To go to an amazing event like the International Quilt Convention, also means being able to get in touch with vendors from all over South Africa, not just for fabric, but many more.

The vendors’ hall was huge, with stall upon stall.  It was beautifully designed, with more than enough space for walking, browsing, chatting, shopping and all else.  Included amongst the stalls were a lecture room where you could join in on short lectures.

The stalls were fully stocked with goodies for us all.  There were definitely no shortage of any fabric of any kind.  But those of us who wanted something else, were also in for a treat.  The sewing machines on display were so very grand, I am thinking of swapping mine and getting a new model, they are stunning.

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And the yarns!!  Every possible yarn, from very fine lace to perfect aran and loads of sock yarn too.  And in every possibly every colour!  And roving for spinning. And handspun beauties.  Local and imported.  I got a bit “distracted” from the shopping, and spent much time browsing yarns, touching and squeezing the most beautiful of pretties.

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Dana Biddle of Colourspun and Jandri Barnard of Entre Amis exceeded my wildest expectations.

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My LYS (Arthur Bales) were also set up, in a beautiful stall, with fabrics and yarn and beautiful samples of items made already.  I loved the knitted sweater on display, and am thinking about making one for summer wear, it is so pretty.

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My sister makes miniature bears, and Honeydew Bears were a definite port of call.  Michelle had everything you could possibly need to make your own miniature bear, or something a bit bigger.  I have a kit to make a little bunny, not as small as “miniature” but easier to start on.  And with a sister to help, why not?

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And magazines!  International magazines on sale, for only a very small price.  Who could resist such an opportunity to obtain stunning knitting, crochet, sewing or other needlework magazines?

I was amazed by the Lace makers.  I stood and watched as they showed us how to make lace, and was surprised at how easy they made it look.  Just looking at all the bobbins around the piece of lace made me realize that this is not for the fainthearted.

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It was wonderful to spend a day with such great suppliers and vendors, and be able to brow and chat and discuss new ideas.

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