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Posted on: 3/28/10 5:48 PM
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I spent the last two days enjoying the Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland, OH. The expo is held near the airport in a huge Exposition Center called the IX Center. The building is fairly comfortable, with two floors for the Expo, a coatroom for coats and purchases, and the usual high priced food and beverages. The Expo itself was mostly for quilters, with many booths showing tools, fabrics, and quilting techniques. Since I am an apparel sewist only, this was a bit disappointing. I spent most of my time at the fashion sewing booths. One of my favorites was Gail Patrice Designs, new to the Cleveland show this year. The designer (lovely woman) was there to show and teach. Of particular interest was her embellishment techniques and "recycling" collage jackets made from old sweaters. Gorgeous!
I always enjoy Barb Originals Booth also. Barb Callahan always has some new ideas, simple to make but very trendy patterns and linens and silks of excellent quality. This year she featured small weaving looms to make embellishment strips with fancy yarns.
I did not take any classes. The classrooms are huge and I find it difficult to see details because I am too far away from the instructor. I might consider taking a "day before show" hands on class next year.
Vogue Fabrics was in full swing, selling mostly washable linen type and other fabrics for spring.
There were a couple of interesting "other" booths too, including one which had color coordinated trims, buttons, and embellishment or jewelry making beads. Fun!
All in all I had a great time being surrounded by many others who like to sew and shop.

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K_sew said... (3/31/10 7:44 PM) Reply
Hi Nancy, Thanks for your great comments. Any chance on seeing your Barb's two hour jacket in photos? Her wing needle work is totally awesome, also. I will be attending the first day of Louise Cutting at Janie's. Lunch is included and I am hoping to meet you there. Are you attending one or both days?
Nancy Rhodes said... (3/31/10 8:06 AM) Reply
K-Sew and Pixie Cat, Hi all... I was in Barb's Wing Needle class -- really liked it and Barb too. I modeled my 2009 class 2 hr jacket. This year's 2 hr jacket was fun and lovely too. And I shop - mostly classes though, at Janie's Sewing Corner. Next up is the Louise Cutting weekend in April. I am really looking forward to that event. Anyone going? Lunching is a great idea. lets keep in touch, or start a Cleveland NE Ohio group in the regionals board on PR.
PixieCat said... (3/29/10 8:50 PM) Reply
I went to the Cleveland show on Thursday and Friday and had a wonderful time. I took many classes but especially enjoyed Barb Callahan's Wing Needle Magic class and Emma Seabrooke's Sewing Sophisticated Knit Jackets class. I agree that most vendors are for quilting but I managed to singe my credit card at the Wool House, Emma's knits, and several others. Maybe next year we PR'ers should meet for lunch during the Expo. I'll definitely be back.
StitchinMom said... (3/29/10 4:02 PM) Reply
Thank you, K_sew for the review. I am trying to decide whether to attend this year's expo in my area. I wanted to say that I met and took a class with the woman who is Gail Yellen, behind the Gail Patrice Designs. She is amazing! She showed fabulous tricks and ideas for using a serger for embellishing. I would highly reommned her class!
K_sew said... (3/28/10 9:32 PM) Reply
Hi Nancy, Thanks for the comments!! Are you the Nancy who shops at Janie's?? If so, she can put us in touch if you are looking for more fashion sewists in our area. Thanks, Kathy
Nancy Rhodes said... (3/28/10 8:10 PM) Reply
Edited for double-triple is this NCAA basketball? posting. Not sure what I did wrong... one more to fix now..
Nancy Rhodes said... (3/28/10 8:10 PM) Reply
stutter fingers here... double tripple posting. K-Sew, this was a post in triplicate, but I will had I did two classes with Barb Callahan. i love my 2-hour jacket class.. this year and last year too. She is so calm with the storm of clamoring 'students' around her clamoring for now what, cut here? I'm stuck... but we all made a different --fabric and colors-- jacket and all LOOKED FAB!
Nancy Rhodes said... (3/28/10 8:10 PM) Reply
K-Sew, take some classes! I just spent the last four days there . . Had a fun time. The More the Day Before classes are just the best. A whole day with one topic, one professional instructor, the participants are a cut above for the most part --- usually experience and motivated 'sewists'. AND thebest part this year and years past they (IX Center operators) dont .charge to park. The show vendors are busy setting up and there is a hubbub of activity and it is fun to be there. I did a decorating details class with Pam Damour. In years gone by I have had intensive pant fitting and another yr. custom shirt details with Cynthia Guffey, one year speed tailoring with LaFred... and one year slip cover making techniques with Karen Erickson. I have ALWAYS enjoyed this the most of all the show. Hope to see you there next year.
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