QuiltShopGal was able to attend the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim, CA, January 10-14th. This amazing event was packed with professional seminars,an exceptional trade show with over 400 vendors, inspirational make-n-takes, demonstrations, and buyers and attendees from all over the world. It was packed with #CreativeGoodness and wonderful new products, which I want to share insights with you. And I also picked up some SWAG that I’ll be giving away. But I can’t do it all in one post, so I’m releasing a series of articles and giveaways all about the #CHAShow!
The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is a not-for-profit organization consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in the manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products in the nearly $30 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. The Association offers a broad range of member services, including market research, education, as well as operates award-winning trade show events, the CHA Winter and CHA Summer Shows that attract industry professionals from all over the world. See www.craftsupershow.com for more information.
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Many Vendors release new products at this show, as well as share inspirational projects and ways to use their products. AccuCut, Adorn It, ArtBin, Artistic, Brother/Scan N Cut, Clover Needlecraft, Craftwell, Dritz/Prym, F&W Media, Fairfield, Fiskars, Grace Company/True Cut, Jack Dempsey Needle Art ,Leisure Arts, RIT, Silhouette, Simplicity Creative Group, Sizzix, Thermoweb, and Tombow are just some of the Vendors that had amazing products and inspirational projects that caught my attention.
My goal for attending this event, was to learn about new products that enable #CreativeGoodness. I also wanted to look for #KidFriendly products, gain more in-depth understanding on electronic cutters, as well as look for inspirational project ideas! While at the show I noticed a few trends in creativity: Zentangle is skyrocketing, electronic die cutting has gone mainstream, metallic foils are definitely going to be the rage, and chalkboard products have an expanded versatility of applications from cards, organization, home decoration, as well as gifts.
While I wish I could share insights on every booth that caught my eye, today I need to focus on the highlights. For some of these businesses, I will later be sharing more insights on specific products and even host a few SWAG giveaways.
MY FAVORITE BOOTH DISPLAY:
Spinrite comprises well known brands Patons, Bernat, Caron, and Lily Sugar N Cream. Spinrite researches, develops, manufactures and markets a variety of consumer craft yarns, online patterns and pattern books. They also created this amazing display called “Yarnia”.
The eBrush and the Cut ‘N Boss are versatile tools that enable fun and creativity. They also released a new eBrush Siphon Adaptor Kit at the show, which allows you to add liquid paints for a variety of projects. You can also now use food coloring to easily decorate cakes! For those that work with fabrics, don’t overlook the power of embellishing fabrics, quilts, clothing, accessories and more to create a unique look. Can’t find the perfect color for a button ? No worries, when you have an eBrush as you can easily paint one for the perfect color. Also introduced were new embossing folders perfect for those that enjoy embossing paper, metals and more with the Cut ‘N Boss (or original eBosser).
Introduced two new products:
Oly Fun, a water resistant, indoor/outdoor, no hemming needed, does not frey available in 18 fun colors that are solid-colors throughout with no front or back. There is no grain, and in turn, no selvedge edge to manage. It does not fray, so it makes for incredibly easy sewing with no hemming required. It can be die-cut, and because it doesn’t fray, has a clean and crisp look that stays that way over time. It can be folded, cut, glued scored, colored on, painted and so much more
Foamology – Just Peel, Stick, and Wrap. A line of bio-based foams that can be used for cushioning or wall art and home decor. One product, in this line, is Design Foam tiles and panels with stickybase adhesive on one sidewhich enables th maker to create decorative fabric or paper covered canvases with hardly any tools. You wrap it like a present.
ELECTRONIC DIE CUTTERS VS ELECTRONIC CUTTERS:
While there were five brands of electronic cutters (ecutters) at the show, Cricut, nor the new AccuQuilt GO! Big. Both the Craftwell Cut ‘n boss and the GO! Big are electronic “die” cutting machines where you need to purchase dies that can cut ~8-10 layers of fabric. The cut ‘n boss also allows use of various brands of embossing folders, perfect for paper or metal embossing.
The Brother Scan N Cut, Silhouette Portrait and Cameo, Sizzix Eclipse 2, Artistic and Cricuit Explore are all electronic cutters that can allow you to cut an endless number designs, one layer at a time (e.g. paper, plastic, fabric, etc.). Each also have some form of proprietary software that will allow you to combine, create your own unique designs and more. While I do not have hands on expertise with each of these machines, I have been researching e:cutters for a long time. Each of these machines offer #CreativeGoodness, but depending on your objectives and computer skills, you can match the best one to your individual needs. In the future, I’ll share more insights, but today I simply want to share some highlights of what I saw at CHA:
An e:cutter with a built-in 300 dpi scanner that can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. This was the only scanner that accepted my challenge, at the #CHAShow to cut a heart out of blended wool felt, and it did an excellent job cutting it in one pass! Felt is a difficult item for e:cutters, which with patience and the right stabilizer most of these machines can cut, but may not provide as clean a cut as what the Scan N Cut did on “unstabilized” felt!
The Brother booth was also packed with inspirational project examples, using a variety of materials for broad scope of Crafters. And they also showed how the cut fabric shapes can be beautifully embroidered, as demonstrated on their embroidery machines. They also had a demo of their Heat Press Machines, which I must confess I was drooling over.
Brother also has Cloud based software for creating your own designs on the Scan-N-Cut. List price $499
An e:cutter that can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. There booth was absolutely packed with #CreativeGoodness and so many inspirational project examples, it made it a challenge to leave their booth vs stay and playing. List Price on the Eclipse 2 is $299.
An e:cutter than can cut fabric, papers, cardstock, craft metals, rhinestone sheets, vinyl, etc. At the #CHAShow, Silhouette had a fun make-n-take where you could write out your name, take a picture of it, and use the Silhouette Cameo to cut it out on vinyl to make an iron-on tote with your name on it. Needless to say, that make-n-take was very popular at the show. And, I know of two quilt shops that were inspired to now carry the Silhouette Cameo for sale in their shop. One, will even be giving a demonstration, using this same make-n-take, at the upcoming Road to California Conference and Quilt Show this month in Anaheim, CA.. List Price on the Cameo is $299 and the Portrait is $199.
In addition to the make-n-take, Silhouette showcased their new accessory to help with cutting rolls of vinyl. appropriate called a “roll feeder” which will retail for ~$40.
An e:cutter, The Edge, by Artistic is a versatile electronic die cutting tool. It comes with software that allows you to create your own designs that can be shared (or sold) in SVG file format, as well as other formats. The software will also allow you to easily digitize your designs for machine embroidery applique. Also, you can create print-n-cuts, cut templates for crystal applications, emboss craft metals. and much more. While I do not have hands on experience with the software or machine, it feels like a great product with a good value
There are two models of The Edge, a 12″ version with a MSRP of $799 (typical retail is $399) and a 15″ version with a MSRP of $899 (typical retail is $499).
I’ll be sharing more insights on the #CHAShow, and many new products introduced at this show, as well as hosting some giveaways for fun SWAG, very soon.
You can find CHA at:
Mark your calendars: Jan 2016 is the 75th Anniversary of CHA!
Here is a list of previous posts about the annual #CHAShows:
QuiltShopGal is interested in knowing if you have an electronic cutter, what brand you may have. And, if you don’t if you are considering getting one (or not). e:Cutters are growing in popularity and I’ve certainly found they enable #CreativeGoodness for a large variety of creativity.FairFa