Those of us who have been around the crafting block for a while know that the Craft & Hobby Association’s Winter Conference and Trade Show is full of magic and sparkles, but for the new readers among us, here’s a quick overview.
CHA (pronounced C-H-A, each letter, not CHA, like cha-cha-cha) is like the Prom for craft manufacturers. Held twice a year, the Winter Show is the THE place to be for buyers for retail chains, independent craft stores, and media looking for the newest, coolest stuff in crafting. Manufacturers bring out their latest and greatest, the buyers order it, and in a few weeks’ (okay, sometimes months’) time, you, the consumer, can find it on your favorite stores’ shelves. And we here at Craft Critique get to report on it all!
The show isn’t just about what’s new, it’s also about what’s happening in the world of craft. There are tons of educational opportunities, workshops, and classes available. Add that to the speakers and other crafting rockstars who frequent the show floor, and we’re all in for a real learning experience.
Craft Critique is proud be among the media who report directly from the show; as we see it, you’ll see it. New tools, trends, and techniques… we walk the show floor all day, and then write about it all night.
Once the show starts on January 29th, hold on to your hats; we’ll be reporting all the best stuff for you to drool over.To follow along with all the news from the show floor “like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and even follow our new Pinterest Pin board.
Leave us a comment and let us know what *YOU* want us to report on: favorite manufacturers, product lines, anything you’ve heard about through the grapevine and want a closer look at.
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Dana Vitek is a craft-‐‑supply hoarder with an obscenely understanding husband. She works full-‐‑time as a geologist, and spends her free time sort of paying attention to her two kids, reading a lot, and crafting. She's a crocheter, but not a knitter because knitting seems way too complicated. She's a card maker, but usually only 10 minutes before a birthday party. She cusses at her sewing machine. She has at least 12 different types of glue, but can never find the scissors she wants when she wants them. Dana started writing and editing for Craft Critique in 2008. She is perhaps best known for her Mother of All Black Ink Tests, and her annual April Fool's posts. She blogs extremely irregularly at Stamping Science. http://stampingscience.blogspot.com
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