I spent soooo much money. And here's some of the goodies I bought; a purple and blue swirly aida that I just cannot wait to design something for.
Sorry for the poor images, I plonked the fabrics on my scanner as my camera batteries were flat and I couldn't wait to show them to you.
I also bought, from the same stand, a 'sherbert' hand dyed evenweave, 6 coasters and a half a meter strip of ribbon aida (the type you usually put on towels, but I'm planning something different for mine!).
I also made contact with some awesome businesses that have shown interest in my cross stitch designs.
Most unexpectedly, I learned something about myself at the show.
I try to do too much. So I've decided to specialise. I'm going to focus on textile designs.
I do love to bead, but I feel it should be a means of embellishments, not a major medium for me.
There are LOTS of talented beaders out there. But I got caught up in producing things quickly for the Artfest craft show. Now I know that's not me. I'm not about doing something that is almost mass produced. I'm about experimenting and doing things in unexpected ways and combining materials. Sometimes that takes a bit more time. It's not something that can be produced in quantities large enough for a craft market.
I'm a decorative arts designer, not a craftsman.
I don't know if any of that makes sense to you. But it does to me, and even writing it here helps to solidify my feelings.
Now if I can just save enough money to buy that $7000 long arm sewing machine that I want ... LOL