I wish you could have been there – the speed knitting, the vigourous crocheting, the quilts galore & the antique sewing supplies & the yarns…. oh, the yarns….
The first two times I attended this show, which roughly translates to Festival of the Needle, I was totally overwhelmed, not by the quantity – I’ve been to many consumer & trade shows – but by the sheer quality of the goods on show.
This year was no different & as my friend, Agnes, & I sort of “know” the show now, we were able to head straight for the areas that interested us & really explore our favourite booths.
We’re both into knitting, so the yarn booths were our first stop. We saw new fine single-ply yarns imported from South Africa, naturally hand-dyed yarns with the most vibrant colours from Iceland, metal yarns from Japan, beaded & sequined yarns & even a NEW yarn made from mink (brushed not shorn)!
The felt companies outdid themselves once again, presenting tons of great ideas for working with felt. The French are great at creating sophisticated colourways while the Japanese are fantastic at needle felting.
After I’d had my fill of oogling the goodies for sale (& spent all of my allotted euros – I took only cash – it’s safer that way…), I headed to the exhibition area. One of the things that I think is brilliant about this show is that they devote a good portion of the floor space to displaying original art.
Some of the displays featured students’ work from fibre or art schools, some of the pieces were by established artists & some groupings were international projects gathered from around the globe. They were all very inspiring .
With so many new ideas swirling in my head, I often wish that I could sit & sketch/note them right away – must remember to add some time for this when planning my next trip!
The other type of booth that totally grabs me (I could still be standing there today) are those that sell used/vintage/antique sewing supplies & tools. Seriously, I could spend an entire day sifting through all of the bits & pieces, the cards of old buttons, the trims, bags, lace, old quilts.
Being Canadian, I’m still sort of shocked when I see the prices on these things(of course there are the EXPENSIVE items – like an 18th century corset (drool), the exquisite 19th century beaded lace or the flapper dress that looked like it was made yesterday)
- because they are very reasonable. I bought 5 late 19th/early 20th century fashion newspapers for 5 euros – for them ALL! I could never find those prices in Toronto!
Here are some pictures from the day ( I wish it could have been 2 – I missed so many booths!)
Have fun (make sure you CLICK on the gallery so that you can see the details) & maybe next year, you could come with me ?
How fun would that be !?!
(*** I’ll be posting soon with some pics of what I did end up buying.)
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