Widening the Bead Horizons – CHA

I’ve just come back from the Summer Craft & Hobby Association trade show in Rosemont IL. This is a 3-day exhibition which is not open to the general public, but only to designers, store owners, magazine publishers and professionals looking for the latest and greatest in the craft world. There is nothing to buy here – it’s strictly an exhibition. In fact there are rules against selling any item in the booth. It’s also an enormous show. Probably at least double the size of the CreativFestival. The overwhelming impression that struck me was how much scrapbooking has taken over as …

What I’m missing out on this week

There are two big industry conferences happening this week.  I’m really sorry to have had to miss the ISGB Gathering this year – mainly because it is for the first time so very, very close. Rochester!  Even if you’re not a beadmaker – The Gathering hosts an open to the public bead bazaar. See up close and personal some of the best beads from your favourite artists. Road trip anyone? 🙂 The other big happening is the CHA – Craft & Hobby Association conference. Anyone who owns a craft related retail business should be there. Lots of educational opportunities, plus …