Creativ Festival – Day 5

Whew! Sunday! After four long days, the fifth and final day had arrived. The end was in sight. I was sad, since I love all the creative inspiration and friendship at the Creativ Festival, but I have to admit that I was a little relieved because it was really starting to take a physical toll.

Anyway! Sunday began at 9am again, with another class from Jennifer Aikman-Smith: Treasure Them Now or Eat Them. It features a dragon mommy dealing with her six little baby dragons. Super cute!

Treasure Them Now... by Jennifer Aikman-Smith (WIP)

Jennifer had been having draws all weekend for some of her old models, and I kept joking with her that she needed to pick me. Well, my name was the very last name drawn, and I was lucky enough to get the model that I had been eyeing all weekend. Thank you so much for your generosity, Jennifer. I know that each of us who won are very excited to own something stitched by you.

Castle in the Clouds (needlepoint version) stitched by Jennifer Aikman-Smith

After class, my mom and I poked around on the show floor for a little while. I priced out mid-line sewing machines while she looked at beads. In the end, I picked up a beginner quilting kit and a couple of beads, while she bought a few beads and got a fabulous little free package of beads and whatnots from a booth.

Sunday's Creativ Festival Shopping

My final class of the weekend was Christmas Biscornu by Kim Beamish (who has been published in A Needle Pulling Thread). It is a lovely design that has a little flap of lacy stitches that overhang the biscornu edge. I really like it, but I think I’ve come up with a few extra embellishments for it. What can I say, the Creativ Festival is very inspiring.

Christmas Biscornu by Kim Beamish (WIP)

After class: more shopping! First, some Christmas red Swarovski beads for the Christmas biscornu, and then a little canvaswork kit from Carolyn Mitchell. It is a lovely little holly ornament that is a compliment to a design that will be featured in the Festive 2011 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread.

Holly Berry ornament by Carolyn Mitchell

And my last purchase: a new sewing machine. After shopping around, I settled on the Brother Innov-is 80. It has 80 different stitches (including a block alphabet and 10 different one-step button holes), an LCD screen, and about a million features my basic Kenmore doesn’t have. And the price? Well, it really was fabulous. (Singer had a machine I was looking at. They said the $300 show price was great. Amazon sells it for $180. o_O )

Brother Innov-is 80 relaxing in its new home (the dinning room table)

So, my final haul from the festival was pretty good. Below is the picture of Friday’s purchases, which I haven’t posted yet. I’m not sure about all the projects in my future, but I know that I am very well prepared!


Friday's Creativ Festival Shopping

As a bit of an aside, I thought I would let you know what was going on in the hall right next door to the Creativ Festival show floor.

Strange Bedfellows Indeed

It was a very interesting mix of people coming down the escalator, as you can well imagine. And, I wasn’t always right when I guessed who would be going into which show. The juxtaposition even made the front page of our local rag newspaper, and the more, uhh, respectable paper even had a piece about it too (warning: the article is not for the prudish once you get past the paragraph about strange bedfellows).

I’m glad the weekend is over, but I’m also missing it all already. I’ve already got next year’s festival written in on the calendar.

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3 Responses to Creativ Festival – Day 5

  1. Caitlin says:

    What a wonderful stash it looks like you had a wonderful time at the creative fair thingy.

  2. Zeb says:

    Ooooo I have stash envy! And SEWING MACHINE ENVY @[email protected]

    I don’t care if I only need a basic one for finishing my stitching, but I wanna get a big hunking awesome one that can do everything XD

    Can’t wait to see ‘Treasure them…’ completed!

  3. Joanne P says:

    I’ve reallly enjoyed reading about the show, it sounds like so much fun.

    I had to read the link even though I knew it’d make me cross with the lazy stereotypes! Then I saw the comment from Zeb who is about as likely as I am to look like the media’s idea of a typical stitcher. Though I do have a handmade bag, it’s made from recycled black leather with a byzantium type cross like you see on biker’s jackets and some studs.
    Wonder what they’d make of my Ed Hardy Love Kills Slowly tattoo cross stitch book!