|This was my first experience and I was blown away. There were fashion shows, lots of ongoing free seminars (everything from drafting pants patterns for a much better fit to slipcovers instruction), an amazing variety of craft and sewing companies - EVEN fabrics and trims at "no-way" prices!
All that talent under one roof was amazing and creatively stimulating.
I signed up for many classes over the course of two days from beading to pattern design, to embellishing with some kind of iron-on beads.
The beading class with Firefly Beads was extraordinary and the instructor taught us five different techniques for adding fringe with teey-tiny beads. We left that class with a silk scarf, so that we could practice at home. Such fun. Fabulous company.
However, the latter class was pitiful. I don't know if I should mention the company, but the instructor / owner simply showed us how to iron on these glitter beads, and showed us her Swarvoski crystal zippers (which look great on a zippered sweatshirt).
The problem was that I did not appreciate paying $17 for that class, when I could have learned the same thing at their booth, or reading the back of a package. Had that been the only class I had signed up for, I never would have tried any others. So, like one of the ladies in this board before me, we feel very "ripped off" having spent money AND time in a lousy class.
NOTE to trade show participants who might be reading this board: practice your "class" on willing, honest strangers (friends tend to be more encouraging than honest) before subjecting the public to substandard classes. Those people will NOT speak well of you, and will share there disappointment willing with everyone they talk to at the show. Keep in mind, although we may be strangers at the expo, we do network, take other classes together, have lunch together and even walk to the parking lot together. It's far more effective to practice audience appeal - giving them something to sing about, then the expense of trying to lure ticked of prospectves with flimsy damage control. (I shall step down from the soapbox, now.)
Overall, I left with drawings in my notebook of ideas I saw and wanted to try, bags of books, fabrics, and unusual items, and a very warm credit card. I truly look forward to next year!!