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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / One Yard Wonders - the sequel! on: March 11, 2010 06:49:19 PM
 We are excited to invite you to contribute to our second book in the One-Yard Wonders book series!

Inspired by the success of 101 One-Yard Wonders, Fabric Extravaganza: One-Yard Wonders will be geared towards sewers with at least a little experience and a great love of fabric - ALL fabrics.

We all know that committed sewers are prone to buying a yard of this and a yard of that, with no particular project in mind - and we know from experience that these fabrics are not limited to printed cottons.  With this book, we are setting out to fill a need that so many of us have: what to do with that single yard of special, coveted fabric you bought on impulse.  Looking at our own personal fabric bounties, we realized so many fabricaholics have a wonderful variety of fabrications waiting to be used.  We often find ourselves asking the question how best to use these treasures? What are the best projects for silk, taffeta, velvet, chenille, corduroy, knit and more?  Not only that, but why are we afraid to use these fabrics?  We are expanding this approach to new, exciting projects for sewing enthusiasts like you to help you use up your beloved fabric stash!

Get all the deets at www.craftyplanet.com/oneyardwonders/ - can't wait to see what you might have in store!

Trish H.
2  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: No Coast Craft-a-thon Needs You! on: November 21, 2008 11:06:26 AM
Minnesota craft geniuses, there's still a spot for a team to compete so we've extended the deadline! let us know by December 1 if you and a friend (or two, or three) want to compete for giveaways such as Janome sewing machines, craftyplanet gift certificates, Sublime Stitching kits, and more!

3  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / No Coast Craft-o-Rama applications ready! on: July 16, 2008 02:49:02 PM
I know you don't want to miss vending at this super awesome December 5 & 6 sale taking place at the Midtown Global Market (4th annual!) http://www.nocoastcraft.com/, application deadline is coming up soon! Each of the last two years we had 8,000-10,000 shoppers over both days.

Last year we had vendors from New York, Texas, and all over -- we'd like to keep that national vibe going!

We have lots of neat new stuff planned this year, too, including an upcycle craft-a-thon contest, a new website to be unveiled in September, and great local & national sponsorships!

Hope to see you there!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: etsuko furuya fabrics on: April 19, 2007 06:49:21 PM
this is a place you can buy them online --

5  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / Re: Sort of disappointed with No-Coast Craft show on: December 06, 2006 08:02:32 AM
We really do appreciate the feedback; thank you for caring enough to comment whether positively or negatively.

I just have a couple of comments to make in reply.
I thought it was rude and kind of mean to stick vendors selling the same type of item in the same corner (for example, the bottlecap magnets... there were about four tables in a row!)
I'm sorry that ended up happening. We paid a LOT of attention to vendor placement --seriously, days were spent trying to make sure similar vendors weren't close together. We could only go by what vendors had put for their description and photos. For instance, few specifically mentioned they would sell bottlecap magnets, but if they did we made sure they weren't anywhere near each other.But yes we agree we'd like to avoid that, and perhaps we will try to ask vendors for a more complete and accurate listing of their intended inventories.

A couple of people also commented about the large number of jewelry vendors. Opinions may vary, but I don't think 8 jewelry vendors (that's how many accepted vendors specifically indicated they made jewelry) out of a total of 80 vendors is too many. Then of course several had jewelry in addition to other cool stuff. Again we appreciate your feedback and will keep that in mind for next year, though I repeat we can only go by what applicants say they will sell. I can tell you that was one category we struggled mightily with, because we had at least 30 applications from jewelry makers and we definitely did have a limit on the number of vendors for that--and every--category.  I personally think our jewelry vendors rocked, and represented a pretty good mix of styles.

Another person commented about the quality of the vendors vs. last year. Again, I'm biased as an organizer, but a good half of the vendors this year were also at last year's sale (that is, 80% of last year's vendors were there this year)--and I thought their stuff was at least as good, and for the most part better, than what they had shown before. I also thought there were a lot of great new vendors. I too wish we had more vendors who make craft supplies like paper, stamps, and so forth--but none applied other than the yarn vendor, and we can't have them if they don't apply. Please help us get the word out if you know people who do that. they can visit www.nocoastcraft.com to get on our mailing list to hear about the application process. That information was also available at the No Coast information table right at the main entrance near Crafty Planet's table.

It was crowded and the layout was challenging, but we did our best to overcome the latter with signage and maps (unfortunately some of our signs were taken down), and the former was simply -- as Tracy noted -- due to having twice the number of expected crowds. we hoped to double our audience from 2005, who could have predicted we'd triple it?! (heck, when I told potential sponsors that we hoped for 5000, some thought I was exaggerating.)

Again despite the crowding and the hard-to-find spaces, most shoppers loved the venue, especially when it came to mealtime.All in all, the comments and feedback we got in our shopper surveys overwhelmingly praised the variety, novelty, and quality of the crafts displayed, so that is one thing I definitely think we did right.
The apron vendors ALWAYS do very well, so of course we love to have them, whether others think they are "modern" or not. And Willy's woodcarvings of Santas are so very unique, I just love his stuff. and embroidered jewelry? I can't even begin to make a list of all the unique stuff I saw without tripling the length of this already-long post.

I hope everyone will feel able to give positive and negative honest feedback, and I also hope you won't mind if we organizers continue to respond. I guess it's good to keep in mind what comments/complaints should be directed to which parties (e.g., organizers can try to find sufficient space and organize it well, with appropriate signage; vendors can try harder to be approachable and make sure they have enough help & support, and also provide more complete descriptions of their wares to the organizers).

From the vendors I have spoken to, it sounds like most at least met expectations, and many doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled their expected sales -- so by most accounts it was successful. but I definitely see a lot we can improve upon, and we welcome any constructive hints & suggestions (especially for spaces!). For instance, if anyone knows an in-town (or close-in) space that is at least 15,000-20,000 square feet, heated in the winter, with space for free parking for 1000 cars--AND has great food options, PLEASE let us know!  Grin
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