Saturday, March 4, 2023 — Stitches West 2023 Morning Update

Good Morning! And welcome to the last day of Stitches West 2023. We’ve got a full day… so stick around.

Here is the weather for today…

Classes will be running from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm PST and 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm PST. If you’re interested in seeing which classes may still have spots open, please check out our list of Stitches West 2023 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 8:30 am – 2:00 pm PST.

The Stitches West 2023 Market is opened to the public from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm PST. And today entrance to the Stitches West 2023 Market is FREE!

You can download a copy of the the Stitches West 2023 Show Book PDF 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.

Here is the schedule of Sunday’s demos in the Playground:

12:30pm KNIT LACE SEMI-AUTOMATICALLY ON A KNITTING MACHINE in Booth 416 with Adrienne Hunter of Machine Knitters Guild of the San Francisco Bay Area

1:00pm SASHIKO in the Playground with Carol Ziogas of Kimonomomo, Booth 219

1:30pm   3-D KNITTING MADE EASY in Booth 206 with Ellen Sibelius of Ellen’s Wooly Wonders

2:00pm  TUNISIAN CROCHET in the Playground with Jacqueline Frost of Kimonomomo, Booth 219

2:30pm  WRAPPED EMBROIDERY STITCHES  in the Playground with Catherine Redford, Stitches instructor 

3:00pm   MAKE IT BETTER WITH BEADS in the Playground with Cecillie Bond of Bead Biz, Booth 311

Yesterday we had a busy day at the Market. I added a bunch of pix from yesterday at the Market below. But first, here is the video of the virtual Market Tour we did yesterday for our Stitches at Home friends…

Click on this image to go to the Stitches West 2023 Video page.

Last night we had an amazing Makers’ Showcase. It was so much fun. I want to thank all of the companies who provided prizes. I’d like to thank the crew for doing a great job putting on the show. And I’d like to thank everyone who got up to walk to the runway and share what they made. Here are a bunch of pix from the event. We’ll post the more professional-looking runway pix later tomorrow.

The wonderful folx over at the Oregon Woodworker (booth 714) have a free ball winder station setup for anyone who needs it. Thank you Peter!

Today from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PST in the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center, Room B5, we have the LGBTQ+ Meetup. Join us for a casual gathering of LGBTQ+ fiber artists. Sit and stitch, show off your marketplace finds, and make some new friends! No pre-registration is required, but please respect that this meetup is for LGBTQ+ members of the fiber community only.

This picture was from the LGBTQ+ meet-up last year at Stitches West 2022 here in Sacramento, CA.

These meetups are hosted by yelley (they/them), a knitter, crocheter, spinner, and maker in the San Francisco Bay Area, working to promote diversity and inclusiveness in the fiber arts world. Their 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. They live in Alameda, California, with one of their partners, their very spoiled dogs, and a ridiculously large stash of purple and rainbow yarn. Find them on Ravelry and Instagram @yelleyknits. 

And because I’m very interested (and some of you might be), here is what Rick Mondragon will be wearing today. Saturday, Rick will be wearing a Noro vest, chocolate t-shirt, corduroy slacks, and copper and gold boots. This will be accessorized with a gold necklace, rings, periwinkle glasses, and a bag.

We finally got the images from the Friday night Stitches Fashion Show. I’ve added them as a photo album on the Stitches Events Facebook page here. But since we have this space, I’ve added a few of those pix in a collection at the end of the post.

That’s it for now. I’ll send out one more recap at the end of the week after we drive home. Please enjoy your classes and the last day of the Market. I want to thank you all for making this show so wonderful.

For those of you driving home… please stay safe and watch the weather.

All my best.

Benjamin's Signature

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

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Here are some images from the Friday night Fashion Show…