CATS 2002

CATS 2002

Post by Melissa Pearso » Thu, 03 Jan 2002 03:41:56



Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick up
something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it be
worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in is
the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Deborah Pes » Thu, 03 Jan 2002 07:16:56


CATS has been a lot of fun when I've been.  I've never been to the Riverside
show, so I can't particularly vouch for that one.  Cross stitch is a large
part of the show, with other types of needlework and beadwork taught and
supplied.  I go and feed my cross stitch stash and usually pick up some
other interest while I'm there (this year it was beading and silk gauze,
last year it was tatting).

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Quote:
> Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

> I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
> I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick
up
> something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it
be
> worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in
is
> the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)


 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by CHRIS MURAWSK » Thu, 03 Jan 2002 13:22:00


Melissa and all:

Yes, cross stitch is the primary "craft"/"art" taught at CATS.  So if all
you are interested in is cross stitch then CATS is the place to be.
However, there is more than cross stitch.  I'm teaching some counted canvas
classes and I know of teachers teaching other techniques.  Make-it-take-it
tables always have wonderful introductions to new techniques.  The next
question would be what do you consider just cross stitch?  just the x's??
In that case there are kinds of embellishing stitches being taught.  Just
imagine ballrooms full of LNS !  Every little gadget, trinket, etc
available.  I always manage to find something new for my personal stash.  My
LNS knows that she can't stock everything and doesn't stock what won't sell
in our area.

I would advise driving the 4 hours, shop and take a class or two, stay the
night , meet other stitchers (a very fun part) then shop or do class again -
all before you make the drive home again.

Jackie
Sam-Cloth Designs
teaching in Riverside and Hershey in 2002


Quote:
> Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

> I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
> I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick
up
> something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it
be
> worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in
is
> the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Smallbea » Thu, 03 Jan 2002 14:48:04


On Tue, 1 Jan 2002 10:41:56 -0800, "Melissa Pearson"

Quote:

>Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

>I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
>I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick up
>something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it be
>worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in is
>the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)

Oh, I can give you a great testimonial! I *love* Riverside CATS, have
attended every year CATS has had a show out there, even made a SOCS
out there before they poofed.

Yes, most classes are XS techniques, but there are nice ones in other
needlework techniques as well. Classes I've taken in the past include
silk ribbon embroidery, fabric embellishments, blackwork,
brazilian embroidery (alas, *that* I wasn't very good at, LOL!) and
lace painting. There have been classes in the past couple of years
that I dearly would have loved to have taken (some sampler classes,
for example) but some of them were at times when it just wasn't
feasible for me to leave the table for an extended period (like the
one I really wanted to take which would have had me away from the
table for four hours, including the final hour of Marketplace on
Saturday and the consequent breakdown of tables. No, that wouldn't
have gone over well *at all*, LOL!). I would adore taking some of
Maureen Appleton's classes on working on silk gauze, but I am really
afraid my eyes aren't up to that anymore, even with magnifiers.

The point is, there are gobs of interesting classes to take! Plus the
Marketplace, which was bigger this past year than I remember it being,
with all sorts of different gadgets for sale as well as designs for
everything from samplers to...well...whatever we are. <g>

I drive 90 minutes to get to the show. I know someone coming for this
year's show from New York. There have been people who have flown in
from Australia and England for the shows. I think a four hour drive is
negligible! <g>

One word of warning...plan to eat away from the Convention Center. The
food there is awful...not something the CATS board can control,
unfortunately. Good thing the Holiday Inn is right *there*...and
there's a pedestrian mall a block away with an excellent sandwich shop
for good lunches as well. :)

Hope to see you there in August!

Carolyn the (wants to take the Progressive Sampler this year, one of
my goals for 2002) Small Bear

Too Sisters Designs
http://www.toosisters.com

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Caren & To » Thu, 03 Jan 2002 06:36:03


Melissa,
Definitely worth the drive.  My friends and I have made the 7-8 hour drive
to Minneapolis three times since CATS started.  The shows will open up a
world of possibilities relating to xs.  Consider taking a class or two (if
you can limit yourself to just that lol).  My first SOCS was 1996 and I was
thrilled to be there, my little heart was pounding and my eyes were swimming
with all I could see.  I finally just hit the souvenir booth because that's
all I could get to the first night.  But I did sign up for one class--the
commemorative sampler class with some specialty stitches, but primarily xs.
After that I was hooked.  The shopping is great fun.  But most of all, it's
fun just to be with people you know share your same love (read ***ion) to
an art form of needlework.  You get to meet the designers and teachers and
before you know it you will be name dropping like they are old friends.  And
that's an even better things, because they treat you as if you are an old
friend.    There may even be someone here on the group who wants to go, but
may not be able to handle the cost.  That's how I met my soul-mate girl
friend, Nancy.  We met right here in 1997 and have been going to shows
together ever since.

Just my two cents worth.
Happy New Year,
Caren


Quote:
> Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

> I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
> I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick
up
> something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it
be
> worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in
is
> the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by RamblHou » Fri, 04 Jan 2002 07:09:49


Hi There Melissa,  I was a CATS teacher for a number of years, however, this
year I'll be unable to teach.  (family situation -- no CATS problem- before
anyone asks!)  I will however attend at least one show this year.

   You will find dedicated, enthusaistic and loving teachers from everywhere.
You will meet other students from all over the world.  Last year I had a
delightful young lady from the Netherlands and, yes, we keep in touch.
   Over the years I've been so blessed to meet and enjoy so many friends
because of this organization...   I would support it and be happy to drive 4
hours.  From my home I'll be driving to 6 to Hershey.  Last year I flew from
Upstate New York to Riverside.
   I stayed at the Mission Inn and had a WONDERFUL time.  The Holiday Inn has a
pool which would have been nice after a LONG day on my feet.
   You will be exhausted and rejuvinated and inspired and did I say exhausted.
Oh, yes.

   Well worth a 4 hour drive.

ENJOY, wish I could be there.....

Annmarie Allaire
The Rambling House

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Skinner Lin » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 00:39:55


Hope I'm not double-posting - my prior post didn't register on my server<G>

Melissa - do come to Riverside it is one of the nicest CATS venues because
of the accommodations...  The Mission Inn is spectacular and they get us
very good rates there.  Also, there will be many varied classes offered - so
try something familiar from a favorite teacher or try something entirely new
and different.

We plan on being there as a vendor - so do come by and say "Hi".  I'm not
teaching for CATS this year.  Taking a sabbatical from the shows to do some
designing and pursue a research project that is rapidly taking over my life.
I had to limit myself to teaching at one consumer show this year and that
will be Rockhome.  I also missed the wonderful interaction I get with
stitchers when I can spend time in our booth - and Libby like to take a
break once in a while.  We're going to try to be in PA and TX as well - so
look for us in the mall and at make-it-take its.

I know 2002 is going to be a great stitching year for all of us - whereever
we see each other.

Linn Skinner
Skinner Sisters
www.skinnersisters.com

Quote:
> Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

> I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
> I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick
up
> something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it
be
> worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in
is
> the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by MaryPulv » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 08:18:28



Quote:

>I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never been.
>I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to pick up
>something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).  Would it be
>worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really interested in is
>the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)

Oh, do go if you can!  I flew in from Minneapolis (because I couldn't make the
Minneapolis CATS) and had a super time!  The Mission Inn is a fabulous,
romantic place to stay (with surprisingly reasonable rates), and has excellent
food.  There is so much to do (and buy) at CATS you will be very tired by the
end.  Bring an extra suitcase to haul all that stash home.

I can't do Riverside again this year, I'm already committed to the Des Moines
CATS. But I hope to see at least some of the same people.  And this time I'm
taking more classes!

Mary Monica
aka Monica Ferris

There are three rules for writing a novel.  Unfortunately, nobody knows what
they are. -Somerset Maugham

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Caren & To » Sat, 05 Jan 2002 17:51:48


Mary,
How exciting!!  I am so glad you will be in Des Moines.  My DH made an extra
trip to the Quad Cities area, specifically Moline, IL this past July to
purchase your then latest book AND have it autographed by you as a birthday
gift for me.  I was crying over the sweetness of his gift.  Of course, the
19 year old sons couldn't understand why I was so emotional over "a book,
Mom, for heaven's sake!"  But I just suggested to them to take notes for
their prospective significant others.

I've already pre-order the next book and will have it ready for your pen.
Can't wait to see you in Des Moines.

Happy New Year
Caren

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Melissa Pearso » Sun, 06 Jan 2002 02:05:22


Thanks for all the tips and testamonials!  I am going to make a big effort
to try and make the Riverside CATS, even though my wedding is two weekends
later.  Do I have to register in advance?
 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Sand » Sun, 06 Jan 2002 08:56:49


Quote:

> Thanks for all the tips and testamonials!  I am going to make a big effort
> to try and make the Riverside CATS, even though my wedding is two weekends
> later.  Do I have to register in advance?

For the Riverside show, I would recommend you do.  If you want to stay
at the Mission Inn book early, they fill up very quickly.  I could not
get a room in 2000, and I had a booth in 2001 I reserved in January.
Riverside has a street market one evening during the show, this is
also great fun.

Many classes had 100% signup in 2001 in Ft.Worth, Riverside, Lancaster
and Minneapolis.  Atlanta and Denver were disappointing to many
teachers and vendors, not enough people (those who came really enjoyed
the show and we loved them for it).  Cannot say for the new venues as
CATS has never been to Charleston or DesMoines.

Happy stitching looking forwards to seeing you all.  If you hunt on my
site I have posted 2 poor scans of my class projects for CATS this
year. If you have any questions do email me.  Sorry I cannot tell you
the times as I am waiting for the catalog, Liz Turner Diel said 'real
soon'.
Sandra
Needleandframe.com

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Skinner Lin » Mon, 07 Jan 2002 02:49:02


Melissa:

Registering in advance is a great help to the teachers, if nobody else<G>
It lets them plan for the show and there is no other feeling like knowing
your class sold out!!!  Also, you have the comfort of knowing you are booked
in the classes and events you really want to attend.

On theother hand, do go to shows with the possibility of a 'walk in"
registration in mind.  Sometimes spaces become available or you may find a
block of time you didn't think you'd have - just take yourself to a class.
Don't forget the many make-it-take it classes offered at shows as well.
They are a quick inexpensive way to try something out and are a lot of fun.

Linn Skinner
Skinner Sisters
www.skinnersisters.com

Quote:
> Thanks for all the tips and testamonials!  I am going to make a big effort
> to try and make the Riverside CATS, even though my wedding is two weekends
> later.  Do I have to register in advance?

 
 
 

CATS 2002

Post by Kathy Albrigh » Tue, 08 Jan 2002 01:03:15


Gee Lynn, I was thinking of meeting you in the bar again and then on to
dinner  so I hope you do get to Texas :-)

KathyA-Houston

Quote:

> Hope I'm not double-posting - my prior post didn't register on my
> server<G>

> Melissa - do come to Riverside it is one of the nicest CATS venues
> because
> of the accommodations...  The Mission Inn is spectacular and they get
> us
> very good rates there.  Also, there will be many varied classes
> offered - so
> try something familiar from a favorite teacher or try something
> entirely new
> and different.

> We plan on being there as a vendor - so do come by and say "Hi".  I'm
> not
> teaching for CATS this year.  Taking a sabbatical from the shows to do
> some
> designing and pursue a research project that is rapidly taking over my
> life.
> I had to limit myself to teaching at one consumer show this year and
> that
> will be Rockhome.  I also missed the wonderful interaction I get with
> stitchers when I can spend time in our booth - and Libby like to take
> a
> break once in a while.  We're going to try to be in PA and TX as well
> - so
> look for us in the mall and at make-it-take its.

> I know 2002 is going to be a great stitching year for all of us -
> whereever
> we see each other.

> Linn Skinner
> Skinner Sisters
> www.skinnersisters.com


> > Hi all :)  Hope everyone's new year has started off well.

> > I have been considering doing CATS 2002 in Riverside, and have never
> been.
> > I primarily cross-stitch, although one of these days I would like to
> pick
> up
> > something else (I'm just waiting til I'm bored with x-stitch).
> Would it
> be
> > worth it for me to make the 4 hour drive if all I am really
> interested in
> is
> > the cross-stitch related things?  Testimonials would be great :)