I will not possibly be able to convey the awesomeness of Sewing Summit in this post. And just like any bad blogger, I took almost no pictures. But here is my random collection of comments in bullet point format.
- Fantastic classes. I am of the opinion that there's always something to learn. You might learn a new trick or technique...you might learn a fun-fact from talking to the person next to you...you might learn that you don't like something and you would like to spend the rest of your days trying to avoid said thing..but there's always something to learn. I got pretty lucky and got into all of the classes that I wanted, including many of the coveted hands-on classes - and I loved them all! That said, there's so much more to Sewing Summit and you don't have to be in an official class to learn something, yo!
- The people made the weekend. Everyone was so amazing; the staff, the instructors, the other attendees...even the Starbucks employees were extra nice. It was fun meeting blog friends in real life. Like Lisa! (Hey, girlfriend!!)
- Make a name tag with your blog name/logo on it. I didn't because it seemed silly to wear two name tags. But really, that's how we all recognize each other in the blog/Flickr/Instagram world. If you don't have time to make something super-duper crafty, just print out a sticker that you can slap on your official badge...just be sure to make it big enough so people will be able to read it from a comfortable distance. (Unless you like people putting their faces in your boobs...then by all means, use 8pt font.)
- If you're thinking of going to SS next year, start working on your Weekender Bag now. There were 250 people there and about 249 of them had Weekenders. I was already dreaming of making one before the Summit - I mean, it's just an awesome bag and the perfect carry-on size - but I couldn't decide on a style. I spent the conference stalking other bags for inspiration. Here are 4 of them. 4 out of 249. (And if one of these is yours, well my undying love for your bag will have to suffice in lieu of credit because with my memory, I didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of remembering who these belonged to!...)
Chicopee...yum!) Anyway, I considered grabbing the bag and running as fast as my legs would carry me, but she was really sweet...it's hard to steal from a nice person, you know?...so I guess I'm going to have to make one for myself.
- Don't pack any clothes. Just wear the same thing every day. Because you are going to need every square inch of your luggage for fabric and swag. At check-in, we got swag bags. Giant, delicious, swag bags that came loaded with tins and batting and scissors and other amazing bits of goodness (free Craftsy class! WHAT?!?)...and then, into this bag, we dumped even more swag over the course of the weekend. By the time I was packing to leave, it was filled with magazines, books, fabric, thread, fabric glue, more fabric, more batting, even more fabric... Plus, the day before classes started, there was a shop hop during which I purchased copious amounts of fabric. See?...
|Hey, check out my new awesome photography skills that I picked up at the Summit! (FYI, this is my only trick. I will be using it non-stop.)|
It might not look like a TON of stuff, but it would not all fit into a large flat rate box. Luckily for me, the Sewing Summit staff is awesome and they set up a shipping station so I didn't have to carry it all on my person...(just some of it.) I love them.
- My secret celebrity boyfriend, Joel Dewberry spoke during lunch on Saturday. It was awesome. Ella
offered to take a picture of me doing something wildly inappropriate
while the distinguished Mr. Dewberry carried on a respectable
conversation with someone else. But as a woman who is completely
chickenmature and grown up, I decided against it. He played it really cool too...see how he's pretending he doesn't know where I'm sitting?
|(and this is why you can't trust pictures on the interwebs...this picture sucks! But the fabric is awesome!)|