It was a whirlwind trip for Kim and I! We left home at 7am and got to Paducah, KY at 9:45am. We made it just in time for the doors to open at the HLG lace display and demo at the Grace Episcopal Church on Broadway. We got to visit with the River City Tatting Club out of Evansville, IN and other members of HLG. Lots of friends we haven’t seen in a while! Susan and Jim Groh of Unique Expressions were there as the vendor and they had their entire store sprawled out in the large church library. Lots of shopping done and I got quite a few items. I was bad, but got things I was “needing”. Here is what I got
A pack of “The Blues” Oliver Twist thread, plus two others, black and white 100/2 Brok thread, a pack of pearwood square continental bobbins, a lace roller, a gimp or broken thread clasps that act as a separate bobbin, a size 16 bent hook(manufactured that way and perfect for joinings so you don’t have to struggle), 5 jade midland bobbins waiting to be spangled, a spider separator pin, and an HLG striver.
After saying our goodbye’s(which took quite long) we headed down to the convention center to do MORE shopping. This year the Hotel was renovating some areas and they had to put in a temporary tent to house all the vendors that typically were in the south wing(which consists of about half of the vendors for the entire event). They were in one of those fully enclosed, white vinyl blow up things that I think look like a big slug. Like THIS. It was really nice and lots of room and wasn’t hot inside. That is good both for vendors and customers.
Right away we started in on our buy spree. At the Sulky booth I found some size 12 Blendables thread in several varigated colors. Just got a few but wanted ALL of them. Yes I see that they do tat well as so many tatters tell me. So does the size 30 wt I got a few weeks ago HAH. Here is the thread stashes I got
Top row is this wonderfully exotic metallic thread by the Marathon Thread Co. out of Conshohocken, PA. I instantly saw butterflies and dragonflies bobbin laced or tatted with this thread. It is metallic wrap cord and has an irridescence to it that is something I haven’t seen before. Even other thread suppliers I showed it to were enthralled!
Next row below is hand dyed size 12 cotton by ArtFabrik.com out of Elgin, IL. They are a long time vendor and I just now am getting some of their wonderful colors. Perfect for lacework!
Next row below that is the ever popular Valdani varigated thread. Top four, left to right are O 41, JP 6, O 520,O 559. Bottom foure, left to right are O31, JP 4, P 10, O 505.
Next row of thread below the Valdani is Sulky Blendables in size 12. Left to right is #4002, #4025, #4043, #4109, #4021, #4008
One of my ultimate finds in this show was some wool roving that I didn’t expect to be there. This vendor sold any item that deals with wool. Naturally I drooled over the roving since I am learning to spin. Plus Kim does wool embroidery. So we both went nuts! This is our stash
The roving balls are mine. Kim got hand dyed wool fabric and 4 spools of wool thread. A few other items not related to wool that we got from other vendors are fabric organizers, wallet sleeves, magnet for pins, Little Gripper for rotary ruler, and other fabrics for Kim’s embroidery.
We didn’t get through the last row of vendors in this area. We were getting hungry and went to the food tents and had lunch. Italian beef…MMMMMM…… We proceeded to the main quilt showcase and MORE VENDORS. I am not allowed(by AQS law) to show publically on the internet the pics of the quilts on display or who won. We got a book of all the quilts listed with pictures and details, so I didn’t take much for pictures. Except I did take pictures of the Best of Show. So if you are a fan of LOTR or just want to see, please EMAIL ME. It was a phenominal quilt and well executed. If you like “quilts” that are fully machine embroidered and machine quilted….hmmmm…….
Time for rant! I have been to this show many times and have seen the quilts go from traditional hand quilt art pieces, to just plain art pieces that you wouldn’t put on your bed but confined to the wall, to just everything done by machine and not a stitch of blood from fingers were touched by the fabric. I would guess that 75% of the quilts now at this(or any of the shows we have been to) are machine quilted, machine embroidered. I think I could have counted on both hands of quilts I saw that were hand quilted, hand embroidered, and might I add that they were astonishingly accurate and well executed and I like them better. Many that I talked to at the show said their favorites were the handmade ones. Not because of subject or color(altho that plays a big role), but because I know what work goes into it and the hours. I know, I know, these fully machined quilts have their place in this quilt world. But call me old fashioned or just one who enjoys the process of everything handmade. Many(ok 50%) of the quilts I saw were from Japan and I commend you and thank you. BUT, what was surprising was that the Japan quilts were the hand quilted, hand embroidered quilts!! Come on USA, skip the machine and get back to your roots!!! A growing trend I saw in the Japanese quilts was that they were hand done and actually more beautiful than the machined. So hopefully this trend will come back to these shows. Even the vendors are influenced by this machine era. It was very difficult to find a vendor that catered to those who like to do hand work. It is all about machines, furniture for machines, thread for machines………buhahahahaha.
OK….off my rant!
Because of this lack of handmade oriented supplies, were beginning to panic, because we couldn’t find our favorite vendor that supplies silk ribbons and fabrics that we make this special trip to just see and spend from her. Quilter’s Fancy out of Cortland, OH is our favorite vendor. It was getting late and we were frantically going through the vendors row by row and we weren’t finding her. She wasn’t in her normal spot!! OH NO!!! We finished looking at the upstairs quilts(never did get to the downstairs quilts and antique vendors), our feet and legs were hurting and we had just about ad enough. We rounded the corner and I spotted her!!!!! They moved her from her normal spot! We chatted and browsed and drooled and just had a grand time visiting with her and her newly retired hubby(who graciously is helping her). Cindy is always showing us the newest stuff she gets in and is a real charmer for selling to us. Enough of the drooling, lets get to buying her stuff!!! This is what we got and we spent way too much and my pocket book is crying and SO AM I!!!
Just look at all that silk. Silk ribbons, trims, silk hand dyed velvet, fabrics, cording. She showed us this new book and felting technique using the wide silk ribbon. Had to get that!!!
We closed out the vendor and show and half the lights were turned out and the vendors were covering their booths up. Yes, we need to go and we have spent TOO MUCH. It was a good day and we were totally tired and I had a hard time driving back home. But we made it!
Below is a slide show I made from the pictures I took for your enjoyment.
If you would like to see them individually and I have descriptions with the photos, go HERE