Sew Expo 2013: Melinda’s highlights
First up: the Fine French Laces booth (www.cottonlace.com) . I missed them last year (just didn’t manage to find them) so this year I made a beeline to their booth.
And here’s what I came away with. Gorgeous, right?!
Vogue Fabrics was next — they are huge, and they have miles of amazing fabrics all stacked on these giant rolls (www.myvoguefabrics.com) . And did I mention they have some pretty amazing deals? The trickiest thing is maneuvering all those rolls up to the cutting counter…. 😀
Of course, if you don’t want to lug giant rolls of fabric around, you can always look through the pre-rolled lengths. This year they were all cottons and batiks, but in the past there have been some silks and more unusual fibers too.
You can visit Vogue fabrics online at myvoguefabrics.com . Or, if you’re in the Chicago area, you could visit them and tell us all about it….
I can’t believe I didn’t take any pictures of the Trims on Wheels booth (http://trimsonwheels.com/). It’s such a fun booth, and I look forward to browsing it every year. They have great prices on a very fun mix of things… and did I mention how nice the people are that run it? This year I restrained myself and only bought a few trims.
I stopped at the Pine Needle (which is primarily a quilting shop, but they run a notions booth that’s amazing: http://www.pineneedlequiltshop.com/) for some more Aurifil. It’s one of my favorite threads, and the Pine Needle has it for a pretty reasonable price. Stock up time!
It was difficult to get a good shot of this next booth (Nifty Thrifty Dry Goods — http://www.niftythriftydrygoods.com/) because it was so crowded. And for good reason — it’s beautiful and chock-full of pretty things! It’s also arranged super tastefully — bits of ribbon, buttons, trims, and ephemera all laid out by color. Truly a feast for the eyes.
This is usually where I get buckles, but the saleslady pointed me to some doll-sized buttons as well. Hooray! There are cute purple flowers, lovely hand-blown lampwork buttons, and antique rhinestone buttons. (And yes, I mean antique. Those are at least from the Victorian era!)
Of course I had to show you the Bernina booth (bernina.com) . Last month, I put my name down for one of their brand-new machines. It’s supposed to ship in May sometime…. and I’m sure you’ll hear about it when it arrives!
This year I also stopped at the Kai scissors booth (www.kaiscissors.com) . My main fabric shears are showing their age. And now that you mention it, so are my thread snips… I was really tempted by their gorgeous, professional-grade shears, but after chatting with the salesman, I opted for the 9″ standard shears. The blades are thinner, so I’ll be able to cut more precisely. And with pieces as tiny as doll clothing, precision is a definite ‘must’!
I also came home with a pair of 4″ scissors. Man those things are sharp! All the way out to the tip, which gives you a lot of control. They kindly included a scissor guard on a string — you slip it over the ends of your snips and wear it around your neck, so you never lose your scissors. Clever, right?
OK, so I know what you’re thinking: You went to Sew Expo, and you didn’t buy any fabric? That’s not entirely true:
The top four fabrics are from Vogue, and the bottom three are from one of my other favorite booths, Billie’s Designer Fabrics (you can email them at billiesfabrics [at] localaccess.com ) . Working top to bottom, there’s a bamboo knit, a sueded silk, a beautiful suede (you’d never guess it was polyester!), and a rayon. The bright green corduroy is from Brazil, and the bottom fabric (a lovely blue brushed cotton twill) is from Italy. Mmmm.
Whew! I think that’s it. Another year of fabulous vendors, great classes (I was able to sit in on a few) and good times chatting with fellow sewing enthusiasts.
Until next time,