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Regional craft & sales expo
This one-of-a-kind quilt will set you back $9000.
As you sew, you could reap a stunning quilt like the one-of-kind collector's piece pictured. Classes and stalls in quiltmaking and sewing were plentiful at Craft Alive, Bringing Creativity to You. Bernina sewing machines busily hummed among over sixty exhibitions to give you lots of ideas to take away to create something beautiful and meaningful for yourself, your friends or for charity.
Each year Toowoomba's Craft Alive knit together a team of exhibitors to present the latest craft trends, supplies, products and workshops across three states for three days. Workshops presented were: Cog-Tastic Cardmaking, Fun with Feet and Attachments, Cash in on your Craft Passion, Chiku Chiku Bag Fabric with Panache, English Paper Piecing, Fabric Designing from the Pantry, Baby Bronze Pants, Stretch is Back Working with Knits, Stained Glass Patchwork and the Lampshade Workshop.
Cross sample of exhibitions.
Quilts of Hope hosted a Cocktail Launch Party for the Craft Alive Challenge at the Clive Berghofer Recreation Centre from 5pm-7pm. The launch raised funds to support children and families living with cancer. Quilters and patchworkers donate or work to support Challenge, who've been helping improve the quality of life of cancer sufferers since 1983.
Stitch's needlecraft with over twenty tutors help create patchwork, quilting, embroidery and knitting. Kits and finished goods were on sale. Interactive workshops, 'make and takes' and demos were part of the fun. Pages' paper craft has it all wrapped up, from scrapbooking, to cardmaking to dyes. Sewing Buddies Australia specialised in sew adjustables, LED sewing and machine lights as well as hard to find accessories and kits. For the painter, Kaisercraft Kaiser Colour colouring books each feature forty designs including floral and Japanese-inspired. The colouring books are also useful for patterns for embroiderers and cake-makers. Kaiser Craft also presented workshops on dyes and stamps.
Other exhibitors included Can Do Books, Sugar and Spice Gourmet Foods offering organic, gluten free and preservative free products, Such Garden Art sculptures, Tony Kelly's wood crafted pens and boxes, the Hand Crafted Shop buy and sell, Adele's Bobbins 'N' Threads, Bean and Barrow, Black Possum Fabrics and Crystals N More.
Craft Alive activities included a Teddy Bear Hunt for children to find teddy bears matching the pictures. The Coffee Cart Café, snuggled into a quiet corner, was a welcoming rest-stop for the enthusiastic shopper or workshopper.
Feeling crafty? Immerse yourself in bags of buttons or balls of yarn at Craft Alive.