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January 08, 2008


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Amy Hanks

First of all, I just found your blog and I've really enjoyed reading it! Thanks!

With that out of the way, I have to give you a big AMEN! Although I enjoy yarn arts, I totally agree with you. The shows I have attended recently have been subpar, unexciting, and like you said, have resembled a Midwest garage sale of the 70's. I think that crafts such as knitting and crochet get so much attention because they are so readily available and because they're something that everyone is familiar with. Bookbinding, for example, not so much. When I tell people I'm a binder, they look at me and have no idea what I'm talking about. Seriously. It's time that all crafters get attention where attention is deserved-even if it doesn't feel "safe"

Lee Kottner

Hi Amy! Thanks for dropping by. Glad you're enjoying the blog.

I guess this means that people like you and I need to put our money where our mouth is and start doing craft shows. Maybe we can turn the tide!


The only crafts they seem to care about here in Sydney are scrapbooking and quilting with some beading thrown in. We have a Papercraft Fair (suppliers) and that has been quite good since scrapbooking came along. (This from somebody who wouldn't scrapbook in a fit.) We have a huge craft show in the winter at Darling Harbour, and it has been three-quarters quilting for some years. Now beading and scrapbooking are getting a look in. We also have Stitches and Craft shows - suppliers again. They are similar - quilting, beading & scrapbooking. Knitting doesn't get much of a look-in. There is a bead show that started about 4 years ago and got bigger and better every year, though the lst one was a bit same-old.Great place to buy beads though.

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