Oh Sew Distinct with Catherine Goetz

Catherine Goetz is owner of Distinctive Sewing Supplies, the goal of which is to help customers create winning garments from fashion fabrics and independent designer patterns. In 2007, she became a certified Islander Sewing Systems® Instructor, and has since been helping others learn to sew accurately and quickly with professional results. www.DistinctiveSewing.com

Creativ Festival 2014

Vests, Jackets & Coats

Vests, Jackets & Coats – Oh My!
When you look in your closet do you often feel you have nothing to wear?  In this trunk show, Catherine shows how a few signature pieces that reflect your creativity and style will ensure that you’re dressed appropriately for any occasion. You too can have an upscale designer wardrobe at the fraction of the cost.

Fashion Arts Stage – Fri 11:30 . Sat 11:30


Creativ Festival 2014

Get Stylish for Summer Trunk Show

Get Stylish for Summer Trunk Show
Just in time for the warmer weather…  new, summery garments will have you feeling enthused about sewing fashion again. See exciting new fresh, breezy styles that are quick to create and comfortable to wear and gain insights into fabric and pattern choices to ensure a successful fashion experience.

Fashion Arts Stage – Fri 5:30

Class registration will begin in Spring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

It’s the Details that Make Fashion with Edith Kauffeldt

Edith Kauffeldt is a lifelong sewer and owner of Sew Have Fun. Her experiences as a Baby Lock Canada Educator, creating custom dresses and bridal wear, sewing for a costume designer, interior decorator and Kutaways has led to a desire to share her love of sewing with as many people as possible.  www.SewHaveFun.ca

Creativ Festival 2014

Adding Fashion Details

Adding Fashion Detail
Take a garment from ordinary to extraordinary, simply by adding some fashion details. Edith shares sewing tips to add flair and elegance to your fashion sewing projects. See samples that incorporate, ruching, trim, pleats and more!
Room 105 – Fri 1:30 . Sat 1:30

Class registration will begin inSpring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

Your Complete Wardrobe Makeover with Carol Steinbrecher

Creativ Festival 2014

Carol Steinbrecher

Carol Steinbrecher is the founder and CEO of Style Solutions, LLC, an image and fashion management services firm. Carol specializes in alterations of ready-to-wear, fitting & fashion pattern alterations, wardrobe style techniques, colour analysis, and image branding services, with over 25 years experience. Clients include an Academy Award winner, corporate and small business groups, “everyday stars” and speaking engagements across the country. She received her training through AICI (Association of Image Consultants International) and Conselle Institute of Image Management. She is also a licensed affiliate of the Conselle. Graduate of UW-Oshkosh-BSN, Carol totally believes chocolate is one of the basic food groups and that at least 25% of every day should be fun!  www.StyleSolutionsllc.com

Scarves, etc:  What’s New, What’s YOU?
Calling all scarves and accessories! What do you do with that piece of fabric stuffed in the back of the drawer or closet? What are some of the new accessory trends? Get inspired, pull your outfits together and create magic in your wardrobe through this fun demonstration. It’s time to give yourself a smashing new look.
Fashion Arts Stage – Fri 9:30 . Sat 3:30

The Wrap Dress
Learn all about this iconic fashion design. Created 40 years ago by the famous designer, Diane Von Furstenburg, the wrap dress is making a dramatic comeback. See different versions of this style, variations that will work for you and how different fabrics make or break the look. We’ll explore notions and sewing techniques to make your wrap dress look designer perfect. Bring “dress up” back into your wardrobe.
Room 104 – Fri 11:30

Style School: Wardrobe Makeover
Does your wardrobe need updating or a flat out rescue and makeover? Using Carol’s wardrobe strategy, you’ll learn how to make the most out of your wardrobe while saving time, money and anxiety! Trigger your imagination by seeing basic garments mixed with new and upcoming styles and trends. Build clusters of outfits out of 5-10 pieces that will last up to three seasons of the year. Get the most out of your fashion dollar and organize your closet all at the same time!
Room 104 – Fri 3:30

Press to Impress!
Do you quilt, sew, embroider, craft or all of the above? Learn to make your projects appear sharper and double the overall “look value” to all that hard work you’ve put into creating them. See how pressing differs from ironing. Hey, girls need power tools, too, so check these out!
Room 104 – Fri 5:30

RTW Alterations: Menswear Pants
Guys need their clothes altered too. Want to try your hand at altering menswear? See the step-by-step process as Carol shows how to avoid that a saggy, baggy look and create a tailored flattering fit instead. These techniques can also  be applied to women’s wear.
Room 104 – Sat 10:30

Pattern Fitting: Moving The Seams
See how the simple method of moving your flat pattern alterations to the seam line will create fantastic fitting garments right where you really need them. Carol demonstrates how this method can be applied to simple or more complicated alterations with no distortion to the pattern. It’s easy and it works!
Room 104 – Sat 12:30  

Class registration will begin in Spring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

Plaids to Jackets Advice with Lorna Rae

Lorna Rae is a custom clothier, owner of Blue Heron Stitchery and an award-winning wearable artist. Lorna teaches sewing techniques and fitting classes and is a certified Islander Sewing Systems® instructor. She has a Textile Art Certificate from St. Lawrence College. With Lorna, you can expect the unexpected in each garment she creates, be it classic or modern-day edgy. Sponsor’s website: www.DistinctiveSewing.com

Creativ Festival 2014

Mastering Plaids

Mastering Plaids
Love the look of plaids, but not sure how to work with them? Lorna shows you how to distinguish between the different types of plaid, calculate yardage and lay out pattern pieces. Learn how to sew perfectly matching plaids and use plaid as a design feature in your garments. After this session you will be inspired to sew tops, shirts and blouses with gorgeous plaid fabrics in linen, silk and cotton.
Room 104 – Fri 1:30 . Sat 3:30


Creativ Festival 2014

One Jacket, Many Ways!

One Jacket, Many Ways
Take a classic, perennial favourite pattern and see how many different jackets you can make from it. Whether you choose linen, wool, silk or novelty fabric, learn how easy it is to create a whole wardrobe of jackets from one pattern. Lorna will show you simple modifications that change up the look while adding your own designer touches for a one-of-a-kind garment you will love to wear!
Room 104 – Fri 4:30 . Sat 1:30

Class registration will begin in Spring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

What Exactly is Marquetry?

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John Sedgwick Restoration

Come discover techniques to create enriched designs with intricately cut and perfectly placed veneers of wood that were practiced by the Egyptians over 3000 years ago. Catch demonstrations, meet artists and find out about membership and how you can learn this craft.

Marquetry Society of Canada – Booth #177  www.MarquetrySociety.ca

Oh Sew Slim with Kathy Ruddy

Creativ Festival 2014

Kathy Ruddy

Kathy Ruddy an international sewing celebrity, educator, pattern designer, serging and fitting expert is celebrating 52 years in this industry she loves. This star of 10 serger and sewing videos and  author of 12 serger and sewing booklets has produced nine 3 Ways to Learn CD’s. Her fresh, fun classes are brimming with ideas and surprises. For more inspiration from Kathy Ruddy, go to www.KathyRuddy.com or www.Craftsy.com


Sew to Look Slim: Knits, Slinkys & Stretch Wovens
Knit and woven fabrics that stretch make sewing and fitting easier. Learn how to pick the right patterns and adjust the fit to adapt to the stretch factor. See how to seam and control distortion, when to interface, add details, finish edges and hems.
Room 104 – Fri 10:30

Sew to Look Slim: Short Jacket/Long Top
A well-shaped jacket, constructed with proper interfacing or underlining, can perk up droopy shoulders and minimize disproportionately large arms, bust and/or hips. Explore which patterns and fabric to choose and how to use interfacing, underlining and shoulder shaping. Learn about sleeve installation, lining and hemming. Plus, discover a fantastic way to finish the neck and armhole of a top to eliminate gaps — and really fit the curvy figure.
Room 104 – Fri 12:30

Creativ Festival 2014

Sew To Look Slim Pants

Sew to Look Slim: Pants
Learn a breakthrough drafting technique to solve the problem for pants that fit too loose in the seat or thigh! Also, discover the tricks of successful ready to wear brands like “Not Your Daughters Jeans” that use construction and detailing techniques to fool the eye and give you a super slimming effect. Find out how to choose fabrics that flatter and new construction techniques for pockets, zippers and contour waistband.
Room 104 – Fri 2:30





Creativ Festival 2014

Sew to Look Slim Couture Style

Sew to Look Slim: Couture Style
Want to look slimmer and bump up your wardrobe at the same time? Kathy shows how the right style and fit can take 10 or more pounds off of the way you look. Learn to camouflage your weak points while sewing a couture wardrobe that fits. Kathy reveals look good and feel good styles as she models designs from her own wardrobe and features a copy from Chico’s “So Slimming” collection. Once you learn the tools and techniques, you’ll want to slim down your couture closet today!
Fashion Arts Stage – Fri 4:30 . Sat 9:30 

Creativ Festival 2014

Pattern Drafting From Favorite Garments

Pattern Drafting From Favourite Garments
Bring to class, garments you want to copy and see how Kathy copies the pattern using selected garments (maybe yours!). Learn her rules for copying clothes and how to recreate details like sleeves, darts, seams and gathers for a whole new wardrobe — inspired by your favourite looks. This technique makes the sewing experience smoother and more gratifying, as you easily recreate favourite elements of your wardrobe in your own fusion of styles and fabrics.
Room 104 – Sat 11:30




Creativ Festival 2014

Serger 911

Serger 911
If you have a serger and barely use it or want to use it with greater proficiency, then it’s time to get to know how your serger operates from the inside out. Learn all about burrs, how width is used to improve stitches and how to create a perfect balanced-tension control strip to use for each new fabric and thread. Discover a sequential tension formula that works on any serger model and all thread types. See a five-minute serger pocket that can be added to any pattern. Valuable must-have information for every serger owner or prospective owner!
Room 104 – Sat 4:30

Class registration will begin in Spring 2014. Watch for updates here on our blog for when brochure details become available and registration begins. www.creativfestival.ca

Scrapbooking & Paper Arts Workshops



 Hot, New Make n' Takes

Hot, New Make n’ Takes

Hot, New Make ‘n Takes

Join in the Scrapbook & Cards Today fun with publisher, Catherine Tachdjian and team members Vicki Boutin and Jack Tachdjian as they lead make ‘n takes that feature the latest by Doodlebug, Jillibean Soup, Maya Road, Fancy Pants, American Crafts, Pebbles, Bazzill, Xyron and more!

Fri & Sat 1:00, 3:00 & 5:00, Sun 11:00, 1:00 & 3:00


 Q&A Principles of Design, Colour & Composition

Q&A Principles of Design, Colour & Composition

Q & A: Principles of Design, Colour & Composition

Don’t miss this updated seminar with Catherine Tachdjian, publisher of Scrapbook & Cards Today. Catherine’s moto is to embellish with purpose and in this informal discussion she shares her expertise on what goes into making a beautiful, balanced scrapbook layout. 12:00 each day www.scrapbookandcards.com



Vicki Boutin

Vicki Boutin

Join Scrapbook & Cards Today’s Vicki Boutin for these fun classes. Pre-register with SCT at www.scrapbookandcards.com/cf-fall-2013


Mixed Media Tags

ALL NEW technique focused workshop! Explore using fabric in paper arts, layering and masking with stamps, ink play and more. Be prepared to have fun getting messy with a little mixed media adventure! Sponsors: Maya Road, Close To My Heart, Xyron.

Fee $30 – Fri 9:00 to 10:30


Layer It On Page

Love the look of lots of layers on your favourite scrapbook pages? Then this is the class for you! Try your hand at layering with stamps and inks as well as diecuts, photos and SO MUCH MORE! Sponsors: My Minds Eye, 3L, Queen & Company.

Fee $25Fri 7:00 to 8:00