Making Friends at CHA with FaveCrafts!

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For anyone that doesn’t know yet, the Craft and Hobby Association puts together a lovely trade show twice a year where all the craft companies come to sell and show off their newest products to retailers, bloggers, and the press. Lucky for us, Team FaveCrafts get to go every time and take in all the newest trends and products. Unfortunately, we work with tons of companies and bloggers and getting around to seeing everyone can be tough at a huge trade show like CHA. So this year for the 2013 winter show FaveCrafts put together a little get together with the help of some wonderful companies and invited all our favorite bloggers to stop by eat, drink, and chat!

CHA Networking Event

We wanted to give an opportunity for some hard working bloggers to meet some great craft companies and it was a hit! The room was full of delicious food, good chatter, and meeting new faces. Everyone was really excited to be at the event and to have a casual opportunity to meet up and chat.

CHA Networking Event with FaveCrafts

CHA Networking Event with FaveCrafts

Prime Publishing, the company that makes FaveCrafts, AllFreeKnitting, AllFreeCrochet, AllFreesewing, and all of our other sites possible was the official host of the event so our president Stuart Hochwert and our Craft Editorial Director/ Director of Social Media / Soon to be Mom Simone Collins gave little speeches thanking everyone for coming because we were so excited to meet with all of them and  get a chance to put a face to an email address. You may recognize (or will soon recognize) a lot of the faces and company names from It’s amazing how quickly the time flew by!


CHA NetworkingDesign Originals had an adorable tree decoration at their table!

CHA NetworkingThe Westcott team loves being the center of attention.

CHA NetworkingDesign Master was super busy all night!

CHA NetworkingThe Clover table was having lots of fun!

CHA NetworkingXyron in deep conversation.

CHA NetworkingWho didn’t want to talk yarn with Coats & Clark?

CHA NetworkingThe crew from Spellbinders is chatting it up with some very talented designers!

CHA NetworkingThe team from Fiskars had a line of people waiting to chat with them!

CHA-Networking-15Bloggers at Oliso testing out the products.

CHA-Networking-16An in depth conversation at CraftArtEdu.

CHA-Networking-17Lots of busy bees chatting with Lion Brand Yarns!

CHA NetworkingWe got a chance to catch up with some designers too! If you haven’t checked out FaveCrafts Radio, you should because Vickie Howell, Kathy Cano-Murillo A.K.A. The Crafty Chica, and Steve from Cathie and Steve have all been guests on it!  Maybe, we can convince Liz Hicks to be a guest too!

CHA NetworkingJenny, editor of AllFreeCrochet, and Melissa, editor of FaveCrafts, got to meet the fabulous Mark Montano!

CHA NetworkingNaturally, we got to get a little crafty with the name tags at the end of the night!

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors who helped make this event a total success!



Coats & Clark


Design Master



Design Originals


Cosmo Cricket

Lion Brand Yarns





All of our blogger and designer attendees recieved a special goodie bag filled with products from the companies that sponsored! Want a chance to get your own? Jenny from Craft Test Dummy is giving one away!  Enter over on her blog for your chance to win this exclusive prize pack.



Now we’re busy planning our next projects with these companies and bloggers. So tell us:

What projects do you want to see more of this year?

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  1. Michelle Kosek says

    I like anything crafty….We had a store where I used to live – Tom Thumb Craft Store….it had everything! I loved to wander through it and see all the crafts they had amassed over the years. Had a lot of vintage stuff – they never threw anything away….somewhere someone wanted that and they HAD IT! Personally, I never met a craft I didn’t like. Sure, I like some better than others, but they all feed our creative souls!

  2. Faith Mayburry says

    I love to crochet and wouldn’t know what to do if I couldn’t. I have just finished two plus-size sweaters for me. The first things I have ever made for myself in the last 40 years.

    Has anyone else done this!

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