Today, Varina and I enjoyed Sewing and Stitchery Expo, in Puyallup, WA. We'll go back tomorrow -- we simply couldn't see everything, and take every class we wanted in one day!
Today I attended seminars on Refined Embellishment Techniques (I learned a lot about bias tape possibilities, and about couching yarns), on recycling vintage hankies, tablecloths and garments into new options (my least favorite class -- it was a shameless plug for the teacher's web-business and new book), and on working with slinky knits (didn't learn much, but it's nice to know that I was all ready on the right track!).
Of course, a big part of the draw of Expo, is the opportunity to see fabrics, notions, software, books, tools, new technology, etc. from some of the leaders in the sewing industry. Translation: I went shopping!!!
Here's today's haul:
4 yds. Burmese Silk Dupioni in a stunning copper/bronze shade
3 yds rayon/silk challis in a floral-foliage print that has greens, browns, coral, salmon on a black background
pattern for making a teddy bear crib quilt
pattern for making a 3-D fan and block quilt
book by Martha Pullen on heirloom-style lingerie, including all patterns and an embroidery CD
kit for making warercolor quilt
pattern for making reversible kimono
and, [this one really has me excited]:
CD for machine embroidering lace 1-4in Cluny and Venice lace trims. I can now make my own heavy, thick lace trims for a song!! Well, the CD was $70.oo, but the first time I make enough lace to trim the hem of a full nightgown, I shall have made it back.
Everything I bought was on special prices for the Expo, but that didn't stop me from asking for, and getting, Military discount and/or Extension Agent discount!!! Shameless, I know.
Sorry, there are no pictures -- can you believe I left home for the beautiful Pacific Northwest without my camera???
New report to follow later!