CHA Winter 2013: A Color Explosion #CHAshow



As a first-time attendee to the Craft and Hobby Association Tradeshow, I was told to expect big things. But I really didn’t know how big until I arrived at the convention center to find the that the sign for the event was almost as big as my house.  Once I got through the doors, I was blown away by the vast, airy rooms filled to the brim with crafty eye candy.

To keep myself from getting too overwhelmed, I did like I always do: followed the brightest color. And oh, the colors at CHA! To begin with, I found myself unable to resist climbing into I Love to Create’s tie-dyed van. Things only got more colorful from there.

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Three professional crafters doing their professional duty: Haley Pierson-Cox, yours truly, and Kathy Cano-Murillo.

I spent a good chunk of time in the I Love to Create booth, where I visited with one of the sweetest crafters in the biz, Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka the Crafty Chica.  She designed this hilarious photobooth!

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Check out the mice that share a tail! Spoooky!

I perused the exciting new books from Random House/Potter Craft, including Super-Scary Mochimochi by Ana Hrachovec. I think the teeny tiny knitting needles needed to make these adorable creatures are a little scary, but I want to give it a try!

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Gertie shows off her signature style and sewing skills!

I followed the bold colors of Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch to the Butterick booth, where I got myself a shiny new signed copy of her book, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing.

In other color news, Lion Brand has some new neon colorways that got me very excited, and I can’t wait to return tomorrow to find even more creativity and color at CHA!




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