CHA 2011: Eye Candy


This morning, I drove over to the LA Convention Center to take a peek at the Craft & Hobby Association winter show (CHA 2011 for short).  The true story is that I tried to go to the show yesterday, but I drove to the WRONG convention center.  Yeah.  No one in Anaheim knew what I was talking about.

I’ve never been so happy to see a long line of cars trying to park at the LA Convention Center as I was this morning.  At least I was in the right place this time!  My husband has started referring to this incident as my “grievous error.”  Thanks, dear.  I’m fairly certain that I won’t be able to live this one down for a long time.

I only had a few hours to walk the floor so I didn’t get to take many photos, but I did whip out the camera at the DCWV booth.  Check out these incredible dresses made from paper!


I love the mix of white and patterned butterflies (below).


It was interesting to see a lot of companies focusing on the cross over between paper, sewing, and fashion.  Cosmo Cricket announced a new “fashion crafting” product line with EK Success, as well as a new adhesive product that can be used to create easy fabric flowers from strips of fabric.  I’m always blown away by all of the embellishments that the scrapbooking companies provide.  I’m excited to see them bringing some of their ideas to fabric.  What do you think of this trend?

Hope your week is off to a good start.  Knowing where to show up is always a plus.

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  1. Wow, these photos are gorgeous!! I hope you had a good time at the show. You must be completely filled with inspiration! I LOVE the idea of all of this crossover between the crafts and fabrics. Can’t wait to hear more about the show!

  2. Rebecca said

    What?? Those are made from paper?! They are beautiful and really impressive! …although it’d really suck to get caught in the rain in one of those! Lol! They are absolutely gorgeous though!

  3. I’m really curious to see where it goes – one new product, even something “small” like that adhesive, has the potential to launch a thousand ships. Sometimes I’m glad I’m really limited in what I can easily purchase in our area….if I had so many options I think I might freeze! =P

  4. These dresses a fabulous!!! So creative!
    Thanks for shearing! :)

  5. Wow, that’s amazing—merging papercrafts with fashion. I love the possibilities! I’d love to see that green dress on a runway. I wonder what Anna Wintour would think.