Sunday, October 28, 2007

CRAFTY CORRESPONDENT: angelune at the Creativ Festival

what this show may lack in hipness, it sure makes up for in bang for your buck. fabric, notions, all kinds of crafting supplies for really good prices! i saw amy butler fabrics, joel dewberry, kaffe fasset, denyse schmidt... and tons of really nice japanese and asian fabrics. there were fat quarters (a half meter cut in half width-wise) for as little as $1.99 for plain fabrics, and $3-5 for fancier fabrics. i told myself not to spend too much money this year, but as always, len's mill booth had loads of cheap fabrics and i just had to get some. as a quilter, i found a lot of inspiration in the quilter's block, there were a lot of books and beautiful quilts made using modern fabrics. we all know crafting isn't just for grannies, but the ladies at this show have some serious talent (and time)!soy silk yarn
the show is getting hip to the green trend (which i hope is here to stay), with booths selling soy, bamboo, hemp and other sustainable fibres and fabrics. whether you are a sewer, knitter, crocheter, beader or jewelry maker or paper crafter, there are deals for everyone.
cool patterned papers at discount scrapbook supplies i am not a scrapbooker, but i did see so many pretty papers and die-cutting tools while wandering the paper crafts section that it made me want to start! i spotted some modern printed papers and decals with bird and flower motifs.

if you're looking for some deals and inspiration, check out the creativ festival. the next event is scheduled for april 2008, and the spring show is held a little further west, at the international centre.


Blogger Jennifer W - just the thing said...

Hi, I have attended the creativ show for many years shopping and taking classes and have been very disappointed for the past few years. Len's Mill is my favorite booth always but never buy anything at the show, I go to the one in Guelph close to where my parents live.

I attended the Knitting and Stitching show in London, England 3 weeks ago and this show was so inspirational, hip and way ahead of anything I've seen in Toronto.


8:31 a.m.  
Blogger angelune@TCA said...

I think this show seems to aim for a certain demographic, which is older ladies - possibly retired? I think I would like it better if the Creativ Festival made an effort to be more inclusive, like the One of A Kind show does. I feel like the OOAK has something for everyone - young and old, men and women.
Also, the OOAK is juried and doesn't include booths that aren't related to the show's theme, like orthotics or teeth whitening, etc. which I think cheapen the Creativ Festival.

1:17 p.m.  

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