Well as you can see there were no lack of choices of ways to part with your money! Aisle after aisle of temptations. There were totally dream items like the gold-plated embroidery from France ($400)and a gypsy booth that had the most fabulous trims EVER and I wanted the whole booth.. I coveted all the lace garment booths (well anything lace) and shibori ribbon booths. It seemed endless. This picture was taken at the early entry. Once the doors opened to everyone, you could barely move.
Two new kinds of threads to try. When buying new threads to try I almost always buy green because I will be sure to use them up. Some wonderful Bodin embroidery needles, two packages of cording, two bag patterns and a vest pattern,
That does not mean I'm not going to buy many of the things I saw there.... just not all at once.. I will definitely get a couple different sizes of the serrated scissors that everyone raved about and I'd never heard of. Also I want a template guide for trimming custom cording but it is $25 and is a ways down the list.
Also I will most definitely get all 3 weights of Solvy ( or something equivalent) as we saw it used in exciting and original ways. I have never owned or used it but it was everywhere in the sampler workshops..
The first "sampler" we went to was 2 hours and had 9 tables going simultaneously and you could pick and choose and move about at will. The demos were about 20 minutes and then repeated. It was "mixed-media Miscellany" Susie and I separated as our interests were different and then we shared information afterwards. I especially enjoyed the innovative printing on organza and experiments with varieties of fiber.... both suitable for CQ. But my favorite was creating "fabric" with solvy and with bits of fibers, threads, and ribbon... I immediately thought of using this in landscape and sea scape applications. Sometime this winter I will be doing this. This was by Christen Brown and she has a book I might consider.
The second "sampler" was also 2 hours and the same format. It was HUGE and had 29 stations...I had to leave this one early but even still got lots of information... Both samplers gave out booklets with overviews and instructions for all the stations.. I loved this concept and certainly got a LOT for the money.
We spent time hashing over what we want as our next joint project and we quickly decided that it was another BoHo bag with lots of lace. Remember the winter we did those?
Susie had hers along and everyone loved it. We like them but both had things we wish we had done different so we are going to do bags again... Hence the bag patterns. Using up some of my ridiculous lace supply and organizing and destashing the rest has priority. I am going to see if I can get some of my local CQ group to join in.
I thought this pattern fit what I wanted and was suitable for CQ It does have a zipper on the inside section as well as more pockets inside. You can see this pattern done in a variety of ways at http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/products/quattro
So the vendors and the workshops revitalized us both and has given us lots of impetus to create more stuff. Everybody needs more stuff....right?
I have more Houston posts coming and will work them in with other news.
AND my wandering wonderful granddaughter should be arriving some time today for a few days.