Last weekend, I got the chance to spend 2 days at the Creativ Festival in Toronto. I had a great time, met lots of people, tried new crafts, and even managed to buy a few things for myself! (Who am I kidding, I would’ve bought something from every booth if I could have!).
One of my favourite moments of the festival was during my visit to the Spinners and Weavers guild booth. I got to spin on a wheel for the first time (lots of fun but very hard to keep the wheel going in the correct direction!) and try weaving on a floor loom. The loom was my favourite part, and because I totally need another craft, I liked it enough that I’m looking into buying a used loom. The woman who was teaching me was so sweet, and let me weave for quite awhile since there was no-one else waiting.
You can’t take photos inside the exhibition hall, which I found very disappointing. Part of the fun of other stitching events that I haven’t been able to attend yet (like Rhinebeck, which is this weekend) is being able to see the lovely photos of all those who were able to attend. I’m glad I didn’t bring my photography stuff on the first day, so I didn’t have to deal with having anything confiscated. I will, however, share some of the things I bought over the course of the weekend. I only bought a few things because the budget is tight, but I was glad that I was able to get what I did.
To begin, I did 2 free make and takes which were lots of fun. The first was a demo of stamping using water-based markers:
The second was a tag from the CTMH booth made with a lovely fall stamp:
Finally, here are all of the things that I bought:
The yarn is a giant ball of Red Heart Comfort, which I bought for 3.50$. I hate the way it feels but it should soften up, and I needed something machine washable with a big yardage to make a bunch of hats out of.
I also picked out some buttons for some upcoming knitting projects at the Len’s Mill booth. They had giant bins of them and they were 3 for 1$, so I got some extras as well. I love buttons.
Finally, I got 2 things for my cross-stitching for Christmas. Both were donated to this particular store by another stitching shop which had gone out of business. They were selling the items for great prices and the proceeds were going to a women’s shelter. I got a book of Christmas borders and lettering for 1$ and a little kit to make an ornament, also for 1$. This kit is great because it includes everything, even the frame, the thread, and the needle! I can’t wait to get started on it.
All in all, I had a great time at Creativ and bought some great things. I can’t wait for next year!