Sewing and Stitchery Expo

I have just returned from five days in Puyallup, WA where I attended the four day Sewing and Stitchery Expo. The show, open to the public, was a full four days of fabric, sewing machines, threads, quilts, bags, and scissors! I was demonstrating a few new Fiskars products (the Rotary Cutter and Ruler Combo and the Amplify fabric shears) in the Hancock Fabrics booth.

I had never been to Washington before, so it was a real treat for me to experience such a beautiful state. Can’t say I saw the scenery every day, since the weather became increasingly misty and wet as the week on, but on the first day or two I definitely caught breathtaking glimpses of imposingly beautiful Mount Rainier.

The show itself was packed full of enthusiastic seamstresses: beginners, professionals, teachers and other enthusiasts. I felt right at home.

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CHA Roundup

Last week was buuuusy! The Fiskars booth was buzzing with crafts, demos and giveaway activities.

First, the Fiskars booth looked simply stunning! One half of the booth was the ‘craft room’ set up with plenty of orange handled tools, inspiration boards, different materials, textiles and art work. The other half (the side shown in the photo below) depicted the ‘home’ – filled with lots of gorgeous handmade items. Much of the work in this room was created by Fiskars designer Smitha Katti. See that gorgeous mixed media canvas above the fireplace? Beautiful! Here’s how to make your own!IMG_1920  Continue reading

Gearing up for CHA

CHA starts this weekend, and all anyone unfamiliar with the event needs to know is that it’s the biggest annual get-together in the craft world calendar. Industry professionals gather for new products launches, peeks at new lines, workshops, education and so much more. Sure, there’s a fair amount of chit chat and socializing, making connections, meeting new people and finding old friends, but my over-riding memory of the show is the oohs and aahs I hear over fabulous creations on display which have been made by design teams and professional crafters.

Today I’m sharing a peek at some of the creations that will be on display in the Fiskars booth (booth #1000 – stop by and say hello if you’re attending).


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