Join us at Creativ Festival, Canada's first consumer show of its kind &
the only one in Canada this fall!
An exciting line-up of featured guests and attractions await you at the 24th annual Creativ Festival back, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building October 21 through 23, 2011 with conference classes starting October 19.
Creativ Festival (formerly Creative Sewing and Needlework Festival) was Canada's first consumer show designed to inspire creativity and dedicated to promoting all the creative arts of sewing, knitting, beading, quilting, scrapbooking, needlework and crafting! And, it's back with electrifying energy and excitement! The only show of its kind in Canada this fall, come see what the buzz is all about.
Mark your calendar NOW and watch for an advance copy of our brochure coming by email next week. Our new website goes live on Friday evening, July 22nd and class registration and eticket sales start Monday, July 25th. And, to kick off ticket sales and registration, we'll be offering limited-time special offers by email.
Here's a sneak peak at some of what's in store:
|5 days of conference classes (Wednesday to Sunday) where you get up-close, hands-on instruction from internationally acclaimed technique, design and trend experts. Whether a beginner or seasoned pro, there's always something new to learn. Who better than Norm & Gio Gaudet to show you the ropes about felting? Knitwear author and designer Fiona Ellis tells all about Fractured Fair Isles, Designer Details, Entrelac and Directional Knitting, while author/fibre artist Linda McGehee shares New Angles in Strip Piecing and Threadwork.
|For fashion sewing at its best, get insider tips from Sandra Betzina, Kathryn Brenne, Ron Collins, Cecelia Podolak and Linda MacPhee. They're among the sewing stars back with classes on everything from designer finishes, sewing sheer fabrics and working with leather to zippers, fit and tailored garments. It's all the rage and you can even make a fascinator with milliner, Chistel Wille.
|Among the first time special guests are Pam Damour, the Decorating Diva with a hot new drapery panels class where you not only pick up trendy window treatment how-tos, but also learn and make 8 different types of pinch pleats. And, if doll making's your thing, you'll want to join cloth doll designer, Colleen Babcock visiting from the UK. And, altered Photo Artistry and Threadography� are the trademarks of freelance artist, author and instructor Beth Wheeler.
|A festival first, with the help of Nortel Manufacturing, we're offering small, intimate 3 hour hands-on classes to introduce you to glass bead making with Susan Stortini. Or, give lampworking a try at shorter 1.5 hour sessions. Whether it's working with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS under the guidance of CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS ambassadors or the professor of crystal, making chainmail jewellery or beadweaving, there's something at all levels of jewellery making.
|There's more for stitchers because of our partnership with the Embroiderers Association of Canada. You'll find their members on the show floor celebrating stitching or take part in the diverse range of hands-on classes from crewel, hardanger, stumpwork and Brazilian embroidery to blackwork, goldwork and Swedish weaving. Plus enjoy beginner to advanced canvas work and cross stitch classes or learn a variety of stitches as you create an ATC.
|Create an amazing holiday themed mini album with both Becky Fleck and Sarah Hodgkinson, a treasured 3D scallop circle album with Virginia Nebel, a Tim Holtz inspired Christmas Tag or Elegant Scrapbook Page with Deborah Lecreux and learn embossing techniques with Brae Montgomery.
Explore the show floor (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Here you can shop for trendy, to-die-for fabrics, luxurious fibres, papers, beads, notions, patterns, books, kits, tools and equipment. And, see show stopping displays and interactive happenings. Back due to popular demand are...
. Yarn Tasting where you can sample the hottest new yarns from Coats and Clark Canada and Westminster Fibers buffet. Plus, they've added a Learn to Knit centre
. The Crochet Crowd, from YouTube to Creativ, meet Mikey and Diva Dan
. Ozzie the Alpaca on Friday and Saturday
. Crafting for a Cure fundraising activities, Ikea Lounge and Michaels kids crafting activities
. Project Creativ Catwalk Challenge where fashion students race the clock to create winning designs
A popular hot spot is sure to be the CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Pavilion in our designer style showcase. And you might want to try to win $1,000 cash by participating in the first ever Duck Tape Challenge hosted by Wendy Russell, HGTV host of She's Crafty and presented by Westcott and ShurTech.
There's just too much to mention, so watch for our brochure coming to your inbox next week.