Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Stitching Retreats (2/7/07 SBQ)

Today's SBQ, suggested by Danielle, is about stitching retreats:
Have you ever been to a stitching retreat?

I've been to several. My first stitching retreats were Heart of Cross Stitch and then the Creative Arts and Textiles Show (CATS) in 2000; I attended both in Pennsylvania because at the time, I lived in New Jersey. Unfortunately, 2000 was the last year for Heart of Cross Stitch.

But CATS, whose name has been changed to the Consumer Arts and Teaching Show, is still running, although sadly they've reduced the numbers and locations of the shows offered down to just one this year. However, CATS offers the largest market open directly to stitchers anywhere in the US so is well worth attending just to shop. It will be held September 27 - 29, 2007 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. You'll find lots more information at the CATS website, which will be updated in the near future with 2007 information. Don't forget to sign up for their newsletter!

As mentioned in previous posts here on my blog, I've also attended other retreats/classes available through the Embroiderers' Guild of America (including opportunities to take classes with the most popular teaching-only designers such as Merry Cox and CA Wells) as well as online classes available through a number of different sources (Elegant Stitch, Swan Sampler Stitchers, Victoria Sampler, Just A Thought from Judy Odell).


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