fabric/crafting places in the past week or two, none of them included anything about the show – I have yet to hear anything about the show for this year – so I suspect they might be significantly reducing the advertising for the show yet again.

This year’s show is also being held in a new location – Spruce Meadows which raises another challenge for some attendees – the previous location was on a C-Train (light rail transit) route. Calgary Transit doesn’t go to to Spruce Meadows; those of us who rely heavily on transit will have to walk from the nearest C-Train station for over an hour, take a cab, or take a second bus followed by a 50 minute walk. None of these are really good options. When there are major activities at Spruce Meadows, often shuttles are set up, though I don’t know if the same will be done for this trade show… I have sent a few emails inquiring – none of the websites address this transportation issue.

With this in mind, I suspect the show might be a bit smaller again this year, but I figure I’ll try to go anyways. There are only two classes that interest me, and I’m shocked at how many classes they’re now offering with a (frequently very steep!) fee to attend. Since previously all of the classes were held in curtained areas, and were often hard to hear – I can’t say that paying $60.00 for a 3-hour class is something I’d see a lot of value in. Most of the classes are also about 30% content and about 70% advertising for the presenter’s booth or shop (or both), so that brings the value down a lot as far as I’m concerned as well.  If anyone attends any of the paid workshops, please leave a comment with your impressions!

So.. consider this a bit of a heads-up to the readers who didn’t know about the show at all, and a heads-up for anyone interested in attending. Hopefully it will be an improvement over last year.

You can read about the 2013 show here.

You can read about the 2012 show here.

Visiting – clicking the image will bring up the run-book with class descriptions and a time-table, but just a warning… it wouldn’t open on Internet Explorer for me, crashed my Firefox, and would only print using Google Chrome as a browser.. so be patient!

Some of the cool quilts from the 2012 show:

Want some other impressions? Liz Africa from Janome Life has a post promoting the show, as well as an exact copy of the post on the blog Elan Life.

Creative Stitches 2013

Last year (in October) I attended the Creative Stitches trade show, and this year I attended the show once more in September. I would have written about it sooner but I had a number of posts lined up… and I needed a bit of time to think about the show too.

Last year I was concerned that the show was going downhill, and this year that thought continued. It appeared that there were far fewer vendors than usual, and some of the ones I really look for (A Great Notion Sewing Supply out of Surrey and Abbotsford, along with Gala Fabrics from Victoria, Vancouver and Hong Kong) weren’t there this year.  A few others that I like (The Sugar Pine company out of the nearby Canmore and Steam Trunk Craft Works out of Surrey, BC) were there, but neither had anything I was looking for this time around – especially since I still have things to sew and craft-up from the show last year!

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

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

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