This year I was lucky enough to spend 2 days at the show which I haven’t done for a few years so it was a bit of fun. I wanted to do a number of classes and workshops which clashed timing wise with each other so 2 days were needed.
The class I really wanted to do at the show was the free Janome machine embroidery class to make a little pouch. I don’t use the embroidery side of my machine as much as I should so I wanted to do the class to build my confidence even though the machine at the show was different to mine. The class was a lot of fun and I picked up some good tips. I was also able to do the free quilting class run by Janome to make a mug rug. In the class we stitched over paper to create the geometric design on the front of the mug rug. I’ve never done this before so it was interesting to learn. The machine we were using also had an adjustable zig zag stitch which you changed by moving the knee lift attached to the machine. Again I picked up a lot of tips and it was fun playing on a different sewing machine. I’m going to try the technique of stitching over paper again.
The other class I wanted to do was a Hitomezashi sashiko class to make a pin cushion / coaster. I really like sashiko and Jane from BeBe Bold who ran the class is a great teacher. She is very calm teacher who will happily explain and demonstrate things to you over and over until you get them right which is good as it took me a couple attempts before I got some of my stitches correct. I finished most of the stitching in class and completed the rest later on in the day. The pattern is formed by stitching and weaving. Once the piece is finished off all the messy edges will be covered up.
My first priority for the day was to actually go and the quilts on display. I was so busy the first day I never got to them. I have so much admiration for anyone who can complete a quilt as so much time and effort goes in to them. Even the small mini quilts have just as much time and effort and are amazing.
I did the Fibres To Fill Forgotten Spaces class. It was a very interesting class where we were shown a series of ways we can use different fibres and scraps of craft supplies to create embellishments which you can use on clothing, art installations, decorative pieces. Lynette gives you lots of notes and you get to have hands on experience using different machines to cut fabrics and twisting up strands of threads. You are given a kit with the supplies in it to create an embellished flower and leaf type piece however it wasn’t a class where by the end of the hour you come away with a near finished piece. You start of your piece in the class and the notes given allow you to finish it off at home. The tips and demonstrations given in the class really get the creative juices flowing and sadly you many never want to throw away a scrap of anything ever again 🙂 as all items have potential. I came away with the class full of ideas of how to add points of interest to items.
A free talk which I was really looking forward to was transforming a plain fleece jumper into an embellished jacket. I saw this idea last year and wanted to learn more about it. Once Pauline had explained the process it seemed very easy. After the talk it isn’t essential to buy her pattern as she gives you enough explanation without it but I did as I was wanting to learn how she did a box pleat in the centre back of it.
So as with craft shows you do a bit of shopping. Ok so I did lots of shopping. I was able to pick up essentials such as threads and washaway solvy at a cheaper price so I stocked up.
I got a portable light for next to my sewing machine. I do a lot of early morning sewing so good lighting is a must. I was in the market for one and these were at a great price. I also good a proper light pad. I use my small one all the time but it isn’t really designed as a light box, at the time of getting it I wasn’t sure how much I would use it but now knowing how useful they are I snapped up this one. I can adjust how bright it is, clamp my pattern into place and it also has measurements on it.
I didn’t buy any quilting fabric but I did find some stretch denim. It has a gorgeous blue pattern on it. Not sure what I will make maybe a skirt or vest. I also purchased a sashiko panel as I have something in mind for it.
All my other purchases were indulgent. I got a couple of patterns, a book I have been looking at for a while. I found a place selling chenille cutters for 1/2 price so snapped it up as I had wanted one for a few years. Just after I purchased it they were actually mentioned in the jacket talk I went to. The embroidery frames will be used as I purchased a smaller one at the Rose Hill show and fell in love with them. I did my annual purchase of items made by volunteers of the Quilters community.
My favourite purchase was a yin yang template I found. I’ve had an obsession with the symbol for over 20 years and am instantly drawn to anything with them on it. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I spotted a mini quilt on a shop stand made with the them and to top it off they were blue!
So I possibly over spent a little at the show but I had a really good couple of days. Doing it over the 2 days made it more relaxing and it meant I had a chance to do everything I wanted. Next year the show returns back to Darling Harbour from its temporary home at Glebe Island it will be interesting to see what the new venue is like.