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.

Most of my time was spent at the demo table, but on my lunch breaks I ran around the show floor to take in as much as I could (who needs to eat when there’s fabric to see!?!?) A highlight for me was the Pendleton Woolen Mill booth, where I may or may not have got a little lightheaded with all those gorgeous designs, fabulously bold geometrics and COLOR! wool

2I also spotted some seriously fabulous laminated cottons (which coincides nicely with a recent blog post I wrote about sewing with laminates) by Tula Pink and Heather Bailey for Free Spirit.b aThe show was participating in the APQ – 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge which is providing pillowcases to children who spend time in hospital. I know from first hand experience, how much it means for a poorly child to receive a special handmade item whilst in hospital and my eyes pricked with tears slightly when I saw the booth festooned with the handmade offerings at the show. According to the show’s FB page, a total of 7984 pillowcases were sewn during the show! You can still sew a pillowcase. Check out the APQ website above for details.pillowBefore I finish, I must also mention that I got to meet Eleanor Burnes from Quilt in a Day and she was such a charming and lovely lady. She may have even convinced me to start quilting…one day. I also met a wonderfully sweet lady called Lori Weza from Bear Wear Patterns. She designs patterns for Build a Bear Workshop teddies (and I happen to have a 7 year old who is more than a little obsessed with her Build a Bear, Cuddles). It was serendipitous that the Bear Wear Booth was right next to ours – I bought 3 patterns that a certain someone is hounding me to start.

3 thoughts on “Sewing and Stitchery Expo

  1. What an honor to meet Eleanor Burnes! Between her and your mum (and me) you really must start quilting! Thanks for sharing some of the highlights of your trip.

    1. I know Kelly! I was very lucky to be introduced to her and I also discovered she is based not too far from me!

  2. Oh look at all that lovely fabric I think I would of been running around on my lunch break too! How could you pass up the chance to see all those pretties and so!

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