I just returned from working at the Original Sewing & Quilting Expo in KCMO with my friend, Londa. I feel so privileged to be able to work in her booth. It is hard work, no doubt about it. But I really enjoy my time selling her beautiful Creative Sweatshirt Jacket patterns & DVDs along with other sewing items and I love talking to all the women (and men) who come in to look and buy. I also get to see new & exciting trends in the sewing & quilting cultures.
I don't claim to be on the cutting edge of what's hot but here are some things I have noticed as I attend these expos.
Quilting—Yes, women are still quilting but there seems to be a definite trend away from traditional large quilts made for beds or wall hanging. I see the patchwork principle (seaming small pieces of fabric together to create an object) being applied in different ways. Decorative pillows, place mats, and other small items were every where.
There were also several booths teaching ink jet printing on cloth. There were machines for laminating fabric and machines for cutting all manner of shapes. I guess the biggest application would be applique.
Embroidery-There are still booths selling embroidery designs but the number is shrinking.
Garment sewing-Dare I say I see a trend back to garment sewing? There are lots of small pattern designers showing up at these expos.
I don't work with Londa again till March. It will be interesting to see what 2011 brings.