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Expo Reviews > Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Clearwater

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Posted on: 3/6/04 7:53 AM
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I attended this sewing expo on Friday, March 5th. While there were a great many vendors for quilting machines and embroidery fans, I didn't think there was enough emphasis on us sewists.
Only a few vendors offered fabrics, and most of the fabrics could easily be purchased elsewhere around town. One lady had a booth devoted solely to buttons and she had a great selection (The Button Shoppe www.buttonshoppe.com). Another one had a booth for hand-dyed/painted Victorian lace (Charlotte Anne's Victorian Handiwork (719) 963-4040 - no website listed on her business card) which was unque and one-of-a-kind.
The Threads booth had, of course, several sewn items from their various photographic shoots - I really like seeing what the clothes look like "in person". Other than that, I felt it was a waste of time and money.
I didn't get a chance to take any of the classes, so I don't know if they were worthwhile or not.
I was amazed at how many gizmos and gadgets there were for machine embroidery, but honestly, how much embroidered clothing does anyone wear on a day-to-day basis? :)

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Shirley Anne said... (1/4/05 8:55 AM) Reply
She saw only displays, no classes, and that is what the Expo is all about. It's a learning experience. Everyonw can learn something new!
Shirley Anne said... (3/18/04 7:10 AM) Reply
If Annika didn't attend any classes, she missed the whole point of the Expo. It a wonderful learning experience for any- one who does any type of sewing. I attended for 2.5 days, took 9 classes and although I learned more in some than in others, I felt it was most certainly worth my time. Also came away with lots of purchases.
dbsewer said... (3/11/04 12:09 PM) Reply
Annika: I agree with you about the vendors. Over the past few years it's gone away from an expo for sewists toward quilt/embroidery folks and that's a disappointment. But you should try to take some classes the next time you go. Cynthia Guffy, Lorraine Henry and others offer some great tips for sewing enthusiasts - all with an emphasis on purchasing their products, of course. Glad the button lady was there - I go to the expo just to buy her stuff.
 
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