Friday, October 20, 2006

"shorter name, same great show"

geez, I've been seeing the ads for this creativfestival all over the city, but little did I know that it was the good old creative sewing and needlecraft festival, with a new name! and it's going on right now (until sunday).

this festival started off with a focus on sewing and needlework, but now includes many more creative art forms and mediums; from textile, fibre and paper arts to beads, embellishments and crafting.

if you're in the market for any tool or machine, this is the place to go see and try them all. I bought my trusty janome sewing machine there two years ago, and got a super deal (-%50). you'll have brand reps there showing you how to use the machines, ready to give you deals and throw in extras.

this year the festival is at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre again (south building, halls d & e), with over 200,000 sq ft packed with ideas, solutions, supplies and techniques for all sorts of crafts. there's even some free workshops. it does cost $12 to get in, but you'll find great bargains for fabric, trim, notions, tools, machines, everything. and there's door prizes and sometimes freebies.
watch out!
the funny thing about this festival is that the average age of attendees is about 55, and they're all carrying one of those rolling shopping bags, so watch out!

the good thing about the age factor is that you'll probably be able to find what you want while the target market fights over the items that might not be your style. you might end up buying so much stuff that you'll need a rolling shopping bag!


Blogger Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

I was disappointed...too many non-creative booths selling things like nail art and oxi-clean. Reminded me of why I don't go to the Exhibition very often.

10:41 a.m.  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I too am fed up with all the nail and oxi-clean booths, and this year i could not find a booth to help me relearn knitting. The Yarn Cafe ladies were almost rude and very unwelcoming. They year before seemed much better.
The seminar I attended was very unorganized also.

7:06 p.m.  

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