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