Friday, August 17, 2007

Omaha Expo in September

Kayleen was asking, and in case anyone else in my neck of the woods isn't aware of it, there's a sewing expo coming up in Council Bluffs, Iowa (across the river from Omaha)in about a month.

  • The Original Creative Festival

    September 21, 22, 23, 2007
    Mid-America Center
    One Arena Way
    Council Bluffs, IA 51501

    WORKSHOPS BEGIN Thursday September 20th 9:00 am
    Sewing machines sponsored by Sew Viking
    Irons sponsored by ROWENTA


    Special Guest Speaker Cynthia England / England Designs
    Cynthia is a graduate of the Art Institute of Houston and has been creating quilts for more than thirty years. Experimentation with quilting techniques led her to develop her own unique style. Cynthia’s quilts have been honored with many awards, including two Best of Shows at the prestigious “International Quilt Association”. Her quilt, Piece and Quiet was distinguished as one of the Hundred Best Quilts of the 20th Century. Cynthia teaches and lectures nationally and internationally.

    Come learn from the top industry designers & educators that will be offering 4 days of workshops, seminars & FREE stage presentations. Special Guest speakers: Cynthia England, Jodi Barrows, Emma Seabrooke, Barbara Callahan, Connie Spurlock, Sheila Reinke, Brian Bergquist, Terry White, Jewell Hulitt, Lorraine Henry, Connie Spurlock, Kathy Ruddy, James Raymer, elinor peace bailey, Ute Vasina, Patti Culea, Julie McCullough and more to be announced. It’s a perfect opportunity to learn NEW sewing, quilting, crafting and embroidery skills or simply sharpen current ones.

    Cloth Doll Makers & Doll Lovers
    YOU are in for a HUGE treat! For the first time in Council Bluffs 4 of the Top Industry Cloth Doll Artist; elinor peace bailey, Patti Medaris Culea, Ute Vasina & Julie McCullough will be traveling to The Original Creative Festival and will display their Creations, teach workshops, lecture and offer Hands-on Make & Take it projects during the Festival. Be sure to stop by “Doll Alley” and meet the artist face to face, they will have all their newest products & supplies for purchase.

I plan to go for a day, mainly to visit the vendors and perhaps do a few classes. There's quite a list of them, and some sound pretty interesting. I've been told that Lorraine Henry is very good on fitting and pattern choices. Anyone know anything about her?

There's a thread on Stitcher's Guild about this now, too.

There's also going to be a Hancock workshop weekend in October in Omaha, but I haven't heard who the guest speaker/educator will be. It's always been very good though, so I'm hoping for great things.


Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I have heard good things about her too. I have never taken a class from her but my friend did. I think you should try one of her classes and report back for the rest of us!

Anonymous said...

Okay, I just signed up for the Thursday pattern alteration workshop with Lorraine Henry.

I've never been to this or the Hancock workshop weekends because I'm always annoyed that I have to drive clear to Omaha on a weekend when we usually have a gig. Never anything in Des Moines, I could make those and still be able to work the weekend (husband is an entertainer).

But a Thursday afternoon is workshop is do-able.


Judi Wellnitz said...

I've taken classes with elinor and Patti Culea - awesome teachers. Patti teaches lots of techniques for cutting edge sewing - lots of free motion, beading, fabric dyeing, and so on. elinor is usually quite entertaining! Have a blast! I'm jealous that you get to go!

Joy said...

You will really enjoy Lorraine Henry. She is great and has some fitting information that is a wonder. Have had classes in Cleveland, OH with her.