Visitors to the show started lining up at 6:00 a.m. to get the fabulous "Goody Bag" which included a book from the "Craftside Publishing Group", felt, beads, and an interesting assortment of really fun craft supplies. I got a plastic gun and a plastic bow and arrow which eventually were turned into earrings (yes these were small).
If you have never attended a "Felt Club" event, you are truly missing out on a wonderful opportunity to see a tremendous range of "Indy" designs and crafters.
The "Sweater Surgery" recycled sweater tree. The purse above is a project from the book (Sweater Surgery by Stefanie Girard), this purse is completely made of recycled and felted sweaters. It is stunning in person. I just loved the color pallet.
Below is Lisa Sonora Beam, the author of "The Creative Entrepreneur" (Quarry Books). She was at the show giving mini demonstration of her projects and doing book signings for fans. She also held a "Make-it & Take-It" that was quite popular. Her book is geared towards the creative individuals and empowering them to take charge of their business in a way that makes sense.
|Lisa Sonora Beam book signing|
The "Threadbanger DIY" group came by to film interviews with the various authors and crafters.
Annual Clothing Swap took place on the second floor of the Shrine. This is an opportunity to refurbish your old wardrobe with some new (well....new to you...) clothing. The idea of swapping clothing is getting more and more popular. It is a fun way to add to your wardrobe and to delete somethings as well.
Below is a view from the second floor looking down and the very crowded room full of happy crafters and shoppers. There really was something for everyone at this show. Be it shopping, workshops, food, and/or the clothing swap.
Upstairs, they held clothing swap and any left over clothing was donated to a local charity. They also had a bunch of work stations where visitors could deconstruct and re-make their new clothing finds. They had a row of sewing machines and all types of lace, ribbons, patches, button, etc. to accent an article of clothing. As well as some great coaches on hand to lend an opinion or two.
Present at the show were several of the designer jewelry contributors
to the "1,000 Pieces of Jewelry" book (Quarry Books)
To the right, is Shari Bonnin whom you may have seen on several episodes of "DIY Jewelry Making" on the DIY Cable Channel. Shari is well known for beadwork. Shari has an Etsy store. She can be found either selling or attending jewelry shows in Los Angeles and Orange County.
Adjowah Brody of the "Weekend Store" jewelry designs (#0737 p.227) also had a booth at the show. Her jewelry ranges from typewriter buttons to art pieces that are stunning. She also has an Etsy store, but I have to say that seeing her work in person is so much more fun.