I’m coming to you from a squat on the floor outside an enormous conference hall that holds every craft innovation you could possibly ever want — or frankly even dream of. Here at the Craft & Hobby Association Conference “CHA” as the pro’s call it, the world’s craft elite make their bedazzled and bedraggled appearances all in a grand effort to get all you Makers, makin’!
And, I’m here to tell you, there is some cool stuff and you all would be inspired.
Think of CHA on the terms of your local Michaels with a dedicated aisle for EVERY CRAFT SUPPLY VENDOR– and that aisle was 10 ft wide and 20 or more feet long. Today I spent the day hitting vendor lectures and classes, hearing about how to use new die cuts (Sizzix) in new ways, the top 20 most innovative products (an embroidery product that I can’t wait to share) and a lot about how to leverage social media. The main show floor hasn’t even opened and already I’m seeing some trends — I’m anxious to figure out if I’m right tomorrow.
What I can say is that there is a lot of crossover between the “crafting” world and the sewing world and I think that there will be a lot of things that I can tell you about that demonstrate crossover of crafting into many other areas of ‘making’ — if that makes any sense at all.
Wish me luck at one more tradeshow, I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to come back to you with all sorts of innovation and inspiration.
Get up and make something while I’m gone