March 12, 2010
Behind the Scenes : Craft & Hobby Association Trade Show
Posted by Blake Ramsey
I was lucky enough to make the trip out to Anaheim for CHA's Winter Trade Show. We try to have one member of our department go out each year to see what's new in the craft world. With hundreds of the top craft merchandisers represented, we can be sure to find the best materials for each project we create. Athena went last year, and posted about an exciting new tool that she found. Below you'll find a slideshow of some highlights from this year's show, including a few GIANT knit animals!
1 The Anaheim Convention Center
2 The Convention Center is surrounded by tall palms- not something I see in New York!
3 The Lion Brand Booth at the Convention- Did you see the story on Lion Brand in our January issue of Living?
4 Some sweet little knit animals
7 The animals are all tucked away, waiting to be displayed the following day. They were all handmade by the staff of Lion Brand- you can see the staff and read all about them in the January issue of Living
9 Ta-da! I wonder how long that snake is?! The yarn lends itself to the animal textures so nicely- the snake scales and markings, the lion's mane, and the giraffe's spots transformed into argyle.
12 I love the eyebrows on this guy!
14 The DMC needlework booth- I love these beautiful undersea panels.
15 Simple stitching makes this a very believable coral.
17 Metallic fabric and threads evoke a shimmery squid.
22 This plastic craft lacing by RexLace reminded me of friendship bracelets and keychains of my childhood.
23 It seems they have a lot more colors these days. Maybe I should revive my old hobby?
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