Generosity for Madagascar Exhibit

Generosity for Madagascar Exhibit

By Michael Sellick

We are continuing to receive donations from fans around the world for the Stranded and Tangled in Madagascar Exhibit at Creativ Festival. Donations have come in from Dubai, France, UK, USA and Canada so far. Our booth will be the island of Madagascar for the next show. Some of the characters are tiny while others are oversized. We have over 200 creatures and landscape entries so far.

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Knit & Crochet Show

The Red Heart Team and Crochetville are gearing up for the Knit & Crochet Show in Manchester, NH! July 23- 27th, 2014!

This year is a special anniversary year for the Crochet Guild of America, they’ve been gathering crocheters together for 20 years! To celebrate they are planning a Cake and Champagne Reception on Thursday evening.

The Knitting Guild of America will be there too, and together the two guilds are planning a yarn-bombing extravaganza for the show. Check out the preview below, it looks like fun already! If you’d like to send in a square, or bring it with you, check out the details here. Continue reading “Knit & Crochet Show”

Creativ Festival Spring Show recap from Guest Blogger: Lori Tarantini

The Creativ Festival Spring Show was held on April 25th and 26th at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The Festival is celebrating its 27th year. The show is about learning, creativity and crafting it yourself.

When the show doors opened Friday morning waves of people flooded the show floor. It was well attended by consumers from all over the city and even other provinces. Believe it or not, our friends from the United States also attended the show. It was a great opportunity to indulge in creativity combined with a fantastic shopping excursion. Continue reading “Creativ Festival Spring Show recap from Guest Blogger: Lori Tarantini”

Ballgowns from Boutique Sassy Fabric and Boutique Sashay Metallic

For the recent CHA show we wanted to create some drama for our tradeshow booth. Recently we have launched the Boutique Sassy Fabric yarn that creates amazing ruffles like our Boutique Sashay Metallic yarn. CHA is the largest industry trade show of the year here in the states. It’s where all major craft companies come to premiere new products to retailers.

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Recap from Stitches East 2012, a guest blog by Tammy Hildebrand

I am thrilled to be guest blogging for Red Heart! Since I just got back from Stitches East, I thought that would be the perfect topic to share with you. If you’ve never attended, you’re going to want to make plans for next year because it’s an event you don’t want to miss.

Back in April, Red Heart teamed up with Crochetville for the first time at Stitches South. It was a “learn-as-you-go” kind of thing since we had never done this before. We were so well received that we kept going and have since done 4 more shows and it just keeps getting better. “Team Red Heart” consists of Tammy Hildebrand, Amy Shelton (or Princess Amy as she likes to be called) and Kathleen Sams.

A. Team Red Heart

I decided to ask some of our booth guests what they thought of what we’ve done so far.  I would have liked the opportunity to speak with everyone who visited but we were usually too busy which tells you something right there!

B. Busy Booth

Two words I heard over and over were “updated” and “upgraded”. Our customers love the variety, the quality and the reasonable prices.  Visiting our booth is so much more than just buying some yarn. It is an experience! We have actually been tagged as “the fun booth”. Wow! We love what we do and we’re just so excited that all our fiber friends are loving it too.

I’d like to share a few snippets from some of our guests that I got to chat with.

Kim Meredith and her daughter Lee Ozelius have been using Red Heart for years and love it! Kim especially enjoys using Team Spirit in Red / Black; her high school colors. They came by multiple times.

C. Lee Ozelius and Kim Meredith

Jane Rimmer is excited about all the new yarns and enjoys the friendly staff.

D. Jane Rimmer

Deb Seda loves all the vibrant colors and the new fibers.

E. Deb Seda

Judi Weingarden states, and I quote “I am exceptionally impressed with the upgrade in quantity and quality”. Judy came back every day to show us all her great creativity. She was covered from head-to-toe in fibery goodness. Sadly, my picture of her didn’t turn out.

Lucille Miller stopped by Thursday during preview.  When she stopped by again she told us she loved the booth so much that she wrote it down to come back and also told all her friends they had to stop by our booth.  How cool is that?

I also asked each person if there was anything they didn’t like. The only answer I got was they want to see more! So we’re busy planning more surprises for future shows.

Many of your favorite designs are on display in our booth. Not only do you get to see them in person, but you can touch them and even try them on!

F. Trying on

We have books for sale in the booth and many of your favorite designers are on hand to personally sign them. Here is Margaret Hubert wearing the “Margaret” shawl designed by Renee’ Rodgers in her honor.

G. Margaret Hubert

One of my personal favorites about being in the booth is when someone comes to show us what they have done with their Red Heart yarn. They are excited to share their projects and tell us stories about the history whether they made it for a friend or it was yarn they purchased at a previous show, whatever! We love to share in their enthusiasm.

Did I mention how much Red Heart likes to give away free things? YES, I did say free! Everyone received a great little tote bag to use for their selections. Isn’t it so much easier to shop when you have your hands free? Not to mention it makes a fantastic project bag. We also gave out tee shirts, Christmas knitting needles and crochet hooks, as well as Crochet Today magazines. There were a number of lucky attendees that won door prizes filled with goodies!  Barbara Levy, Susan Shmookler and Emily Jagos are just a few of the lucky people that won a Red Heart canvas bag filled with the Lace Edge Vest pattern, all the Boutique Changes yarn needed to make it, the knitting needles and even some yarn needles to weave in the ends!

The show was over way too quickly and it was time to come home. I was a little worried that I would have to leave my clothes at the hotel so I had room for Red Heart’s new Celebration yarn. But with a little determination I got everything packed up.

To see more photos from the show, please visit the photo album on Facebook.