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CHA Supershow Contests: America’s Next Top Crafter & Fashion Fever

Two exciting contests kept the crowd entertained while wandering from booth to booth at the CHA Supershow on Saturday.

The first of which was America’s Next Top Crafter hosted by the Modern Surrealist, Marisa Pawelko, sponsored by Westcott.

This fast-paced competition pit three crafters against each other in a race against the clock to decorate a scissor holster in the way they felt best represented their crafting style. Each individual had an array of supplies to work with, but only 10 minutes on the clock before each piece was judged by a panel of celebrity judges, which just so happened to include Craft Critique’s very own Editor-in-Chief Sarah Moore! The Double Stitch Twins were also there to lend their expertise as well as Stephanie Girard, author of Sweater Surgery.

After 10 minutes had flown by, each of the contestants explained a bit about their piece. And the winner, Cami, explained that her holster was representative of her home in Mexico. She went home with a very generous prize from Westcott. Great job Cami!  Here’s a shot of all the participants, judges and host of America’s Next Top Crafter:

Another contest that actually began way before the Supershow even started was Fashion Fever. Sponsored by the National Sewing Council, this contest involved having a great imagination and concept of design, not to mention some killer sewing skills. In the months proceeding the show, 7 finalists had been chosen to compete during the show for the grand prize of a trip to Los Angeles for the Winter Supershow in 2011, including hotel and airfare.

Their mission? To create a fantasy themed clothing piece in under 48 hours with just $100 to spend. The piece was to represent Macy’s upcoming Glamorama Fashion Show which will take place August 13th at the Chicago Theatre. This year’s theme for the show is Fashion.Fantasy.Music.Magic. and will star Macy Gray. The finalists were to design a piece with this theme in mind, and imagine the final product being worn on the runway by Macy herself.

Each of the finalists remained hard at work right throughout the show (they began at noon on Friday, and had to be done by 4:00pm on Saturday):






While a couple were professional seamstresses, most were just starting out in the fashion world as students.

Once the pieces were complete, each contestant either wore her own piece or had a model wear it for a highly anticipated finale fashion show before the winner was announced.







After the fashion show all contestants came out for the big announcement. I am in awe at all the designs, what a wonderful job.


The grand prize went to Vanessa from Evanston, Illinois for her dragon inspired design. She said the billowing fabric pieces on the side of the dress represent dragon’s wings. Congratulations Vanessa!

There was so much more to do at the Supershow than I had thought, these contests made it all the more fun. I can’t wait to see what they come up with for next year! What kind of contests would you like to see or participate in?

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Westcott Tools Winner

Congratulations to the two winners of $150 in Westcott tools

Maria Matter said…
These look fabulous!!!
I’ve used a Creative Memories cutter since day one, it’s all I knew when I started papercrafting! It cuts a bit crooked and I have adjusted my positioning to accommodate it! It would be lovely to just place my papers and know they’ll be cut straight! lol
Blessings!

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Gina Lee Kim said…
I’d love to win! I’ve been looking for the next fabulous shears for fabric as well as possessing an ergonomic design. I never owned a Westcott before. Today’s review was very helpful & I will consider buying one next time! I love pink. 🙂
My cutting tools right now are the Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors by Ranger for general scrapbooking. For small, detail work I use scissors by EK Success. Both are my favorites because they are sharp & do the job.

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Vendor Spotlight: Westcott Tools – Cutting Mat & Hobby Knife

Reported by Kelleigh Ratzlaff

I am a big-time papercrafter, and my #1 go-to tool is my hobby knife. I use and abuse my hobby knives until they are embarrassingly dull and ineffective. Imagine my excitement when a package from Westcott Products arrived containing a brand-spanking new hobby knife, replacement blades and self-healing cutting mat!

First impression: That is the cutest stinkin’ hobby knife I have ever seen. Ooooh! And, look! A cushioned grip!! I could cut for hours and hours!

So, of course, I had to try it out. Oops! This sucker is much sharper than I expected. Maybe it is because all of my previous hobby knives were so incredibly dull. It took a while for me to get the hang of how hard to press down while cutting paper on the self-healing cutting mat. I broke my first blade within seconds.

No worries! I have replacements.

With a little bit of practice with my new hobby knife and cutting mat, I was soon a cutting fool.

Why do I like hobby knives so much?

  • With a steady hand, they are very precise.
  • I can cut around curves and in tight spots.
  • One tool does it all. No need to switch over to scissors or a paper trimmer.

And, how did the Westcott Hobby Knife and Transparent 12×12 Cutting Mat measure up?


As I mentioned, once I got used to the ultra-sharp blade and figured out how much pressure to apply, I was in heaven. My new hobby knife cuts through paper “like buttah.”

It made assembling this cute Canister Box a breeze!


Pros:

  • The hobby knife has a super sharp blade.
  • Replacement blades!
  • Cushioned grip – probably my favorite feature.
  • Nice safety cap with a pen-like feel.
  • The self-healing cutting mat performs exactly as expected.
  • The cutting mat has a great hole for hanging storage.

Cons:

  • The hobby knife has a super sharp blade! It took some getting used to.
  • The blade seems a bit thin. I was surprised at how quickly it broke. However, it is SUPER precise, so I’m not really going to complain about this!



GIVEAWAY!
Westcott is giving away a prize pack filled with $150 in products to two lucky readers.

To Enter
Leave a comment on this post or any Vendor Spotlight: Wescott and answer one or all of these questions…


Are you a hobby knife user? What do you look for when you purchase a new knife?

You have until Sunday, May 16th 6pm CST to enter. One entry per person, please.

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