This summer I got a chance to attend the "American Sewing Guild 2011 Annual Conference" which held in the city of Los Angeles, California.
Parking in LA is always an expensive experience. Some of the hotels in the area where the conference was being held were charging $40 per day to park there. My friends and I found that to be a little ridiculous so we found a parking structure less than a block a way that only charged $12 to park. We also figured that the walk over would justify the coffee drinks we were planning on having once we got to the conference site.
The conference was held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles which is known for its unique architecture and decor.
They also had a wonderful community service project called the "Painted Turtle Pillow" where members
buy the pattern to make the turtle pillow and then donate them to either raise funds for the children or to
give to the children. The "Painted Turtle" camp (a non-profit organization) is a special camp and family care center for children who suffer from "life threatening" illnesses.
The American Sewing Guild also had some great special events that included the "Art Bra Exhibit" from "The Way to Wellness Foundation"' and the well known Hoffman Challenge from the "Treasures Collection".
The first exhibit I got to see was the "Art Bra Exhibit" from The Way to Wellness Foundation. The art bras can be made of just about anything. The artist's imagination is only limited in the fact that it has to remain wearable and displayable. The "Art Bra Exhibit" from "The Way to Wellness Foundation" was created to benefit woman's breast cancer services.
Below is a close up of some the different detail work on four of the bra's that were on display.
Hoffman Challenge from their "Treasures Collection". Here is a
Fabric Studio" booth. Who explain how the Fabric Studio Software line that allows the user to create and print their own fabric patterns in easy to follow steps. It was so simple and the resulting fabric is pretty to cool to see in person.
Below are printed examples of some fabric made using their fun new "Fabric Studio" software. I like the kitty and puppy fabric. They are too cute!
The I went to visit with Linda McGehee from Ghee's to talk to her about the zipper trend and some of the many different things you can make with them.
rhinestones. I personally loved the fancy lace trimmed zippers. She even had badge holders that were made from zippers.
|Samples from Linda's Jewelry Making Patterns from zippers.|
cool class on upcycling old clothing.
Then I decided to check out the Exhibit Hall and see what types of merchandise was being sold by vendors. One thing to catch my eyes was "Dawn Sklar Ribbon and Button" booth where there was
She also had jewelry making supplies as well as pre-made button jewelry. However, it was the buttons
themselves that held my attention. She even had some steampunk ones but they sold out pretty quick on those.
|Batik Stamp for Stamping on Fabric|