Saturday, March 5, 2022 — Stitches West 2022 Morning Update

Good Morning! And welcome to the third day of Stitches West 2022 and the third edition of the Stitches West Morning Update.

The weather today in Sacramento, CA shows a little light rain again, a projected high of 56°, and a projected low of 40°.

Especially for the locals… this is officially sweater weather!


Classes will be running from 9:00am–12:00pm PST and 2:00pm-5:00pm PST. If you’re interested in seeing which classes may still have spots open, please check out our list of Stitches West 2022 classes here.

Of course, if you’re onsite and you want to check available classes—or if you are registered and want to pick up your badge, today… you can go up the escalators and see our good folx at the Stitches Registration Desk. The Stitches Registration Desk will be open from 8:30am-5:00pm PST.

Please remember that anyone taking a class, attending a special event, or attending the Market must show proof of double vaccination and wear a mask while inside at the show as per our posted policy statements.


The Stitches West 2022 Market will be open today from 10:00am-6:00pm PST. Tickets for for the Market can be purchased onsite or online here.

You can download a copy of the the Stitches West 2022 Show Book PDF here. You can download a PDF copy of the Stitches West 2022 Market floor map here. And since every exhibitor at this show has their very own online show book page, you’ll want to check out those listings here.


The Playground is the heart of the Stitches Market! Here is the Playground schedule for today…

Saturday AM
10:30: Take the Fear Out of 3-Dimensional Knitting with Ellen Sibelius, Ellen’s Wooly Wonders
11:30: Beyond the Color Wheels: Exploring Color Theory in Your Projects with Becca Purdin, A Hundred Ravens

Saturday PM
12:30: Learn Techniques as You Sew a Soft Sculpture Book or Play Mat with Jennifer Stern, Stitches Instructor
1:30: How to Start a Crochet Knocker with Aditi Mohan, Knitted Knockers Spin Barbie’s Closet: Intentional Art Yarn with Esther Rodgers, Stitches Instructor
2:30: Alpaca Rug Braiding with Charlene Schmidt, Doodle Bug Yarn Co
2:30: Organize Your Needles With the Thread & Maple Needle Binder with Sam & Olga Paskalenko, Thread & Maple
3:30: Spinning Tips and Tricks with David Draper, 2 Guys Yarn Company
4:00: Pleated Log Cabin: Hand piecing a traditional quilt block with Nathania Apple, Stitches At Home
4:30: Meet Laureen, The Quality Queen: How to Finish Your Knockers with Laureen and Barb, Knitted Knockers
5:30: TRUNK SHOW: What Can You Make on a Rigid Heddle Loom? with Deborah Jarchow, Stitches Instructor


Today at 12:30 pm PST, Sandra Chandler is doing a special presentation called ‘Beautiful Quilts Made From Upcycled Denim Jeans‘.

No longer fit? Out of style? With holes you don’t want to mend? If this describes any jeans in your closet, Sandra will show you how to turn them into stunning and sturdy quilts.

She begins by deconstructing the jeans—a great stress-releaser—revealing the colors of wear. The varied shades of indigo bring a rich, timeless palette to the geometry of the patchwork Sandra does.

See the quilts. Hear how denim threads through her heritage. For Sandra, denim is so much more than fabric! There are still some open spots for this presentation. You can purchase your ticket to this event online or at the registration desk for $15.


At 7:30 pm PST Tonight… Stitches Makers’ Showcase

Better than street fashion! This is a showcase of what you sew, knit, crochet, weave, and wear. Join your Stitches classmates, fellow attendees, and teachers for an evening of fun! Bring your favorite creation, share it on stage, and see what incredible pieces others have made. The evening’s antics can never be predicted, but it’s always an unforgettable night! Let’s celebrate what being a maker is all about.

There are still some open spots for this event. You can purchase your ticket to this event online or at the registration desk for $25.


We have two special meetups today.

From 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm PST in Ballroom A7 in the Convention Center: BIPOC Meetup. Join us for a casual gathering of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color fiber artists. Sit and stitch, show off your marketplace finds, and make some new friends! No pre-registration required, but please respect that this meetup is for BIPOC members of the fiber community only. 

From 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm PST in Ballroom A7 in the Convention Center: LGBTQIA+ Meetup. Join us for a casual gathering of LGBTQIA+ fiber artists. Sit and stitch, show off your marketplace finds, and make some new friends! No pre-registration required, but please respect that this meetup is for LGBTQIA+ members of the fiber community only. 

These meetups are hosted by yelley (she/they), a knitter, crocheter, spinner, maker in the San Francisco Bay Area, working to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the fiber arts world. Her goal is to create safer and more accessible spaces for marginalized folx (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Neurodivergent, Disabled, all kinds of marginalized folx!) through representation, visibility, and community building events. She lives in Alameda, California, with one of her partners, their very spoiled dog, and a ridiculously large stash of purple and rainbow yarn. Find her on Ravelry and Instagram @yelleyknits. 


Here is an update of what we can expect Rick to be wearing tomorrow…

For the day, Rick will be starting off with JoGhost tie dye slip-ons, floral Johnston & Murphy, shirt, gray slacks.

For the evening, he’ll add Perry Ellis Portfolio blazer with .Jet bug pins.


Here are today’s Market Highlights…


That’s it for now. Don’t worry, I’ll be back tomorrow morning with another update. In the meantime please check us out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The hashtags we’ve seen used so far are #stitcheswest and #stitcheswest22.

I hope you have an amazing, memory-filled weekend!

All my best.

Benjamin's Signature


Benjamin Levisay (he/him)
CEO & Host of Stitches Events

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Here are some images from yesterday that I thought you might like to see…